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Terry Saban: ‘this is where we are going to end our career’

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At every turn over the past couple of months, Nick Saban has attempted to smack down the rumors connecting him to a potential opening at Texas even as it was his agent that sent the rumor mill machine into overdrive.

Now, it’s the Alabama head coach’s better half’s turn to address the speculation, although she does put an interesting twist on the situation.

In a rather extensive and really well-done piece appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Terry Saban addressed what had been rampant speculation regarding her husband and the UT job, as well as rumors that had her house hunting in Austin a couple of months ago — “rumors with absolutely no foundation” — that simply added another layer to the “situation.”  Just as her husband had previously, and just as emphatically, the woman referred to as “Miss Terry” stated in no uncertain terms that the Crimson Tide will be their final coaching destination.

“We have decided: this is where we are going to end our career,” Mrs. Saban told the WSJ’s Sharon Terlep. “We’re staying. We’re not going anywhere.”

That’s all well and good, but Terry Saban did add something, well, a little bit curious into the mix.

Her husband’s Tide is in the midst of a historic run, having won three of the last four BCS titles and are in a position to claim an unprecedented third straight BCS championship.  According to Miss Terry, that success has spoiled a certain segment of the fan base and led to what she perceives as a lack of appreciation.

“You come to a crossroads and the expectations get so great, people get spoiled by success and there gets to be a lack of appreciation,” Mrs. Saban said. “We’re kind of there now. …

“We are trying to educate ourselves, to change ourselves. We can’t change expectations or change lack of appreciation. We have to change our mind-set.”

And there it is.  Conspiracy theorists just received a plethora of ammunition to load onto their black helicopters.

Just when you think you’re out, they pull you right back in…

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  1. mydixienormus says: Nov 26, 2013 9:58 AM

  2. mydixienormus says: Nov 26, 2013 10:04 AM

    Bunch of knuckle dragging ingrates!!!!!

  3. mydixienormus says: Nov 26, 2013 10:06 AM

    Some pleasure reading for Alabama fans.

    http://www.outkickthecoverage.com/the-ten-dumbest-fan-bases-in-america-1-the-alabama-crimson-tide.php

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 26, 2013 10:13 AM

    enormous,

    You beat me to it. Meanwhile, Is Steve Patterson going to wait after the Baptism to meet with Brown, Barnes, and all the other heads, er coaches at Texas to settle the family business?

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 26, 2013 10:15 AM

    Some where in Austin, Tgaustin is sobbing into his
    Saban 2014 shirt saying “we could have been a contenda”

    RTR

  6. tgaustin says: Nov 26, 2013 10:20 AM

    Amos,

    Blow me! Spin your head around that…and keep my goverment out of your mouth. Never said I wanted Saban…dude, you are a sad, sad, sad man Costanza! You are an embarrasment to your own school. Now go put your X-mas lights up around your double wide…what’s that, they stay up year round. Cool, I can dig that. Have a nice day…tool!

  7. jdbaker01 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    The Sabans need to just stop talking. The more they try to put this to rest, the worse it gets. I am a big Alabama fan and love having Saban as the coach. I love this nat’l championship run we’ve been on, but it’s not going to last forever, even if he stays there will be down years. We realize that, if he leaves then maybe we can convince Ed Orgeron to leave USC. j/k. Please don’t leave!

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 26, 2013 10:35 AM

    tgaustin says: Nov 26, 2013 10:20 AM

    Amos,

    Blow me! Spin your head around that…and keep my goverment out of your mouth. Never said I wanted Saban…dude, you are a sad, sad, sad man Costanza! You are an embarrasment to your own school. Now go put your X-mas lights up around your double wide…what’s that, they stay up year round. Cool, I can dig that. Have a nice day…tool!

    _______________________________

    Lol. bitter much?

  9. ljstud1o says: Nov 26, 2013 10:42 AM

    If Alabama is going to pull off 3 National championships in a row, this is the year to do it with McCarron still at the helm. Obviously, Alabama still has to get past an amazing Auburn team and win the SEC championship which won’t be easy. I’m really looking forward to the next 2 weeks. This is going to be a lot of fun…

  10. sallust99 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:44 AM

    The Horns = Legend’s in their own minds.

    Only would the Longhorns name their stadium after an OU All-American.

  11. tgaustin says: Nov 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    8to8,

    Nope, not the slightest. Just keeping it real. Sticks and stones right. Makes me laugh at all the keyboard nijas on this site.

  12. theflyingtad says: Nov 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    Isn’t it obvious….

