I've been talking with friends and some family members, each of them diehard college football junkies like myself, and we all agree on one thing: An Alabama-Texas Tech national championship would be amazing simply just because of the coaches.
It would be intriguing to watch Nick Saban and Mike Leach match wits in a game. The two come from polar opposite backgrounds: Saban was a Bill Belichick disciple, and Leach worked with Hal Mumme. Saban's offense is more pro style; Leach's is wide open, keep 'em guessing, fling it down field, create mismatches for opposing defenses. Both have made a huge imprint on the college game, and no one would argue they're among the best coaches in the game, too (Maybe I'm way off, but I think Saban's locked up coach of the year honors already).
Of course, watching how they would handle the media for that game would be fascinating. A moment of full disclosure: I'll always have tremendous respect for Saban since he led my alma mater (LSU) to a national championship. And to this day, my one conversation with Leach remains among my favorite, because we spent 90 minutes discussing pirates and history before he helped me on a recruiting story.
The two are similar, but also quite different though, when dealing with my profession.
On one hand you have Saban, whose attitude toward the media is somewhere between indifference and disdain (I have friends who have dealt with him, and they said it was never easy). Then there's Leach, who can also be indifferent, but extremely random and very funny with some his dry comments.
I could picture it perfectly: Saban would bite his lip and be accommodating. Leach?
He'd want to take time out and talk about pirates, the best airports to use or the pros and cons of Facebook vs. MySpace. -Trae Thompson