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Saban: ‘I’m totally committed to Alabama’

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For years, the speculation went that, when Mack Brown stepped down/was pushed out the door as Texas’ head football coach, the university would make a full-on push to land Nick Saban as his replacement.  In late September, a UT regent went on the record to reveal that he, along with a former regent, had broached the subject in a 45-minute meeting with Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, of replacing Brown as Longhorns coach this past January.

That revelation was further buttressed by documents obtained recently by the Associated Press which revealed Sexton had told school officials “that UT is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for.”

Understandably, the latest AP report sent the rumor mill, already at a heightened DEFCON level thanks to rumors that Saban’s wife was house-shopping in Austin recently, into overdrive.  Just as understandably, Saban once again attempted to tamp out the fires of speculation that have no doubt pushed his frustration up a notch or two, if for nothing more than the timing of the reports.

The initial report surfaced in mid-September, during the week leading up to the Texas A&M game.  The latest one comes just a few days before the game with LSU.

“Well I don’t know where these reports come from,” Saban told ESPN‘s Tom Rinaldi by way of al.com. “I’ve sort of addressed the situation before. I’m totally committed to the University of Alabama, looking forward to the game we have this week and all my focus has been on LSU and what our team needs to do to play their best.”

There’s really nothing more Saban can do, thanks in large part to the utter debacle that was his departure from the Miami Dolphins for Tuscaloosa.  Give an unequivocal denial, and people simply point to the South Florida brouhaha.  Give anything less than an unequivocal denial, and it simply fuels the speculation.  In reality, it’s a lose-lose situation for the coach.

And what of Alabama, what can they do?  Nothing, really.  They can throw more money at Saban — USA Today confirmed in its annual salary database that he is once again the highest-paid head coach in college football — but Texas has even deeper pockets and can match any dollar flinging done by any program in the country.

No, it’s best for both Saban and the university to realize that this speculation simply won’t go away, at least until the head-coaching position at UT is settled once and for all.  Well, accept that reality while continuing to collect BCS hardware.  That, above all else, helps blunt the impact of the constant whirring of the rumor mill.

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68 Responses to “Saban: ‘I’m totally committed to Alabama’”
  1. CBFAN says: Nov 6, 2013 3:17 PM

    Why would he leave?

  2. xtremesportsmaniac says: Nov 6, 2013 3:29 PM

    ‘I’m totally committed to Alabama’

    Kiss of death right there, he is gone!

  3. polegojim says: Nov 6, 2013 3:44 PM

    I’m not even a Tide fan… and I’d be ‘Seeing Crimson’ MAD if he left for Texas.

    Let’s hope this time… he means it!

  4. mogogo1 says: Nov 6, 2013 3:49 PM

    The part I love are all the implausible denials, like Saban’s claiming his agent never told him about the meeting with Texas. Would you employ an agent who was going around meeting with prospective employers without telling you anything about it? Yeah, me neither.

  5. dannygjay says: Nov 6, 2013 4:00 PM

    I believe Nick might take a look at the Texas job. It is a school with a lot of talent, Easy recruiting. It wouldn’t take long for him to make them a powerhouse. I think it would be a mistake for his legacy though. He can stay at Alabama who will match any offer by Texas and be an Alabama king.

  6. palmbeachbuckeye says: Nov 6, 2013 4:10 PM

    “I’m not going to be the next Alabama coach”… a week before he accepted the job.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Nov 6, 2013 4:14 PM

    Saban is the ultimate fabricator. The only time he lies is when his lips are moving.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 6, 2013 4:30 PM

    Yeah, I would almost guarantee he’s going to Austin now with that comment.

  9. Deb says: Nov 6, 2013 4:44 PM

    @polegojim …

    Why should I be mad if he goes to Texas? He’s got a right to work where he wants. And he can’t say he’s going to Texas. That would screw with our kids’ heads in the middle of a title-run season. Now, that would make me mad. He doesn’t have any choice but to deny any intentions of going anywhere–whether or not it’s true.

    If I were Saban, I’d be telling those players the rumors before the A&M game were an attempt to monkey with their heads and these rumors before LSU are the same thing. I’d be telling them to get REAL mad on gameday.

  10. Deb says: Nov 6, 2013 4:45 PM

    The one person in this I do pity is Mack Brown.

