JUST MY TYPE

June 15, 2015

NICK SABAN

HE'S ELECTRIC

The four-time national-champion coach of Alabama, known for his crackling intensity on the football field, showed that he can channel that fervor onto the dance floor.

DAN PATRICK: How was your daughter Kristen's wedding?

NICK SABAN: Fantastic. The bride was happy, and the bride's mom was happy. So everybody's happy.

DP: How emotional did you get?

NS: I was just really excited and happy. We've known this young man [Adam Setas] for a long time. They actually rode the school bus together when they were five years old [when I was] at Michigan State. I didn't feel like we were losing a daughter. We were gaining a son.

DP: Song that made you dance at the wedding?

NS: The Electric Slide is one of my old favorites, so we were out there for that. I tried to learn the Wobble. That took a little more expertise, knowledge and experience. The groom is Greek, so we also had Greek dances. I learned one.

DP: How did he ask for her hand?

NS: It took him about a month. They told me that he was going to ask, and every time I'd see him, I tried to put us in a situation where he could ask, but he never did. Somebody finally had to beat it out of him.

DP: Don't you realize how intimidating you are?

NS: No, I don't realize that. I still feel like I'm a kid from West Virginia. It's hard for me to understand why anyone would be intimidated.

DP: Really?

NS: That's a fact.

DP: What if she wanted to have the wedding in the fall?

NS: We've had a few of those. Sometimes people in the family get mad that I can't come. My response to that is, I'd love to come, but if you want me to come you have to schedule the wedding when I can come.

DP: What if you're playing a Division I-AA school? Is there a chance you'd take that off to go to a wedding?

NS: Never. As a coach your responsibility is to your team and players.

DP: You've expressed concerns that with the SEC no longer allowing coaches to participate in satellite camps, the conference isn't on an even playing field with other schools.

NS: If we're going to have a playoff between these conferences then we should try to level the playing field as much as possible. After eight years in the NFL, I look at their model. They do try to create parity and competitive balance, so it's even.

DP: Is the College Football Playoff good for the SEC?

NS: I like the playoff. I think it creates a lot of fan interest and a lot of excitement. I think I was a little misunderstood when I said that I hate the fact that the playoff has minimized the impact of bowl games a little bit. Hopefully these things can survive together.

GUEST SHOTS

SAY WHAT?

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw talked to me about his pregame ritual. "I don't like to think I'm superstitious," the three-time Cy Young winner said. "But then again if I didn't eat a turkey sandwich and I pitched bad, I would blame it on that." ... Kentucky coach John Calipari defended his strategy of playing 10 players last season: "All 10 of them will eventually be in the NBA, so why would I be the one choosing who not to play? How about I give them all a chance because they are that good? We won 38 straight games. How much did it hurt our team?" ... I asked Lance Armstrong if "seven-time Tour de France winner" still belongs in his bio. "[If we asked] the 200 guys who took that start line each of those seven years who won those races," Armstrong said, "they would all agree that I won."

PHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PATRICK) PHOTOTYLER KAUFMAN/ICON SPORTSWIRE/AP (SABAN) PHOTODOUG PENSINGER/GETTY IMAGES (KERSHAW) PHOTOSTREETER LECKA/GETTY IMAGES (CALIPARI) PHOTOLEIGH VOGEL/WIREIMAGE/GETTYIMAGES (ARMSTRONG)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)