You know what that stands for, right? “Not my problem.” And it’s about time someone in the Alabama or national media explain to Nick Saban that whether or not he can get his team to practice well is not their problem, not their concern, and not a part of their job.
A day after taking sportswriters to task for not talking up Western Kentucky of the Sun Belt Conference — top-ranked Alabama’s next foe — he went on his radio show and let fly with the same sillyness all over again:
“I have a lot of respect for this team and the job they do. I wish everybody else would give them some…
Everybody thinks, ‘Why are we even talking about it?’ I don’t get it. I really don’t. What pisses me off about it — excuse my language — is I think it all affects our players. I’m over there every day trying to get them to focus on what they need to do and all they hear about is they don’t need to be focusing.”
So again, it’s about the media not helping Saban to keep his team focused. Which leaves us to repeat: It’s not the media’s job to help or hurt Alabama’s football team. The media reports on the team and its opponents. Period. And like anyone with two eyes and a brain, most media members know that #1 Alabama should tear Western Kentucky a new one for all the reasons we mentioned here yesterday.
But what’s really absurd about Saban’s latest riff is this portion: “I don’t get it. I really don’t.”
Really? He doesn’t get why people aren’t taking the Hilltoppers seriously?
This from the same coach who went on multiple national radio shows in the last two weeks and said the top 60-70 football schools should play only against each other? Hmmm. So we’re supposed to believe that Saban would take the SEC, ACC, Big XII, Big Ten, Pac-12, and Big East schools, throw them all together… and then add Western Kentucky to the mix, too?
WKU’s athletes work just as hard as Alabama’s athletes. They deserve credit for that. But WKU is one of the have-nots of the college football world and Saban’s recently been beating the “let’s separate the haves from the have-nots” argument. So it’s a little disingenuous for the coach to say he doesn’t understand why folks aren’t giving WKU a real shot against his #1 Tide.
And it’s a lot ridiculous that he thinks the media should be helping him to get his players’ attention regarding a foe that — rightly or wrongly — is viewed as a cupcake by both the media and Alabama fans alike.
Saban’s a helluva coach, but it’s time for him to give this one a rest.
UPDATE — In addition, Saban also chastised Alabama fans just a bit for not selling out the game: “A thousand (unsold) tickets? I’ll buy them and give them away. We can’t sell out with all the games we’ve won?”