Nick Saban: Do As I Say, Not as I Do
Since that final second ran off in the Iron Bowl, Nick Saban has gone from calm, cool operator to bumbling idiot. The latest incident happened last week when he told a reporter to kiss his ass because the Alabama program got tweaked by a former West Virginia quarterback of all people.
By now you’ve heard the story of former Mountaineer Pat White calling out Alabama after seeing the Tweet by Tide running back Derrick Henry showing his new tricked out car.
“Stop pretending like you didn’t know the crimson tide has been doing this for years. Still glad I turned down a Corvette to become a mountaineer,” White wrote on Twitter.
Saban prides himself on “The Process” and how he runs his program meticulously. He constantly stresses to his players the importance of discipline, yet when a local reporter asks him to comment on something that happened prior to his arrival, he lost self control.
“I didn’t even know it happened so I can’t comment on it,” Saban said. “Is that the best thing we can talk about? Kiss my ass.”
After spending the winter waging an unsuccessful campaign to change the rules of college football to better suit his brand of offense and inexplicably hiring Lane Kiffin to coach his offense, Bama fans have to be wondering whether Nick has jumped the shark.
Then there was that bizarre story back in February where Nick shared with fans his dreams to be in the car business, followed by news that he was planning to open a Mercedes dealership despite losing his last two games of the season and getting a $2 million raise.
Saban undoubtedly has a lot of capital built up at the Capstone, but he’s burning through it like a drunk money. As crazy as it seems, let Alabama lose another couple of games this year and watch how the rednecks around the state react. Mrs. Terry will have that house packed quicker than you can say Zoom Zoom.
Meanwhile across the state, Gus Malzahn continues to play the low key approach. Outside of a few charity golf tournaments and some Auburn Club meetings, all things point to football.
How this plays out in the fall remains to be seen, but the contrast in the two programs now couldn’t be more different. Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the Saban era? There’s no question, we are starting to see cracks.
Many of those cracks are a direct result of what’s happening in East Alabama. Saban doesn’t like things he can’t control. Right now, he’s being out worked and out flanked by a much younger coach in Malzahn who’s become a national media darling.
When the going gets tough, Nick Saban usually heads to the door. This is a defining year for his program. Another subpar year and he may decide the process is simply not worth it. Then the biggest question he may have to ask is, “What’s it going to take to put you in this new Mercedes.”
The times are a changing.