Last week at the Montgomery, Alabama Quarterback Club, ex-Auburn coach Pat Dye gave some praise to Gene Chizik. In doing so he ticked off a bunch of Alabama fans who felt his compliment towards Chizik was a backhand to Nick Saban. His remarks from a week ago:
“Don’t question the guy we got leading the (Auburn) program. I wouldn’t swap him for 10 Sabans.
Saban is the best coach in the country — I’ll grant him that. But he ain’t a better man than Gene Chizik.”
Well, first, being a better man doesn’t count for a thing if you’re not winning (and we all know it). It should, but it doesn’t. If being a good guy had anything to do with keeping one’s job, Mike Shula would still be coaching in Tuscaloosa.
Second, in a society where 90% of the people go through their day looking for something to be upset or to feel slighted about, you can see how some Tide fans took offense. Yesterday, Dye apologized on the Paul Finebaum radio show:
“I said what I wanted to say wrong. I really don’t know Coach Saban. What I do know is I know he and Ms. Saban have done and are doing wonderful things in the community in Tuscaloosa. I have no authority or reason to compare his character with Gene Chizik’s, and if it came out that way, I was wrong. I didn’t mean for it to come out that way, and I apologize deeply.”
Much ado about nothing. (Which I believe is what Shakespeare once wrote regarding the many slights — perceived or otherwise — that soooo tick folks off when it comes to the Iron Bowl rivalry. Ol’ Bill knew not to take things too seriously.)