Saban: “I had nothing to do with the idea of the 10-second rule.”
Filed under Nick Saban Rules, The NCAA
Nick Saban is about what is best for Nick Saban.
Why do I have this nagging feeling that if that ESPN coaches poll about the 10-second rule had come out the opposite way, Nick Saban would be singing a different song today?
Classic set-up and Bret fell for it.
Where did the “Bert” thing come from, again? I’m all for whatever pseudonym irritates Bert the most, personally. So if that’s Bert, I like Bert.
No offense to official Berts, but the man does have the “appearance” and bearing of a classic Bert (you know mostly when he whips off the shirt or waxes all illogically about issues in the CFB world).
At least he’s still got his go-to song
But once somebody else thought of it he tested the waters of supporting it. Mediocre hair splitting.
So today we learn that Nick Saban is essentially Bret Bielema with PR advisors.
Two big takeaways from this. Saban’s not stupid enough to talk directly about dead Cal players, but he will threaten that the HUNH will wear down sickle-cell players–and that coaches can’t call enough timeouts to save them all. So let’s go ahead and imply that their deaths will be Gus Malzahn’s fault.
Second, it’s just perverse that Nick Saban–oversigner, greyshirter, and head of CF’s largest staff strewn over multiple athletic subdepartments–gets to bemoan a “competitive disadvantage” without a 10-second rule.
Interviews like this make me wish I had my own blog. A takedown of this drivel would just feel wonderful.
Oh yeah — the fact that Saban is still pushing the “do we want a continuous game?” argument proves to me that he saw Redding bite on it.
Just make a damn stop, Nick.
(Saban waves hand): “These are not the rules you’re looking for…”
Saban’s real interest in the rule change is to allow him to substitute on his field goal team.
If Saban and Bielema are doing this for their own advantage on the field that’s reprehensible. But if there really is a safety issue here, and the Malzahns of the profession are against the proposal just to keep their own advantage on the field, that’s equally reprehensible. The NCAA needs to study this issue carefully before any action pro or con is taken. The proposal is premature but so is Mike Leach’s and Malzahn’s reaction–to announce that this is all a bunch of BS and there is no safety issue. They doesn’t know either way. Nobody does yet. Study the thing for a season and try to get some real data, then make an intelligent judgment based on the facts, with it not being all politics.
Know how to tell when Saban is lying?
“… I will not be the coach at Alabama…” Dolphins Head Coach Nick Saban announced today in a press conference…
“The younger guys know how important this week is. If they don’t, they’ll definitely find out.”– Davin Bellamy, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/20/17
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