  11. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 6, 2013 4:55 PM

    I find it hard to believe Saban will leave Alabama. Why would a 62 year old want to start over? His salary is already at the top of his profession. He is the greatest coach at Alabama since Bear Bryant. Before he is done he will probably be considered a greater coach than Bryant. I gather that his wife might prefer a more cosmopolitan atmosphere than Tuscaloosa provides, however, with Nick’s salary she can afford to fly to wherever she wants to enjoy whatever life style she likes.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 6, 2013 5:17 PM

    I honestly think these tactics are to increase the hype around the game. Was done right before the A&M game and now the LSU game. We’ll probably hear more comments around the Auburn game too.

    And again I ask, if Mack Brown wins out and goes to a BCS game…. how do they fire him?

  13. spacemaker101 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:29 PM

    If he leaves the SEC I’m done

  14. spacemaker101 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:29 PM

    If he leaves the SEC I’m done

  15. spacemaker101 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:29 PM

    Unless he’s coaching the carolina panthers!!

  16. suprmous says: Nov 6, 2013 5:54 PM

    The ink’s almost dry on the closin contract at the University as well as at the realtor’s offc and the realtor’s commission ck’s as good as at on it’s way to their bank account. Never mistake those famous last words,”I’m totally committed …..”. Yeah right, totally committed to thyself and to thyself be true. He’s done this to every institution he’s ever been associated with, even the smaller ones before the larger ones. Do your research oh ye doubters.

  17. Deb says: Nov 6, 2013 6:08 PM

    Not sure where people are getting the stuff about Terry Saban wanting a more cosmopolitan atmosphere. I have family members who’ve worked with her on school and charitable committees, and found her extremely down to earth. Miami is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United States, and from what was reported by those covering the Dolphins, she hated that life.

    If he goes, he goes … and I’m fine with that. But I’m curious to know what all this Cosmo Terry stuff is about.

  18. Anoesis says: Nov 6, 2013 6:13 PM

    ““Well I don’t know where these reports come from,” Saban told ESPN‘s Tom Rinaldi.”

    Um, from your very own agent? From the wife looking at houses in Austin?

    How is it that a guy who seems to have iron-clad control over a very successful high-end college football program doesn’t seem to know what the most important people in his life are doing?

    Saban did say he was “too old to start over somewhere else,” but when you keep seeing smoke on the horizon you’ve got to wonder what’s burning.

  19. teambringitstrong says: Nov 6, 2013 6:14 PM

    The part I love are all the implausible denials, like Saban’s claiming his agent never told him about the meeting with Texas. Would you employ an agent who was going around meeting with prospective employers without telling you anything about it? Yeah, me neither.
    ————————————————————-
    He didn’t say his agent never told him, he said his agent never told him he was meeting with Texas until AFTER the meeting took place. See this is how sh!t gets started, people not relaying the COMPLETE story.

  20. floridacock says: Nov 6, 2013 6:18 PM

    It is always about the money. Either a raise or he’s gone. But expect the pressure to be more at Texas if he does.

  21. sabatimus says: Nov 6, 2013 6:22 PM

    Me: “Nick of House Saban, I name you liar.”

  22. wvucolumbus says: Nov 6, 2013 6:26 PM

    Nicky doesn’t have to defend himself to the media, college football fans, or anyone else. He is absolutely correct in stating that his full commitment is to the Tide (at this time). One lives his/her life based on current circumstances and he is the University of Alabama head football coach right now. His entire focus is to prepare his kids for the game against LSU.

    He will allow Mr. Sexton to deal w/ the UT job (if that is desired from the Sabans) and he will be fully invested in Alabama until he departs Tuscaloosa.

  23. polegojim says: Nov 6, 2013 6:33 PM

    @Deb… because HONOR means more than money.

    At some point, even His Lordship should deal with that.

  24. wisbadgfan says: Nov 6, 2013 6:44 PM

    I agree with palmbeachbuckeye—we lived in south Florida for many years, and indeed Nick Saban when questioned on a sports talk radio show, did indeed say I will not be the next Alabama coach.

    Saban is a guy that gets restless after achieving his goals at a college. He moves on to his next challenge.

    I am not commenting if his leaving jobs is a good or bad thing—-its just fact.

    So to Alabama fans—-if he wins another national title, enjoy the glory and the mini dynasty that he built. Then watch as Texas overwhelms him with a stunning offer and hope he doesnt leave—you can only hope.

