There are several constants in life. The sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Water freezing at 32 degrees farenheit and boiling at 212. And the state media pouncing on the opportunity for a negative story on Alabama.
Yesterday on a Pittsburgh-based KDKA radio show hosted by Larry Richert and John Shumway, a Pittsburgh sports agent sounding like a crack addict using speed veered way off topic to sling mud at Nick Saban.
Ralph Cindrich, who represents household names like James Farrior, Bruce Gradkowski, Tarik Glenn, Jeff Blake, Brian Griese, Al Toon, Dermontti Dawson, and Will Wolford (I know…WTH???) was being interviewed by the duo about Penn State’s treatment by the NCAA.
If you listen to the interview, his response is something between a depressant on a manic high and a homeless man pontificating underneath an overpass.
I won’t waste your time with quotes, because as I listened to the re-played interview in my car yesterday afternoon, it was laughable. The agent simply was trying unsuccessfully to make a case that the NCAA needed to spend time on corruption in the game and stay out of what happens off the field.
He makes a passing comment about Nick Saban, saying “he and everybody has something on Nick Saban”…an obvious hail marry that the radio hosts immediately put the brakes on. But when the hosts painted him in the corner for evidence, he had nothing to support what he said.
Remember, agents…Cindrich and others alike…hate Nick Saban. It was at the 2010’s SEC Media Days that Alabama’s rock star-like head coach called them out, saying unscrupulous agents out there were no better than pimps. Here were his words on July 22, 2010:
“I don’t think it’s anything but greed that’s creating it right now on behalf of the agents,” Saban said in a rant at the Southeastern Conference media days. “The agents that do this — and I hate to say this, but how are they any better than a pimp?
“I have no respect for people who do that to young people. None. How would you feel if they did it to your child?” Saban said.
No doubt those words rang in the ears of unscrupulous agents everywhere that day…and that Cindrich still has a rash from them just might indicate he’s in that lot.
But it’s clear from listening to the interview itself that these were the ramblings of an idiot inflamed about what the NCAA did to his in-state Penn State Nittany Lions, and to divert attention he throws a stone at the biggest, most powerful name in college football, Nick Saban.
And don’t forget too that the object of his wrath, NCAA president Mark Emmert, who dealt the blow to Penn State, is close friends with none other than…wait for it…Nick Saban.
So in conclusion, the man being interviewed with little if any credibility failed in making the point that the NCAA shouldn’t deal with a university that permitted child-rape within its ranks and should instead investigate highly paid, successful college coaches.
And instead of dismissing him as the joke that he was, the Birmingham News, always hungry to publish anything negative about the Tide, gave the story ink.
Maybe stellar journalism like this is why the News is about to cut back to publishing just three times a week.