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Saban ‘could give a s— about all that’, Mr. Media Person

Coach Woodcock

With the SEC looking squarely at a 13-team conference and an unbalanced schedule for at least 2012, one of the biggest concerns schools have is losing some of their traditional rivalries.  Specifically, there is some significant concern that the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry will fall by the wayside, at least temporarily.

During his press conference Monday, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban (pictured) was asked about what it would do to Alabama to have the annual rivalry game with the Vols off the slate.  This line of questioning came after Saban was asked about what Mark Ingram‘s Heisman Trophy win in 2009 and the positive publicity it brought meant to the football program.

Apparently, Coach Woodcock did not appreciate what he saw as an attempt by the media to manufacture stories, with the answer to the Heisman question portending a verbal storm off on the horizon.

“I don’t think anybody was thinking about it. I don’t think anybody cares about it. I don’t think Trent [Richardson] cares about it. I think if you ask our players, and I don’t think about it either, it’s about ‘what do we have to do to help the team be successful? What do I need to do? What can I do?’ Our thoughts are completely different than your thoughts. Completely. So I don’t even know how to answer the question, to be honest with you. Trent is a great player. He’s one of the best players in the country. Whatever awards they give at the end of the season, he certainly should be considered for any and all of them that he qualifies for, but for right now, we’re thinking about what we need to do right now. We’re not even concerned about that stuff.”

The aforementioned verbal storm then proceeded to roll in as a reporter had the utter gall to brazenly ask about the future of the UT rivalry during the week leading up to, you guessed it, the UT game.

“You all create so many problems,” Saban said to the general press corps in attendance. “I hate to start on this, but whether guys are going out for the draft that shouldn’t even be thinking about that right now. Whether we’re worrying about the Heisman Trophy, now we’re worrying about playing Missouri rather than Tennessee some time down the road. I could give a s— about all that, excuse my French.

“I mean, come on. Let’s talk about the game. What year are we talking about when we’re not gonna play Tennessee – 2025? I’m just hoping I can still go to the lake then, still can walk around and go on a pontoon boat ride.

OK then.

And way to go, Missouri.  Your inability to spit or get off the conference pot in a timely manner has left Saban in full-blown “Media Terminator” mode.  Any blood that’s shed is on your hands, Mizzou.  Congrats.  Hope you can live with yourself for the carnage you’ve wrought.

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26 Responses to “Saban ‘could give a s— about all that’, Mr. Media Person”
  1. bayoubauer says: Oct 17, 2011 5:13 PM

    First off, props on the picture.

    Doesn’t really break my heart to see Saban go off on you guys, though. Poor, poor coddled media.

  2. southernpatriots says: Oct 17, 2011 5:40 PM

    Saban is a great college football coach. He led LSU to restoration of excellence and success. We were very sorry to see him go. We are extremely happy with our present Coach Les Miles.

    Because Saban is a great college football coach he wants his team to be focused on the huge game upcoming with a huge rival Tennessee. Tennessee will be motivated for Alabama and smarting from the largest margin of victory LSU ever had over them in our mutual history. They will be primed and ready for Alabama. Saban knows this and wants his team to be ready.

    In order for his team to be ready for the Volunteers, he and his staff must be focused on Tennessee, not on Missouri. The time to inquire about Missouri may be in February of next year when there are no upcoming games. All questions and interests of the media are not the interest of the football team or coaching staff.

    The local or regional media should know by now there are times they can ask such questions and that was not the appropriate time.

    Saban may feel those questions are not appropriate for him to answer since he did not and will not make any decision about this matter. This potential situation will be be made by a university president or presidents and any change to the arrangement or configeration of the SEC is not up to him either, that will also be decided by university presidents. So, the media should at least ask that question of the Alabama Athletic Director or the president of the university, not Coach Nick Saban.

  3. Deb says: Oct 17, 2011 5:42 PM

    JT, she says with tears of mirth rolling down her cheeks, this is why I heart you so much!!!!

    It’s why I heart Saban, too :D

  4. joerevs300 says: Oct 17, 2011 7:15 PM

    Oh please southern patriots, did you not see the smackdown LSU just put on Tennessee?

