UA president Dr. Robert Witt, and Alabama director of athletics Mal M. Moore received a ringing endorsement today from the most powerful coach in America, Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban. Saban said the Forbes story and cover werenâ€™t a testament to him as much as it were a testament to the entire University and its leadership team.
â€œWhen I go home at night, Iâ€™m not the most powerful person at my house,â€ Saban said. â€œThis is all about the University of Alabama. It is all about the football program here. It is all about the opportunity that we have here, the great tradition we have here and what we do to try to restore that tradition. It really isnâ€™t about me. Weâ€™ve got a great team of people here.â€
Saban singled out members of the team for special praise. He lavished praise on Dr. Wittâ€™s efforts to improve the University; he cited improved enrollment and student quality.
â€œWeâ€™ve got a great president of the University, who has done a fantastic job of improving the quality of education around here, enrollment, the quality of students, making it easier for us to recruit people,â€ Saban said. â€œHe has been very supportive of the athletic program.â€
As for athletic director Moore, Saban praised his work too. He said the entire athletic department was â€œstrong.â€
â€œCoach Moore has done a fantastic job in the athletic department,â€ Saban said. â€œWe have a strong athletic department. Dave Hart is going to add to that. So, we have a lot of people around here that contribute to the success.â€