Just don’t send Nick Saban an email, all right?

Flashing his annual smile. (Brynn Anderson/AP photo)

Flashing his annual smile. (Brynn Anderson/AP photo)

Flashing his annual smile. (Brynn Anderson/AP photo)

New Orleans — One of the reasons Nick Saban has time to be the best in the business at coaching and recruiting and scowling and recruiting and motivating — and did we mention recruiting? — is that he wastes nary a moment deciding what to have for lunch. He eats at his desk and has the same thing every day: A salad with chicken strips and cherries.

Another way the emperor of Alabama conserves precious seconds: He doesn’t do email, ever.

Speaking at Bama’s hour-long media day session in advance of Thursday’s Sugar Bowl, Saban confessed that he doesn’t deal in emails or text messages or Google searches. “We didn’t have all that stuff when I was growing up,” he said.

Then, nodding toward contemporary student-athletes: “A lot of our players can’t function unless they’re in constant communication with a lot of people. I see value in communication, but not just sending something somebody can read. That’s not a personal touch.”

(As we know, the Great Saban is all about personal warmth. But we digress. Back to his take on modernity.)

“Terry (his wife, know universally as Miss Terry) and I go away for a weekend, and we come back and she has 387 emails. She spends the next day answering 387 emails. I spend the next day doing something productive.”

Then this: “I never get any emails. If you don’t send any, you don’t get any.”

Here he broke done and made a concession. “I do get text messages, and I do read them. I just don’t know how to send them back.”

Nick Saban, for the record, is 63. He’ll turn 64 on Halloween. Feel free to text “Happy B’day” and attach a smiley emoticon. But forget about that e-card.

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Nacho Bravo
Nacho Bravo

Social media has it place and in moderation. But Nick is right in that if it's not what he needs to do his job then it is an interuption to his job. You can't argue with his sucess though (well you can, but then you look foolish).

dawg fan
dawg fan

I'm tired of the news media acting like all this supposedly wonderful "social media" technology is the greatest thing since the freaking printing press.  Its a toy.  That's all it is.  Its a waste of time.  I don't really give a flying rat's butt what you had for dinner or what a celebrity thinks about the hot news topic of the day.  SHUT UP!!! Nobody cares. 


So Saban doesn't check email or send texts.  Whoopdeefreakingdoo!!!  He seems to be doing just fine.  To hear all the technology freaks talk you'd think the man wouldn't be able to put his pants on in the morning without all this indispensable technology to help him, but he's doing more than fine.  Its all just a bunch of corporate propaganda and a bunch of crap. 


Its a drain on our society.  I'm off the soapbox now.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Harvey Updyke said he and Nick talk frequently because Harvey doesn't do e-mails either. RTR 

ResidentGeorgiaFan
ResidentGeorgiaFan

Emails can waste a lot of time because way too many idiots send senseless crap all over the place.

ErkMunson
ErkMunson

No email? That's one thing I respect about Saban. I reckon he doesn't look at the Facebook either.

PigIron
PigIron

Mark has been a bit snippy lately, hasn't he?

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

"The process" works. If it didn't we wouldn't be in the playoffs and going for a 3rd national title in 4 years and a 4th national title in 6 years. So to hell with email if Lord Saban don't need it. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@ThulsaDoom

"The process" hasn't worked for the ATL Falcons, and everybody knows they're more "impotent" than Bammer.

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

@DawgNole


You gotta be kidding. The falcons are impotent to practically nobody. Did you see the game against the Steelers a few weeks ago. You woulda thought you were in Pittsburgh from the noise they made and the number of terrible towels in the stands. The falcons have almost always been largely irrelevant and but a footnote to Pro football fans. It sucks that its that way. But it is what it is. 

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

this is more proof of what ive been saying all along nick satan is yesterdays news WE are the future kids today dont want to be part of his old man ways and there tired of his act 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@MoistDawg  yea; and thats why UGA is in the Belk bowl playing for a 10 Win National Title and Alabama is playing in a playoff game for who knows what

FlatTire
FlatTire

@MoistDawg  funny how you guys were saying that after the 2012 season;  nothing has changed

DawghaveMange
DawghaveMange

@FlatTire @MoistDawg 


Moist, you spell like a 2nd grader at an underperforming elementary school in Detroit and you want to criticize arguably the best football coach in the country.....what a hoot you are and what a pitiful life you lead.

PappyHappy
PappyHappy

Perhaps that is why he is a consistent WINNER!  HE DOES NOT WASTE TIME!  Something worthy of our upcoming generations to learn and practice!

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

I wonder if this means he has an admin/secretary that answers his emails.  


Or do they print them out for Saban to read? 


(important email from the University President on an upcoming change in policy)

"Sorry, I never got the memo" 


Keith355
Keith355

Hi Mark, enjoyed your work as usual! 


PS - Think it's supposed to be "Here he broke down..."



JackClemens
JackClemens

He sure has a warm and fuzzy smile in that photo. Buenos nuevo anos, Mark.

rolltideface
rolltideface

Yeah- pretty stupid article. I'm a little biased but still, worthless piece. 

Scamwatcher
Scamwatcher

Who would want to send the arrogant, lying POS a personal email other than another jerk with the same traits?

BSNBC
BSNBC

A lousy pro coach!

HootyGoot
HootyGoot

If the Falcons bring in a college coach I'll change and be a Panthers fan and as far as coming to UGA! Ha Ha! They'll never pay the money it'd take to buy him.

GaLatino
GaLatino

I'm sure you planned this as some kind of satire, but I would love nothing more than a coach who, despite being 64 years old, unable to send texts, and unwilling to use email, STILL recruits, relates to, and reaches young men.... and ohbytheway wins FREAKING NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!! 


this was a fail, Mark.