Throughout college athletics, there are only a handful of coaches that can spark a debate without even being in the room. There are only a few that can stir someone’s emotions so much; they are willing to come to blows with their own friends and family. There are only a couple college coaches that are the most beloved in one room and the most hated in another. One of those men is the head coach of the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, Nick Saban. You won’t meet a college football fan from the bayou to the Keys and back to Dixie that doesn’t have a strong opinion about nick, one way or the other.
On August 24th, Flashlight Media Group, LLC, will premiere the movie ‘Gamechanger, an authorized biographical film about the head elephant himself, Nick Saban. The movie will be released in a limited capacity around the great state of Alabama, I know, who knew Alabama had theaters? Basically the film will cover Saban’s childhood and his rise to the top of college football. It will feature interviews and commentary from several celebrities including Bill Parcells, Joe Namath, Bobby Bowden, Gene Stallings, Jimbo Fisher and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin. It will be the first and last time Joe Manchin will ever be mentioned again with this group of people. The movie will feature behind the scenes looks at Nick’s 2010 national title and the blood, sweat, and tears he shed in order to be victorious over the Texas Longhorns in the BCS title game. Something tells me that it will not highlight the actual blood, sweat, and tears his players actually shed that night in January, but I didn’t make the movie, so, I will keep my personal comments out of this.
I have thought about this over the past day or so and have come to only one conclusion of why Nick Saban might have agreed to give this type of unprecedented access to himself and his football program to a movie crew. Satan has a giant ego, most, if not all of the great ones do. He is worshiped in Alabama and will have a statue of himself unveiled outside their stadium (possibly the weekend the Gators come to town) in Tuscaloosa. I may be totally naive, but I don’t think he did this film to pump up his enormous ego. Not that he doesn’t love to have his butt shined by the public; I just think he can’t possibly need it shined up anymore than it already is. C’mon folks, THEY ARE UNVEILING A STATUE OF THE GUY! I believe Satan agreed to this for one reason, recruiting. This movie might only get released in those movie houses in Alabama, but don’t think that every 5* quarterback, linebacker, and running back in the country won’t wake up one day with one of those specially wrapped DVDs on their front porch sooner than later. Although Dolphins fans might disagree, Saban is no idiot and free publicity for his program will not go past his desk without him at least taking a gander.
Now, let’s bring it back to Big Blue country. I mentioned earlier that there were only a few head coaches in college sports that cause a fuss no matter what they do. Over the past year and a half, there might only be one other that could rival Saban for the most polarizing coach in collegiate sports, and I bet you know who he is. There may be only one other coach in collegiate sports that is a more aggressive recruiter, teacher, and promoter than Nick Saban too. If Nick Saban is the Gamechanger, is John Calipari the Gamesaver? How long before Cal’s movie is showing up on the silver screen throughout the Bluegrass and on the front stoops of point guards and power forwards alike? Get your popcorn and milk duds ready, something tells me it won’t be long. Game recognizes game and Cal will not let himself fall out of the recruiting loop.
On behalf of the Big Blue nation and Coach Calipari, I thank you Coach Saban! We will send you the DVD as soon as possible! Go Cats!