”With young players, you'd like to make sure they're focusing on the things they need to do to play their best football at this time of year. Regardless of what we've done in the past, I don't think it's going to affect how we play in this game.“
Alabama (12-1) has a shot at history Monday night in Sun Life Stadium. No team has won consecutive national titles and the Tide could be the first since Nebraska (1994-97) to win three championships in four seasons.
A win could give Saban his fourth national title after winning one at LSU in 2003. But his controversial departure from the Dolphins' job he held from 2005-06 was still a hot topic when he stepped off the plane Wednesday afternoon.
”I've made my comments about all that. We all learn things about ourselves as we go,“ Saban said after facing his second Dolphins-related question. ”Some things we all would like to be differently. …. We all make mistakes but sometimes you'd like to do things differently. You don't get the opportunity to get it back. We've said what we have to say about it.“
Saban left the Dolphins for Alabama in January of 2007 after previously denying reports of interest in the job. Since arriving in Tuscaloosa, he's 48-6 with the Crimson Tide including two SEC and BCS title apiece.
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