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No Twitter in Nick Saban’s future

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Lots of coaches use Twitter these days to get their messages out to fans, media and prospective student athletes.

Some coaches might even do the tweeting themselves instead of relying on some administrative assistant.

But Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t having any of it, according to this report from AL.com.

“I’ve never considered joining Twitter, nor do I know why anybody would,” Saban said. “There’s a lot of people that do and I guess that I’m one of the ones in the minority.”

Saban is one of only two SEC coaches without a Twitter account, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier being the other. That makes sense, since those two are also the two oldest coaches in the league.

It seems a shame not to have Saban on the social media network. He’s a generally stoic guy, so he might do well in the format of 140 characters or less. On the other hand, a minute not wasted on Twitter is a minute he can devote to winning another national title or signing another first-round pick to his roster.

Whatever the case, at least one of his players isn’t buying the idea that Saban is on the sidelines of the Twitterverse.

“He claims he don’t have one,” C. J. Mosley said, “but he probably does.”

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17 Responses to “No Twitter in Nick Saban’s future”
  1. longtallsam says: Oct 29, 2013 10:53 PM

    Why would anyone want one? It is just a good way to eventually, at some point, put your foot in your mouth!

  2. Deb says: Oct 29, 2013 11:03 PM

    That Mosley comment is hilarious. Saban in his office tweeting under an assumed name would make a good SNL bit.

    But I’m thrilled he’s not into social media. The press would be all over anything he says and demanding further clarification, which wastes time and energy. And then there’s the constant stupid potential. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t tweet much, but the person they’ve got running Pittsburgh’s Facebook account needs a kick in the head. When my team is winless and dropping another, I don’t want to celebrate Roethlisberger hitting 30,000 career yards passing. Saban always has his eyes on the prize–where they should be.

  3. mcjon22 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:14 PM

    What would be the point?

    The majority of his fan base doesn’t own a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

  4. auburntigers34 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:19 PM

    I totally agree with his opinion of Twitter. It seems like there are better ways to kill time than spending it stalking celebrities and public figures to hear their vapid opinions on whatever they might be talking about at any given time.

  5. gborange says: Oct 29, 2013 11:35 PM

    @mcjon22
    That will make the all time best list

  6. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 30, 2013 12:05 AM

    @mcjon:

    Oh my God, you’re so funny! The whole “everybody in Alabama is a hayseed redneck who can’t spell or read” is so freakin’ original! I’ve never, ever heard anybody make those jokes before! I just can’t stop laughing at your razor-sharp wit, you comedic genius! Oh, heavens, will the madcap hilarity of mcjon22 ever cease?

    Get a grip….it’s the 21st century….other than accents, there’s no difference between people anywhere in America anymore. It’s good for the soul to refrain from being ignorant and condescending (ooooh, big word for someone who dropped out of the 3rd grade to go cut tobacco on Grandpappy’s farm, right?).

  7. tttrojan4life says: Oct 30, 2013 12:41 AM

    Calm down General.

    The Lady doth protests too much, methinks.

  8. mgmac says: Oct 30, 2013 7:09 AM

    They obviously do not teach proper grammar in alabama either – “He claims he don’t have one,” C. J. Mosley said, “but he probably does.”

  9. 666undead says: Oct 30, 2013 8:27 AM

    Hey mgmac,
    I’ll bet we can spell and pronounce “championship” quite nicely, thank you. By the way, Alabama is spelled with a capital “A.”

  10. mogogo1 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:11 AM

    Honestly, a college coach is one of the few people who I think can justify having a Twitter account just because so many recruits are on there. Hand the duties off to some admin, threaten them with their life if they put up anything controversial, then just don’t think of it ever again.

  11. cometkazie says: Oct 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    My experience with Twitter didn’t last long.

    Twitter is for twits, IMHO.

  12. dcroz says: Oct 30, 2013 12:32 PM

    C’mon, coach! Get in on the fun! Nothing could possibly go wrong! Just ask Johnny Manziel!

  13. bamajs says: Oct 30, 2013 2:17 PM

    I might be a Bama fan but even if Malzahn said it I would have to agree. Saban is right…Twitter is ridiculous.

  14. dhardy8207 says: Oct 30, 2013 3:25 PM

    JohnTaylors says:

    “It seems a shame not to have Saban on the social media network. He’s a generally stoic guy, so he might do well in the format of 140 characters or less.”

    ————————————————–

    Aahh nice little dig there JT…He does ok with the press as long as they stay on TOPIC, but nevertheless the 140 character comparison was a nice little bit of humor… ;-)

  15. Deb says: Oct 30, 2013 5:22 PM

    tttrojan4life says:

    Calm down General.

    The Lady doth protests too much, methinks.
    ————————————————
    Bigotry is bigotry and it’s offensive. That you don’t find it so speaks to your character, not the general’s.

  16. cometkazie says: Oct 30, 2013 7:21 PM

    Darned right, Deb.

  17. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Oct 31, 2013 7:38 AM

    Years ago people played with twats and were far more happy.

    Twitter is useless and explains why many people are

    stupid / broke / narcissistic

    But this OK, since I will prosper in my business while my workers watch twitter making minimum wage.

    Priorities are in wrong place for sure.

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