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Nick Saban Speaks At AFCA Convention: "Working Under Belichick Was The Most Difficult Four Years Of My Coaching Career"

Saban talks, we all listen.

Today, many great coaches from across the country are gathered in Indianapolis for the 2014 American Football Coaches Association convention. Each year, a number of big-time figures meet up to share advice, talk football, and address big issues central to continued growth of the game -- this year's key topics are how to get more children involved in the sport again (youth league numbers are declining fast) and the further changes that may be necessary to promote player safety.

Of course, many people come just to listen to some of the nation's best coaches talk about their own experiences -- this year, all eyes were on Nick Saban. One thing that stood out (and he said many notable things) was his discussion of working under Bill Belichick:

Saban served as Belichick's defensive coordinator for four years in Cleveland, and is considered perhaps the great Belichick disciple of them all. However, Bill isn't known to be easy on his assistants -- he has a relentless work ethic and an apparent aversion to sleep which tends to carry over to those on his staff. Belichick is obviously one of the most well-respected coaches in the game, and a number of his former assistants have gone on to have great success as a result of what they learned by watching him, but nobody ever said it was easy.