Bruce Arians: Nick Saban 'covets' Giants coaching job

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He was prepared to watch from the sideline as his team lost another national championship.

12-game season vs. 18 months? Why he would do it, I don't know.

Fresh off winning his sixth national title as a college football coach, Alabama's Nick Saban is said to be interested in the New York Giants' head-coaching vacancy, according to recently retired Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.

At the risk of adding to the paralysis of analysis (ad infinitum, ad nauseam) following big games, I have found myself captured by a powerful parable I need to examine and express before time passes and the imagery of the Alabama victory fades.

"A very motived unit, one that was ready to go get it", Hurts said. A couple of plays later, Fred Taylor scored the game-winner with a 1-yard TD run with 1:50 remaining, clinching a 32-29 Gators upset. "We were watching my phone and watching the game and just screaming the whole time".

It was an entirely different story in the second half, however, thanks to Tagovailoa.

Hurts, who entered the game with a 25-2 record as Alabama's starting quarterback, will have strong competition for the starting job next season. Georgia sniffed out a screen pass, Tagovailoa couldn't pick up his next option and Georgia dumped the youngster for a 16-yard loss.

The Tide remained determined and steadily began erasing the deficit.

BC-FBC-T25-Championship-Tagovailoa-Hawaii, 724 Hawaii native leads Alabama with "humility and class " AP Photo GADG105, CFP286Eds: With AP Photos. Facing a fourth-and-four, Saban chose to gamble and go for it with 3:56 left.

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Pappanastos set up for what could have a game-winning field goal, but the 36-yard kick sailed wide left and helped send the game to overtime.

Tagovailoa wasn't a well-seasoned freshman, having only played in seemingly meaningless minutes throughout the season, although he was heralded as a top quarterback prospect coming out of high school.

More history: The last time he was in the National Football League, his Miami Dolphins went 15-17 during a tumultuous tenure in which he said he wouldn't be leaving for Alabama - until he did.

Alabama struggled to move the ball at all, but especially through the air, in the first half against Georgia. "It put us out of field-goal range".

"I'm saying what's going to be unique about this situation?"

"It just happens to be open", Arians said.

So much so that Tagovailoa was planning to transfer, Kiffin says.

Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in overtime to claim the football program's 17th national title.

There's a line in the movie "The Cincinnati Kid" where Edward G. Robinson, playing card shark Lancey Howard, tells Steve McQueen, "You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around you're second best, might as well live with it".

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