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Thursday, July 26, 2007. The 2007 SEC Media Days in Hoover brought journalist and photographer from all over the Southeast. Many came to cover just the players and coaches from their local school but no-matter where they were from, they really wanted to see the 4-million-dollar man, Nick Saban. He was the star of the show. When he first arrived the mass of photographers nearly missed him as he went into a private ESPN interview room were he was cut off from the group.  Soon after the word had spread that he was in there, dozens of photographers stood waiting on his exit. As we waited, I decided that I wanted to shoot the photographers on the opposite side of the mass as he made his way to the next interview room.  I had a 50/50 chance that he would turn left and pass by me if I stood against the wall, so I waited  with my back to the wall and my face to the group in hopes he would. When the door opened the swarm flocked to him with people yelling and cameras flashing. I just waited...he turned left! It was perfect, I was in the perfect spot! The photo I captured told the real story of the hysteria surrounding the highest paid coach in college football history to date and also won me an Associated Press photo award.