Witt, Moore get ringing endorsement

UA president Dr. Robert Witt, and Alabama director of athletics Mal M. Moore received a ringing endorsement today from the most powerful coach in America, Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban. Saban said the Forbes story and cover weren’t a testament to him as much as it were a testament to the entire University and its leadership team.

“When I go home at night, I’m not the most powerful person at my house,” Saban said. “This is all about the University of Alabama. It is all about the football program here. It is all about the opportunity that we have here, the great tradition we have here and what we do to try to restore that tradition. It really isn’t about me. We’ve got a great team of people here.”

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Saban singled out members of the team for special praise. He lavished praise on Dr. Witt’s efforts to improve the University; he cited improved enrollment and student quality.

“We’ve got a great president of the University, who has done a fantastic job of improving the quality of education around here, enrollment, the quality of students, making it easier for us to recruit people,” Saban said. “He has been very supportive of the athletic program.”

As for athletic director Moore, Saban praised his work too. He said the entire athletic department was “strong.”

“Coach Moore has done a fantastic job in the athletic department,” Saban said. “We have a strong athletic department. Dave Hart is going to add to that. So, we have a lot of people around here that contribute to the success.”

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  1. 1
    finebammer

    well, i hate to lay this on ya coach, but you’re just full of it on this one.

    we don’t have the best athletic dept. in the sec much less the nation and it ain’t even close.

    while the hiring of dave hart gives me hope, the fact remains that the perception is all the powers that be care about is football.

    there’s more to having a top-notch athletic dept. than football.

  2. 2
    Kenny

    Took the words right out of my mouth, regarding the athletic department. Though, in fairness I am pretty sure Saban is just looking at it from a football perspective.

  3. 3
    Bama Fan in NYC

    Bulldozing The Strip/booting half of the alumnus’ favorite bars, doesn’t sound like much of an improvement to me.

    I’ve already emailed Dr. Witt expressing my unhappy concerns regarding him booting Cheap Shots off The Strip.

    If he doesn’t want the karma of DUIs and (God forbid) any deaths related to drinking and driving on his soul, he’ll refrain from doing away with anymore on campus bars.

  4. 6
    Robert Thames

    Cheap Shots sucked…Who cares anyway? Is it really THAT important? UA is moving forward and improving all the time. Get on the bus or get out of the way.

  5. 7
    Barnie Educator

    Cheap Shots sucked? UA is moving forward? UA is improving all the time? The only thing improving with the strip ordeal is the DUI rate among students. When and if your son or daughter attends UA, you’ll join our side shortly after.

  6. 8
    Amy 4 Bama

    Cheap Shots wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was the place to go when The Legacy, Jupiter, and The Library was slam packed full of people. Plus they had the most courteous bar service.

  7. 9
    julio

    Did anyone catch Scarbinksy’s column this morning regarding the Forbes column? Here’s a nice little blurb:

    “As much sway as Saban has over his school’s administrators, alums, boosters and fans, there’s one group among his constituents that has yet to completely bow at his feet and kiss his LSU-BCS ring.
    His players.
    If Saban truly were the most powerful coach in all of sports, would he have to hire the Pacific Institute to brainwash, I mean, mentally condition his players with daily affirmations like, ‘I am a bad man?
    Wouldn’t it be cheaper to bus down and watch Auburn practice? You know, to fully grasp the concept by the face mask.
    That’s power where it counts. Right in the mouth.”

    Ouch, bammers. Kinda stings, don’t it?

  8. 10
    I Heart Tubby!

    Doesn’t sting at all… After all, it was an Alabama coach that was featured on the cover, not Aubarn. Cheap shots and nonsense is expected from your end of the state, not surprisingly.

    Ouch Barnie… Kinda stings doesn’t it?

  9. 11
    Bamaman

    Julio you jack ass, why would a section from Goldberg or Scumbinsky who are both on the Auturd payroll sting? The NATIONAL publication of sports most powerful man is killing your little jealous village, isn’t it? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  10. 12
    julio

    ouch, that did hurt, I had something I was going to say but Kevin keeps kissing my neck so I gotta go. . . . . .

  11. 13
    Kevin

    The thing that you bammers don’t get is that naming Saban the “most powerful coach” is not a compliment to UAT. It is an indication to everyone with a functioning brain stem that UAT was completely desperate and willing to give Saban anything and everything to secure him as a coach. And why? No one is really sure. The fact that he has one a single NC (actually, 1/2 of one) does not in any way assure anyone that he will ever win one again — either at UAT or anywhere else. There are lots of coaches who have never gotten more than one. He’s not “brilliant.” And he certainly has no loyalty to UAT.

    As much as bammers can justify his boorish behavior and paranoid control freak nature, they will be cursing him every bit as vehemently as Franchione in another couple of years. Because he will be gone. That’s his pattern.

  12. 14
    Bamaman

    Kevin, you obsessed little Auturd, to answer a few of your questions: Why? Because that is who we wanted, we are sure. One NC(actually) was accomplished in four years, more than the Auturds have compiled in their pitiful existence. You say there are a lot of coaches who have never gotten more than one, you are right, there are even some coaches who only have one SEC to their name in uh, let’s see coming up fourteen years, his name is used car salesman Tommy Twobigearsville. You just hope the most powerful man in sports will be gone soon because after a few more of his infamous recruiting years start paying dividends, the duckhunter is the one that will be gone, wait I hear a jet firing up. So do everybody a favor and get out of the gene pool.

  13. 15
    Bama Fan in NYC

    Kevin should succeed Josh MOOn of his duties. He’s dead on and precise and one of the most unbiased college football fans I know.

    Yet he fails to realize his coach has 1 SEC title IN 14 YEARS OF COACHING IN THE SEC, and not 1 NC (not even half of one at that). Not to mention, as a head coach, he never came close to POSTING A WINNING RECORD IN THE SEC UNTIL YEAR SEVEN!

    Whether it’s a compliment to UA or not, the fact is, he’s our coach and he was featured on the cover of such a nationally renowned magazine. 3/4ths of the people who read Forbes, couldn’t tell you who the hell sir Tuberredneck is, and 3/4ths of that crowd think of Auburn, NY, when they hear the name Aubarn.

    Fact is: Saban has accomplished more as a coach in just five years, than Tuberville has in 14.

    And you talk about Saban’s “dirty” tactics, since when was Pinebox Tuberredneck an honestly loyal man himself? He played The Alabama PolyTECHnic Institute this season until he realized no other college thought he was worth API’s ridiculous buy-out, because he’s not.

  14. 16
    Auburn Man

    I subscribe to Forbes. I am not amused. I think Nick Saban is over paid scum. Why you ask? Because before he came to town we could get by paying our coaches in food stamps. Damn Nick Saban ruined that for us. Now he is invading my last bastions of superiority…..what is next…..Wall Street Journal?

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