Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM.

If you are a college football fan, chances are you are familiar with the University of Alabama’s domination under Coach Nick Saban, having won three National Championships in the past four years. 

If you are not an Alabama or football fan, don’t stop reading, because this is not just about football.

Talking heads on television, newspaper columnists and radio know-it-alls talk about “The Process” when referring to Nick Saban’s reason for success at the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University, having won four total National Championships for the two schools.

Barrett Jones, a former All-American at Alabama who now plays for the St. Louis Rams in the NFL has been asked to describe The Process on several occasions.  Jones usually notes something to the effect of, “The Process means not focusing on the results, but focusing on how you get there.”  In other words, The Process is about doing the little things right and letting the big things take care of themselves.

My understanding of the real meaning of The Process came as a result of the Alabama-Tennessee game that took place on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

That being said, I would like to say that The Process does not belong to Nick Saban – he didn’t invent it.  He seems to just do a good job of what his parents taught him to do.

This “Process” is prevalent throughout the Southeastern United States and I’m pretty sure it is elsewhere because Coach Saban himself came from West Virginia.  I don’t think West Virginia is in the South or the north; it’s in the mountains or something.



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