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Nick Saban not using ‘external’ criticism as motivation

There is a lot of discussion surrounding the state of the Alabama football program after its loss to the Texas Longhorns.

The Tide suffered its first loss of the season against Texas last Saturday, making it the earliest the Crimson Tide has loss in a season since 2003. The loss was also the largest margin of defeat for Alabama at home since 2004. The defeat has many talking, including former Alabama players.

Nick Saban revealed he is unaware of the criticism during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. 

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“My approach is try to play to a standard, try to get our players to play to a standard,” said Saban. “When we don’t play to a standard, try to get our players to play to a standard, and when we don’t play to a standard, I don’t need anybody else to criticize. I’ve got pride in performance, just like everybody else in this organization. We want to try to get it right. We want to do everything we can to get people to play to a standard. That’s what we’re focused on. My standard comes from within me, not from some external motivation that comes from someplace else. I haven’t even heard or read any of those things because I don’t really pay attention to any of it. I do pay a lot of attention to what we’re doing here internally and how we can get it fixed, so our players have a better chance to be successful.”

Saban and the Tide will look to bounce back from the loss on the road against USF this weekend.

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