There are times when I wonder if Nick Saban bitches for the sheer pleasure of doing it. How else to explain this crap?
… Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that he’s growing sick of his fellow SEC coaches taking aim at players who make early public commitments to member schools while not claiming complete innocence on his part.
Though he never mentioned any specific offender, Saban’s rant followed a question about the signing of Russellville’s Brent Calloway. The running back/linebacker committed to Alabama as a high school sophomore before suddenly trading allegiances to Auburn early last month. In the end, he honored the original commitment and signed with the Tide.
Calloway never publically said Auburn coaches planted negative thoughts in his mind about the Tide.
That wasn’t the point, Saban said.
“In the Southeastern Conference when a guy commits, that just makes them a target,” Saban said. “It isn’t like that everywhere in the country. It’s really not, but it is that way here, so we expect it. We are not really upset about it when it happens. We just try to manage it.”
Alabama, though, has landed at least one recruit in the past two years who had committed elsewhere first.
“We got a couple of guys too,” Saban said. “So I’m not saying we’re squeaky clean because there are a couple of guys that we got that were committed to someone else, but they decommitted from those places and they were interested in Alabama.”
He’s not upset about it… but he still rages about it to the media.
His guys commit, which makes them targets… but his program isn’t “squeaky clean”, either.
It’s like Paul Johnson, minus the principle.
The sad thing is that the SEC feels a need to take this under advisement.