Nick Saban’s ability to adapt key to Alabama’s return to SEC Championship Game

ATHENS — Of the many traits that have made Nick Saban the most dominant coach of college football’s modern era, his ability to adapt might top the list and serve him best.

The Alabama coaching offices have been a turnstile for assistants looking to learn Saban’s blueprint for success and advance their careers. There have been eight different offensive coordinators and five defensive coordinators serving Saban over the past 15 years.

That Saban has the Crimson Tide ranked No. 3 and facing off with No. 1 Georgia — coached by his second and longest-serving defensive coordinator at Alabama, Kirby Smart (2008-2015) — is a testament to the seven-time national championship coach’s managerial expertise.






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