Nick Saban seems to have a loathe/hate relationship with the media, and such sentiment was on full display Monday.
Prior to Saturday’s statement win over Georgia, some in the media had wondered aloud whether the Alabama dynasty was either fading or flat-out over. That thought process somewhat made sense (snicker), what with the loss to Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa coming on the heels of (gasp!!!) back-to-back seasons without a national championship.
Saban has been rumored to be perturbed over the expectations from the fan base when it comes to his football program. When it comes to those who cover the team, he’s slightly more public in his touchiness.
At his Monday press conference, Saban was asked by a reporter how hard it is to keep his players focused with so much attention paid to the Tide. Saban’s rant, as transcribed by Michael Casagrande of al.com, was vintage Nicktator.
I said the same thing as when y’all buried us last week, aight, and all that,” Saban said. “It really doesn’t matter what you think. It doesn’t really matter what you say. And I’m hoping nobody on our team is playing for you. I hope they’re playing for each other and their team and what they want to accomplish and not what you think because that’s not certainly what I’m doing. I’m coach and working for our players and our team to be as good as it can be. And if that’s not pleasing to somebody else, it’s not pleasing to somebody else.
“I said before, I believe in our team. I do believe in our team and we’re going to work hard to make our team better. And I hope our players respond the right way.
“And it’s not going to be for you. The fans, yes. Because if it was up to you, we’re six-foot under already. We’re dead and buried and gone, gone.”
He paused briefly as the microphone was passed to another reporter. And he continued.
“So if that was the case, we’d have to get some respirators out or something down there to put life back in people,” Saban said.
Apparently, occasional venting is a part of Saban’s famous process as well.