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Saban Doubles Down That Media’s Disrespect For WKU Is Hurting His Team

NMP.

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.

NMP.

 

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?”

 


12 comments
John Bragg
John Bragg

It's not Saban's job to make sense.  It's his job to win football games.  (And keep his players off academic probation, out of the police blotter, etc.  But that's part of winning games.)

 

Saban could say "My complaining is total BS?  And contradicts what I said last week?  NMP."

10Vol85
10Vol85

Article is spot on.  I would also add that if Saban has a newfound desire for humility and respecting his opponent then perhaps he might consider removing the sign over WKU's locker room ("Fail Room") and he might want to ask those ever gracious Bama fans to cease with the singing of "we just beat the hell out of you" after the game.

Mark1984
Mark1984

IMO, the media needs to grow a thicker skin and stop complaining about stuff like this.  You guys write bad things about people and then get upset when they say bad things about you all.  Sounds like a double standard to me.

jrglisson
jrglisson

John you totally missed the point Coach Saban was/has been trying to make.When reporters start off a press conference by asking questions like how many snaps will your back up QB get, and such, they are totally  disrepecting another team. Nick Saban does not need you or any other memeber of the media to light a fire under his players. Like him or not his message is always pretty much the same - respect your opponent and play each play to the best of your ability. Scores and results take care of themselves.

 

And by the way your slap about the tickets is also incorrect. EVERY Bama game is/has been sold out for years. There is a waiting list over 22,000 to get tickets. Te 1000 he refered to was sent back form Western Kentucky from their allotment. YOu usually do better research before casting incorrect statements. Still enjoy the website and red it each day

Jackson
Jackson

Saban was right to chastise us as fans for our collective fanbase leaving a thousand empty seats. Our fans make fun of other schools for not selling out their smaller stadia. It's an entirely fair point he's making in that context. We can't look down our noses at others for doing what we ourselves do.

 

& spare me the sanctimonious claptrap about sports journalists just doing their job. Most, especially those in this region, are trying to make a name for themselves to go on to bigger and better things. Needling the bigger name programs (in this region those will be the college programs) to drive up hits to their articles from angry fans of that program or gleeful rival fans is just common practice. Call it the Finebaum effect if you want. Scarbinsky and the other hack writers at the Birmingham News have kept the doors open on their pathetic little fishwrap entirely based on doing this for the last several years. They come out with another attack piece on Alabama or Auburn every so often when their circulation declines. Now all of the major papers in the state are owned by the same company and infected by the diseased mindset of the Birmingham News. The sports sections that used to be bastions of good sports writing (like the Mobile Press Register) have been forced into this same format to attempt to increase flagging interest in newspapers in general. I'm a huge fan of journalistic integrity and objectivity in the pursuit of that, but let's not kid ourselves and say that any of the guys in this state doing that job actually have any journalistic integrity or objectivity. They may just be doing their job as they're told by their editors, but in Alabama that doesn't mean what it might mean elsewhere. They can put their big boy pants on and deal with a few extremely expected manufactured blow-ups by Saban while they keep their jobs based singularly on their ability to write articles about the University of Alabama.

John Bragg
John Bragg

'Course, it is your job to write articles worth reading.  Saban's doing his job, you're doing your job, everything's good.  

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @Guest1898981 

 

I haven't written anything bad about Saban... including in this piece.  You took it that I was somehow insulted.  Saban wasn't talking to me.

 

I'm just writing that a coach shouldn't expect the media to help fire up and focus his players -- which is what Saban has now insinuated/said twice -- because that's not the media's job.  It's also not their job to look only for the negative in a program.

 

Cover the program.  That's the job.  Otherwise, Alabama should put some of those guys on the payroll if they're expected to help keep Bama's team focused.

 

I'm amazed that what I've written could be viewed as anything other than a simple explanation of facts.

 

But thanks for visiting and for reading.  It's appreciated.

 

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @jrglisson 

 

First, I just quoted Saban in both instances.  I don't know what more research should have been done before "casting incorrect statements," as you say.

 

Here again is what Saban said about the media making it tough for his team to focus:

 

"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.”

 

And here again is what Saban said about the 1000 or so tickets that were still available yesterday:

 

“A thousand (unsold) tickets?  I’ll buy them and give them away.  We can’t sell out with all the games we’ve won?”

 

You can interpret things however you choose, that's fine.  But I'm just giving you quotes.  And while you're free to your own interpretation, I don't appreciate your claims that I'm "casting incorrect statements."  Saban is the one who point-blank said the media's lack of respect for WKU is affecting his players and their focus... and he's the one who point-blank said "WE" -- not WKU, but "WE" -- can't sell out with all the games we've won."  I didn't include it, but if you follow the link posted above you'll see that Saban even took it further, explaining to to Bama fans what a difference they can make by attending.

 

I did not post incorrect statements.  You can disagree with my opinion.  But I'd appreciate not being accused of posting incorrect statements or performing a lack of research when the quotes and free and clear for all to see.

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll come back,

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

Jackson...

 

I said it's not the writers' job to help Saban.  I didn't say anything about them "just doing their jobs" because they've done nothing that needs defending.  Saban wants them to not just do their jobs, but apparently he believes they should also help him do his (Silly, since he appears to be pretty dang good at doing his job without any help.)

 

But as I stated yesterday, if UA would throw some cash the writers' way for their help, I'm sure more than a few would happily build up WKU as the best thing since sliced bread.  That would please Saban but it would no doubt lead many Bama fans to also scream about the writers' anti-Tide sentiments and pro-WKU hopes.

 

Thanks for (sorta) reading what was written,John 

jrglisson
jrglisson

John I listened to the entire press conference so I too know what he said. i also heard the radio show. My remarks to you were not intened to offend you. However the facts are that every Bama game has been and will be sold out. You made it sound as if Alabama has an attendance problem and Coach Saban has to beg us to come. I just get tired of people, particularly media, jumping on everything he says and portray him as eveil, nasty,etc. Any one who has followwed his career knows he speaks his mind, pretty much tells it straight and never says anything by accident. he usually has a purpose for his comments and I am sure he did in this case.

 

Nothing said will discourage me from reading your site - You are correct we all have opinions and they are all worth about the same. If we all agreed the it would not be much fun! Roll Tide and enjoy  all the games this weekend. 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @jrglisson 

 

Saban made it sound as if Bama has an attendance problem.  That's his quote, not mine.  I just said he also chastised fans for not snapping up 1000 extra tickets.  And that's what he said.

 

As for Saban, I don't think he's evil or nasty.  I think he's the best coach in America.  But this week he's beaten the "you're keeping my team from focusing" drum over and over and it's not the media's job to talk up a foe... just so a team takes them seriously.

 

That's all I was saying.

 

Good luck this weekend... though I'm guessing Bama will blow WKU out just as so many of us expect.

 

All the best,

John



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