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Former Bama, Bryant Assistant Schnellenberger Says Iron Bowl Loss A Needed “Serving Of Humility” For Saban

93817_h_schnellenbergerGo ahead, Howard.  Tell us what you really think.

Paul “Bear” Bryant protege Howard Schnellenberger let Alabama coach Nick Saban have it with both barrels during a television interview in Louisville yesterday.  Asked about the missed 57-yard field goal that Auburn returned 109 yards for the win in last weekend’s Iron Bowl, the ex-coach had this to say about the man who made the decision to kick it:

 

“I thought that was the greatest thing in the world.  Not for the (Alabama) football program.  For the football coach.  He needed a big serving of humility.  He’s been Mr. Perfect.  He’s been Mr. Arrogant.  There’s no reason for that.  Every coach all the way down to Little League knows that you cover that field goal…

They just made a stupid play.  Every coach in the country knows you don’t go into that play thinking, ‘I hope the kick is good.’  You go into it telling your players, ‘What if they run it back.’”

 

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Nick.

Of course, Saban did say after the game that his field goal team is taught to fan out and guard against a return (which drew some negative responses from a few who felt Bama’s coach had thrown his team under the bus.)

Schnellenber served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 1961 through 1965.  He went on to become head coach of Miami (FL), Louisville (where he thumped Bama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl), Oklahoma and Florida Atlantic.

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SEC Headlines 6/17/2012

1. What are the best non-conference games on the SEC schedule this fall?  Here are 10 to consider.

2. Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork on concussions: “The NFL has taken a big initiative and I think college football is next.”

3. The “UK leg” lost at sea and the story of the former football player owner behind it.

4. The  Kentucky decision to place a football billboard near the Louisville campus was all about season ticket holders. “We didn’t even consider the proximity of that billboard to another campus when we made the decision to purchase the space.”

5. “LSU athletics never had a year quite like this one.”

6. No matter what form a college football playoff looks like, ” the honeymoon is unlikely to last.”

Extras:

7. Will the ACC look to realign its divisions?

8. The forty-year anniversary of Title IX is this week.

9. On this Father’s Day, major league lessons from dad.  When Derek Jeter refused to shake the hand of a Little League opponent, his father told him, “”Time to grab a tennis racket, since you obviously don’t know how to play a team sport.”

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Hebert Defends Obnoxious Behavior At BCS Postgame Presser

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback and current radio talking head Bobby Hebert isn’t backing down from his boorish behavior at Les Miles’ postgame presser on Monday.  As you’ve surely seen by now, Hebert — the father of Tiger O-lineman T-Bob Hebert — let loose with the kind of rant you’d expect to hear from a parent who’s mad his son doesn’t start in Little League.  He wanted to know why Miles didn’t go to Jarret Lee.  And why he didn’t throw deep.  And why his play selection was… well, you get the point — there was no point.  There was more gripe than question in his remarks.

And now he’s defended his actions:

“Come on, I’m not a journalist.  I didn’t go to journalism school, and I don’t claim to be a journalist.  The credentials that I have is that I played 15 years of pro football, and I know what it is to play quarterback.

I was like an extension of the fans that finally got into a press conference.  Maybe I shouldn’t have given my opinion a couple of times.  You are supposed to really ask a question and not give opinion, but the hell with it.  What are they going to do, kick me out?  So what?”

Well, uh, yeah.  They should have thrown him out.  On his ass.

If his only credentials are the fact that he played pro ball 20 years ago then I wonder who gave him a media credential to get into a working postgame press room in the first place.  And if Hebert couldn’t carry himself in the same professional manner as those people who were working in the room, then he should have been shown the door.

Period.

Miles deserved better than to have an angry parent bark at him in front of rolling cameras.  For his part, he handled the situation with patience and even attempted to give Hebert a reply to his rambling complaint.

The coach showed class.  The ex-quarterback?  He showed his ass.

(UPDATE — For what it’s worth, it doesn’t sound like Hebert will be getting any more postgame media credentials for a while.)

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BCS Title Game Observation 6: Don’t Blame Miles For Not Playing Lee Last Night; Blame Him For Benching Him Weeks Ago

As Jordan Jefferson struggled down after down and quarter after quarter last night — without a lot of help from his O-line we might add — viewers everywhere began asking the same question.  From Brent Musburger on television to the MrSEC Twitter feed to Tiger fans across the Bayou, everyone asked the exact same question:

Why not give Jarrett Lee a shot?