    It’s a divorce!

  13. imaduffer says: Nov 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    I think she asking for a raise.

  14. be4bama says: Nov 26, 2013 11:22 AM

    HAHA……Now UT is on the Gus bus.

  15. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:53 AM

    Lol never said you wanted him…but wouldn’t have turned him down I bet.

    Now Miss Terry we need a picture of an upside down hook ‘em just to confirm. And maybe put it on Twitter and it will be a huge RT

  16. Deb says: Nov 26, 2013 11:58 AM

    imaduffer says:

    I think she asking for a raise.
    ————————————————-
    Sure sounds like it :)

  17. txstatebobcats1868 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    C’mon guys, I think we all know if the Saban’s are moving to Texas, it is to be the head coach at Texas State so he can follow in Fran’s footsteps again, and set himself up for a real challege :)

  18. cometkazie says: Nov 26, 2013 1:25 PM

    I was going to say “Cue the wacko’s” but they are already here.

    Time to go Poof already.

  19. mogogo1 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    Coming tomorrow: The Saban’s dog walker puts things to rest by stating there’s absolutely no way they’re ever leaving, but those brand new orange traveling cages really are nice.

  20. onebigredrocket says: Nov 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    Who is “we”? Get back in the kitchen and get those dishes done. Contribute to something before you open your mouth.

  21. iowahbr says: Nov 26, 2013 3:00 PM

    Given their prior track record of up and outs anyone who takes all this as more than just window dressing is in for some disappointment. He makes more than any other college coach and has delivered in the silly world of college sports. I don’t begrudge him but why is the football coach at any school more important than the University President?

    He might not jump again as one can only eat steak 3 times a day and 5 mil per year buys alot of steak but don’t bet the farm on 10 more years at Bama unless you have several farms to your name.

  22. kdbroom says: Nov 26, 2013 3:12 PM

    They said the same crap at LSU….something having just planted oak trees, and wanting to see them grow. Yadda, yadda. They have their price, and Bama needs to expect that he’ll leave at some point. He always has.

  23. canetic says: Nov 26, 2013 4:06 PM

    “Our” career? Only one of you has a career. I’m not saying you aren’t supportive, Mrs. Saban, but if you knew 1% of what your husband knows about football the Gators would be banging on your door right now.

  24. iowahbr says: Nov 26, 2013 4:19 PM

    to canetic

    I think you might be wrong as I’m willing to bet there are at lest 50 fellows coaching at the college level who know as much or more about the mechanics of football at teh college level but aren’t making 5 per year. that skill takes far moe than football smarts and my guess is that Miss Terry has enough for the whole team and Nick knows how important the network is to get leads on the quality players he needs and can also get admitted to where he is employed as a coach.

    My guess is that all this “no Texas” talk is to help smooth over some issue we know nothing about at Alabama.

  25. jdillydawg says: Nov 26, 2013 5:03 PM

    Well, you know, I find it interesting that she says they will finish THEIR career in Alabama. Was she part of the deal when Saban signed his contract?

    Either way, it’s always possible that they will indeed finish their career in Alabama.

    And then start a new one somewhere else.

  26. iowahbr says: Nov 26, 2013 5:09 PM

    perfect choice of words

  27. thefiesty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    If he’s offered, she will get a raise because Bama will break the bank to keep him. The arrogance of the Horn faithful are only dreaming. It ain’t gonna happen.

  28. iowahbr says: Nov 26, 2013 5:37 PM

    Ms. Terry

    how many poor kids could go to Bama for free if your Mister was to take a pay cut down to 1 mil per year. 4 mill divided by 25,000 seems like around 160 and it jsut means you’d have to go 2 years on the same kitchen wall paper where you never cook anyway.

  29. volfan2012 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:30 PM

    The Sabans are honest folks. Nicky Poo would never go against what he has said.

  30. doggeatdogg says: Nov 26, 2013 8:56 PM

    It’s unfortunate she feels compelled to say anything because in a few weeks her comments may prove to be a falsehood, just like her husbands’ comments to the press when they pressed him about going to Alabama when he was the Dolphin’s coach.

    They can’t come out and hint they are going to Texas because of the NC and somebody hasn’t been fired at Texas yet.

    Did she go to a Tony Robbins seminar to come up with those gooey comments there. Texas is probably throwing megamillions at him, his golden parachute indeed so they are outta there.

