By Hunter Ford
In an extremely brief Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban’s most newsworthy comments may have been about his own feelings about changing jobs.
He was asked about former Alabama offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain, who is now the Colorado State head coach and is a rumored candidate for the Florida job.
Saban said McElwain deserved the opportunity to move to a higher-level position. He said he had not talked to McElwain, but would be happy for McElwain and his family if he were to get a better job.
Saban said it was never easy to move from one program to another.
“It’s not easy to just pick up and leave,” Saban said. “I’ve done that way too many times. I never want to do it again to be honest with you.”
Alabama will play Missouri in the SEC Championship game Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 3 p.m. CT.
The Tide players have been practicing well and understand the gravity of the game, according to Saban. Alabama is ranked number one in the College Football Playoff Poll. A loss in the SEC Championship could end Alabama’s chances of making the four-team national championship playoff.
“Every game we play all year, it’s the same question. I’ve got the same answer. It’s the most important game, because it’s the next game,” Saban said.
On the injury front, Cam Robinson, ArDarius Stewart, and Brian Vogler have all practiced this week after suffering minor injuries in the Iron Bowl (Robinson) and the week before (Stewart and Vogler.) Denzell Duvall is the most questionable Tide player for the game against Missouri.
Saban praised safety Landon Collins for being an outstanding player, no matter what role he has been given. Saban said Collins was a “demon” special teams player as a freshman.
“He does all the things that are critical,” Saban said. “He practices hard, and plays hard in the game.”