The Audible: A side of Nick Saban, Alabama you haven’t seen before

At no time has Nick Saban's Alabama program meant more to the Tuscaloosa community than in April 2011.


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Three years ago, a tornado swept through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing dozens.

Other storms assaulted different parts of the state, with the death toll of April 27, 2011, reaching the hundreds.

The entire Alabama football program was affected by the storm, particularly long snapper Carson Tinker, whose girlfriend died after the tornado ripped her from Tinker’s arms and flung her.

Former Sports Illustrated writer and current Alabama professor Lars Anderson wrote a cover story on the tornado in 2011 and now dives into greater detail on the tragedy’s impact on Alabama football and the Tuscaloosa community with a book scheduled for August.

Anderson joined The Audible with Bruce Feldman to discuss how the storm changed Nick Saban and opened up a side of him most rarely get to see — Saban had been through tragedy before, as he was on campus for the Kent State shooting in 1970 — what football really means to people in the South and the process of putting together a book such as this.

To listen to the conversation, click on the player below:

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