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Saban Won’t Bite On Bielema’s Comment, While Some Say College Football Needs More Trash Talk

trash-talkYesterday, Alabama’s Nick Saban was asked about the comments Bret Bielema made over the weekend claiming that Saban’s record at Michigan State didn’t match his own at Wisconsin.  The man with four BCS championships on his resume claimed the remarks by Arkansas’ coach left him feeling, well, nothing:

 

“I really don’t have a reaction to it.  I’m really concerned about what we do here with our players, how we try to get the people in our organization to pay at a high standard.  I really don’t defend anything I ever did any place we’ve ever been.  Everybody has different situations they’re in, everybody inherits different situations that they’re in, you do the best you can to try to build a good program in those situations.”

 

As we told you earlier today, Bielema claimed via Twitter yesterday that he was just joshing around at a Razorback booster club when he compared himself to Saban.

Whether it was a joke or not, the reaction has been predictable.  Alabama fans were outraged.  Arkansas fans said, “Darn tootin’!”  And some in the blogosphere have said college sports needs more of this WWE-style chirping.

Just judging by the television contracts being signed and the massive ratings for games, I’m not sure that college football is longing for much of anything.  Saban’s comments are dry and measured yet he’s won three of the last four BCS titles and his program is the talk of the country.  Apparently he doesn’t need to jape, insult, or be “interesting” in order to generate attention.

But sports fans are divided into two groups.  Those who believe coaches and players should show class and do their talking on the field or court… and those who feel the world of sports needs trash-talkin’, showboatin’, bombasters to make things interesting.  To them, slinging arrows can be a good thing.

Personally, I’ll take the guy who wins, says nothing at the postgame presser, and then flaps his gums with his team behind closed doors.  The games already hold my interest without the ginned up sideshow.

 


9 comments
buddha22
buddha22

WWE? Really, who is saying that?  We need that like another Bielema!

TBfromWoolly
TBfromWoolly

" Personally, I’ll take the guy who wins, says nothing at the postgame presser, and then flaps his gums with his team behind closed doors.  The games already hold my interest without the ginned up sideshow."

Totally agree, John.  I think the group you mention that want a "WWE" like behavior relative to college football are the same folks that have never stepped foot on the campus of the team they pull for.    If you're into trash talking and all that kind of behavior you probably aren't the sharpest tool in the shed.   Bielema managed to make himself look like a douche before his team has even won a game yet.   I wonder if Bielema will feel embarrassed while shaking hands at mid field with Saban after getting rocked for four quarters. 


Is there anyone in the college football world that would pick Bielema to be their coach over CNS ?   Arky fans would toss Bielema to the wolves for an opportunity to get CNS.   So would anyone else with any sense.    CNS  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>  Bielema... seriously.   lol


SevierVol
SevierVol

While I personally enjoy Spurrier's digs and sound bites,I don't think coaches trash talking would be a good thing. The trash talking itself would likely be entertaining for most fans but we simply have too many redneck fans that would take things to the next level. The fan emotions run high as it is which results in some pretty bad behavior. I think that if the coaches get into the trash talking game, it will stir the pot enough to incite even more fans into doing something stupid. And I do believe that some fans take on the personality of the coach..

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

nick saban is the gregg popovich of college football, and bret bielema is the mark cuban.  put the four in room together: nick and pop will sit back and relax on a sofa while sipping wine and smoking a cigar.  bret and cuban will stand there drinking beers while ranting how they're so much better than the other two despite records/championships suggesting otherwise.  nick and pop will just look at eachother with a little smirk, shrug their shoulders and go on doing their job.

I4Bama
I4Bama

One reason I hate reality tv is that it has eroded the appreciation for class in our culture.  Not solely responsible, but a factor.

I4Bama
I4Bama

Amen to the win, shut up, and act like you have been there before approach.

5LittlePiggies
5LittlePiggies

Context is important when you read or hear about comments coaches make.  Would Bielema (or any coach for that matter save Spurrier) say this in a post-practice setting, post-game press conference, or SEC Media Days?  Probably not.  He was talking to a local Razorback club, trying to rally the troops and pull in some donations.  I would imagine that almost all coaches at some point in time have given less than flattering remarks about their foes, or sugar coated their own record, in booster club meetings.  It's just that in today's social media climate, it doesn't take 5 minutes for those comments to be pasted all over the world without the context behind it.  That being said, do I think college football needs more WWE-like drama?  No.  I'm in the "do your talking on the field" camp.  But can we just go ahead and take everyone's cell phone, tape recorder, and note pad away from them at the door of these local booster club meetings and let them be what they are?  A show for the locals to get them riled up and open their check books.  

I4Bama
I4Bama

For coaches and fans.

5LittlePiggies
5LittlePiggies

P.S. I did think Bielema's low-blow on B.P. was uncalled for.  Even though he's coaching my favorite team, I don't have to like everything he does.  He could have said #2 and left #1 out of it.  That wasn't behind closed doors, and even though it was a joke everyone was telling yesterday in Arkansas before he tweeted it, he is now coaching the team B.P. drove in the ditch, so he is held to a higher standard.  Stay classy, Bielema.

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