Heck, even former Saints quarterback and current New Orleans radio host Bobby Hebert — father of Tiger offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert — wanted to know what the coach was thinking.  Just watch the ridiculous, Little-League-papa-style rant he hurled at Les Miles after the game last night:





A lot of people might have been thinking that, but Hebert was way out of line in voicing it as he did and, as a result, he comes off looking like an ass this morning. 

At any rate, we don’t believe Miles deserves ridicule for not throwing an ice cold Lee into the fray against Bama’s frenzied defense last night.  No.  We instead think Miles deserves ridicule for effectively ending Lee’s season back in Tuscaloosa on November 5th.

Here’s a look at how the two Tiger quarterbacks compared this season.  And remember, Lee stepped in when Miles’ personal favorite Jefferson was arrested just days before LSU’s season opener with Oregon.


Game/Result
Lee Passing
Lee Rushing
Jefferson Passing
Jefferson Rushing
(N) Oregon 40-27 Win
10-22-0, 98 yds, 1 TD
2 for -4 yds, 0 TD
Suspended
Suspended
NW State 49-3 Win
9-10-0, 133 yds, 1 TD
1 for -11 yds, 0 TD
Suspended
Suspended
@ Miss. State 19-6 Win
21-27-1, 213 yds, 1 TD
1 for -7 yds, 0 TD
Suspended
Suspended
@ W. Virginia 47-21 Win
16-28-0, 180 yds, 3 TD
No Carries
Suspended
Suspended
Kentucky 35-7 Win
8-21-0, 169 yds, 1 TD
No Carries
No Attempts
4 or 29 yds, 1 TD
Florida 41-11 Win
7-10-0, 154 yds, 1 TD
1 for -8 yds, 0 TD
3-4-0, 61 yds, 1 TD
4 for 7 yds, 0 TD
@ Tennessee 38-7 Win
13-17-0, 138 yds, 3 TD
No Carries
1-3-0, 8 yds, 0 TD
14 for 73 yds, 1 TD
Auburn 45-10 Win
14-20-0, 165 yds, 2 TD
No Carries
2-3-0, 54 yds, 1 TD
4 for 2 yds, 0 TD
@ Alabama 9-6 Win
3-7-2, 24 yds, 0 TD
No Carries
6-10-0, 67 yds, 0 TD
11 for 43 yds, 0 TD
W. Kentucky 42-9 Win
2-4-0, 15 yds, 1 TD
1 for 15 yds, 0 TD 
8-14-0, 168 yds, 1 TD
5 for 20 yds, 0 TD
@ Ole Miss 52-3 Win
1-1-0, 17 yds, 0 TD
No Carries
7-7-0, 88 yds, 1 TD
6 for 26 yds, 0 TD
Arkansas 41-17 Win
No Stats
No Stats
18-29-1, 208 yds, 1 TD
7 for 53 yds, 1 TD
(N) Georgia 42-10 Win
No Stats
No Stats
5-13-0, 30 yds, 1 TD
6 for -5 yds, 0 TD
(N) Alabama 21-0 Loss
No Stats
No Stats
11-17-1, 53 yds, 0 TD
14 for 15 yds, 0 TD



It’s pretty clear that following Lee’s two interception performance against Alabama, Miles began to phase the quarterback out of his offensive gameplan.  Jefferson — who the coach pumped up throughout the spring and the offseason — became the man under center for the Tigers.

Unfortunately for Miles, in hindsight, he probably should have continued to rotate the two players.  Despite Jefferson’s good passer rating — before last night, his 150 rating would have been tops in the SEC — the man is more of a runner than a passer.  Lee is just the opposite.  Considering his passing numbers — 62% completion percentage, 14-3 touchdown/interception ratio — it would have been wise to keep him fresh and ready down the homestretch.  Miles didn’t.  And that might have been the one and only flaw on his 2011 coaching resume.

Jefferson leaves LSU with a lot of wins under his belt.  No wonder Miles likes him.  And perhaps — perhaps — Lee did something behind the scenes that contributed to his disappearance.  But all things being equal, LSU was better with Lee passing and Jefferson running.  When Miles decided to veer from that plan, he sealed his own fate.

And fate came calling last night in the Superdome.

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