At the original Dreamland Bar-B-Que, the legendary rib joint up on a hill at the edge of town, there’s a photo of Nick Saban behind the counter. It sits in a gilded frame, the way you might see, in the homes of certain older folks, a portrait of Jesus or JFK.
In Tuscaloosa, it fits.
Saban has been at Alabama just six years and he already has a statue outside Bryant-Denny Stadium. He made $5.3 million this year. His life is planned so precisely to his needs that, just before he arrived for his news conference Thursday, an Alabama staffer placed a bottle of Dasani on the lectern. He literally has somebody carry his water for him.
And he would leave this for the Cleveland Browns?