    If Alabama loses to Tennessee, then Saban might as well just turn in his coaching headset and retire. There was nothing wrong with the questions. It’s just another example of a HC being “above” being questioned, and then turning it around on the media.

  5. wphood says: Oct 17, 2011 7:29 PM

    @joerevs300:

    “Oh please southern patriots, did you not see the smackdown LSU just put on Tennessee?”

    Umm…yes – yes, he did. Second paragraph, second sentence:

    “Tennessee will be motivated for Alabama and smarting from the largest margin of victory LSU ever had over them in our mutual history.”

    Read before reacting…just sayin’.

  6. cometkazie says: Oct 17, 2011 7:51 PM

    joerevs300 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 7:15 PM
    Oh please southern patriots, did you not see the smackdown LSU just put on Tennessee?
    +=+=+=+

    Payback for the ’59 game. Cannon was over.

  7. southernpatriots says: Oct 17, 2011 8:03 PM

    cometkazie: Now you are an old fellow as we are! We met with Dr. Billy Cannon recently. He is now the Chief Medical Office and Head of Medical Services under Warden Burl Cain at Angola Penitentary. He is doing great work there. Young folks would have no reference point there. ha. That is great. payback for the 59 game, 53 years ago! ha.ha.

    joerevs300: We predicted on CFT the Florida score to be 40 – 10. We were so encouraged by its accuracy we went with 40 – 10 for Tennessee as well with a 30 point margin. It was 31 points. It was the largest margin of victory in history for LSU over Tennessee. Now that is impressive.

    We don’t wish evil to Saban. He is protecting himself and his team from distractions to speak about something he has absolutely no control over. The presidents and ADs may have some. The coaches don’t. In Miles’ press conference in Baton Rouge the media wanted to get Miles off track and he focused back again on Auburn. These coaches know how important it is to stay focused on the very next opponent. Any lack of focus, big (or small in some cases) mistake can make a difference of Superdome or Jerry’s World for the post season. Have nothing against Jerry’s World but Miles (and we and you) want the Superdome.

  8. Deb says: Oct 17, 2011 8:24 PM

    @joerevs300 …

    Tennessee and Alabama are historic rivals. The Vols always pull out all the stops for Bama.

    Your dislike of Saban is palpable, but don’t take it out on southernpatriots. They spoke the truth. Coaches aren’t involved in conference realignment, so why would Nick waste time speculating about what might or might not happen when or if Mizzou joins the SEC? Saban doesn’t suffer fools gladly. We like that about him.

    Roll Tide!!

  9. Spencer says: Oct 17, 2011 9:01 PM

    Thank you for the update. I see nothing has changed and Saban is still the same insufferable prick he always was and always will be, and the media is still afraid to ask him any real questions. Good to know!

  10. cometkazie says: Oct 17, 2011 9:09 PM

    southernpatriots says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:03 PM
    cometkazie: Now you are an old fellow as we are! We met with Dr. Billy Cannon recently. He is now the Chief Medical Office and Head of Medical Services under Warden Burl Cain at Angola Penitentary. He is doing great work there. Young folks would have no reference point there. ha. That is great. payback for the 59 game, 53 years ago! ha.ha.
    +=+=+=+

    You are an old fellow?

    Billy is doing a great job there. Imagine a dentist as head of the medical department? Billy knows about prisons, tho.

    Deb says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:24 PM

    Saban doesn’t suffer fools gladly. We like that about him.
    +=+=+=+

    So do I!

  11. Deb says: Oct 17, 2011 9:30 PM

    Spencer says:

    Thank you for the update. I see nothing has changed and Saban is still the same insufferable prick he always was and always will be, and the media is still afraid to ask him any real questions. Good to know!
    ————————————————-
    Speaking of the same old insufferable …

  12. 1historian says: Oct 17, 2011 9:30 PM

    He’s right. The media is so competitive that lots of reporters will make up stories or do whatever just to keep their names out there. People like Mike Florio are just so bad that it’s pathetic.

    BTW – if that picture is Lou Saban I’m Sheena the goddess of death. Billy Bob Thornton is the dude in the photo.
    And if Saban is an insufferable prick that’s fine too – he’s also a fine football coach.

  13. freedomispopular says: Oct 17, 2011 9:53 PM

    Nick Saban: What Bill Belichick would be if he actually talked.

