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Nick Saban is not exactly a warm and fuzzy character. He never has and he may never be. With Yahoo Sports dropping a report claiming former Alabama players received extra benefits in violation of NCAA rules, Saban addressed the media following practice as he usually does and he certainly was not happy.

Former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker and defensive end Luther Davis were mentioned in the Yahoo report and if the NCAA can confirm the details to be in violation of NCAA rules, the players could be ruled ineligible and put Alabama’s past two national championships in jeopardy. Saban attempted to deter questions about the report, getting testy with the media any time they brought the subject up instead of a more football-oriented question about one of the top games of the college football season, against Texas A&M.

Saban made a statement confirming the school had been made aware of the report prior to being published by Yahoo Sports, echoing the statement released earlier by Alabama athletics director Bill Battle. Saban then stood firm on not responding to any questions pertaining to the report but said the school was looking in to the details on their own. This did not stop a few reporters from bringing up the topic, even if doing so in a manner to work around the topic without hitting it head-on with Saban.

“I made a statement,” Saban said sternly. “Don’t ask me any more questions about this.”

He was asked again, but the press conference ended shortly after that. In a drop the mic moment, Saban wrapped up his press conference by staring at the media and saying, “Appreciate your interest in the game” before exiting stage left.

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  1. taintedlombardis says: Sep 11, 2013 7:36 PM

    Saban exposed. Couldn’t hack it in the NFL, so he ran away like that little girl Petrino did.

    His only skill is assembling a stacked roster. Illegally of course.

  2. barkleyblows says: Sep 11, 2013 7:43 PM

    Cry baby!!

    Can’t stand this cheater.

  3. cometkazie says: Sep 11, 2013 7:44 PM


  4. donth8thehorns says: Sep 11, 2013 7:48 PM

    Please, you turds would be elated if he were to accept a job @ your preferred college team! I know I would …. I am a fan of a BG10 school, so we don’t have the hate up here. It is comical how much hate goes on when successful programs keep winning! Makes losers look that much weaker

  5. auburntigers34 says: Sep 11, 2013 7:49 PM

    the Alabama beat writers ALWAYS walk on eggshells with Saban. it’s hilarious and kinda sad. totally surprised that any of them had the testicular fortitude to even mention the yahoo article.

  6. taintedlombardis says: Sep 11, 2013 7:54 PM


    That’s how he gets away with murder. He operates completely unchecked. Complicit press. Hell, the fans would turn on the press for exposing the truth. It’s the only thing those gumps have in life.

  7. BrownsTown says: Sep 11, 2013 7:55 PM

    Cut him some slack. He had to run over to Tom Al-betar’s house for a BBQ. Saban likes to stand over the grill and critique his techniques.

    [You know he’s totally that guy.]

  8. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 11, 2013 7:57 PM

    Probably nervous that his statue is going to end up next to Joe Paterno’s in some smelting factory.

  9. jtinnon2009 says: Sep 11, 2013 7:58 PM

    What a bunch of yahoos… Did Nick Saban pay Fluker? No. Did any coach pay Fluker? No. Did any Bama booster? No. Go talk to Oklahoma State where the coaches DID pay the players and where the head coaches were involved. All your Bama hate will not make the University responsible.

  10. auburntigers34 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:13 PM


    John Phillips is a booster. not sure what they consider Luther Davis. but as a bama graduate(assuming that he has his degree) and former player, he’s got pretty strong ties directly to bama.

    tbh, i’m not giddy over this(at all). but i am happy that a clown like John Phillips might be disassociated from his beloved tide over this.

  11. smcgaels1997 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:13 PM

    Who’s more moronic m..Saban or the retarded Bama fans who actually think there’s been no writing doing. Show proof show proof!!! Please get a clue and maybe graduate some more athletes

  12. overratedgators says: Sep 11, 2013 8:19 PM

    Possible show cause for Miles. Possible vacated NCGs for ‘Bama. Make that FOUR consecutive titles for the SEC.

