Part 1: Taking Root
It was around Christmas in 1989 when Pat Perles got the call he suspects might have been the first one Nick Saban made. This was how it all began.
SIDE BAR: Game ball stays with Greg Meyer
Part 2: Coaching connection
The coaching business is no doubt a fraternity of sorts, and a close one at that. But Saban's former assistants talk about a level of loyalty and closeness that suggests an even tighter circle.
SIDE BAR: Jenkins torn over loyalty to Saban, LSU
Part 3: Passion for recruiting
Saban assistants say the recruiting trail is where a lot of the lighter, at-ease moments occurred in their time under the coach.
SIDE BAR: Saban's influence felt across all levels of football
Click here for a PDF of The Tuscaloosa News pages from the series, complete with the full listing of Nick Saban assistants.
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