  14. rob57 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:15 PM

    Watched the pc myself and it had me laughing out loud. It was clear that Saban didn’t intend for any of his comments to be taken personally by these reporters and I think even they realized this. Saban even had a few of them in stitches over his 2025 comments. FWIW, Saban later offered a heartfelt apology for those in attendance that may have been offended by his rant.

  15. Deb says: Oct 17, 2011 10:28 PM

    @1historian …

    That photo is one of JT’s little jokes. Cracks me up every time I click on the page :D

    BTW, you accidentally mixed up your Sabans in that post. RIP Lou Saban, one of the original AFL coaches.

  16. florida727 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:44 PM

    Generally speaking, I’m not a big fan of most media members. (JT, you’re an obvious exception.) For some reason, they’ve been taught in Journalism 101 that if you’re not reporting controversy, you’re not reporting anything worthwhile. All you have to do is turn on the 11p news. All it is, is a synopsis of who got shot or stabbed today, what white collar crime got uncovered today, etc. All negativity.

    HOWEVER…

    Saban better check his bank balance. Without media coverage, without television contracts, without primetime games on network TV, you’re making 4 grand, not 4 million, per year (or whatever you’re being paid).

    Think “necessary evil”, Nick.

  17. ihateannouncers says: Oct 18, 2011 1:30 AM

    I wish coaches were allowed to give truly honest answers to reporters. Think about how entertaining it would be to watch a press conference or one of those ridiculous on field half time interviews. How many “what do you think moron” type answers to these supposed well thought out questions would we get?? Imagine all the stress a major college head coach deals with during the week, then having to answer all the inane questions about something that has nothing to do with coaching. “So coach, do you like gladiator movies?”.
    I appreciate a coach who will vent on the media when they deserve it. We need more Ditka-like responses. There are no stupid questions….just stupid people.

  18. southernpatriots says: Oct 18, 2011 3:38 AM

    cometkazie: Yes, we are all retired and have our grey and white hairs, guys and gals, and a memory that goes back contempory with yours! ha. Someone asked me a while back the color of my wife’s hair, I laughed and replied, “what ever color she wants!” and that is the truth. She tries to keep it her natural auburn but sometimes it is firey red. ha.

    Is it extraordinary what Dr. Billy Cannon is doing since he was released from his stint. He first began to volunteer at Angola for a couple of years. His faithfulness caught the attention of Warden Cain. Then Warden gave him a paid position as the dentist because many inmates were suffering greatly with tooth and mouth infections, etc. Dr. Cannon was able to take care and get everything worked out in that area. Then Warden saw a great need to have the medical care of the inmates improved and put Billy on that, where he has served well for the past few years.

    Billy was convicted of doing what our government has done to us every day for the past years–print counterfeit money. Only our government actually spends it. Billy just printed it and buried it.

    We are good friends with a renowned running back for South Carolina that played against Cannon and reminds us that Cannon “ran over him.” Players in those days often played both offense and defense.

  19. 1historian says: Oct 18, 2011 11:42 AM

    Deb; Thank you, I stand corrected. My only excuse is my being an old fart. (Actually I am a CERTIFIED old fart, but still – I stand corrected.)

    BTW – Speaking of Billy Cannon, how many of you out there have seen the film of his 89 yard runback against ole’ Miss about 50 years or so ago. Amazing. That was the year he won the Heisman.

  20. southernpatriots says: Oct 18, 2011 12:19 PM

    1historian: We think we are as you….ha.

    We have the run of Billy on video and DVD. We will play it on Halloween along with some other highlights and have a party as we usually do, meanwhile give out huge amounts of goodies to all the children and adults.

    We usually have about 30 friends over to laugh and reminisce, “Where were you when?” (e.g. Billy Cannon ran his run on Halloween? When you heard Elvis was drafted? When you heard Rock Around the Clock the first time? When you heard the Russians sent up Sputnik? When the first Hopper’s Drive In opened on Florida Boulevard? etc.)

    The young children now like the sour candies so we have a big stash of those ready.

    It is really something that a family friend is a surgeon in the Central Savannah Area of South Carolina and a former football player for South Carolina. He said Billy ran over him twice in their game with the Tigers and he told Billy after the game that he was a “shoo in” for the Heisman.

