What was the most gratifying aspect of winning the national championship?
NS: The first thing was seeing the players, who had invested so much, experience gratification. They'll be proud of this for the rest of their lives. And then seeing the fans, who have so much pride in the team and the university, be so happy.
Did the fact that Tuscaloosa had been hit by the tornado add meaning to the title?
NS: Absolutely. I was proud of how our guys got into the community and helped people not only right after the tornado but for a long time afterward. I think we created some hope and almost a distraction for people.
Is it harder to motivate a team that has just won?
NS: It can be tough. It's human nature when you do something well to think you're entitled and to take it easy.
SI: HOW DO YOU FIGHT COMPLACENCY?
NS: YOU GET PEOPLE TO CHALLENGE THEMSELVES. A FEW DAYS AFTER WE WON THE TITLE WE MET WITH OUR RETURNING PLAYERS. I SAID, "YOU ARE NOT NATIONAL CHAMPIONS."
Why has the BCS trophy resided in the state of Alabama for the last three years?
NS: I don't know. People in this state have tremendous passion for football. And there's a lot of good high school coaches doing a great job of developing talent.