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Saban Responds To Stoops: “Lot Of Animosity Out There”

sabanThe kerfuffle over Bob Stoops’ comments earlier this week has received attention around the country.  Even ESPN’s Sportscenter was dedicating time to the topic.  If you missed it, The Oklahoma coach let it known be known that he thinks the SEC is more of a top-heavy league.   ”What are the bottom six doing?” he asked on Monday, telling reporters that when it comes to the SEC, “you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked for his reaction to Stoops’ comment Thursday.  He began with this:


“I didn’t even know he said it, so you’re going to have to tell me what he said. I’ve got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything. But I like Bob Stoops, and I respect him as a coach, but I’m really trying to manage our business.”


After reporters sketched in the details, he responded this way.


“Well, we don’t play everybody in the Big 12 or whatever it is, so I really don’t know much about their league. We have a lot of respect for what they do at Oklahoma, and I really don’t think that people that don’t play in our league really don’t understand the quality of our league from top to bottom.

“I think there’s probably a lot of animosity out there because of the success that we have in our league, but I think that kind of goes with the territory. I understand that. But we certainly respect the great program that they have at Oklahoma and the other good programs that they have in the Big 12.”


My favorite part of that is Saban’s ability to simultaneously compliment and cut.   He likes Bob Stoops but is not sure what league he plays in -  ”the Big 12 or whatever it is.”


Eric B
Eric B

I thought the "whatever it is" was a shot at the Big 12 having 10 teams and the Big 10 having 14 teams.

Ubiquitous GA Alum
Ubiquitous GA Alum

The SEC had 5 teams in the top 10 last season with a combined record of 58-9 ... The Big 12ish has 0 teams in the top 10 last season with a combined record of 0-0.

So the top half of the Big 12ish is better than the bottom half of the SEC? Is that Bob's point?


Yea --- the Big 12 that has 10 teams and the Big 10 that will have 14 teams. I agree with the Coach --- whatever it is.


i think his last sentence is a zinger: "But we certainly respect the great program that they have at Oklahoma and the other good programs that they have in the Big 12."

everyone else is just good?  ouch, Texas.  That one hurts.  (honestly i don't think that's how he means it, but it's still funny nonetheless)


All this nonsense and whining about the number of conference games the SEC plays and how the top teams are the only worthy ones can be accomplished with one simple fix. Have a conference challenge with any conference brave enough to try. As in basketball, seed the best teams against the best and the worst against the worst and see who comes out on top. If Mr. Bob Stoops wants to put his money where his mouth is, we could objectively determine which conference is the best. OU vs Bama, Texas vs LSU, WV vs Georgia, Baylor vs Florida, OK St vs USC, K-State vs A&M, TCU vs Ole Miss, Iowa State vs Miss State, Texas Tech vs Mizzou and KU vs UK. I doubt the Big 12 would win even one of those games. Do it with the Big 10, Pac 10, or the ACC as well. After some serious beat downs, this subject wouldn't need to be debated again.


Has anyone asked Spurrier yet?  That's the SEC coach I want to hear from.  :-)


Does ANY conference talk about what the bottom group does?  Or, like everybody else, they only praise the accomplishments & leaders?


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