Saban and Croyle to speak on character

Adrienne Burch


Coach Nick Saban and former Tide player and owner of Big Oak Ranch John Croyle will speak to the student body tomorrow as part of the Student Government Association Judicial Board’s Coaching Character Initiative. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m., at Coleman Coliseum, but doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

The event is for University of Alabama students and faculty only. An ACT card will be needed for entrance.

Joe Hart, associate justice of the SGA judicial board, came up with the idea for this Coaching Character Initiative and has been working for a few months to put it into action.

Hart said that it is the goal of the Judicial Board to deal with student misconduct, and he feels this often means they focus on telling students not to do a certain action because of the action’s negative consequences.

“I wanted to find a way to motivate students to positively change because of positive consequences,” Hart said.

Hart said then he thought that the perfect people to motivate the student body to positively change for the advantage of our campus would be Alabama coaches.

“The coaches command a lot of respect,” Hart said.

Hart said the focus for the night will be the Capstone Creed and how students should work to better practice what it says. However, he hopes Saban will open up and talk about his own life experiences.

“I want him to say, ‘This is what I’ve learned over my years of coaching, and this is how you should apply it to your life,’” Hart said.

Hart said Croyle is also a very talented speaker. At the age of 24, Croyle gave up a career in the NFL to start Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for homeless, unwanted and abused children in Gadsden, Ala.

Hart said the event is sure to be engaging, and he urges all students to attend.