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Nashville in talks to bring SEC Media Days to Music City Center

Nashville in talks to bring SEC Media Days to Music City Center

He played the "star" nickel-back position as a freshman, began last season at cornerback, and then took over at safety for the final seven games when Eddie Jackson suffered a broken leg.

Asked what it takes to build up that kind of coaching longevity, Saban simply said, "Win". From the moment he arrived Wednesday morning in a black SUV flanked by police motorcycles, Saban was the unquestioned focus of attention, his every step in this interview blitz followed by a surrounding horde. When you do both, that's when you got something special.

The difference between 2004 and now is that back then, the legal drama wasn't the only interesting aspect of the four-day circus.

No one beats Alabama and Saban at their own game. "It's like me saying (there's) going to be a hurricane outside today". He says he's not trying to convince anybody to get behind it, but that the movement's already started. "We have some good receivers and skill guys and the offensive line has developed nicely".

"We have total faith and confidence in the quarterback that we have, but we want to develop every player on our team and Tua has a lot of potential", Saban said. Saban said he's been working hard on that through the summer and has really improved. The process has led him to four national titles at Alabama, plus the 2003 BCS championship at LSU. The five-time national champion had a one-word answer: "Win". Coming off of a surprising Orange Bowl victory against the Michigan Wolverines, FSU is expected to have a successful year in the ACC.

Also named to the Lou Groza watch list was Florida State sophomore Ricky Aguayo, whose brother Robert won the award in 2013.

"If you don't, that's on you", he said. After going 10-3 in 2010, the Tide is 76-8 overall (.905) and has won the last three SEC titles, four of the last five and has won three national championships.

Then the crazed crowd, crammed shoulder-to-shoulder like it's an autumn Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium, erupts as if Ringo or Paul just walked into the room. "It's not just because Clemson beat us, but it's just really motivated us to play football again and show the world that Alabama is a really good football team".

SEC MEDIA DAYS: Jim McElwain stays mum on Antonio Callaway's status for Michigan. "He is what he is all of the time".

Maybe now you can begin to understand what makes this 65-year-old tick.

The people who demand discipline from everyone else never want to exhibit it themselves, but they'll have to, if the officiating crew calls the rule as it's written.

Next up on Tuesday will be Georgia, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Florida. Howard was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award last season, given annually to the nation's top tight end, which ultimately went to Arkansas' Hunter Henry. The thing is: Bama was the reigning national champ at the time.

Yep. Better than any team in the country.

"I don't want to waste a failure", Saban said.

"They love talking about football and everything that's going on so it's fun to hang out and talk to them and see what they think the season's going to be like", says Helton. What remains is a failure transitioning into Nick Saban's and Alabama's newest championship opportunity.

It was a slightly loaded question, to be sure, and hit on a popular theme in the SEC this week - Alabama's dominance.

Nick Saban's arrival was the equivalent of seeing Elvis back in the day.

Jalen Hurts accounted for 36 touchdowns (23 passing, 13 rushing) as a freshman last year, with 2,780 passing yards and 954 rushing yards, on his way to winning SEC Offensive Player of the Year. All-Americans and future first-round draft picks all over the depth chart.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey unveiled the "it just means more" slogan a year ago.