The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 5, 2013

Saban: Alabama players must put aside 'clutter'


Associated Press

— MIAMI (AP) — Days after team leaders held a players-only meeting, Alabama coach Nick Saban says the Crimson Tide's performance in Monday's BCS championship will say a lot about whether his players have put aside the "clutter" that comes with their success.

Saban spoke Saturday at media day for the title game, which pits No. 2 Alabama against No. 1 Notre Dame. Alabama is favored by more than a touchdown.

Saban says that two days after the Tide beat LSU in last year's BCS title game, he held a team meeting and told players they were no longer the national champions. He has been pushing his players to be "all they can be" since then.

That theme came up again this week when Tide players held a meeting because they wanted their teammates to get more focused in practice.