• Tim Crone: Saban's program reflects vision

  • The BCS National Championship game provided little excitement – Alabama totally dominated Notre Dame.

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  • The BCS National Championship game provided little excitement – Alabama totally dominated Notre Dame.
    It did provide an opportunity to witness firsthand a football team that has come together in a relentless process. As I watched from a seat in Sun Stadium, ’Bama was bigger, faster and stronger and outplayed the No. 1-ranked team in the country in every phase of the game.
    It was obvious that Nick Saban and his coaching staff expected their players to excel on every play. Even when the Crimson Tide was up 35-0, Saban still demanded that every single player execute the game plan on every single snap.
    We have spent more than two weeks in Miami and have heard a multitude of interviews with Saban. He hangs his hat on winning. His record speaks for itself. He has four national championship victories at two different school in eight years – the last three out of four at Alabama.
    In one interview he stated, “You have fun only when you are successful at whatever you are doing in life.” How true that is.
    It is his approach to coach all of the smallest facets down to their finest details that has made his programs so successful. He also pointed out in his interviews that to win the first championship is much easier than to win multiple championships. His latest feat of back-to-back national championship victories is a rarity.
    I’m old enough to have seen Alabama’s football dynasties under Bear Bryant. Coach Saban has a much more difficult task with fewer scholarships along with higher expectations from the media and fans.
    However, the program that Saban has established is understood from top to bottom and year-round at Alabama. Everyone in the football culture buys into his philosophy. Its success does not just happen. It is a way of life. It is the vision of Saban and he fully expects everyone to share it.
    There are many highly successful and talented football teams in the country but the national champions eat, breath and sleep the process. It is what allows them to wear a championship ring!
    n I have to say that Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, totally destroyed Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. It was obvious that he was the best player in the country this year.
    n The bowl games this year were not competitive nor interesting. I am hopeful that the new four-game playoff system will breath new life into the process. I would even prefer to see an eight-game format in the future. More than 30 bowl games with no meaning is causing the current system to lose its luster.
    n The sports media gurus need to lighten up. The Lakers are simply not very good. Life will go on.
    Page 2 of 2 - n Visiting with many people from the East Coast the past few weeks while in Florida has revealed that most people believe that the Chiefs made the right move to hire head coach Andy Reid. It’s a topic that will evolve over time.
    n My quote this week is from Saban: “We can have fun after we win the national championship. We can go to the beach or ride roller coasters anytime.” (This is a man that understands the process!)
    Tim Crone is a former activities director for Blue Springs High School and is host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Friday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at t.crone@comcast.net

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