Alabama notebook: Saban says he hasn't watched '60 minutes' profile
by Marq Burnett
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Nick Saban apparently isn't a big television watcher on Sunday nights. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Nick Saban apparently isn't a big television watcher on Sunday nights. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
TUSCALOOSA — While most Alabama fans’ eyes were glued to the television Sunday night, Nick Saban says he hasn’t had the opportunity to watch “60 Minutes” profile on him.

“We were obviously working last night until pretty late,” Saban said, but “we’ve had a lot of positive comments about the piece.”

Added Saban: “I did get a favorable comment from Miss Terry, so that means it must have been OK. It really represents not me, but the program and the players in the program and the things we do as a program whether it’s summer camp or whatever that we try to do the best we possibly can to help young players.”

Saban was thankful for the opportunity and the exposure the piece provided the program.

“We certainly appreciate the opportunity and the time spent by 60 Minutes and their staff,” Saban said. “Armen (Keteyian) has always been very professional, first-class guy. One of the best in the business at what he does. Their whole crew was fantastic in terms of how they went about what they did. We’ve gotten a lot of positive comments, but I can’t give you a personal opinion because I haven’t really seen it yet.”

ROLANDO MCCLAIN: ESPN the Magazine recently published an article with in-depth look into the current state of former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain’s life. The piece details why McClain retired from football at 24 and returned to Tuscaloosa. It also describes the relationship McClain has with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

“We want to help him every way that we can,” Saban said.

Added Saban: “We want Ro to make good choices and decisions about what he does in the future. There’s a guy that has a tremendous amount of potential and tremendous amount of leadership ability to affect other people. We want to help him every way that we can.”

Saban said McClain has enrolled in school at Alabama, and “we are encouraging him to graduate,” but the football side of things will be left up to McClain.

“Whatever his choice is about what he wants to do with his football career in the future I think has got to be up to him,” Saban said. “He’s the guy that has to do the work to make that successful for him. His choices and decisions off the field, we certainly would hate any of our players to ever do anything that would affect their ability to be successful in the future.”

Saban also said McClain stopped by and wished him happy birthday and that he “seemed to be doing well and we’re hopeful he’ll continue to do well in the future.”

NEW HONOR FOR MCCARRON: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award on Monday.

The award is given to the nation’s top quarterback. McCarron was a semifinalist last season, but Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel took home the award in 2012.

TIDE-MSU SET FOR NIGHT: Alabama’s game at Mississippi State on Nov. 16 will kick off at either 6 p.m. or 6:45 p.m., and ESPN or ESPN2 will televise the game.

The Southeastern Conference made the announcement Monday.
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