Quotes from Alabama's Nick Saban at airport in Miami (photos)

Nick Saban speaking to the media at the airport in Miami. (

Alabama head coach Nick Saban met with the media following his team's arrival at the Miami International Airport on Wednesday. The second-ranked Crimson Tide will play No. 1 Notre Dame Monday night at Sun Life Stadium in the 2013 BCS National Championship game.

Quotes from Saban:

Opening remark

We're really pleased and happy to be here. I'm really proud of what our kids have accomplished to create this opportunity for themselves. It's certainly a great opportunity to play against a great Notre Dame team. It's great to be back in South Florida, it's the first time we've been to the Orange Bowl. I'm sure these people here are going to do a great job of providing tremendous hospitality for our players and our entire family.

On interest in this game being like the Super Bowl

Well I've never been to the Super Bowl so I don't really know that but I know there's a lot of national interest here. They're two great programs that have tremendous tradition, and we certainly respect that on both sides of the fence, so it's really a special game to be a part of.

On being back in South Florida

We really love South Florida, we have a lot of great relationships here, and we're really looking forward to the weekend being here.

On the chance to win three national championships in four years

We're focused on what we've got to do in this particular game. Michael Jordan always said it doesn't matter how many game-winning shots I've made in the past, all that matters is the next one. And that's really what matters to our guys. I hope we can stay focused on that and play a good game, and as a coach that's what you'd like to get your team to do, play your best game.

On practice today for Barrett Jones and Kenny Bell

It went well.

On what he'd would have done differently in leaving South Florida

I've made my comments about that. We all learn things about ourselves as we go. Some things we'd like to do differently. I'm not sure it's really worth the over analyzation of what we've done, I just think we all make mistakes and sometimes we'd like to do things differently. We've said what we've had to say about that, we're happy to be here and focused on the opportunity we have here with this game.