  13. mgmac says: Sep 11, 2013 8:27 PM

    saban is a very, very good football coach. and like most good coaches he is a control freak. the most revealing thing about saban however (IMO) is the way he treats others. A good example is the memo he put out while head coach of the miami dolphins – unless saban speaks to you first, you are not not to speak to him. this was confirmed to me by their former tight end and radio guy, Rose.

  14. dcroz says: Sep 11, 2013 8:28 PM

    Actually, probably not. One of the co-authors of the report was on whatever that show is with the two Dallas guys on WJOX in Birmingham tonight, and he said that they are not turning over anything they have to the NCAA. The NCAA, in turn, cannot use a published report by the media as evidence of anything; if they want to pursue the case, they will have to do the same legwork that these reporters did, and would more than likely receive far less cooperation from those who gave information to the reporters (see Manziel, Johnny). The reporter went on to say that they did not publish the report to get either the individuals or the schools in trouble; rather, they did so as a way of showing how irrelevant the NCAA has become as a rules-enforcer. He also said in Fluker’s case that he had no problem with him allegedly taking money considering his family’s background and that it was all for items to help them (such as bedroom furniture or air faire) rather than Hummers and the like. So, it’s likely little or nothing will come of this, unless the NCAA does manage to get these records on its own.

    Oh, and one correction, Kevin: Davis is not alleged to have received benefits; he is alleged to have been the go-between for the agents and the players.

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 11, 2013 8:30 PM

    If Alabama was complicit on funneling benefits to players, then by all means Bama should vacate the National Championships.

    However, if a former player and want to be NFL agents and financial advisers used a former player to go after prospects and Alabama, et al, are straight forward with the NCAA and disclose everything, then Alabama can show that they cannot control a kids access to society on social media. They haven’t committed any major NCAA violations nor shown lack of institutional control. Not like the University of Maryland under Lefty Driesell and the athletic director who were accessories after the fact in sanitizing Len Bias’s room after his drug induced death or Tressel with Ohio State lying to cover up the tats and money. It’s always the cover up and the lying that leads to penalties.

    I wonder if Alabama will now sue the want to be NFL agents and the financial advisers in a tortious interference lawsuit with as much money as Alabama stands to lose SHOULD
    they be found complicit. I imagine the financial advisers and want to be NFL agents will
    probably go the way of the memorabilia brokers with Manziel and disappear.


  16. dhlions says: Sep 11, 2013 8:37 PM

    Wasn’t there also a a Bama play/recruit that very recently flashed some money on Instagram?

  17. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:38 PM

    so “SEC” really stands for SABAN EXPOSED as CHEATER, I will gladly chant SEC all day every day now. At least it won’t cost the gump trash in alabama much to melt down his cheating fraudulent statue if it is indeed a life size statue, maybe make 3 or 4 pennies out of it. Also need an in depth investigation on how t–rent richardson could afford a brand new YUKON during his playing days at cheating bama when he came from a family on public assistance. how did saban attempt to cover that up?

  18. bralinshan says: Sep 11, 2013 8:39 PM

    FYI, if a player on any team decides to accept money out of sight? There is nothing that a coach can do about it. Your talking about 125 players at any one time and that many kids and what they do on their own time is impossible to keep up with.

    If you see a player with obvious benefits like a new car, it’s your responsibility to look into it. You don’t look the other way like Pete Carroll did at USC, when Reggie Bush was living in a huge house on the ocean.

    Some kids at nearly every school violate rules. It’s the kids headed for high draft status that are the obvious targets.

    Alabama will not lose an NC or anything over this Fluker deal. ..unless Saban and other coaches knew and looked the other way. And Saban may be a jerk, but he’s not stupid.

    This will likely all be blown over in a week.

  19. rolltide510 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:53 PM

    Nothing is going to happen to Bama, and they’re going to keep on winning.

    Let the tears flow.

  20. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 11, 2013 8:59 PM

    Anyone who thinks these SEC programs aren’t paying recruits huge amounts of dollars is beyond naive.

    This is just the first time in a while where the bagman and/or middle man wasn’t paid to keep his mouth shut in a while.

    Saban, Miles, ect are all dirty. It’s just turned a blind eye to because the SEC is the cash cow of the moment.

