The tests of time

Will a 45-day layoff be an Irish blessing?

Originally Published: December 28, 2012
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine
T.J. JonesMatt Cashore/USA TODAY SportsWR TJ Jones could be the Irish X-factor in the BCS title game.

Nick Saban is the master of preparation, the architect and keeper of the Process, which has the Tide playing for their third BCS title in four years. For a player or staffer to go off script in practice or (heaven forbid) during a game is to incur the wrath of the confessed control freak.

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