By Shane from Centerpoint
Talk about trading your credibility for ratings and readers!!! The authors who brainstorm for the website known as www.coacheshotseat.com give bloggers a bad name. Their latest ploy – to use the national mediaâ€™s lynching of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban as a springboard to create the illusion that the soon-to-be second-year coach is under any threat of being fired – is preposterous, at best. I understand the immediate gratification theory and all that, but any knowledgeable football fan knows that no reasonable commentator would attempt to sell such an absurd idea to the public.
I understand that controversy is where the money lies. I like a good juicy story as much as the average fan, but I canâ€™t allow the boys at the Hot Seat to slide on this one. Guys, maybe the clowns on the west coast will believe anything you write. Apparently, if you think theyâ€™ll buy this deal about Nick Saban after his first year, arenâ€™t you afraid that you might insult your typical readerâ€™s intelligence? By the way, what were you smoking when you came up with this list?
For the record, the other coaches in the top five are relatively cognizant choices. The inclusion of Saban was either done for dramatic effect, or some â€œEinsteinâ€ at the Hot Seat actually thinks he can alter the public perception of Nick from the standpoint of recruiting. Since USC head coach, Pete Carroll, is recruiting the State of Alabama (directly against Saban) for the services of Tana Patrick, Nico Johnson, Kendall Kelly and Dre Kirkpatrick, is it possible the Hot Seat thought they might inject doubt about Sabanâ€™s tenure into these young playersâ€™ heads? After all, a recruitâ€™s number one concern is usually a desire to know the coach will be with him for four years.
Regardless of the intent, the placement of Coach Saban on the hot seat list appears to be disingenuous and without basis. After reading their analysis, I realized that most of what the Hot Seat said about Nick was bogus spin. They chose to couch their point of view from a negative perspective.
A fair assessment of Nick Saban can be drawn from one simple fact: he spent five years in the toughest college football conference in the nation – winning two SEC championships and one national crown in that short period. Saban just finished his first (transition) year at Alabama. It is way too early to start claiming his job status is in jeopardy. His prior experience in the SEC says that chances are greater for success than for failure. Alabama fans (the only ones that count) are very knowledgeable and understand that probation makes the â€œprocessâ€ more difficult and Saban has plenty of time to rebuild the program.
The Hot Seat blog must be run by a group of â€œfootball fairiesâ€. It is more than evident that they donâ€™t have a clue about the very topic they are supposed to specialize in â€“ coaching.