  21. gbjames911 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:02 PM


    It doesn’t matter if a player takes money out of sight, the NCAA should give a show cause penalty to the coach due to the precedent they have previously set with USC and OSU. Thought it is unrealistic, the NCAA does expect a coach to monitor the activities of all his players and ensure that no wrong doing is occurring.

    I will agree that nothing will come of this and no NC will be forfeited. The NCAA has no ground to stand on right now and this will probably be the final straw that crumbles it.

  22. dcroz says: Sep 11, 2013 9:03 PM


    First of all, how is this any evidence of Saban cheating? Saban is not the one who allegedly paid Fluker, nor is there any indication from the report that he or anyone else employed with the university knew about it, either. And this is something that is supposed to have happened long after Fluker put his Herbie Hancock (tip of cap to JT) on his national letter of intent, so you can’t say it had anything to do with trying to get him to come to Tuscaloosa.

    Secondly, Richardson got his Yukon under a deal available to the general public based on his anticipated future earnings in the NFL. And in any case, regardless of his family’s finances, the mother of his children is a member of the A’noai wrestling family, which has plenty of money.

  23. auburntigers34 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:03 PM

    what’s beyond naive is thinking that this only happens in the SEC.

  24. auburntigers34 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:07 PM

    if anyone wants to see the press conference, here’s the link.

  25. dcroz says: Sep 11, 2013 9:16 PM


    Wrong. Carroll and Tressel got show-causes because they lied to the NCAA about what they knew and when they knew it, not simply because something against the rules took place on their watch regardless of whether they knew it was happening. If the NCAA does investigate and find out that the allegations have merit and that Saban was directly involved or if he does not cooperate to the fullest, then he would be subject to a show-cause, as well. Otherwise, it would not come into play.

  26. chachooga says: Sep 11, 2013 9:18 PM

    can someone tell me why Yahoo is dropping all these stories….isn’t the NCAA a billion dollar entity, hire some freakin investigators.

  27. rolltide510 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:23 PM

    “YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says:
    Sep 11, 2013 8:59 PM
    Anyone who thinks these SEC programs aren’t paying recruits huge amounts of dollars is beyond naive.

    This is just the first time in a while where the bagman and/or middle man wasn’t paid to keep his mouth shut in a while.

    Saban, Miles, ect are all dirty. It’s just turned a blind eye to because the SEC is the cash cow of the moment.”

  28. badgerbuck says: Sep 11, 2013 9:38 PM

    Alabama 31 Texas. A&M 13

  29. bralinshan says: Sep 11, 2013 9:46 PM

    Where coaches and schools get into trouble is in the cover up. If they’d just suspend players and even kick players off the team when they commit egregious violations….they’d be home free.

    But, coaches don’t want to lose key players so they look the other way and then cover it up or lie when these issues come to light.

    If Saban looked the other way, and let Fluker play despite serious issues, he’s in trouble. And so is Bama. But, if this was simply Fluker taking cash from an agent out of sight with no obvious signs? Non-issue for Saban and Alabama. Again, you cannot stop a rogue student athlete from breaking rules, or the law, or whatever. They are responsible for their own behavior. Go back and look again on what got USC/Carroll and Ohio State in Trouble…it was the lies and the coverup of the allegations. Period.

    Again, you may not like Saban, but he’s not a fool.

  30. rolltide510 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:57 PM

    It must be so terribly disappointing to the fans of good schools who do things the right way that the SEC and especially Bama can just cheat and cheat and get away with it.

    You try to cope with it by making some trailer park/cousin jokes, but it doesn’t stop your teams full of bright, honest, hard working athletes from getting stomped into the mud by our bought and paid for steroid abusing class skipping mutant freaks.

    And then we go and do something like this. It’s enough to make you just give up on college football, isn’t it?

  31. billgatesbarber says: Sep 11, 2013 10:25 PM

    “Sexual Chocolate!”

  32. kingfish2013 says: Sep 11, 2013 10:30 PM

    Its bama’s turn now sweetheart.

