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.
Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.
Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.
“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”
Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.
This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.
Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.
Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.
Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.