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Nick Saban not happy with the media, so he berates them

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I’ll gladly admit it: Nick Saban’s simply the best. But for the very reason I love him so, I fear him like circus clowns.

Do not cross Saban. Don’t say anything he won’t like. Don’t look at him funny. You know what? Just don’t breathe.

That was the vibe Alabama media got on Wednesday when Saban began and concluded a short press conference by berating them over, among other things, not giving the Tide’s upcoming opponent (Western Kentucky) enough credit.

Glorious. Saban would go on to say the following:

“I hate to be negative with anybody, but when you people start writing stuff about people that we’re playing that doesn’t give them the proper respect, that’s not fair. It’s not fair to them, to their players who work hard. It’s not fair to our players who need to respect them.

“And to make any presumptions like you all make, really, really upsets me. It really does. It’s so unfair.”

Granted, it seemed like putting Alabama and Michigan on the same field last Saturday night was unfair too, and the college football world has been in love with the Crimson Tide since.

Here’s the link to the video of Saban’s presser, titled “Mount Saban erupts in his Wednesday press conference.” Keep in mind that when we say Saban “erupts”, it’s more like when your dad looks at you down his nose and says sternly “I’m not mad at you, I’m just disappointed” just before you slink off into your bedroom with your head down.

In the immortal words of Dana Holgorsen, “That sucks, man.

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34 Responses to “Nick Saban not happy with the media, so he berates them”
  1. suprmous says: Sep 6, 2012 12:22 AM

    So what else is new with the Prima Donna? Oh wait a second, nobody’s come up with more $$ so for now he’s stayin at Bama; my bad. But just wait somebody will come along and dangle the right $$ around his nose and he’ll do Bama just like he did us, at LSU, folks at Michigan State, Miami, and the other places hes “graced” with his presence.

  2. mauldawg says: Sep 6, 2012 12:49 AM

    Why doesnt the media just stay away.No reporters at any news conference,no reporters in the lockerroom before games and after games.Give him no media coverage at all. Saban loves to be in the limelight.Loves to think he is the king of college football.Dont give him and news print either.How ever the medis doesnt have the ba@#$ to do that.They just keep putting up with his mouth.Some people are attention whores and Saban is #1.

  3. rcali says: Sep 6, 2012 1:58 AM

    The Dolphins job may be open again after this season.

  4. patall24 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:05 AM

    ls who fans still mad. Are you still mad saban got offered more money and took it or the fact Lsu got destroyed 21-0 ? what’s to blame the man he was offered a better position with better pay. If your job offered you a better position are you going to take it. Also get your facts straight saban does not care about there rank, the media, limelight whatever you people want to call it. If you can’t beat us join us.

  5. suprmous says: Sep 6, 2012 3:19 AM

    patall24, we could care less what the Prima Donna does. What’s wrong with him is he’s so consumed with $$ till his principles go flyin out the door like the baby’s bath watah: he doesn’t give a rat’s a@@ where he leaves as long as his next job pays more. I’ll have to agree with ya on his not carin about the other team’s rank. When he was at Miami he didn’t care much for the players either: walk over one convulsin in the floor like he was just part of the floor. Mr. Sensitive and Concerned he ain’t. He ranks up there with Woody Hayes in that regard (when it comes to carin for his players).

  6. gatiger says: Sep 6, 2012 6:16 AM

    Prima Donna? Come on, you gotta be kidding me. I’m an Auburn Tiger and I respect the guy. The Tide, at least right now, are a machine.

    Saban is a perfectionist and it shows in his coaches and how his players perform.

    I also hate to say this (giving compliments to Bama ain’t easy), but there seem to be fewer negative player stories out of Bama than many many other schools. Either the police there are afraid of him too or they control players off the field as well as they control them on the field.

    If that’s a prima donna then maybe some other coaches should also be.

