Nick Saban Explains “The Hillbilly in Me” at SEC Media Days


Alabama took their turn at SEC Media Days.
The Tide has been the league heavyweight for years under Nick Saban, and they’ll look to defend their national title with another talented team.

After vacationing at his lake house, Nick Saban feels rejuvenated for another season.
Said Saban:”People don’t like the fact that I take a bath on the dock. I dive in. Soap up. Dive in again and rinse off. You know kind of the hillbilly in me.”
Hillbilly Saban has been swimming in a Crimson Tide of titles.
He already has six at the capstone.
Reporter:”What would you say is the key to success for longevity in such a fickle business?”
Said Saban:”I think that’s simple. You’ve got to win.”
To keep winning, Bama will have to count on some new faces on offense, including quarterback Bryce Young.
Said receiver John Metchie:”I’m definitely excited for Bryce. You kind of see that he had an awareness out there. He had all the tools.”
Thru the transfer portal, Bama added Ohio State receiver Jameson Williams.
Said Saban:”We felt like we needed somebody who had juice and speed at receiver to compliment the players that we have and some experience.”
Said Metchie:”As far as the offense, I definitely expect us to be as dynamic if not more dynamic this season.”
Former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien gets the keys to Bama’s offense as their new offensive coordinator, and don’t look for him to tinker with the Tide’s recent success.
Said Saban:”And we want to continue to run the same type of offense and feature the players that we have who are play-makers who can make plays. I think Bill will do a good job of that.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at