On Jan. 4, 2007, Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore arrived in Tuscaloosa from a talent search in South Florida, and had with him the result of his efforts. He had Nick Saban on the jet with him, and Saban was about to embark on a journey that would dwarf the trip from Miami to The University of Alabama.
Who expected Nick Saban to coach the Crimson Tide for 10 years (and counting)?
Probably about the same number who would have predicted that on Jan. 11, 2017, Alabama would be playing for its fifth national championship under Saban.
About the same number who would have predicted that Alabama would have won four Southeastern Conference championships, including the last three in a row.
About the same number who would have predicted Saban having at this point in his career a record of 119-18 at Alabama.
Maybe just a handful fewer that would have predicted Alabama having a 14-0 record on the anniversary of his 10th year, and having been No. 1 throughout the season.
Certainly no more than would have thought Alabama would have been ranked first in the nation for 50 games, as will be the case when the Tide kicks off against Clemson Monday night in Tampa.
There are a number of other achievements under Saban that boggle the mind.
But not Nick Saban’s mind. He doesn’t have time or the inclination to think about them.
Following Wednesday’s practice, Saban was asked if he had time to think about this being the 10th anniversary of him becoming the Alabama head football coach.
Saban said, "Well, you know, I'm not really thinking about that right now. I'm really focusing on what we have to do.
“Look, I want to do the best job for this team and our guys. This is not the time to be falling in love with what you did yesterday, last year, last week, 10 years ago, or anything else.
“I want to do the best job I can for these players to put them in the best position that they can to have a chance to be successful against a great team. That's how this team will get remembered. Their legacy as a team will go a long ways to how they do in this game.
“Kind of hard to think about all that stuff when you're really trying to focus on what you'd like to do for the players that you sort of have so much gratitude for all the hard work that they've done to put themselves in this position and you just want to help them take advantage of it every way that you can."