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Nick Saban Flew In Former Ohio State Assistant Tom Herman To Ask Him How The Buckeyes Dominated The Tide

Much of the college football world was shocked to see Ohio State rack up over 500 yards of offense against Alabama in last year's Sugar Bowl. That apparently includes Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. According to Alabama assistant Kirby Smart, Saban even flew in former Ohio State assistant Tom Herman, who is now the head coach at Houston, to ask him what "tendencies" the Buckeyes found with Alabama when preparing for the Tide. Herman was apparently willing to help, too.

Kirby did an interview with 680 The Fan earlier this week. Via 247 Sports:

So what does a loss like that in the first-ever, four-team playoff do to a perennial program like the Crimson Tide? It forces it to call former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, who is now the head coach of the Houston Cougars, and bring him to Tuscaloosa for a visit to pick his brain.

“It makes you look at everything,” Smart said. “I’ll tell you the best thing we did, and I give Coach (Nick) Saban a lot credit, we went directly to (Herman). We flew him in. We said “Hey, look, we want to meet with you. You know us better than anybody. You spent four weeks getting ready for us. What’s our tendencies? What do we do wrong? What do you think?’ And he was honest with us, he just told us what he thought. It was very valuable for us.”

It's certainly a bit odd to hear that coaches of two major programs are offering each other advice, but this probably happens more than you think.