Finebaum isn’t crippling the program

If I read one more whine from Alabama fans about how Paul Finebaum is hurting the program I’m going to jump out a window.

OK, so my window is on the first floor. I’ll still do it.

Seriously, Finebaum talking about Castille’s arrest and the other football players arrested during the Summer isn’t hurting the program. The idiotic actions of the football players hurt the program. Or at least the program’s image.

Talking about the behavior of student-athletes isn’t wrong. Asking questions of the coaching staff isn’t wrong. And Alabama fans would be howling if these same situations afflicted the Auburn program. We would be demanding answers. We would be looking for a cover-up.

The Castille arrest was absurd. But Castille’s behavior was absurd.

And yes, Alabama fans defending Castille on talk radio is absurd—I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the more I watch Alabama sports, the more I’m reminded of The Stranger. When pastors call talk radio and argue that yelling curse words in the street really wasn’t a big deal, I think of Meursault.

Or perhaps not Meursalt. It is more sophistry.

It is fine for fans to say Nick Saban is going to handle it. We have confidence that Saban understands what it takes to win football games. In other words, he knows you can’t have a team without discipline.

I’m also impressed with Saban’s sophisticated theory of discipline. He makes a distinction between punishment and discipline. Discipline is a restorative process, while punishment is a tool of the process. You can’t focus on just the tool, but rather you should focus on the end result. I’m impressed. I think Alabama fans have good reason to put their faith in Saban’s abilities to lead.