Linked by success

Despite different personalities, Nick Saban and John Calipari have indelible bond

Updated: January 22, 2013, 5:53 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation

He's insistent. Basketball is a sport of five, Kentucky coach John Calipari says, not of 22. He'll say this a handful of times during a roughly 20-minute phone conversation, reiterating the numbers that separate him from Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

Calipari needs just a handful of recruits to buy into his program, while his counterpart needs dozens to be convinced. Winning titles this past season has helped both men in this respect. They don't trudge up and down the recruiting trail ...

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