In a Total College Sports interview with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Sean Salisbury asked what makes Alabama successful. Mariota said the Alabama Crimson Tide football team is successful because of players and Coach Nick Saban.
In the above embedded video (sorry some mobile systems cannot watch) the Alabama and BCS conversation begins around the two minute mark. A brief transcript follows:
Salisbury asked, “Right now the national championship seems to run through Tuscaloosa, Alabama. So, we can’t go through an interview without asking, number 1 in your mind, Why are they so good? And when you study them, what amazes you about them?”
Mariota said, “It is just the next guy up. A great example is the running backs. Mark Ingram left and then there is Trent Richardson. Now it is Eddie Lacy. They have that type of program where you don’t rebuild, but reload. They have a great coach who always puts them in good situations. I think that is the main reason for the success. They are just able to continue to learn from the guy in front of them and when they have their opportunity, they make the most of it.”
Salisbury asked, “Did you guys belong in the national title game?”
Mariota said, “We had a really good team this year. We ended up winning the Fiesta Bowl and that was a great success, but we still had a little sour taste in our mouth. We felt we should have had the opportunity to play…Sometimes that is the way the ball bounces.”
The interview covers Mariota as a Heisman candidate next year, a Super Bowl prediction, how Oregon will respond to losing Coach Chip Kelly and Oregon’s new coach.
So, what do you think has made Alabama a dominant power in college football?