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From Augusta to Tuscaloosa: Nick Saban has been making the rounds - at a different pace. He said he doesn't have to be in a hurry anymore. That's what retirement is supposed to be like.

A lot of retirees become regular golfers. That applies to Saban too. He plays just about every day now - after he does the honey-do list for Miss Terry. That is another part of retirement for many.

Last week, Saban made his way over to Augusta, Ga. for his new employer ESPN. This is his new part-time or some-time gig.

He talked about the Masters and about how life has changed for him. His role with ESPN includes these type of engagements. It will also include NFL Draft analysis. And, he will become a new panelist with Gameday on college football Saturdays.

Some things have not changed. He still wakes up with a couple Little Debbies and coffee. Laura Rutledge asked the coach about his morning staple.

"The lady that's going to be on Gameday said she's all set with the Little Debbie's," said Saban. "I said, you've got your priorities right."

After those Saturday mornings with Davis, Herbstreit, McAfee, Corso and cream pies, Saban will return back to Tuscaloosa to watch games with the missus.

This too will be new ground. He's never watched a game with his wife, he said. Wouldn't it be fun to sit in during one of those gatherings?

Alabama had its A-Day with the new coach Kalen DeBoer calling the shots on Saturday. Saban returned for the traditional captains' recognition on the path of handprints and footprints at Denny Chimes. He attended the other happenings at Bryant-Denny Stadium as well.

The GOAT cemented his 'greatest' status with the final 17 years of his career in Tuscaloosa. He got his statue alongside Bryant and other greats outside of the stadium.

Isn't it time to take the next step in recognizing his greatness? There's no need to wait.

The only question is should it become Bryant-Saban Stadium or Saban-Bryant? Auburn did a nice thing in giving Pat Dye his due with the naming of the field, but we still refer to it as Jordan-Hare.

When Gene Stallings was coaching, he noted that Coach Bryant's presence was everywhere. It is not just the stadium, but Bryant Drive, Bryant Hall and the Paul Bryant Museum.

They have a replica of Bryant's office at the museum. They are taking apart Saban's office to modernize the look for DeBoer's. They should take Saban's desk, automatic door and all over to the museum.

And, they should start planning for the ceremonial unveiling of the stadium name change too. Not to slight Denny, he does have the chimes. I don't think he'll mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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