Since I’m getting ready to hit the road to Tuscaloosa, it only seems appropriate to share this article comparing Nick Saban and John Calipari with you. Tide Nation’s Alex Scarborough says that Cal and Saban have more in common than being the coaches of the defending national champions; they share a philosophy on what it takes to get there: a paramount priority on recruiting.
Like Calipari, Saban is constantly focused on two things: the next game and the next prospect. The latter is the lifeblood of any good program. Both programs have finished among the top three recruiting classes nationally in each of the past three seasons. Alabama stands second in the ESPN class rankings with 15 four- or five-star commitments, including running back Derrick Henry, the top athlete in the country. Kentucky has the No. 1 overall class in basketball, with the top point guard (Andrew Harrison) and top shooting guard (twin brother Aaron) already signed.
Cal and Saban have kept in touch over the years, with Cal asking for Saban’s advice on how to stay on top after winning it all. According to Cal, “[Saban] gave me some good things, like we’re not trying to defend a national title. That one is in the bank, that one is on the shelf. We’re trying to become the best team this team can be.”
That sounds familiar.