  31. Deb says: Nov 26, 2013 11:06 PM

    jdillydawg says:

    Well, you know, I find it interesting that she says they will finish THEIR career in Alabama. Was she part of the deal when Saban signed his contract?
    —————————————————-

    Reportedly, she was the reason he left the Dolphins. Never underestimate how much influence a spouse has on the decisionmaking in some households.

    Having said that, I think it’s inappropriate for one spouse to comment publicly on the other’s career decisions. But that’s just me.

  32. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 26, 2013 11:29 PM

    Tgaustin,

    Karma comes back and bites you every time.

    It wasn’t me who opined that Terry was in Austin looking at houses. Remember that comment? It wasn’t me who said you could “book it” as Saban was going to Austin and ended your posts with “Saban 2014″. Remember that?

    Evidently not.

    Saban is not coming to Texas and Texas will still have not recovered from Bama in the National Championship game. Meanwhile, Alabama plays in a meaningful game this Saturday with National Championship implications. What does Texas have? Oh, a home game against Texas Tech, fresh off a 4 game losing streak on Thanksgiving. Good thing the NFL has a game on so we can watch that instead of texas

    Hey, why not go after David Shaw? Nope, he won’t come to Austin either. Like Saban, he has his program going the way he wants it to go. Hey, another idea, why not go after Sumlin? Nope, he wouldn’t want to step down a level of competition, besides he wants to go to the NFL, not Austin.
    Hey , why not go after Jim Mora of UCLA. That way you could have Jim’s dad come into UT
    football press conferences and when asked about Texas’s chances in the new playoff system. He can do this.

    Jim Mora describing Texas football.

    TG, it sucks to be you.

    RTR

  33. whoopteedo says: Nov 27, 2013 12:25 AM

    What’s with all the daggers for Mrs. Saban using “they” and “their” in her responses? It’s not rocket science to understand that there can be teamwork in a marriage. Three siblings in my household witnessed this first hand for 64 years. We knew one parent had no more power than the other and that none of us siblings could get an answer out of either one of them until the two discussed an issue in private, and forget playing one parent against the other because it wasn’t going to happen. I like that Mrs. S hints at this teamwork approach. It means they are on the same page and have each other’s backs, each speaking the same language and enjoying life as a couple and as best friends.

  34. normtide says: Nov 27, 2013 2:53 AM

    Taking a mans wife? That’s classy. Both of them say we when taking about their lives. You don’t think Saban’s wife has made it possible for him to work the hours he dies? Every coach’s wife for that matter. And that million they could give back? They do, every year to the general scholarship fund. They also just finished a habitat house. That was given to a single mom of three. Not to mention his Nick’s Kids charity. Knock the man about his lies to the pres, but not his and Terry’s philanthropy.

    She is also correct, thus level of success brings higher expectations. It would anywhere in anyoccupation. I imagine it’s even hard for Saban himself to deal with. If you lose it’s an immense fall. The entire country is waiting for it. Winning becomes more of a relief then celebration. But, I don’t see this fan base turning in him, even if he was to lose every game the rest of the season. I think most Bama fans expect a slight backslide next year, breaking in a new QB.

    Also, don’t think for a second every Tide fan doesn’t appriciate what he has done. And none expect it to last forever.

  35. boomgrounder says: Nov 27, 2013 3:33 AM

    Yeah she says that and then she will see that everything really is bigger in Texas! Including pay checks? Money talks and Bull S__t walks!

  36. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 27, 2013 2:00 PM

    boomgrounder wrote on: Nov 27, 2013 3:33 AM

    “Yeah she says that and then she will see that everything really is bigger in Texas! Including pay checks? Money talks and Bull S__t walks!”

    (1.) That is why you see so many Texas supporters walking.

    (2.) That is why the disclaimer on mirrors states that “Objects may appear bigger than they actually are.”
    Fits Texas supporters to a T.

    RTR

  37. thegeneral7694 says: Nov 28, 2013 12:42 AM

    The reason she’s saying this in public is because no matter how many times HE says it, everyone dredges up the Dolphins “not gonna be the Bama coach” fiasco….he can say it till he’s blue in the face, and it accomplishes nothing, because the Saban haters assume he’s lying (as if none of you have ever gone back on your word ever in your lives…you just didn’t have a camera pointed in your face). But if SHE says it…well, there’s no basis upon which anyone can question her credibility. And if Saban wants a raise from Alabama, he doesn’t have to resort to cloak-and-dagger chicanery…all he has to do is ask, and he’ll get it.

