Alabama football coach Nick Saban addressed the Yahoo Sports report regarding DJ Fluker by promising that the Alabama leadership would address the situation “appropriately.”
The response was typical Saban. He praised the administration and the process. He made a statement and did not want to talk further about the situation. The Sabanesque response included a raised voice and a quick exit following a sarcastic comment when reporters insisted on asking questions about allegations DJ Fluker accepted benefits from agents while playing football at Alabama.
Saban addressed the article by saying he had not read the report because he just came from Alabama’s football practice where the Crimson Tide continues to prepare for its big game against Texas A&M. He then provided some general information about the status of Alabama relative to the DJ Fluker story.
First, Saban praised the Alabama compliance staff and its process of educating players.
“I think our people here do a fantastic job,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said about the DJ Fluker story. “I know that we have what I think is one of the best agent education programs in terms of what we try to do to help our players make good choices and decisions about what they do and don’t do when it comes to agents.”
Second, Saban expressed confidence in the athletic department’s leadership.
“I have confidence in our leadership that we are going to do whatever we need to do to handle the situation appropriately,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said. “I know that we will.”
Saban said he could not speak about any current Alabama players who might have an issue related to the story.
Saban praised the high profile players that have been around the Alabama program.
When asked about AD Bill Battle’s statement on the Yahoo story, Saban said to ask Battle.
“We’ve done a lot of investigating about a lot of things,” Saban said. “Every time something comes up about our program, we investigate it the best we can. There is nobody in this organization that wants to do anything that is not above board. We don’t want our players to do it either.”
Saban then warned reporters not to ask any further questions about the DJ Fluker story.
When Saban was asked another question about distractions this week, Saban said he wasn’t distracted “because I don’t even read about it.”
A brave reporter then asked another question about the DJ Fluker report, and Saban exploded. He promised to handle the situation “appropriately” and the administration would do a good job. He then said he was there to talk about his team.
He made a sarcastic comment thanking reporters for their “interest” in the upcoming game.