Their relationship dates back more than 20 years, to when Martin was a high school basketball coach in Miami and Saban was the head coach at Michigan State. It began when Sedrick Irvin, one of Martin’s players, signed to play running back for Saban and the Spartans.
“I’ve always been a big fan of [Saban’s], really, really studied his teams, how he handles things,” Martin said. “Here’s the part that I just absolutely love about Coach Saban: Everyone says it’s hard to repeat. The reason it’s hard to repeat is everyone, starting with the head coach, gets a little fat from success.