  38. dhardy8207 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:32 AM

    @thegeneral7694;

    Thank you, very realistic post there sir. It is obvious the Saban haters have never ever had a change of heart or a second thought on any major decision in regards to their livelyhood. Most people I know keep a possible change in employment under wraps until they know beyond doubt that they have a new job to go to. I can honestly say most jobs I’ve landed, my former employer knew when I gave notice. The public interest and persistent desire to know all doesn’t mean he was obligated to say what his plans were and I’ll bet most of his critics on CFT could care less about the “phins”, but just need a reason to criticize one of the best coaches in college football. I’d also bet that if their team was possibly his next coaching gig they’d be less critical and wouldn’t care how he left BAMA as long as he’d be coaching their team to 3 NC in 4 years and possibly more.

    The President of UA has already gone on record saying that the Universities revenue has gone up 112 % since he came. Yes indeed, I think you are correct sir that he doesn’t have to pull “media stunts” he’ll get whatever he ask for…

  39. dhardy8207 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:54 AM

    iowahbr says;

    “Ms. Terry

    how many poor kids could go to Bama for free if your Mister was to take a pay cut down to 1 mil per year. 4 mill divided by 25,000 seems like around 160 and it jsut means you’d have to go 2 years on the same kitchen wall paper where you never cook anyway.”

    ————————————————–
    The Saban’s have paid for the supplies to build “15″ houses (same # as our National Championships) post the devastating tornadoes of April 27, 2011 that almost destroyed the town of Tuscaloosa. They have partnered with “Habitat for Humanity” to try and help rebuild 2 communities that were almost wiped off the map. Ask that single mother that was not only a victim of the tornadoes, but also a survivor of Katrina which brought her to Alabama, what her new house means to the stability of her family and what she thinks of the Sabans and their generosity.

    Please read up and do some research about the people you are talking about before you speak. Your ignorance hints of a troll that post whatever he/she thinks will get the most “thumbs up” or maybe to stir the pot and perhaps get some egotistical high off of posting something that is absolutely untrue.

  40. iowahbr says: Nov 28, 2013 11:25 AM

    If you believe for one minute that the Sabans are at the heart of generosity in Alabama I just want you to know that I have a lease on the Brooklyn Bridge and it’s yours on Monday and Wednesday mornings for 40,000 per week. You collect your own tolls.

    For some of this the argument has nothing to do with Sabans on a personal level but rather is an example about how we have all lost our perspective on college sports. He probably is a nice fellow and his wife is probably even nicer but it all boils down to why we will pay him so much for working at a public institution and why he feels he needs so much. It’s clear that neither side of this debate is doing anything legally wrong but given the existence of professional sports why has college sports become so money driven. The Sabans didn’t start this and whatever they do won’t end it but shame on him if all this smoke is about getting him another raise.

    Since he makes the most of any college coach he is going to be a lighning rod of this debate no matter how many charities he contributes to. His past employment track record cerrtainly supports my side of the argument and unless I’m mistaken he has never hit the IRS limit on charitable contributions when he files his 1040. If you know better please post his itemized 1040 charitable deductions amounts.

    In the end you Bama folks can pay him 5 mill, 6 mill or 10 mill but I can still question your priorities when you do. We here in Iowa are just a little bit less crazy at 3.75 mil for our own guy.

  41. iowahbr says: Nov 28, 2013 11:36 AM

    PS: to 8207

    I think there is a famous quote from Bill S. in Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” in case your have forgotten who stirred this hornets nest up to begin with.

  42. dhardy8207 says: Nov 28, 2013 12:05 PM

    iowahbr says;

    “If you believe for one minute that the Sabans are at the heart of generosity in Alabama I just want you to know that I have a lease on the Brooklyn Bridge”

    “I think there is a famous quote from Bill S. in Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” in case your have forgotten who stirred this hornets nest up to begin with.”

    ————————————————–
    Never said “the Sabans are at the heart of generosity in Alabama”. What I did say is fact that they do give back to the community which obviously disputes your original comment. BTW you can keep that bridge, I have no interest.

    Your complaint based on what UA decides to pay him is ridiculous. The revenue comes from winning and I realize Iowa is just not there yet, but hey still can pay “your guy” $3.75 mil. Have your scrutinized how “your guy” spends those millions? Of course not. Are you equally upset by what Mack Brown makes? They (he and Saban)are neck and neck in the ranks of highest paid coaches in CFB as are both programs in the top 5 of wealthiest programs.

