The tsunami that is the Nick Saban autograph scene lasted 11 minutes in the hotel lobby. In reality, though, it's the culmination of an eight- to 10-hour wait for some of the couple hundred fans hoping to interact with Saban for a fleeting moment.
Seriously, why would Nick Saban want to leave all this? Boredom, maybe. Fatigue, perhaps. Alabama's biggest obstacle at this point may be the system itself. In two seasons, it would have to win two of these games in a playoff to capture what would be at the time its fourth consecutive championship. That could flat-out just tucker a dynasty out.