  7. florida727 says: Sep 6, 2012 7:44 AM

    I have to agree with “gatiger”. I’m a Gator fan (go ahead, thumbs-down me for that), and if Saban was our coach, we’d love him. That’s the bottom line: you hate him as Alabama’s coach, but if he was yours, you’d love him too. And “gatiger” is right also about the police blotters… you don’t see articles on CFT or other places where ‘Bama players are getting arrested every third day. Face it, the guy is doing things right.

    Want to stop his (perceived) arrogance? Simple: beat him on the field. If you can.

  8. normtide says: Sep 6, 2012 7:53 AM

    Do everyone is mad cause Saban wants our media to show a little respect to WKU? He was also sending that message to his players, who seem to be a little lax in practice. Do what you do coach, as long as people hate, you doing something right.

  9. miserynmossouri says: Sep 6, 2012 8:26 AM

    This guy is the best at what he does. People offer him more money to leave
    Because they know their program will be better with him in it. And let’s look at the money he brings to the university that goes to other sports programs. Last
    I heard womens basketball at Alabama is not paying the bills for the football team.

  10. cometkazie says: Sep 6, 2012 8:33 AM

    normtide says:
    Sep 6, 2012 7:53 AM
    Do everyone is mad cause Saban wants our media to show a little respect to WKU? He was also sending that message to his players, who seem to be a little lax in practice. Do what you do coach, as long as people hate, you doing something right.

    +10, Norm, also Fla727 and GaTiger.

    We in the Lower Wetlands, even if I don’t live there any more, still haven’t gotten over Pepsodent Paul leaving way back when. We ran off Cholly Mac and we see what happened. Arnsparger was the only decent coach between him and Saban and he left for U Florida. LSU fans have an inferiority complex and I have been watching it for over fifty years.

    The word “hate” is over and mis-used on this forum. It’s just a game, after all. Get that in perspective.

  11. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2012 9:11 AM

    As we prepare for another glorious night in Death Valley on Saturday, I must say as the years progress since Saban lived and coached in Baton Rouge, he did not much like the news media there, he is consistent. It was a confrontational and adversarial relationship at times. Oftentimes, the news media report things at odds with what Nick Saban is trying to accomplish as one of the greatest, if not the greatest (most accomplished) college football coaches today. Normtide put it well: “…Saban wants our media to show a little respect to WKU?”

    Saban knows as the College Football BCS National Champions that every team will make its season, opposing coaches will receive new or extended contracts, and recruiting will skyrocket, if only, if only, IF ONLY that team can beat the Tide. It may be one chance in a 100 or even a thousand, but with proper motivation, the wind blowing right, the ball bouncing right, and the Tide taking an opponent for granted, a Tide loss and an opponent’s win over them becomes possible. Few, if any teams consistently beat the Alabama Crimson Tide…well actually there is one and one only in the past few years, but I am not going to state the obvious.

    Each coach has a different personna. This is Saban’s. It has been this way throughout his highly successful career in college coaching. He must motivate his players, he cannot let them take any team for granted. In this situation, we would all probably do something similar if we were in his place. All football coaches, being men, have something from time to time, that can, and should be criticized. Miles does, and Saban does. But I don’t think this is one of those times.

  12. kozbee says: Sep 6, 2012 10:13 AM

    Myself i like telling it like it is even if i do piss off other posters if i think im right.Ben`s article he hit the nail right on the head on his thoughts about Saban.In fact i don`t really care much for him myself.Maybe my hate for him is cause he is that good of a coach and i don`t believe he will go anywhere till Bama falls from Grace.People can call him what they may but how many coaches have you ever seen go from team to team winning National Championships,imo only Saban.Anyone look at your coach and then tell me you would not take Saban instead and if you do your full of it.Hes one of the best recruiters in the country and it shows from the players he brings to each game every week.He is one of the shortest coaches in college but a giant in the Nc department.By the time he ever leaves Tuscaloser he will have his name on about everything and as of now the Bear is almost forgotten about.I believe they will win another NC this season at the rate they are playing but in 2013 another SEC team will move up to win.Isn`t it just great to be a SEC fan and live in the state of Alabama,i do.Go SEC..

