5 Options for Nick Saban’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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5 Options for Nick Saban’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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Christmas is just around the corner which means that New Year’s is coming shortly after that. Tis the season of self-reflection where people take a good hard look in the mirror and identify ways to better themselves that will be completely forgotten about by Valentine’s Day. It makes us wonder: what would Nick Saban choose as his New Year’s resolution?

You can make the argument that there isn’t anything that the gruff football coach would say needs improving but nobody is perfect. Everyone has something they would like to do a little bit better, even four-time national championship winning coaches. Whether it is personal or professional, Saban must have something in his life he feels could be done a bit better and what there is no more opportune time to address it than at the start of a new year.

But the leader of the Alabama Crimson Tide football machine isn’t one to open up to many people so we’re left to guess on our own. The obvious choice is to stop losing so many games (even though most teams would be happy with a one-loss season) because Nick is such a perfectionist. But there’s got to be more under the surface that Saban is hoping to improve on in 2014. Perhaps he wants to learn to cook or take a yoga class to manage stress better.

We may never know for sure what Nick Saban is hoping to improve about himself but we can sure make wild guesses about it. Without further ado, here are five options for Nick Saban’s 2014 New Year’s resolution.

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5. Smile More ... or Ever

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You won’t find a man who has accomplished as much as Nick Saban who smiles as little as he does. Ever the perfectionist, Nick doesn’t seem to be happy with anything short of being the best. While that has translated to great success in his career and a statue of himself outside of his office, it can’t be good for his chi. Perhaps 2014 is the year for Nick Saban to mellow a bit, enjoy the ups and downs of the journey, and smile. But I wouldn’t count on it.

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4. Make a Friend in the Media

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Nick Saban wears his contempt for reporters on his sleeve like a badge of honor. Answering inane questions from the media might be the one thing he hates more than losing. He’s fostered a healthy respect from beat reporters and media members out of fear but could really give his reputation a boost by being nice to the guys asking the questions. Maybe give them a thoughtful answer that makes their job easier trying to scrape together enough words to send to print. Or perhaps Nick could even ask them how they’re doing and really reach out. Though, at this point, that might scare reporters more than his gruff act now.

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3. Recruit a Kicker

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Probably a sore subject for Nick right now, but kickers cost Nick his three-peat this season. His specialists went 0-for-4 in field goal attempts against the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl, including the infamous miss returned for a touchdown that has catapulted Auburn into the BCS National Championship (where Alabama was supposed to be this January). Saban routinely brings the best recruits in the nation to Tuscaloosa but he might want to spend a bit of time this offseason finding a reliable kicker. If he had one this year, he’d be preparing a place on his mantle for a fifth crystal football trophy instead of heading to the Sugar Bowl as a consolation prize.

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2. Let Other Teams Have a Recruit or Two

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How many giant high school recruits with freakish athletic ability does one team really need? If you ask Nick Saban, the answer is “ALL OF THEM” but that’s not a very sharing attitude (and sharing is caring). Perhaps Nick doesn’t nab every elite prospect that takes a visit to Tuscaloosa this year and spreads the wealth a bit to some other deserving programs. Of course, after losing five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Saban probably feels that he’s already accomplished enough “sharing” for the next several years.

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1. Experience New Challenges with a Change of Scenery

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Or at least let your agent put it out there to snag a huge raise from Alabama. Oh wait, that was his 2013 resolution and he can check that off the list thanks to the Texas Longhorns and their coaching drama. Saban allowed the rumors of his interest in the UT job to circulate despite later admitting he "never considered" leaving and cashed in with a huge extension with the Tide. Oh Nick, you're such a trickster.

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