Nick Saban on Clemson loss: "I'll never get over it"

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Swinney and Saban are good friends (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 in last year's College Football Playoff title game. However, Alabama head coach Nick Saban still isn't over the sting and heartbreak of the last second gut-wrenching loss.

"I'll never get over it because you never do with those kind of losses," Saban told ESPN. "I never got over the returned field goal at Auburn. I never got over playing poorly against Ohio State and losing that game late. And then in this game, we didn't play very well, and Clemson did when they had to. That's what eats at you."

Saban can't figure out what happened to some of his players that didn't perform up to their potential. It was probably that Washington and Clemson were just two tough opponents that matched up well against Alabama.

"Something happened to our team from the SEC championship game to the playoff," Saban said. "You look at the Clemson game, and our really good players didn't play very well. But Clemson was a damn good team. They were the best team we played against with the best quarterback, and where we needed to play well, we didn't."

Saban reiterated that he is having a tough time moving past his last game.

"But we didn't play to our strengths, and that's my fault. That's the part that's hard to get over."

It won't get too much easier for Saban as the Crimson Tide will open up the 2017 football season against ACC powerhouse Florida State on Sat, Sept 2.

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Alabama didn't play well????
njones63®
Re: Alabama didn't play well????
TWALEXA
I get it...
grover173
Re: I get it...
The GM
Re: I get it...
Tiger1616Dad
Dabo has the same mentality. He focuses on Clemson.
Caddie
Re: Dabo has the same mentality. He focuses on Clemson.
The GM
Re: Alabama didn't play well????
mikebmike
Re: FB Update: Nick Saban on Clemson loss: "I'll never get over it"
GSCtiger
Boo Hoo....go pay for for some 5 stars..***
ClemsonSCTiger
Re: FB Update: Nick Saban on Clemson loss: "I'll never get over it"
TigerMascot25
Re: FB Update: Nick Saban on Clemson loss: "I'll never get over it"
ZeeGantt®
Didn't play well my a$$. We took their best shot and got
Hi Cotton Tiger®
Re: Didn't play well my a$$. We took their best shot and got
TAFC_5_81
Point - true. After the '15 NC game, Dabo was laser focused_
Tropical
Also, if we don't break contain at DE on 3rd and 16
RenegadeTiger®
Very reasonable comments. All great coaches, players & teams
Tropical
Re: Very reasonable comments. All great coaches, players & teams
The GM
people like that do break... they break down muttering
Knuck
Re: people like that do break... they break down muttering
The GM
In competition, preparation is never done in isolation
Knuck
"internal sphere of focus and a dogma..."
Tim317
Two examples of the opposite ...Petrino & Jimbo
Tropical
Re: FB Update: Nick Saban on Clemson loss: "I'll never get over it"
ZeeGantt®
Sounds like Nick is living in another state
catfan®
Why are we posting highlight videos made by Bama fans. Half
warren®
Three clear targeting crown of helmet to helmet NOT called
tigeron®
"Washington and Clemson" ??? What the he!! does Wasington
SolidVerbal
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allorangeallthetime52®
Re: FB Update: Nick Saban on Clemson loss: "I'll never get over it"
allorangeallthetime52®
"But we didn't play to our strengths, and that's my fault."
tigerband1®
Only way to get over it is to quit coaching college foot.***
ObiWan
Losing sleep making 10 million/yr. Rough life.***
ColaTownTiger
Re: FB Update: Nick Saban on Clemson loss: "I'll never get over it"
Forever Clemson®
SEC! SEC! SEC! Hang on... Those coattails are stretching...***
SOLOS®
Re: SEC! SEC! SEC! Hang on... Those coattails are stretching...***
Forever Clemson®
Doesn't "imply" for me... I NEVER had a love fest for Nicki.
SOLOS®
Re: Doesn't "imply" for me... I NEVER had a love fest for Nicki.
Forever Clemson®
Correct. I don't. I only read about the results.....***
SOLOS®
He'll get over it next year
BengalBilly
Good***
cundvale®
His anguish makes the championship that much sweeter
ClemsonBarry
I absolutely can't stand highlight videos with bad
WolfMan2
Re: I absolutely can't stand highlight videos with bad
mikebmike

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