Nick Saban is shocked, shocked that anybody would believe the stories about him and the Texas job. Maybe a little disappointed in all of us, too. But it was out of his hands.
“Really, the whole thing from my perspective stunk, but there wasn’t a hell of a lot I could do about it.”
Well, maybe other than telling Jimmy Sexton not to pick up the phone, that is.
Just wonderin’… you think Nick Saban’s having to deal with much negative recruiting on the trail these days? Because you know he and Kirby would be laying it on pretty thick if the rumor shoe was on the other foot, so to speak.
Jimmy Sexton, agent of chaos.
When the dust settles, I’m highly doubtful Saban leaves Tuscaloosa. But I’m pretty damned sure he winds up as the highest paid football coach in the land. And notice I didn’t say college football coach.
No, this ain’t about which members of the 2014 recruiting class are headed to Athens. You should know me better than that by now. It’s just three random stories I thought I’d share:
- At ESPN RecruitingNation, Jeremy Crabtree has a good story about how the new NCAA academic requirements are affecting JUCOs. He actually describes a thoughtful NCAA process behind the new rules – unlikely, I know – and while that’s commendable, I have this feeling that the JUCOs are going to game some of that with good old-fashioned grade inflation. It will be interesting to see how much impact these rules have on D-1 schools that have come to rely on talent injections from the junior college rankings.
- The AJ-C‘s Michael Carvell asks the SEC for an interview about its reaction to the Butch Jones loophole story and gets a statement instead. The statement is about as empty as you’d expect at this point, since Jones hasn’t actually done anything yet. Will this become next year’s big story at the SEC spring meetings? Stay tuned for signing day and we’ll see.
- By all accounts, Virginia’s run under Mike London has underwhelmed, to say the least, culminating in a terrible 2-9 2013 season. He’s coming back for what I consider to be one of the weakest reasons to keep a head coach, to save a good recruiting class. (Virginia right now is the only team with commitments from two of the top twelve recruits in the country.) But that’s not what I find interesting. This is: “But several programs, most notably Alabama and Ohio State, have continued to recruit Blanding and Brown in recent months, trying to convince the two prospects that London could be gone next season, according to two people involved in the Tidewater recruiting scene who have spoken to college assistant coaches still pursuing Blanding and Brown. They were granted anonymity in order to speak freely.” I am shocked, shocked to hear that Saban and Corch practice negative recruiting tactics. And here I thought Alabama and Ohio State were such good programs that they sold themselves.
No, that’s not some random blog commenter chastising the Georgia coaching staff for failing to remind Josh Harvey-Clemons to bat a Hail Mary pass down at the end of the Auburn game.
It’s Howard Schnellenberger referring to the end of another Auburn game.
In an interview with WDRB in Louisville, retired coach Howard Schnellenberger said Chris Davis’ 109-yard, game-winning field goal return for a touchdown was “the greatest thing in the world” to happen to Alabama coach Nick Saban because “he needed a big serving of humility.”
“He’s been Mr. Perfect. He’s been Mr. Arrogant,” Schnellenberger said in an interview with WDRB’s Rick Bozich. “There’s no reason for that. Every coach all the way down to Little League knows that you cover that field goal.”
I actually think that’s something Richt would have done under similar circumstances, but no matter. The real point is that no coach is always perfect under pressure.
Hunh… I guess Nick Saban can’t coach, either.
The best thing about the ending to this year’s Iron Bowl is that it’ll suck most of the oxygen out of the room about Auburn’s miracle against Georgia.
And if Gus Malzahn didn’t hop on a plane for Vegas Saturday night, he’s crazy. With the giant rabbit’s foot he’s toting, a few bets on the roulette wheel would have been child’s play.
Plenty of nourishment this morning…
Nick Saban calls Mississippi State, Alabama’s opponent this week, “probably the best 4-5 team in the country.”
Nick’s not as polished as Ol’ Vince, though. Dooley would have dispensed with the “probably” and substituted the more genteel, yet ambiguous “finest” for “best”. Still, it ain’t exactly bulletin board material.
Anybody who’s buying this… well, I’ve still got that very attractive piece of oceanfront property in Hahira I’m prepared to let go to the right person on very favorable terms.
The smoke surrounding emails exchanged from Texas regents based on conversations with Saban’s agent Jimmy Sexton probably won’t change that stance, a high-ranking Alabama source said. Alabama’s higher-ups haven’t felt leveraged by Sexton despite the outside interest Saban has garnered in recent years, according to the source, who qualifies past talks with Sexton as productive and civil. The Texas job was not part of past discussions, according to the source.
I think we’re all agreed that, whatever else one might say about Nick Saban, he’s not a stupid man. He doesn’t engage Jimmy Sexton’s services because he thinks it’s neat to have an agent. Sexton’s not stupid, either. Texas wasn’t put on the table because Sexton likes to talk about the great barbeque brisket he gets when he visits Austin.
“Alabama’s higher-ups” can deny feeling leveraged all they want. Jimmy Sexton knows better.
As John Pennington points out, one of the dumber tactical moves we’ve seen this season is players calling out Alabama in one form or fashion.
Speaking of Alabama, here’s a tip for teams going up against the Tide — zip your lips. Earlier this season Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said his team could “put points on them… I think we can put points on anybody.” Final score: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0. Three weeks ago Tennessee referred to Alabama as “the red team” in practice. AJ McCarron said his team took that as an insult. Final score: Alabama 45, Tennessee 10. Last week LSU receiver Jarvis Landry said of Bama: “Nobody is invincible. Not team is invincible and no defense is invincible.” Final score: Alabama 38, LSU 21. The lesson is clear — shut up. People talk about teams having “swagger” — the most overused word of the 21st century — and showing that swagger with their tough talk. Well, other teams’ swagger hasn’t helped them much against Alabama this season. It’s better to talk after you’ve proved yourself than before.
I take it Ohio State’s Evan Spencer doesn’t read John’s blog.