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The Nick Saban standard

Alabama baseball pursues the level of excellence football has set in Tuscaloosa

Originally Published: March 28, 2013
By Teddy Mitrosilis | ESPN.com

Before Nick Saban came to town and morphed into a living immortal with a statue, Mitch Gaspard was part of a group of men who woke up each morning trying to set a standard in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Technically, they wanted to recruit baseball players and develop them into better baseball players, with the byproduct being a program that could hold its own water in the SEC and make Omaha, Neb., a little June getaway that supporters visited regularly if not annually.

Fundamentally, ...

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