Nick Saban talked to the press Thursday at the Regions Charity event and was asked about the Ryan Perrilloux situation, including the quarterbackâ€™s move to JSU. Saban praised how Les Miles and the LSU staff handled the situation. He also showed his soft side for athletes. Saban said while you canâ€™t tolerate bad behavior, you just canâ€™t toss the kids out into the street.
â€œI always hate to see guys who make poor choices and decisions about what they do and what they donâ€™t do and how it affects their ability to take advantage of their giftsâ€”to get an education and maybe develop as an athlete and get an NFL career. Hopefully, heâ€™ll learn from this.â€
Saban also said it was good that Perrilloux had the opportunity to start over at a new school. He once again talked about how discipline isnâ€™t just punishment, but getting kids to change bad behavior to good behavior.
“Other than my parents, and I had great parents, my coach was the most significant person in my life,” Saban said.
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He said he and his staff are busy with PR like the Crimson Caravan and busy on football business. Also the staff is developing internal controls like a character outreach program. â€œWe worked every day, all day,â€ he said. Saban also discussed the webcam idea in this video interview.