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Nick Saban is awesome. So is Alabama. Deal with it.

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Nick Saban is outsmarting, outmanning and outspending the rest of college football - Orlando Sentinel

But, seriously, he has so many people on his staff, he can't come up with enough original job descriptions. For instance, he has a Director of Football Operations, but he also has a Football Operations Coordinator. The Tide has a Director of Player Personnel and three Assistant Directors of Player Personnel. Even more impressively, there are eight employees whose job is listed as "Football Analyst." Supposedly, these are the guys whose primary job is to simply break down videotape. Don't ask me why you need eight of them.

Alabama hires a LOT of staff. And many probably aren't even listed. They even have people whose sole job is to make sure the players do their homework and go to class. The Alabama Crimson Tide football program is more than just a dynasty, its an empire.

Alabama's Nick Saban more open to up-tempo offense - Houston Chronicle

As it did four years ago, angry Alabama adjusted and used the home loss as fuel, in winning a national title in each of the recent seasons with a home loss.

Two more examples of why Saban, 64, is considered the top coach of modern college football, and a case can be made for the best of all-time, considering the across-the-board parity prevalent in today’s game, save for Alabama. He’s also willing to change, evidenced by his philosophical differences with up-tempo offenses, which he’s set aside for the good of his program.

And at the head of that empire is a mighty dictator. Nick Saban has pieced together what might be the most impressive college football program of all time, and he hasn't done so by being stuck in a winning formula. Saban is more than happy to change his schemes and personnel philosophies to stay ahead of the ever swinging pendulum in college football. That is what makes him so good.

Clemson game still bugs Alabama defensive lineman | AL.com

"Oh yeah, that was very disappointing," Allen said Wednesday at SEC Media Days. "As a defense, you want to win. But you want to win a 10-7 game. We're happy we won, but that's probably one of those games I won't be visiting too often."

Clemson rolled off 550 total yards in the losing effort. In a shootout fourth quarter, Alabama never fully shut down the explosive Tiger offense. The ACC champions scored the final touchdown with 12 seconds left, but Alabama iced it by recovering the onside kick.

You can be sure this is one thing that Saban will be working to keep from happening again. Despite the legendary season from the 2015 defense, DeShaun Watson and the rest of the Clemson offense tore through them (though obviously not enough to win the game). Many teams next season will look to copy Clemson's offensive blueprint, so Jeremy Pruitt and the defense will have to be ready.

Tide's Howard, Scott named to Wuerffel watch list

Alabama senior tight end O.J. Howard and junior punter JK Scott have been named to the 2016 Wuerffel Award preseason watch list, it was announced Wednesday by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach (Fla.).

The Crimson Tide duo were among 88 players named to the list for an award that focuses not only a student-athletes contributions on the field but also in the community. Barrett Jones previously won the award in 2011.

I love seeing our players on these kinds of lists. Football is such a huge and influential sport in this culture, and many players realize that and truly understand just how much they can give back to the world around them from it. With them already being on these sorts of lists now, just imagine what they can do once they are in the pros without all the NCAA and money restrictions and red tape everywhere.

That's about it for the day. Most all of the news at the moment is centered around SEC media days, which we'll have our own recaps for here at Roll Bama Roll.