In his hey-day former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne was known for more than his X's and O's skills. Dr. Tom also set up a quasi Boys Town for wayward souls in Lincoln. Osborne had numerous rehab projects, including the troubled, but talented running back Lawrence Phillips.
Now we have Alabama football coach Nick Saban, who seems to be setting up a halfway house for football coaches who need reprogramming. A few years ago, Saban provided a port in the storm for former USC football coach Lane Kiffin, who has had a brilliant run as the Tide's offensive coordinator and now seems ready to go out on his own again.
St. Nick has extended an invitation to Kiffin's successor at USC, Steve Sarkisian, who was fired after admitting he had an alcohol abuse problem. "We're glad to have him as part of the organization,'''said Saban, who hired Sarkisian as an "analyst''. "Hopefully he will be able to get back on his feet professionally and this will be beneficial to him.''
With that in mind, TMGcollegesports.com has learned that Saban reportedly is also considering helping other souls looking for new direction.
Included are: Former Illinois coach Tim Beckman, former Baylor coach Art Briles, each of who had non-football issues involved in their dismissal. St. Nick also reportedly will give courtesy interviews to former Congressman Anthony Weiner, and is ready to extend an olive branch to Donald Trump if things do not go well for The Donald on November 8th. There is chatter that Saban is even willing to listen to Mexican drug lord El Chapo if and when he is released or breaks out of prison again.
In addition to all of this, Saban has done a fine job preparing the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide for the season, which began with a rout of USC over the weekend. For this, TMGcollegesports.com is proud to announce that Saban is TMG's Newsmaker of the Week.