  13. floridacock says: Sep 6, 2012 10:23 AM

    Everything is cyclical. This is Alabama’s (again) and Sabin’s time. It won’t last forever. Just deal with it.

  14. ocon171 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:34 AM

    Saban is a cocky scumbag who would sell his own mother to get a top recruit to come to his school…that said he’s an incredible coach and his scummyness is what gets all the top recruits to come to his schools. He knows exactly what they want to hear and has no problem saying whatever it is.

    As for bama players getting in less trouble, you have to be joking. they just conceal stuff very well/don’t release information, and don’t have the strict rules such as frequent drug testing. It also takes repeated failed tests at bama for anything to happen suspension wise. Perfect example of people not hearing about bama players in trouble is Barron last year…

  15. apmn says: Sep 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    Everyone saying that Saban does it the right way…just remember that is what people used to say about Joe Paterno. Saban is setting up his own Paterno-style fiefdom down in Tuscaloosa.

  16. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:58 AM

    It’s faux outrage from Saban meant to send a message to his players which is “if you dont put up 80 on this team after putting up 40 on Michigan I will make you practice till your heart stops beating”. You really think he has “respect” for the team hes playing?? PAAALEEEEZE. Ive got oceanfront property in Arizona for sale, wanna buy?? He doesnt respect anyone but himself and his inner circle. Mr. “I dont have any interest in being the head coach at Alabama” doesnt give 2 Obamas what the media thinks about anything so dont be fooled.

  17. tide4life says: Sep 6, 2012 11:00 AM

    Tsk tsk tsk . . . so many bitter herbs. Is this a college football forum or a Passover Seder in September?
    Trash-talking your opponents, heaping scorn and abuse on them even before the game- that’s the kinda crap you expect from Steve Spurrier. It IS disrespectful to both teams.
    Lotsa bitter, angry children in here . . .

  18. dkhhuey says: Sep 6, 2012 11:10 AM

    Personally – I like the man. He’s got great coaching skills, he’s got big time passion for the game, and he’s got attitude!

  19. imaduffer says: Sep 6, 2012 11:25 AM

    Let us not forget, the Tide still have to play Florida Atlantic and Western Carolina before they get a chance to play for the National Championship.

  20. 305fan says: Sep 6, 2012 11:28 AM

    This guy is a pure douche bag. He is a compulsive liar with a social disorder. I wish him nothing but worst.

  21. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:49 AM

    I am neither a Saban nor a Bama fan, but I don’t understand why Saban is being so harshly criticized. Is asking reporters to show some respect to an opponent wrong? Coaching is his career. Who among us would not change employers for more money? Football rivalries are supposed to be fun. Being hateful is not fun.

  22. billf7095 says: Sep 6, 2012 12:57 PM

    I am an Auburn fan, and remember “The Great One” when he was at LSU. Perhaps it is the 24 hour a day news cycle that is always searching for the next headline, or perhaps it is the medias love affair with “The Great One”, but it seems like he made some sort of effort to hide his “control freak” side when he was at LSU. At the time “The Great One” was certainly loved by the LSU Corndogs, it seems like the closer that you were to the LSU program the happier you were to see Saban go. When he left, stories began to creep out about how “The Great One” was impossible to work with, or how “The Great One” made an ass out of himself at a recruiting party, or “The Great One” would make an ass out of himself with high school coaches on recruiting visits by talking to them like they were not nearly on the level of “The Great One”.

    Basically, Saban would sell his soul for a win for the greater glory of himself. He is not the type of “Win one for the School”, or “Win one for Bama”, but certainly expects his team to win one for “The Great One”.

    Is Saban a good football coach? Absolutely
    Does Saban win Championships? Absolutely
    Is Saban a good person? Absolutely not

  23. gmsalpha says: Sep 6, 2012 1:19 PM

    Winning is the greatest deodorant of them all. Period. If Saban finished seasons with 4 losses and a trip to the Papa John’s Bowl, he wouldn’t last the length of his contract. As it stands, he is an amazing college football coach and deserves all the credit and respect he receives.