  25. fiverings37 says: Nov 6, 2013 6:48 PM

    ‘I’m totally committed to Alabama’

    as far as we know.

  26. be4bama says: Nov 6, 2013 7:03 PM

    Did any of you see Saban’s segment on 60 minutes last Sunday night? Watch it then get back with us. Part 2 in on Showtime tonight @9:00 CST.

  27. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 6, 2013 7:03 PM

    “I’m totally committed to Alabama.” means “Show me the money!!!!”

    Personally, if Saban goes to Texas, I’d thank him for what he did for Alabama winning national championships for the school and get on the line to Gus Malzahn at Auburn and say “How much do you want?”

    That way you show a sign to the team and the recruits that you’re going to go ahead and build the program ( a great dividend would be to miff off Auburn!).

    I don’t see Saban leaving with the recruiting class he has coming in, but given his history with Michigan State, LSU and Miami, he’s going to have prove he wants to
    stay.

    The coach with the most to lose is Bob Stoops. If Saban does go to Texas, Oklahoma,
    Oklahoma State, and Baylor are going to have to step it big time coaching wise. I had
    Oklahoma grads calling me because of my prior relationship with OU and asking me about Saban and I told them that I don’t know what Saban is going to do.

    Enjoy college football now, these are the good old days.

    RTR

  28. normtide says: Nov 6, 2013 7:43 PM

    I would bet everyone here has told a lie at some point in their life. Does that mean everything you say is a lie? He made a mistake in the way her left Miami. He said what he had to say to keep that team together. But, he did handle it wrong. Liked most intelligent people though, I expect he learned from the situation. He has been at Bama for seven years now, with ample opportunity to leave. He also released another denial tonight. Now, if he is repeating his mistake, that’s on him. I understand most want him to leave. There is Alabama backlash, and I understand that too. I felt the same about the Yankees, lakers, and patriots in the past. Respect for greatness is usually a hindsight thing. People want to see Goliath slain. To me, if I wasn’t a Bama fan, I would want Saban/Bama defeated on the field, as opposed to hoping Goliath just retired.

    I could be wrong. And, to be honest, I don’t want him if he doesn’t want to be here. Its as simple as that for me. We made our name as a program before he was here, and will carry on when he leaves. Bama will always be Bama. I prefer that he wantsvto stay. Just remember, we will still have our wins and titles.

  29. normtide says: Nov 6, 2013 7:49 PM

    One more point- This is the same program that paid for fake A&M billboards in Florida. Not exactly the up and up type. In that context, this seems like another petty move by the so called Jones’s.

  30. halbert53 says: Nov 6, 2013 8:03 PM

    7-10 years at the same college is about as much you can hope for nowadays. You do need a fresh challenge. He has maybe 5 more years of coaching, so if he’s going to leave this is the time he does it. Otherwise he wouldn’t have time to finish the job and reap the fruit of his labor. Stay or go, I can understand either choice. Enjoy while you have him.

  31. thermanmerman99 says: Nov 6, 2013 8:40 PM

    saban has had enough of being the lord of the peasants in double wide tide country. his dwarfness wants to reign supreme in a much larger venue in front of a more distinguished fanbase than the toothless tide gumps he sees on a daily basis. who in here would actually relocate to the state of alabama for a higher paying job? i sure as hell wouldnt

  32. dcroz says: Nov 6, 2013 8:42 PM

    First of all, Mack Brown is still the coach at Texas, he doesn’t want to retire (as indicated by the very same ex-regent who started this whole story) and the biggest booster at the school has already said if Texas fires Brown before his contract expires in 2020, he’ll sue the school. So why all this talk about a position that isn’t even open?

    Second, Texas would be one of the last places Saban would go. Everyone keeps talking about money, but for Saban it’s not about the Benjamins, it’s about having absolute control over his program. This, of course, is something that the Texas politicos and good-ol’-boys are NEVER going to give him. It’s the same reason why he would never be the coach of the Dallas Cowboys despite reports linking him with that job should Jerry Jones get rid of Jason Garrett.

