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Saban Clarifies His Comment About Newton

You knew it was coming.

As soon as Broncos VP John Elway said in an interview that Nick Saban had told him Auburn would have won just four games had Cam Newton not been the Tigers’ quarterback last year, we at knew a firestorm would follow.  Would Saban’s comments be taken as a compliment toward Newton?  Of course not.  They would be taken as an insult to the rest of AU’s BCS title-winning team.

And they were.  So Saban clarified his comments yesterday.

“What I said was it was a compliment to Cam Newton, certainly not a disrespect to Auburn and their team and what they accomplished because they had an outstanding team, they’re national champs, they did a great job,” Bama’s coach said.

“I said that they probably won four games because Cam Newton was the quarterback, four more games.  So that was what I said.  I don’t know what was reported, I haven’t seen it.  And it was really intended to be a compliment to him, the great competitor he was and the way he played this year.  He probably impacted his team as much as any player in the country, and it was really intended to be a compliment about Cam Newton’s great performance and winning the Heisman Trophy.”

Think Saban will be having any more “private” conversations with Elway?  Whether the Hall of Famer misinterpreted Saban’s comments or revealed his actual critique, by quoting Alabama’s coach he forced him to go before the media and toss even more praise in the direction of Auburn and Newton.  You can be sure he really enjoyed doing that.

How silly all of this is.  Especially when Saban’s intial comments were clearly aimed at praising the value of Newton.



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