Saban rails at reporter; urges fans to attend Alabama Senior Day

Alabama Football Update: Saban encourages fans to come early for Senior Day;

Rails on reporter for question about AJ and SI cover

By Hunter Ford

In his Wednesday evening press conference, Nick Saban reminded fans about Senior Day, and railed on a reporter who asked about AJ McCarron’s Sports Illustrated cover appearance.

If you have followed coverage of Saban press conferences, you will be familiar with his mantra of “consistency” and “doing the little things right.” You’ll also be familiar with his intolerance of silly questions.

A classic example occurred this evening.

A reporter stated that he had two questions regarding McCarron’s cover. “One, how does AJ look as a cover boy?”

“You think I sit around and look at magazines all day?” Saban retorted. “Every week you ask me about something I don’t know about. You need to come here and follow me around for, like a week. I watch the weather channel for about 10 minutes in the morning while I’m having my morning coffee…aight?…to see if we need to practice inside or out.”

Saban conceded that AJ probably looked fine, and said he was happy for him to get the acknowledgement.

After a few more animated comments toward the reporter, Saban left the press conference less than 10 minutes before it started. Needless to say, the reporter never had a chance to ask the second question, and Saban didn’t field any more.

Before that, Saban reminded fans that Saturday’s game against Chattanooga is Senior Day for 16 Tide seniors. He asked that fans come early and show their appreciation for one of the most successful classes in Alabama football history.

Saban said that, this time of year, most every college player in America, after 10 games, has “bumps and bruises” and may not feel like “going out there every day.”

He said there has to be a certain amount of “pride” and motivation that “comes from within.” He said players should ask themselves after every practice– “Did you improve today?”


Saban said that his defense has progressed well this year. He said the Tide practices using a fast paced offense at times, to give the defense the experience of playing against a style that is used by many of its opponents.

“We don’t choose to do it as a team,” he said of the hurry-up offensive style. “We could do it if we had to or if we wanted to,” he added.

On injuries: Tight end Brian Vogler and running back T.J. Yeldon are still not 100 percent and will be evaluated day-to-day. Saban said both players status could be game time decisions for Saturday.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley has played “fantastic all year” and has shown great leadership. Saban praised Mosley for his “intensity” and “consistency” both in games and in practice.

Cyrus Koundjio, a junior offensive lineman, has “a lot of football ahead of him.” Saban said Koundjio has improved greatly from last year, and has the ability to continue to improve.

Saban was asked about Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who worked for Saban at LSU.

Saban described Fisher as one of the best coaches that he has worked on his staff.

“If you look at the whole body of work, they (Florida State) are arguably the best team in the country right now,” he said. “They weren’t that when he got there.”