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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
SEC coaches hit the silver screen

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Some skeptics would suggest that recruiting and acting are really one in the same.

Perhaps it's fitting then that several current and former SEC coaches are playing themselves in the upcoming movie "The Blind Side," which is based on Michael Lewis' best-selling book about former Ole Miss star Michael Oher.

Among the coaches who passed through Atlanta earlier this month to shoot scenes for the movie were Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Tommy Tuberville, Ed Orgeron, Phillip Fulmer and Houston Nutt.

ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach was on hand for the filming of some of those scenes and gives an interesting perspective of how the coaches fared in front of the movie cameras. Alabama fans are going to love this, but Saban actually plays the LSU coach in the movie. That's where he was coaching when he tried to recruit Oher.

Leigh Anne Tuohy, who helped foster Oher through high school, credits Saban with helping to get all of the coaches to jump onboard and play themselves.

Check out what she says about Saban, though:

"I told him, 'You'd better play yourself. If you don't, I'm going to find a short, ugly guy to play you.' You know how vain Nick is. He probably thought about it and said, 'I'd better play myself.'"