Saban’s Wife House-Hunting In Austin? Bama’s Coach To Texas? Yeah, Just Like Gruden To (Insert Team Name Here)
October 24th, 2013 11:02 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
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Tags: ESPN, Jesus Shuttlesworth, Terry Saban, UPDATE
Mainly because his agent wants his name out there, because Gruden likes the attention, and because fans from Knoxville to Athens to Columbus to Madison to Austin to Los Angeles want to believe that Chucky would kill to land at their own supa-dupa school.
There’s a pattern to the Grudenmania. A pebble of information turns into an rockslide. Now it’s happening with Nick Saban.
All those fresh rumors about Saban’s wife house-hunting in Texas? Yeah, we’re not buying.
We don’t mean to pick on anyone reporting this stuff, but we’ve come to know the drill. We know that some people push this kind of stuff in order to drive up ratings/pageviews while others push it because they really want to believe it. Either way, there’s an agenda.
BurntOrangeNation.com — the SB Nation site covering Texas — posted this story yesterday afternoon: “Was Nick Saban’s Wife House Shopping In Austin? Reports Say: Yes.” In the story, it’s written that the story of Terry Saban and her daughter-in-law house-hunting in Austin two weeks ago have been “confirmed by ESPN radio.” The site goes on:
“With the backing of major players like ESPN allowing it over the airwaves and the historically accurate Jesus Shuttlesworth detailing her trip, it would be ignorant to treat as hearsay.”
Yes, who would ever label the reporting of a pseudonym-using man on a pay website (InsideTexas.com) as “hearsay?”
Also, there’s just one tiny problem with the whole “ESPN allowing it over the airwaves” thing. The report was backed up by the afternoon radio host on Austin’s ESPN radio station. An ESPN affiliate. There are dozens of ESPN radio affiliates in dozens of towns big and small featuring hundreds of talkshow hosts credible and not. No offense to Alex Loeb — said host on KTXX-FM 104.9 in Austin — but you can bet the brass in Bristol, Connecticut had zero idea what he was saying on his show.
Also, “Shuttlesworth” claimed that Terry Saban was interested in buying a “vacation home” in the Austin area. (Conspiracy theorist: “Right, a vacation home. Dude, he’s coming!”)
Now, the story blew up further when another KTXX-FM employee — on-air personality Erin Hogan – confirmed Loeb’s report and stated that “he has a source inside Travis County’s sheriff’s office who claims to have helped with Mrs. Saban’s security.”
(Conspiracy theorist: “Boom! Gotcha now, Sabans! Dude, he’s coming!”)
Apparently that report led numerous people to call the Travis County sheriff’s office to see if someone really did provide security. But the stick-in-the-mud folks in that office told KXAN-TV in Austin that “they didn’t offer any kind of official security.” The sheriff’s office also tweeted: “Regarding the Saban escort story it is hearsay. There was no deputy escort”
(Conspiracy theorist: “No official escort by a deputy, but that doesn’t mean the sheriff his own self couldn’t have driven with them while off duty! Dude, he’s coming!”)
A few thoughts:
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