  33. Walk says: Sep 11, 2013 10:58 PM

    Alabama has state laws against the type of alleged behavior being reported. If there is evidence enough for the ncaa to act the agents and their representative will be looking at time in state prison. You could sell me tickets to see those agents negotiate with the da for reduced time.

  34. gary2525 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:16 PM

    Here we go Now the shit is going to hit the fan.

  35. normtide says: Sep 11, 2013 11:22 PM

    Saban sat out his all American LT before a BCS bowl game, there is no history of him cheating. Even this article, he isn’t accused. As said before, any other fan base would love to have him.

    I don’t know if this is going anywhere. The agents would have to admit violating state laws to make thus sick. There is nothing a school can really do to stop agent interaction. You can only monitor and educate. I expect full cooperation from Bama.

    If the program is involved in any cover up, I expect full punishment. However, I don’t see it. Saban runs things clean, there isn’t ant evidence

  36. vincentbojackson says: Sep 11, 2013 11:25 PM

    At least Saban didn’t overreact.

    Unfortunately we live in a world where money and power gives you license to treat people like dirt without any repercussions.

    Great coach, but despite his success he seems like a constantly bitter individual.

  37. normtide says: Sep 11, 2013 11:43 PM

    The same auburn fans who quickly dismissed the Selena Roberts report, take this report as iron clad.

    Vincentbojackson- have to agree, but many ultra successful people seem to be that way. You don’t want to hang out with them, because they have single focus on what they do. It’s being Achilles vs being Hector. Achilles does one thing, great, but is kind of shallow for it. Hector isn’t as good, but more relatable because he is a man of many hats.

  38. thefightinfloyds says: Sep 11, 2013 11:46 PM

    This with Bama, Manziel and A&M, the Cam Newton saga with Auburn, Les Miles and OKST and then Tenn and Miss st being implicated while theyre already on probabtion. Wow, the SEC is undoubtedly the best at one thing… being dirty as hell.
    I like college football and Im not an SEC hater (although my team got crushed by an SEC team in NCG last season) but if this is the price that you have to pay to win championships then they can have it. It will be interesting how ESPN spins all of this with their pricey investment in SEC football. Hell, in my mind it was ESPNs spin machine that got Manziel “off the hook” with a half game suspension. Theyve been pumping the A&M vs Bama game for 8 months now, there was no way that he would be suspended for that game.

  39. dtipton47 says: Sep 12, 2013 12:12 AM

    You know the problem with this is simple .. All of the losers making comments on this article are just that, losers .. I knew all along and so did everyone else that Alabama was going to be a target .. The only way to beat Alabama is to get the crap started so they can’t work on their program .. If u ask me that’s the dirty part .. So keep your name calling coming .. Alabama is proving its point by sending defeat after defeat home every Saturday .. Nothing can change that so whine all you want .. That will not win one game for u ..

  40. Anoesis says: Sep 12, 2013 12:42 AM

    The top dog is always the top target. USC learned this the hard way under Pete Carroll. Reggie Bush arranged an expensive rental house for his parents in San Diego, 150 miles from the USC campus. Hardly something one would expect anyone at USC to be aware of, but that didn’t phase the NCAA. They twisted that into some sort of “lack of institutional control” because USC wouldn’t cooperate with their witch hunt.

    The sanctions against USC (including being forced to vacate the final two wins of its 2004 national championship season, as well as all of its wins in 2005, banned from bowl games in both 2010 and 2011, and docked 30 scholarships over three years) have been criticized by some NCAA football writers, including ESPN’s Ted Miller, who wrote,

    “It’s become an accepted fact among informed college football observers that the NCAA sanctions against USC were a travesty of justice, and the NCAA’s refusal to revisit that travesty are a massive act of cowardice on the part of the organization.”

    Miller also suggested that the sanctions had more to do with objections to the football culture at USC than its alleged noncompliance with NCAA rules:

    “During a flight delay last year (Dec., 2011), I was cornered at an airport by an administrator from a major program outside the Pac-12. He made fun of me as a ‘USC fanboy’ because of my rants against the NCAA ruling against the Trojans. But we started talking. Turned out he agreed with just about all my points. He just didn’t like USC.