    With all that being said, it’s quite possible this could be Saban’s last as head coach at Alabama, but not because he’s leaving to take over in Austin. Saban just turned 62, and you have to figure at that age that 14-hour days six or seven days a week most of the year are catching up to him. Plus, he has a ton of other things he can do. He’d get job offers from NFL teams wanting him as a coach, GM, or executive. He’d have ESPN, NBC, CBS, and FOX throwing money at him to be an analyst for either college or NFL games. He’s gotten involved with the motivational speaking circuit the last few years, and from what I understand he totally enjoys it and may like to do it on a more full-time basis. He’d get offers from Fortune 500 companies as an executive for his leadership skills. And he could stay at ‘Bama as athletic director or as a special consultant to whomever takes over for him, being able to remain involved with the program while leaving the heavy lifting for the new head coach. The world is Saban’s oyster, and he has a lot to think about once this season is done as to whether he wants to pursue other opportunities while he is still young enough to do so or if he wants an eighth season to strengthen his credentials in the “greatest coach of all time” debate.

  33. normtide says: Nov 6, 2013 8:44 PM

    Once again, your class is only trumped by your intelligence. I suppose you hold yourself as the example to which the South should strive to obtain.

  34. normtide says: Nov 6, 2013 9:02 PM

    Nice post D. In my perfect scenario he would take over as Bama’s AD. The spot is being filled temporarily at the moment. Having an interim AD and no search underway gives me hope. But either way, thus isn’t K-State (no disrespect). Alabama has money, facilities, fan base, tradition, location, and a full trophy room. Not to mention arguably the must talented roster in the nation. Finding the right coach is hard, and its key. But, its not like Bama would disappear. And lets face it, this run has to end at some point, even if Saban stays. I for one still think a ten win season is awesome. You should hope to win a title every season, but you should never expect to. It has to be the hardest thing to do in sports for a coach. Especially under the current system.

  35. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 6, 2013 9:26 PM

    Norm,

    Let people keep their impressions of the South. Let them think we are like Robert E Lee Ewell out of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Problem is we’re more like Atticus Finch, doing our professional work quietly without seeking recognition and raising our families.

    RTR

  36. Deb says: Nov 6, 2013 10:21 PM

    @polegojim …

    With all due respect, my friend, come off it.

    He took a job–he didn’t commit to a marriage. If he wants to leave–whether it’s for more money, because his wife hates the NFL culture, because his dad pushed him to achieve perfection, because he’s ambitious, because he likes new challenges, because he hates the weather–that is his business.

    The ONLY reason this is an issue for Saban and coaches is because they work in an industry where people demand to know their private business. If they own up, like Jim Mora Jr., that they’d love to leave the Falcons to work for the Huskies, they’ll be FIRED–as Mora was. If they try to focus on their current job, like Saban, silly people claim they’re … ooooh … dishonorable. Yet YOU can quietly job search to your heart’s content without telling your current employer, give your two-week’s notice … and no one questions you at all. I suppose if a reporter stuck a mic in your face and said, “Are you thinking of leaving your job … huh? huh? huh?” before you had secured another position, you’d just ‘fess right up. Yeah, sure.

    How about people just mind their own bloody business?

  37. sallust99 says: Nov 6, 2013 10:25 PM

    Horns once again legends in own minds. 40 plus years of basically mediocrity. 0.0 chance he leaves. Now Bama will pay more but that is it. Lets not forget horns greatest coach and their stadium is named after an OU all American! Facts are stubborn things

  38. sallust99 says: Nov 6, 2013 10:29 PM

    Sooners have nothing to fear , I hope he takes job! The game passes every coach by – only a matter of time – again history shows always happens

  39. thermanmerman99 says: Nov 6, 2013 10:44 PM

    amosalanzostagg says:
    Nov 6, 2013 9:26 PM
    Norm,

    Let people keep their impressions of the South. Let them think we are like Robert E Lee Ewell out of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Problem is we’re more like Atticus Finch, doing our professional work quietly without seeking recognition and raising our families.

    RTR

    LMAO! impressions of the south? I live in atlanta via the north, so i speak of first hand experience of what i say, and atlanta is still too close to cesspool alabama, nevertheless i have been to alabama plenty of times and the stereotypes do fit you clowns whether you want to admit it or not, rawwwwl double wide tide yeee hawwww jim bob!

  40. ahemahem says: Nov 6, 2013 11:32 PM

    Yep, he’s gone.

