MSNBC's Joe Scarborough apparently helped Nick Saban land at Alabama, according to Paul Finebaum

The story of how Nick Saban became coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team apparently involves a cable television host. 

As ESPN's Paul Finebaum described during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," hosted by Joe Scarborough, the former Republican congressman influenced University of Alabama brass to pluck the seven-time national champion from the pro game and return him to the college ranks. 

"I really believe that all of your friends in Alabama owe you a debt of gratitude," Finebaum said. "Because 13 years ago ... Joe Scarborough did something that changed college football and changed the dynamics of where we are today." 

Scarborough, Finebaum said, wrote an op-ed for The Birmingham News, "excoriating the administration in Tuscaloosa for hiring a bunch of losers, and he demanded that they display excellence.

"And he gave them two choices: Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban." 

They heeded Scarborough's advice and lured Saban away from the Miami Dolphins. 

Finebaum proceeded to state the obvious: "And the college football world has never been the same." 

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