  21. Deb says: Oct 18, 2011 3:52 PM

    @1historian …

    I enjoyed having the chance to salute Lou :)

    @southernpatriots …

    I want to come to Halloween at your house!!! Happy to say I’m too young to answer any of those questions, but would love to listen to the rest of you. And have been lucky enough to dance to “Rock Around the Clock” at some great oldies clubs :D

  22. texastigerpaul says: Oct 18, 2011 4:03 PM

    Saban is still the same arrogant liar!

    Don’t you remember right before he left the Dolphins he said to the reporters “what is it that you don’t understand, I’m not going to Alabama.”

    He is so selfish and spiteful he’ll try to block Auburn from moving to the SEC EAST since that may give Auburn a recruiting advantage in Georgia and Tennessee.

    Don’t believe anything he says!

  23. cometkazie says: Oct 18, 2011 5:45 PM

    1historian says:
    Oct 18, 2011 11:42 AM
    Deb; Thank you, I stand corrected. My only excuse is my being an old fart. (Actually I am a CERTIFIED old fart, but still – I stand corrected.)

    BTW – Speaking of Billy Cannon, how many of you out there have seen the film of his 89 yard runback against ole’ Miss about 50 years or so ago. Amazing. That was the year he won the Heisman.
    +=+=+=+=+

    Shoot, I lived in Louisiana so long I saw the rerun before he ran it. At least it seems that way.

    It was great. In the late ’60s and early ’70s I carpooled with an Ole Miss fan. He complained about having to listen to it all the time. Then Bert Jones ran seven plays in twelve seconds and tied Ole Miss in a pass to Brad Davis as time ran out. We won on the extra point. I can tell you where in Tiger Stadium I was for that. Life was good.

    We still saw Cannon’s run regularly. You’d think the film would be worn out.

    Go to hell, Ole Miss, go to hell remains my favorite cheer.

  24. suprmous says: Oct 18, 2011 6:37 PM

    Haven’t you guys heard that there’s no such thing as gray hair? It’s all God’s way of highlighting our hair. For this proud Cajun I wouldn’t take anything for all of the years of watching the ups and downs of my beloved LSU Tigers. But one thing I will admit to is that some of those ups have come at the cost of taking a lot of Zantac along with the downs. It’d be interesting indeed to see how the media would react if they had to tell the truth as to what the coaches had to say period and paragraph.

    I realize we’ve all been talking college football here but would you guys mind sending up prayers for Sean Peyton? He’s in for a longggggggggg rehab with his knee injury that he suffered yestday. Now I give you permission to jump on me with all you’ve got.

  25. southernpatriots says: Oct 18, 2011 6:51 PM

    suprmous: Our late and most loved and respected father, used to tell us when we would complain about our hair turning grey, “It will either turn grey or turn loose!” Our brother would respond, “What do you do when it does both?” Our father would say, “Pray!” ha. We do that alot nowadays.

    My husband would often say that his grey hair came from our children and others’ children. All that is likely true. I offered to change my husband’s hair color a few years ago, and he said, “Woman, get away from me, I earned it!” For men it is a sign of character, for me and other ladies my age, it is a sign we need to get back to the cosmetologist and get more hair color.

    It is so sad what happened to Coach Payton. He certainly was in so much pain yesterday that he could not get back to the sidelines or the booth. He stayed in the locker room and let the other coaches coach the game. Obviously, it affected the team’s play and Drew’s play…4 turnovers! No team wins with 4 turnovers. Sean Payton is coming out of surgery and recovery right now and is looking to a long rehab as you posted. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. southernpatriots says: Oct 18, 2011 7:03 PM

    cometkazie: Several decades ago a Ole Miss booster club in Oxford invited Dr. Billy Cannon to speak to them. When the president of the club was asked why would they invite Billy Cannon, he said, “Every night I see his face running at me. Every day I think of this game and what he did to us. I am hoping to face my demons and put them to rest.” Man, that is serious!

    We always look at his run from our perspective, about how great it was, but from the perspective of Ole Miss players and fans at the time, it was a horrible nightmare and has been ever since.

    We don’t know whether we should sympathize and hug them and tell them it is okay…or just laugh? (Lord, forgive us.)

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