  41. mvktr2 says: Nov 7, 2013 1:15 AM

    When he took the job I said he’d stay 5 or 6 years then either move on to the final job of his career or would decide to stay and take on the most unique challenge of his career: staying somewhere long term. Though a year off that assessment still stands. As a Bama fan I won’t hold one bit of harsh feelings. Will I miss him, sure but won’t hate him in the least.

  42. pistolpete0903 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:12 AM

    I totally believe him.
    I also believe in the Nigerian widow whose husband has left her a fortune and wants to pass it on to me.

  43. louhudson23 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:25 AM

    It bears repeating….Coaches rarely move down…so why would anyone think he would go to Texas. Texas has nowhere near the history and prestige that is Alabama’s to go along with recent success. They play in an inferior conference with nowhere near the history and prestige of the SEC to go along with recent success. And Alabama is certainly going to come up with the jack to keep him. He has them eating out his hand on campus and no “oil bidness” buffoons hounding him…also much,much,much better looking uniforms in a much more ecologically diverse and beautiful state with half the population that literally bleeds Crimson and the other half that sports a much prettier shade of Orange….his wife loves it there and so do his kids(young adults)….Saban is at home,rich,successful, mindful and grateful of the great opportunity and position he holds….Texas…sheesh….

  44. dkhhuey says: Nov 7, 2013 9:14 AM

    I actually feel sorry for Mack Brown at this point in time! Yeesh, nothing like reading about your successor splattered all over the media…

  45. floridacock says: Nov 7, 2013 9:34 AM

    A refreshing, but unusual, these days, quote from a D1 coach, the HBC, Steve Spurrier;

    In 2012, Spurrier signed a contract extension that runs through the end of the 2017 season. At the time, he told The State, “I’m already embarrassed by what I make. I don’t need to make anymore. It’s plenty.”

    How bout you Nicky boy

  46. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 7, 2013 1:45 PM

    There is nothing inherently wrong with saying you enjoy living in Alabama or you appreciate the lifestyle, but let’s not be disingenuous. Alabama is a cesspool of soft and blatant bigotry. A typical red state that takes much more from the collective than it gives. Embrace it!

  47. diablos67 says: Nov 7, 2013 4:05 PM

    heh….some amusing comments…I don’t think Saban would come to Texas. Not because the job isn’t attractive, or that he wouldn’t get enough money, but because he doesn’t need to.

    What’s he got left to prove? That he can get a national championship at 3 different schools? Maybe. I think he’s really just ruffling the feathers of the bama money and looking to pad his own paycheck by a few million more.

  48. normtide says: Nov 7, 2013 5:15 PM

    I travel with work. I cam clearly tell you that the most bigoted places I have ever been is New England and the upper Midwest. The south’s population has the highest percentage of black Americans. Southern culture was created by both black and white people. There is a fringe everywhere, but you need to update your view of the south.

  49. Deb says: Nov 7, 2013 6:13 PM

    @wisconsinhillfolk …

    Ignorance may be bliss, but you embarrass yourself when you demonstrate it. Alabama is no different than any other state in the union. It’s actually purple. While the majority voted Republican in the 2012 election, you still had a considerable number of people–at least 40 percent–who were blue, blue, blue.

    So your notion that everyone in Alabama is racist and thinks just alike is as bigoted as anything you’re suggesting of folks in that state. You must lead a very sheltered life if you think all the people in any American state in 2013 are that homogenous. How sad for you.

  50. Deb says: Nov 7, 2013 6:16 PM

    @floridacock …

    Yes, dear, that is refreshing. Have you told your boss that you have enough money and don’t need more? Come on, now. If you’re going to talk it, you should walk it. Clearly you think everyone must do exactly what Steve Spurrier does in order to be considered a worthwhile human being :roll:

  51. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 7, 2013 10:39 PM

    @ wisconsinhillfolk:
    You state that “Alabama is a cesspool of soft and blatant bigotry.’” Bigotry is defined as “a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance.” Gee! That sounds like you!

  52. normtide says: Nov 7, 2013 10:40 PM

    Very well started brutus.

  53. packerbadger says: Nov 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    thermanmerman99: “saban has had enough of being the lord of the peasants in double wide tide country. his dwarfness wants to reign supreme in a much larger venue in front of a more distinguished fanbase than the toothless tide gumps he sees on a daily basis. who in here would actually relocate to the state of alabama for a higher paying job? i sure as hell wouldnt”
    =================================
    +1……..no….+3 LOLOL!…..and true!!