    As for his players staying out of trouble, of course they will! It’s like the last part of the article says – you don’t want Saban to be disappointed in you. And any player who chooses Alabama knows exactly what they’re getting into. Les Miles has a fantastic team too, but operates in a completely different manner. Top recruits have their pick of schools, so if they select Alabama, they know it’s going to be tough, stressful, strict, and not a lot of fun. But they know they will be coached, cared about, and prepared for the NFL.

  24. ocon171 says: Sep 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    Again with the bama players not getting in trouble?? You’re kidding yourself. It’s called not being open with the press. If information is released Saban may have to suspend an important player and he doesn’t want that…

  25. tide4life says: Sep 6, 2012 1:46 PM

    Yeah. It’s all a grand conspiracy. No other explanation.
    Sheesh, what a pack of whining crybabies.

  26. ocon171 says: Sep 6, 2012 1:58 PM

    No genius genius. Just takes a little investigation to find the arrests plus see what their drug testing and sanction rules are. Im sure you just see what you want to see though. I am done wasting my time here.

  27. normtide says: Sep 6, 2012 2:03 PM

    So if your kid comes home and said they didn’t get in trouble, is that a cover up too? Or do you only make assumptions and expect the worst from other people’s kids? Tbh, your thought process seems a little bigoted to me.

  28. cameron poe says: Sep 6, 2012 2:10 PM


    So please show us the conspiracy you have uncovered and all of the arrests that have been hidden instead of getting frustrated with people challenging your accusations. You would have to know that if you make an accusation and throw some dirt out there people are going to question you. So show us the super sleuth you are and show us what you have found.

  29. jko54 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:15 PM

    geez, the story is about a football coach asking the media to show some respect for the opposing team. If this were Richt or Dooley everyone would be saying “good guy”, but because it is Saban, either as a Alabama or Saban hater you jump on the bandwagon. Personally I am no fan of Saban or Alabama, but tide4life has the right perspective…

    “…Trash-talking your opponents, heaping scorn and abuse on them even before the game… It IS disrespectful to both teams.”

    It probably won’t change anything, but if someone here wants to trash another team, that’s cool, BUT NOT THE MEDIA, THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BOTH TEAMS, THE COACHES, THE PLAYERS AND THE PLAYER’S FAMILIES WHO WORK HARD, even if they play at a little or lower level college.

    If all of you want to talk about game results or tout your team, then rah rah for ya, but if you can’t recognize a plea for respect then maybe you have none yourself…even if it is, how some of you say, from a self absorbed scum bag. That scum bag deserves respect for what he did in asking the media to PROPERLY DO THEIR JOB!!!

  30. tide4life says: Sep 7, 2012 7:20 AM

    “I am done wasting my time here.”
    Good enough for me. Screen door, ass, etc, etc.

  31. Deb says: Sep 8, 2012 10:16 PM

    It never ceases to amuse when the people who claim they don’t care anything about Saban are the first on the thread to rant about him whenever the opportunity arises. And he took a pay cut to come to Alabama from the Dolphins. But, gee, why let facts get in the way of hysterical screeching. They never have before :roll:

  32. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 10:26 PM

    Kinda makes ya wonder, doesn’t it, Deb?

  33. Deb says: Sep 9, 2012 2:27 PM

    You get used to it, cometkazie. No cure for crazy 😀

  34. suprmous says: Sep 9, 2012 6:45 PM

    Miss Know it All a/k/a Deb,

    The verbal attacks from you are ongoin and never cease to amuse me. Your constant snide remarks lead nothin to the imagination as to what you’re all about. You couldn’t go on a blog without soundin off about how “crazy”, incoherent, etc somebody is let alone go on one and not put your cute l’il scarcastic icons on. Hail Mary Mother of Jesus, you’d think the posters on here are supposed to see you sittin on a throne. Well for me it ain’t happenin.

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