Those damned kids, wanting some semblance of control over their lives. Don’t they understand that Coach always knows best?
Or, as Saban delivered in his 427-word monologue, it’s just part of college football’s “unrealistic reality world.”
“It’s an unrealistic reality world that we live in with a lot of young players, and I feel badly for them because what I’d like for them to do is focus on what they need to do to be good players,” Saban said. “And not worry about trying to meet all the expectations and standards that people have created for them.”
I gotta admit “unrealistic reality world” is a nice turn of phrase. How long did it take for him to come up with it?
“I think that, the thing that I try to get guys to do, is not have an unrealistic reality about their circumstance and their career as a football player — what they want to try to accomplish as a student in developing a career off the field, and what kind of person they want to be,” Saban said. “And I think with all the information out there sometimes, that’s a little bit easy to get a little unrealistic about because, basically, every athlete, every guy, when you’re a senior in high school, you have goals and aspirations, and things that you want to accomplish, but when it comes to developing your career, you’re rolling the dice with how that works out, all right.
“How you’re able to compete, how you’re able to sustain, what kind of player you’re going to be, and it makes it even more difficult because all the people out there who are so-called experts on Scout.com, and all the people who give them five stars, they create an expectation with these guys that’s unrealistic.”
Yes, it’s everyone’s fault except for the coaches who run around begging these star athletes to come play for them.
I wonder how Saban explains to his soon-to-be former players how the “unrealistic reality world” fits in with medical scholarships. Churlish, I know.