    “He told me, after some small talk and off-the-record, that ‘everybody’ thought USC got screwed. He said that he thought the NCAA was trying to scare everyone with the ruling, but subsequent major violations cases put it in a pickle.

    “Then he told me that USC was punished for its ‘USC-ness,’ that while many teams had closed down access — to media, to fans, etc. — USC under Pete Carroll was completely open, and that was widely resented. There was a widespread belief the national media fawned on USC because of this. Further, more than a few schools thought that the presence of big-time celebrities, such as Snoop Dogg and Will Ferrell, at practices and at games constituted an unfair recruiting advantage for the Trojans.

    “It wasn’t against the rules, but everyone hated it. This, as he assessed his own smell test, was a subtext of the so-called atmosphere of noncompliance that the NCAA referred to — an atmosphere that oddly yielded very few instances of noncompliance around the football program even after a four-year NCAA investigation.”

    But Bush had accepted “gifts,” i.e., a rental house for his folks, from an agent so USC had to be hammered. Even though no reasonable person would expect the university administration to have knowledge of it.

    Alabama’s situation may or may not be similar. These alleged acts may or may not have taken place. But ‘Bama is the top dog and has been there awhile, and, as has been shown in the past, anyone with any kind of dominance within the sphere of the NCAA must somehow be operating outside the rules.

    Is it any wonder coaches no longer allow any kind of openness within their programs? The only way to placate the NCAA is to strive for the appearance that everything you do stems from an iron-clad control of your program in concert with an obsessive adherence to the almighty rulebook. Whether or not any sort of behavior from your athletes is reasonably controllable by the administration makes no difference to the heavy hand of the NCAA compliance jackboots.

    The NCAA is currently the closest example of a North Korea or an Iran that we have in the U.S. Any hint of a lack of near-dictatorial control over your minions is dealt with in terms like “death penalty.” The athletes mining the gold for the NCAA must absolutely be kept in line at any cost, even if that cost is spectacularly out of line with the offense. No one could blame Saban for being a bit testy about that possibility.

  41. soflosportsfan says: Sep 12, 2013 12:54 AM

    First off, Im a Canes fan and I will say that probably 80% of the allegations against us are true. PLayers/recruits got paid and coaches were involved. There is no need to deny it, it’s not like the NCAA is going to read my comments and say we are guilty.

    Now back to you SEC homers. If you think your players/recruits aren’t getting paid and coaches aren’t aware then you are full of shit. We-“haters” from other conferences- are a little jealous of your success but it’s your ability to get away with murder that ignites the hate. Cam, dam right he got his money. Johnny boy, slam dunk case right there but nothing. It’s sad, but nothing will come of the 5 players mentioned either.

    So, stop playing the jealous card, posting sad/ crying faces, and your SEC/ RTR chants. You cheat, Miami cheated, USC cheated, everyone is cheating but the SEC gets away with it.

  42. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 12, 2013 1:14 AM

    Paying off the SEC players is pretty expensive.

    Fluker alone got $33,755 according to this report, Nevin Shapiro allegedly spend $56,000 on 87 players.

  43. suprmous says: Sep 12, 2013 2:10 AM

    I know I’m gonna be crucfied for this however now do you, the masses, understand why we at LSU don’t much care for this so called member of the human race and his attitude? It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Kevin, thank you for sayin what so many of us have known since Day 1 of his tenure at LSU: “he’s not a warm and fuzzy ….. and has never been and probly never will be.” With all said and done and respect to be given to Bama and her fans Coach Bryant was the nicest, warmest, gentle hearted, yet tough when it came to his attributes as a coach; not to mention what a true winner (at Bama) was all about. The Holy Terror 3 that I grew up with had more respect for Coach Bryant than any self righteous hunter could shake a stick at out in the fields huntin whether it be for quail or phesant. With Saban they tend to scratch their heads collectively and wonder how it is he got into coachin. Me, it’s no secret how I feel but hell’s bells I’m just one with my own opinion in a sea of many. But let me allow I do have a soft spot for Bama in my heart because of the Holy Terror 3.

