Understanding Saban

For those of us interested in better understanding Nick Saban, Cecil Hurt provides another glimpse into Saban’s coaching genealogy. His column in the Tuscaloosa News details the link between Saban and Missouri Tiger football coach Gary Pinkel. Both coaches share a history with national championship coach Don James.

‘I don’t know if I would ever have become a coach if it weren’t for Don James,’ Saban said. ‘I don’t mean any disrespect to any other coaches I’ve played for or worked for when I say this, but Don James was so good at everything — every aspect of a program — that I just sort of assumed that was the way it would be everywhere.

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Double Standard?
Jess Nicholas asked if the media’s double standard for Nick Saban and Tommy Tuberville will end now that Tuberville has made his coordinators stop talking to the press.

But the most interesting development of all will be how Franklin squares Tuberville’s decision with his own com­ments that he wouldn’t work for Nick Saban, due to Saban’s media prohibition: “I enjoy my freedom as an American,” Franklin said. “Our fore­fathers fought for our right to be able to speak freely.”

Franklin’s mouth may have done more to undermine himself and Tuberville than the performance on the field.

Wait. Never mind. The performance on the field has been so abysmal you just can’t get past it.

But his mouth hasn’t helped the situation, and Tuberville was right to muzzle him. Of course, Nicholas is right, Tuberville will only get praise for this because everyone recognizes it was the right thing to do.

Speaking of the media, does anyone read Auburn Undercover? I’ve missed reading the party line from Phillip Marshall since he went to a pay site.

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  1. 2
    BamaBorn

    Could it possibly get any better for a BAMA fan.

    The ship has been up righted. I don’t believe Tubberville was smart enough to put his life jacket on. He should have kept Franklin until the end of the season. Who is he going to blame or fire around December 1?

    The orange and blue are “not afraid of Saban“. Two loses and they have fired the best thing since the wishbone. Is it great to be an uburn tiger? How can that program ever expect respect? It is hard to find your way to a place you have never been.

    Enjoying the circus!

  2. 3
    Bama Fan In NYC

    The Alabama PolyTECHnic Institute: where they welcome you with open arms (one around your shoulder and the other jabbing the knife in your back).

  3. 4
    Ballplay Indian.

    Nick Saban is a misunderstood warrior poet, right bammers ? pfffffttttt. Give me a break…..”I dont know how much plainer I can say it, I will not be the coach at Alabama”…… No knife in the back at Miami. What a man of his word…

  4. 6
    Ballplay Indian.

    Do you know the story behind that comment ? I didnt think so.

    The “pine box” was an old p.o.s. airplane that the coaches named at Ole Miss. And in fact. He left out of there in a pine box.

  5. 7
    BamaBrando

    Oh, so it is different when it your coach. Do you know the situation that Saban was in? I didn’t think so. The Dolphins owner has no problems with what Saban did. He told Saban before he was hired that if he didn’t like the NFL he had his blessing to go back to college. Saban even told the man he would stay if that is what he wanted. But Huizenga told Saban he could go, and there was no penalty on the contract.

    And that story about the plane being called ‘Pine Box’ is a crock. He lied to Ole Miss as Saban lied to the Miami press. A lot of coaches do. But I would rather have Saban than Tubberville. In a couple of more years you will be saying it too.

  6. 8
    Ballplay Indian.

    Brandy….I agree…..But at least Tubbs had a sense of humor before breaking it off in Ole Miss…..

    I quote ” Im not going to be the new coach at Alabama”……See ..No sense of humor.

  7. 9
    JW

    BAMABORN YES it could get better ;;;to see ark kick the aubbies ass would be HILARIOUSLY FUNNY.I DO NOT think any thing could top that.rollll……tideeeeee

  8. 13
    Ballplay Indian.

    The Saban is a deep ocean that one could never swim to the depths of, but yet…………a small child can frolic and play in its surf…….Wow, The Saban……….

  9. 14
    BamaBrando

    Ballplay: Yeah Tubbs had a sense of humor, but I think he is really too much of an ass-kisser compared to Saban. Saban is way more intense. I will take that over Tubbs any day.

  10. 16
    Ballplay Indian.

    Brando…Im just hacking on the dooshlike articles that try to make your intense coach look like a pussycat….I know that youve seen it , and I hpoe it makes you sick too…Id rather have an A-hole, intense, winner. Than a Oprah watching , intouchwithhisfeminineself weinie……..Know what im saying ?

  11. 17
    Bamaman

    Ballplay, that crap you wrote about Tubs and the pine box is the stupidest lie you have ever made, however there is some correlation with Tubs and a pine box now, his team is playing as well as a corpse in one

  12. 18
    JW

    METH HEAD IS THAT ALL YOU HAVE SUCKBALLS .NOT MY PROBLEM THAT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT COLLEGE FOOTBALL.I SAID BEFORE SEASON STARTED THAT BAMA WOULD BE A GREAT TEAM AND SABIN WAS CREATING MONSTERS.NOW LOOK AT THEM MONSTERS KICKING ASS AND NOT EVEN TAKING NAMES.SAME THING THEY WILL DO TO YOUR PUSSY ASS TEAM.THE SHIT YOU SAY MAKES YOU SOUND LIKE A DUMB ASSS BUT KEEP IT UP EVERYONE NEEDS A GOOD LAUGH.

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