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Premiering on SportSouth, Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Re-Airs July 16 at 5 p.m. ET, July 17 at 11 p.m. ET, July 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET

SportSouth, the nation’s sixth largest regional sports television network, will debut an original program on University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban on Saturday, July 14.  Saban talks to SportSouth about his one of the biggest challenges of his career ?? restoring the Crimson Tide football team to national prominence.  In My Own Words: Nick Saban premiers on SportSouth on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Saban on the press:
?? “I think early on (in my career) I was anxious, nervous, not particularly engaging with the press and not because I didn’t like them or didn’t want to be.  I just didn’t know how to be (engaging.)  And I think through the years that changed.”

Saban on coaching in the SEC:
?? “The Big Ten has a lot of tradition but the SEC to me is different because most of the people’s passion is greater because they grew up relating to their school. Pro sports were not as prominent 25 years ago in the South so this was everybody’s passion and they identified and related."

 Saban on the last conversation he had with his father:
?? “The last conversation I had with my father before he passed away was after my first game when I was a graduate assistant.  We (Kent State) played the University of Louisville. I said to my dad, ??You know what? I think I really know what I want to do.’  It (coaching) is not like playing but I really do enjoy the competition.   My dad was really relieved to hear this that I finally knew what direction in life I wanted to go. And so, that is the last conversation I ever had with him.  He had a heart attack jogging several days later.”

SportSouth reaches 8.8 million cable and satellite subscribers across a six state region comprised of Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and regions of central and western North Carolina.  FSN South reaches 12 million homes in seven states in the Southeast. FSN is the nation’s leading provider of local sports. Through its affiliates and other Fox Networks Group-owned (FNG) networks, FSN reaches more than 82 million homes through 22 regional networks. Headquartered in Los Angeles, FSN owned or affiliated regional sports networks serve as the TV home to 64 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States.