Brother Oliver Speaks

No one doubts the genius of former Alabama Defensive Coordinator Bill Oliver. But Oliver, in Tuscaloosa this week to play in a charity golf tournament, said the secret to success isn't much of a secret.

"When I was at Alabama, we all started early and no one started earlier than I did," Oliver said. "Coach Bryant wanted us to start early and I was usually in the office by 4:30."

Bill "Brother" Oliver, who lives on Lake Martin after having retired following a stint as interim head coach at Auburn, is now serving as a consultant to college football coaching staffs. Among his recent clients has been Alabama.

Oliver said he had a longtime relationship with Alabama Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines. "Joe has a great grasp and a great package of front defense," Oliver said. "We talked about some ways to put some different coverage packages with it."

He said they also broke down film of a specific 2005 opponent, too.

But Oliver wasn't in Tuscaloosa for football business this week. He was playing in the Mal Moore Charity Golf Tournament at NorthRiver Yacht Club. The event raises in excess of $100,000 for the Tuscaloosa Boys and Girls Club.

Oliver said one reason he was able to put together successful game plans and then implement them in calling the defense on game day was "because I wrote everything down. But I didn't waste time. I've heard about staffs who have to write down everything they saw in practice after practice. But when I was finished with practice, I was finished for the day. I preferred to get started early the next morning when I was fresh."

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