  44. louhudson23 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:53 AM

    Absolutely nothing to see here,folks.Move along. Please call when coaches or a University are complicit in an illegal act or negligently unaware that one has been committed.

  45. bamafan36 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:36 AM

    LOL! Trent’s mom works for a Chevy dealer, and he got a deferred payment loan on his truck…..fairly standard for employee’s. D.J. Fluker was “unaware” that he had to report the offering from the agent. No money was exchanged.

    For you idiots that say the SEC gets away with everything? Look at the most punished schools in the NCAA for violations and infractions…..TWO OF THE TOP THREE ARE FROM THE SEC WEST….AND THE SAME STATE!!!!! Bama and AwBarn have been the whipping post for the NCAA. But remember, the allegations from the earlier infractions were all with “booster’s” that were three degree’s of separation from the University’s.

    Beat us on the field of battle, or shut up! Envy and jealousy are ugly creatures!

    Roll Tide, y’all.

  46. bamafan36 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:47 AM

    As far as Coach Saban being mean and nasty; that is his public persona. Ask his actual friend’s if he is like that in private. Ask his coach’s if he treats them horribly. Why isn’t there a mass exodus with his players and staff? Also, look at the amount of personal money he and Terry have donated and raised for their charities. Would a lesser human be doing that? You have the same opportunity he does, to help out charities……how much have YOU raised and given?

    Understand…..he is always coaching his team. When he is on the podium, he is teaching his kids to stay focused on the game. Like him or hate him……he is a winner. And for the record… Junction Boys, supermous. Paul Bryant was NOT warm and fuzzy. He was cruel, and unforgiving. He has the same “disease” that Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier, and Urban Meyer has…..they understand their job…..teach these kids how to become winners in football and life. Former players litter the sideline during big games, in support of their coach and school. If he were that bad, do you think they would be supporting him? Exactly!

  47. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:47 AM

    I’m confused as to why this is news. We’ve known all along that this guy cheats.

    Roll Turd!

  48. 305fan says: Sep 12, 2013 10:01 AM

    Where there is smoke there is fire. Death penalty coming to an SEC program near you. Saban will be submitting his résumé to the highest bidder. Don’t let this scumbag taint your schools program.

  49. ironman721 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:10 AM

    Not a bama fan but this is really sad. If proved, loss of titles and future sanctions. Not good for bama or college football. Only good thing is that the NCAA rarely punishes harshly for actual violations anymore.

  50. bamafan36 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:42 AM

    tlmoon comes in with words of wisdom? Roll Turd? What is your fascination with fecal matter? Didn’t you have a website a few years back called 2Girls1Cup? What ever happened to that?

  51. normtide says: Sep 12, 2013 10:45 AM

    Tlmoon found out his kids were actually fathered by a Bama fan. Read that a few places.

    NCAA punishes if the school is involved or covers up. Neither happened here.

  52. cleekk says: Sep 12, 2013 11:00 AM

    What could have been a classic in college sports. Opportunity missed. When Saban said he would not take questions regarding the investigation – reporters that only had questions regarding the investigation should have walked. That video would have gone viral.

  53. Deb says: Sep 12, 2013 1:49 PM

    Always fun to watch the boys pull out their rulers and try to measure against Saban. Just a word of advice … anytime you feel the need to measure against someone else, it automatically means you’re coming up short. LOL

  54. Deb says: Sep 12, 2013 2:42 PM

    Ooooh … truth hurts, doesn’t it? 😆

  55. psousa1 says: Sep 12, 2013 2:54 PM

    Not that I am a fan of the sniveling little tyrant Saban but Yahoo Sports is the equivalent of TMZ. As soon as Sports Illustrated came out with the Oklahoma State thing the hacks at Yahoo probably said “Let’s throw some sh!t at the wall and see if it sticks and if it doesn’t it won’t be remembered anyway”.

    Nobody has more ‘unnamed sources’ than Yahoo Sports.

  56. imaduffer says: Sep 12, 2013 3:04 PM

    The truth does hurt, After the ATM game, Bama doesn’t play another real football game until they play LSU.

