Stewart Mandel of SI.com exposed why LSU fans hate Nick Saban so much in a column on the LSU-Alabama recruiting rivalry.
Mandel quoted LSU beat writer Glenn Guilbeau as saying: “Saban going to Alabama was LSU’s worst nightmare,” Guilbeau said. “… It’s always felt inferior to Alabama, and since Saban is at Alabama, LSU fans fear the old days could be coming back when Alabama and Bear dominated LSU. Deep down, LSU fans know Saban is a better coach than Miles and they just can’t handle that.”
It is sad that LSU fans can’t be happy for the man who brought them glory. Pettiness in sports is as bad as it is in politics.
But Guilbeau diagnoses the problem correctly, LSU fans know Les Miles is among the dumbest coaches in the nation. LSU fans won’t admit it, but they were secretly wishing Miles would bolt to Michigan. After watching the pathetic way Miles handled the LSU quarterback situation in 2008 and the disaster on defense, Miles will be feeling the heat in 2009. He must recover and win the SEC West or face the wrath of these insecure LSU fans. A critical step for Miles is not only defeating Nick Saban on the field, but stopping his losing skid to Houston Nutt. Otherwise, Miles just might get another shot at the Michigan job when Wolverine fans decide the Rich Rodrigeuz experiment must end.