    I don’t know what his charitable deductions amount to and newsflash; Its none of anyone’s business. Your comment reads as if NO ONE has the audacity to ask for his type of salary when there are many many public figures that earn more. Do you contribute to a 401k or retirement plan? If you do you might want to get inquisitive about how much your fund manager makes yearly in bonuses only just to swap your pennies back and forth between funds.

    Must be your FAV quote as I’ve seen you post this before. Funny that whenever a BAMA fan post anything its always too much for other fans.

  43. normtide says: Nov 28, 2013 2:06 PM

    And you don’t seem to realize or accept. Saban is an investment. One that has paid off handsomely. If paying these coaches so well didn’t increase revenue, programs wouldn’t do it. At least until UNICEF gets into coaching.

  44. iowahbr says: Nov 28, 2013 2:52 PM

    Please name one person who working for any public institution in the US who earns more than Saban. I guess you could argue that Bama football isn’t really a public institution and is more of a semi-pro operation and on that I wouldn’t argue. A number of NFL coaches are at 6 mill plus per year.

    You are right that it’s none of my business about his tax return but then I didn’t start this whole fuss nor have I done any bragging about my charitable contributions. I also didn’t want you to think paying the Iowa guy 3.75 was any better than Sabans 5 mill plus. Both states are a bit out of whack on that count.

    You can be sure that Saban won’t wind up at Yale or Harvard and if he does go to Texas the world outside of Alabama will be little changed.

  45. normtide says: Nov 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    First of all, have you ever turned down a pay increase? Don’t blame Saban for taking what was offered.

    Second. That 6 mill investment has brought about a 100 mill return. Ask Warren Buffet if he would want in on that.

    I do understand your point. But, visiting this and other college football site, watching games, etc contributes to it. It cutoff be worse, at least we are not to blame for the Kardashians being rich.

  46. dhardy8207 says: Nov 28, 2013 5:06 PM

    @iowahbr:

    Please review the data below, this information was posted on a New York Times article back in the summer.

    “The grass appears to be greenest in Tuscaloosa, where Alabama’s Nick Saban earns the most money of any college football coach in the nation, pulling in a handsome salary of $5,395,852. He makes another $150,000 in “other pay,” according to the database.

    Texas coach Mack Brown ($5,392,500) and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema ($5,158,863) round out the Top 3 on the list, which includes over 120 college coaches. Other notable names near the top of the list include Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, who pulls in about $4.7 million, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, whose $4.6 million salary more than makes up for the $0 listed under his “other pay” column.”

    Now, bare in mind that the “average” pay annually for a Head Coach at the collegiate level is somewhere between 1.5 and 2 mil a year. “Other pay” would be I assume for endorsements such as product commercials as Saban advertises for Ford. The annual salary for head coaching jobs has increased by approximately 90% since 2006.

    Not sure if you remember the old saying “you get what you pay for”, but most of the universities pay well because they want the best out there to manage and lead their program. Not only with decisions on the field but also the leadership off the field to avoid sanctions that end up gifting the NCAA with millions.

  47. iowahbr says: Nov 28, 2013 6:46 PM

    To 8207 and Normtide to be clear:

    1. The Sabans are entitled to whatever amount they can arrange with any college.
    2. He is both a good technical coach, a great recruiter, and has a super player feed system.
    3. I am not a Bama hater, a Texas fan and have never cared about the Dolphins.
    4. Not sure how the state of Alabama or its citizens benefits from the 100 mill Bama made if it all goes back into the pockets of the athlectic dept. there. A 30 mill training facility does no good if all the folks in Alabama can’t use it.
    5. The data you cited just indicates that football craziness is not isloated to Alabama, Texas or Iowa. That still does not mean it makes any sense. Last time I checked Obama only made 400,000 per year.
    6. We’ll never know how good a real coach Saban is as he’ll never coach at a school where there are no scholarships, where the players are there primarily for an eduation rather than pre-NFL training, and the head coach is forced to scrape by on $200,000 a year or less just like the head of the chemistry dept.

    Still hope you folks had a good Thanksgiving as I wasn’t trying to rile you and that Bama wins this wknd so the No. 1 issue is settled on the field later this year..

  48. normtide says: Nov 28, 2013 6:56 PM

    Not riled. I enjoy debate.

    Saban is paid out if the athletic dept funds, which turns a profit. He isn’t paid from taxes. As for what the citizens get, this is a college football-mad state. Saban brings success. Maybe trivial to others, but it’s what people in this state want.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too friend. We are blessed to live worry free enough that we can argue over college athletics.