  57. Deb says: Sep 12, 2013 3:16 PM

    Aw, imaduffer, what does scheduling have to do with the wee boys babbling about Saban here? Try to whine about one thing at a time please.

  58. patall24 says: Sep 12, 2013 3:36 PM

    Haters going to hate! I agree with the several posts about people hating just cause of Bamas success. If saban came to coach your team you would be on your knees thanking god. And it’s just more haters making accusations that will never be proved is all it is.

  59. imaduffer says: Sep 12, 2013 9:49 PM

    Gee Deb, you think Saban doesen’t have any say in the scheduling? Maybe you should have gone to a school in B1G instead of the Big XII.

  60. Deb says: Sep 13, 2013 12:43 AM

    @imaduffer …

    I think scheduling doesn’t have anything to do with this discussion. But if it did, no team has much reason to brag. Bama plays in the toughest division in college football and still tries to schedule at least one significant OOC opponent. Those games are set years in advance and sometimes the opponent isn’t as strong by the time the game rolls around as when it was scheduled. But at least the effort is there.

    As for my education, I went to the best school in the nation–the oldest in the world–for my major. Seemed like a good idea at the time and I’ve never had a moment’s regret :)

  61. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    I firmly believe that NO program is TRULY 100% clean. Some may be dirtier than others, but EVERYBODY is looking for that edge.

    If your team is in the top 25…. they probably cheated… at least a little.

  62. dhardy8207 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:25 AM

    First of all for the Saban Haters; there is nothing wrong with being “all about business” as some reporters are just a step above working for the National Enquirer. The press conference was to discuss the upcoming game with A&M, not hearsay and gossip circulated that has not a shred of proof at this time. Had he been a “complete a$$” he wouldn’t have give them an opportunity to change their line of questions.

    Secondly, a coach has control of players for as long as their on campus. For those players who have family out of state what was he and the university to do, send a baby sitter home with each player to insure agents or other leachers don’t approach or make contact with players. Saban has been the most OUTSPOKEN coach in college football about the position Universities are put in when agents are allowed to contact players they know are most likely to accept gifts when they’re not under the watchful eye of their coaches. He was very vocal about this before and even moreso after the incident that kept Marcell Darius out of the NCG a few years back. Despite he got NCAA clearance for the trip he took, it was the contact he had with someone he didn’t know was an agent that got him in trouble.

    There should be some avenue of retribution for the universities and punishment for these agents that target young men trying to balance a world of pressure of hopefully being able to provide a better life for their families and earn an education along the way.

    If Universities and Coaches do everything possible to keep these slimy individuals off campus and make parents aware of the temptations when a player goes home for visits; there is really nothing else that they can do unless they limit visits home until graduation or draft date which is impossible.

  63. normtide says: Sep 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    Dhardy- the state of Alabama has a law protecting college athletes from agents and financial advisers. Up to a year and a day in jail if convicted.

    People should look onto Fluker’s situation. His family lost everything to Katrina. He would be an easy target for these agent types.

    The NCAA punishes schools for being involved out covering up these things. There is nothing that shows any of these schools did either. Also, don’t think this just happens in the SEC. Take off the blinders. Money runs everything

  64. dhardy8207 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:41 AM

    I never said that it “just happens in the SEC” nor do I wear blinders… I am a TIDE fan but am well aware that money has no boundaries…

  65. normtide says: Sep 14, 2013 11:44 AM

    That part wasn’t at you lol. Sorry, running the grill and catching game day, so excuse my haste. On Sep 14, 2013 10:41 AM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > dhardy8207 commented: “I never said that it “just happens in the SEC” > nor do I wear blinders… I am a TIDE fan but am well aware that money has > no boundaries… “

  66. dhardy8207 says: Sep 14, 2013 12:07 PM

    Its ok sweets!… AND I’m at work in ICU so I am extremely jealous of your slaving over a grill and being able to take in GAME DAY!…


  67. bamajs says: Sep 17, 2013 1:22 PM

    Why is this even newsworthy? Sounds like Nick did the right thing.

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