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Saban Makes "60 Minutes" Appearance

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Nick Saban appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday in a segment focused on "The Process" and Saban's perfectionism. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Nick Saban appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday in a segment focused on "The Process" and Saban's perfectionism. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

CBS featured Alabama coach Nick Saban on "60 Minutes" on Sunday night, titling the segment "The Perfectionist."

The Tide apparently let the cameras have access during a period of eight months. Saban can add yet another arrow to his recruiting quiver, as if he needs one, with the national exposure.

The segment focused on the exhaustively-covered Process. Asked to respond to criticism saying he's too harsh, Saban classified the stance as unfair.

"We create a standard for how we want to do things. And everybody's got to buy into that standard or you really can't have any team chemistry," Saban said. "Mediocre people don't like high achievers, and high achievers don't like mediocre people."

The show focused on freshman cornerback Eddie Robinson, the target of some pointed criticism during an August practice filmed by the "60 Minutes" crew. Later in the show, viewers watched footage from the Ole Miss game, which Robinson started. His interception helped Alabama shut out the Rebels.

To further illustrate the point, CBS rolled out footage of the national championship game. With a 42-14 lead, then-center Barrett Jones and quarterback AJ McCarron had a miscommunication that forced the team to call a timeout. The outcome long since decided, the argument between the roommates got heated enough for Jones to shove McCarron in the chest.

Recalling the moment, Saban gave a rare grin.

"The approach was the challenge to play every play in the game like it had a history and life of its own and try to take the other team out of the game and make it all about us," Saban said of developing "The Process."

The show also asked university chancellor Robert Witt whether Saban's $5.3 million salary is worth it.

"Nick Saban's the best financial investment this university has ever made," Witt said, citing a 112 percent increase in revenue for the athletic department.

Other highlights from the segment included footage of the Pop Warner team Nick Saban Sr., his father, started in Fairmont, West Virginia. Saban played for his now-deceased dad and remembers the team having to run up a three-tiered hill after practice for conditioning, returning with a leaf to prove they made it to the top in the diminishing light.

Saban also recounted working car detail at his father's service station and having to re-wash the entire car if he left a single streak, crediting those moments for his attention to detail.

The show did briefly mention Saban's deceptive departure from the Miami Dolphins after one season, during which time he explicitly denied interest in the Alabama job, but Saban told CBS he was wrong. The segment quickly moved on and otherwise came across more or less like a commercial for Alabama football.