    Last thing, all politicians are over paid.

  49. southernpatriots says: Nov 28, 2013 7:28 PM

    The definitive word has been spoken by the one who will truly make the decision–Mrs. Terry Saban herself. No need for further debate, or even discussion.

    Our Thanksgiving Feast turned out so very well. Relatives who have not come to our humble home between the bayou and swamp before did and were thrilled with the smoked turkey and ham, Louisiana Yam pies, Crawfish Pies, and all the traditional and Cajun dishes.

    Tomorrow we begin early with our Annual Open Pit Razorback Roast. Look forward to putting some motivation to bring it to Arkansas.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! We truly have so much of which to be thankful.

  50. suprmous says: Nov 29, 2013 1:07 AM

    kdbroom, as an LSU faithful I can tell you when Saban slithered out in the middle of the nite like a snake and not tellin anybody what he was up to we felt he’d done us wrong. It was only after time went by that we realized we weren’t the only victims he’d done this to. There were the folks of Michigan, Miami, and several small schools that he’d done this to as well. You can tell Bama folks to be prepared and they all but laugh in your face and tell you that it won’t happen to them. Sadly when it does one has to wonder how hard they’ll fall. And then come back and admit some have actually tried to tell em we tried to tell you but you wouldn’t or didn’t care to listen.

  51. thegeneral7694 says: Nov 29, 2013 2:01 AM

    @suprmous:

    Look, I get that you were unhappy with him leaving (given that LSU football was totally irrelevant before he got there, what with Curly Hallman and Gerry DiNardo as your prior two coaches), but “slithered out like a snake”? How do you figure? He left a college job for the NFL…that’s actually happened quite a few times. And I don’t know about “not tellin anybody”…if you didn’t know that he was in talks with the Dolphins before he left, then you’re the only one, because it was all over ESPN radio for a solid week before the announcement. Do you expect him to put up billboards across the state declaring that he was considering leaving? And with regard to Toledo and Michigan State….he took better jobs, dude. That’s how it happens in coaching. They all do it. Like your current head coach/game clock butcher/cartoon character Les Miles….he left Oklahoma State for a better job, so does that make him a “snake”, too? Obviously, you’re just bitter, but why not be thankful for that national championship he won you (and the players he recruited for the 07 title)? Like I said, it’s not like LSU was winning ANYTHING in the two decades or so before he got there….
    Saban has already stayed at Bama longer than any other school he’s been at, so what he’s done in the past is clearly no concrete indicator of the future.

  52. v2the4 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:44 AM

    I love the lively debate….Im sure Terry Saban would much rather hang out with the wine and cheese crowd and venture capitalist/stepford wives on Lake Travis and West Austin than those good ole boys and girls in Tuscaloosa, but, I guess they already lived that li(f)e in south florida for a couple of years..

    Regardless, UT has a coach, Mack Brown…he is not getting fired and will not “fall on his sword” so king saban and his royal court, err, his career assistants can come set up shop on the 40 acres.

  53. suprmous says: Nov 30, 2013 2:56 AM

    the general, you undoubtedly don’t know of his attitude toward things that some of us are aware of. Granted he’s stayed at Bama longer but he won’t stay there forever, i.e. he’ll find another challenge and take it and leave Bama just as he’s done else where and not give a damn as to how it comes down on the fans. Oh BTW, I’m a female. But nonetheless, a zebra can’t change it’s stripes no more than a leapord can change it’s spots but one thing’s for damned sure Saban’s a creature of habit. When he was at Miami do you think he did those folks right by doin some of the things he did in regards to the player that he walked over, his attitude with the media gets him brownie points when he gets on his high horse and shows his arrogance, etc? I could go on but talkin to you’s like talkin to a few others: on deaf ears. Therefore I’ll just leave it at that.

  54. dhardy8207 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:04 AM

    @iowahbr: Not riled… Just pointing out that while many post derogatory comments regarding UA, the state of Alabama, and Saban, most don’t take time to educate themselves on how much other major institutions pay their coaches and how the revenue does impact the state. Major games against SEC opponents will fill hotels as far North as Birmingham when UA plays at home. The town of Tuscaloosa gets a good bit of revenue from the University that was very much needed to rebuild that town after the tornadoes of 2011.

  55. packergator says: Nov 30, 2013 10:37 PM

    Totally agree with the lack of appreciation that this run wasn’t (now that Bama has lost) going to last forever. This coming from a Gator fan whose team won 2 titles in 3 years and then – endured this year.

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