  54. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 9, 2013 10:00 AM

    Words can be broadly or narrowly defined. In 2013, Alabamans are still having a conversation about whether publicly funded organizations can discriminate based upon ethnicity. I guess we should see it as progress that you folks are talking rather than lynching? I apologize for the sensational nature of that last sentence.

    Deb,

    I generally agree with your posts. We almost always disagree, however, when you blindly defend Alabama, Saban or the Steelers. For every dollar Alabama contributes in taxes, it takes more than $2. That is one of the hallmarks of Red states. I do agree that reducing states to “red” and “blue” is silly. However, that’s the message the corporate media tells us resonates. Your argument might have been cogent had you not presented it as if I claimed all Alabamans are bigots. I said it’s a cesspool of bigotry. It is. I said Alabama takes more than it gives. It does. Refuting these claims with facts would advance the conversation.

  55. dhardy8207 says: Nov 9, 2013 10:42 AM

    Here we go…. the USUAL BAMA back woods, bigoted, trailer park, ignorant, blah blah blah!.

    As inferior as some try and make us, we still have the top recruiting classes for the next 2 years…Thats right, all you fine upstanding citizens from other prestigous states, your young cubs are flocking to backwoods, toothless, ignorant ALABAMA to make their dreams come true in the game of college football. Not to worry as they will leave us better individuals because they’ll get an education in humanity to go along with that degree.

    And please do us hicks down here a favor and remain in your bubble of ignorant bliss if this country ever has to go back to depending on what we grow here to survive. Not an overabundance of farmers, farmlands, etc. in the asphault dreamlands of the north..

    Our military is a mixture of representatives from every state and they have to depend on each other to survive war… A shame America’s citizens can’t do a better job of tolerating each other’s differences and using those differences as strengths, the same way youngsters from all over the country, on any football squad come together and give us the entertainment that we enjoy every season.

  56. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 9, 2013 12:51 PM

    Yeah, the “asphalt dreamland” of Wisconsin doesn’t grow or produce anything. That’s sarcasm. We (and most of the Northern states you pan) just send our tax dollars to states like yours so you can spend it on football. Football, not public education, not prenatal health, not healthcare for seniors and the developmentally disabled, not technical colleges, not environmentally sustainable energy and practices. Football.

    We won, you lost. Assimilate! Isn’t that the doctrine?

    Enjoy your “differences”.

  57. normtide says: Nov 9, 2013 1:00 PM

    You are an idiot. This tax money you keep barking about goes to programs like NASA, the army’s arsenal, the chemical weapons incinerator, the space and missile defense command, the army’s ballistic testing, etc. Which of those would you do away with? It sounds like your sad that Wisconsin has nothing important, nationally, going on. Alabama had far more modern technology jobs than Wisconsin. One day the government may get into testing brat’s effect on health, then your state will be favored.

  58. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 9, 2013 1:39 PM

    Hilarious post! You’re much too easy to rile.

  59. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:17 PM

    @wisconsinhillfolk:
    Why to you go out of your way to denigrate Blue States and the South in particular? I suspect that you are under 25 and lean towards the left of the political spectrum. Obviously, judging by my screen name, I am from a swing State and not from the South. My job requires that I travel extensively. I have been to Alabama and Wisconsin many times. If I had to choose between living in Alabama or Wisconsin I would choose Alabama (no I do not fly a Confederate flag from my house). I find the people in Alabama (all races) to be friendlier and the life style is more genteel. Try learning about the people you seem to despise on your own. I think you will find that your opinion will differ from what the professors at the University of Wisconsin teach about Blue States and the South. Have you noticed that “enlightened” Northerners exhibit a lot of bias towards the South, while “bigoted” Southerners rarely respond in kind?

  60. greggatx says: Nov 9, 2013 3:24 PM

    dhardy8207 and normtide
    It’s funny because that is the same thing y’all say about Texas all the time. And I am willing to bet neither of you have ever spent anytime here, especially here in central Texas.

  61. normtide says: Nov 9, 2013 3:56 PM

    No gregtaxi, that was you. I have traveled a lot with my work. I enjoyed the state of Texas, and the people are great. Texas is like three states in one. Some south east, south west, and Midwest, all mixed in.

