Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said he doesn’t have time for what is going on in Miami—even if it could involve two members of the Alabama football staff. Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland worked for the University of Miami and was implicated in the Yahoo Sports bombshell report. Also at Alabama and formerly at Miami is the Crimson Tide’s director of football operations Joe Pannunzio. (Read more about allegations against Stoutland and Pannunzio.) Saban’s comments were the first real comment from the University of Alabama about the situation.
“I am going to address this and that is it,” Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. “All that stuff about Miami, I know nothing about Miami. I don’t have time to deal with what is going on at Miami.”
The Alabama football coach said he would rather focus on his program.
“I know what goes on in this program, and I know we do things correctly,” Saban said. “We do have people in this organization who worked (at Miami). Before those people were ever hired here, we do an NCAA check to make sure they pass all compliance criteria and don’t have any red flags relative to compliance history. We certainly did that in both of these cases.”
Saban said things could change the standing of the coaches relative to the NCAA, but that would happen in the future.
“Now if any of these people had any wrongdoing, I’m sure the NCAA will investigate it in due time, and if they did anything wrong, I’m sure they will get the appropriate punishment,” Saban said.
Moreover, Saban reiterated that Miami’s troubles are Miami’s troubles. Alabama runs a different type of program—one that will be run the Nick Saban way, and that means a program in compliance with NCAA rules.
“We are going to continue to control and manage and monitor what we do in our organization and do it correctly, and that is basically all we can be concerned about,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said.