    I find people that blindly hate any group of people are sad, lonely humans. They blame others for their misery. If you blindly hate southerners, you probably hate blacks, hispanics, Asians, etc.. You probably think they cause all your problems. On Nov 9, 2013 2:24 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > greggatx commented: “dhardy8207 and normtide It’s funny because that > is the same thing y’all say about Texas all the time. And I am willing to > bet neither of you have ever spent anytime here, especially here in central > Texas.”

  62. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 9, 2013 4:59 PM

    Normtide,

    Well said! I have lived on both coasts. I have my late parents home in Alabama, a small abode in Northern Virginia and a home in Texas. I find people are usually more open and friendly in the South and in Texas. The most repugnant bigotry I’ve ever been witness to happens to be be in northern states. I don’t know why people continue to evaluate people on the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.

    In Texas I chose the coastal pains rather than the Hill Country simply because Texas doesn’t have enough water to sustain it’s growth patterns, particularly Central and North Texas. Alabama will
    always be home though.

    RTR

  63. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 9, 2013 7:43 PM

    I am a 45 year old single father, who has served and continue to serve in my community. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, schooled at home (private Lutheran and public University), abroad and by the toughest men and women America can produce. Wisconsin has been my home for nearly 25 years, but I have lived in a broad spectrum of American geographic locales. I hate sycophants and bigots. The others, I serve. I love my country, but my commitment is to humanity.

    Next theory?

  64. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 9, 2013 8:03 PM

    wisconsinhillfolk wrote on: Nov 9, 2013 7:43 PM

    ” I hate sycophants and bigots. The others, I serve. I love my country, but my commitment is to humanity.”

    Then why do you hate yourself?

  65. normtide says: Nov 9, 2013 11:26 PM

    Its on the internet. So it must be true!!!

  66. dhardy8207 says: Nov 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    wisonsinhillfolk says:

    “Your argument might have been cogent had you not presented it as if I claimed all Alabamans are bigots. I said it’s a cesspool of bigotry. It is.”

    “Wisconsin has been my home for nearly 25 years, but I have lived in a broad spectrum of American geographic locales.”
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    I noticed within your resume there that you did not list any experience living in the state of Alabama, yet in the first quote above addressed to @Deb, you plainly state your opinion of what type of state we live in. How could you know that without living here or at least doing more than passing through as if judging by your arrogance you would dare do that…

    How does one that brags of such intelligence as yourself come to such a determination about the citizens of another state without personal experience? Obviously those of the “toughest men and women that America has ever produced” (cough to keep from choking) which I m assuming serve in some military compacity didn’t teach you humility. Didn’t teach you that you may be called to “SERVE” next to one of those citizens you lump into a category that obviously makes you feel superior in some sort of fashion…

    I ‘ve traveled all over this great country and met alot of people from different states and ethnic backgrounds. Some kind and some not but in no way would I judge a state’s citizens by that experience or by what I’ve read on the internet or national enquirer. I am the daughter of a now deceased army sargent that enlisted and went to war (WWII) shortly after his 38th birthday…

    According to your post you despise bigotry but by your comments alone you are a fine example of the word…

  67. materialman80 says: Nov 10, 2013 5:22 PM

    Nick was totally committed to LSU too, until that big money showed up. I suspect when Texas puts the money on the table, and it will be lots of it, he may just change his mind.

  68. dhardy8207 says: Nov 10, 2013 6:31 PM

    gregtaxi says:

    “dhardy8207 and normtide
    It’s funny because that is the same thing y’all say about Texas all the time. And I am willing to bet neither of you have ever spent anytime here, especially here in central Texas.”

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    Absolutely not true!… The only post I’ve made that could be considered derogatory regarding the lone star state is that during a recent road trip I went through areas below Dallas (Amarillo area) and the land was desolate… No trees to speak of and flat as the back of your hand..

    Had an aunt that lived in Fort Worth for years, one that resided in Irvine. Also had family that lived in Dallas and I’ve been on several business trips to Houston.

    What is a mystery is why would long horn fans want the rumors to be true about Saban coming there when most of the horns fans post such derogatory remarks regarding his character… Obviously anyone who wins 3 of the last 5 National Championships should only be open to going to a state where he’s hated simply because the pockets are deeper… yea some real logic there…

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