Patronizing Nick Saban is the worst Nick Saban.

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, 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.



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26 responses to “Patronizing Nick Saban is the worst Nick Saban.

  1. paul

    I’m thinking ‘unrealistic reality world’ may be a candidate for the lexicon.


  2. Derek

    The only time Saban is tolerable is when he’s specifically talking about football. He is very good at explaining football concepts. I don’t think he knows more than anyone else in coaching, but he does a very good job of explaining things so you can understand them. Otherwise, he vacillates between an inhuman automaton and a self-serving douchebag.


  3. Red Cup

    I watched the presser last night on U tube. Saban is already in mid season form. Every question pisses him off.


  4. Russ

    He’s really going to be pissed when he sees how his was misquoted.

    “All right”? Come on, everyone knows he said “aight”.


    • 81Dog

      I’m picturing him as Johnny B from Gone in 60 Seconds confronting Memphis Raines in the parking lot of Sway’s bar. “I’ma TELL you what I’ma do for you, Pruitt….. Get ouuttta LONG Beach… TONIGHT!! AIGHT?”


  5. ASEF

    So, Smart plays from the exact same playbook but Saban is a self-serving douchebag.

    College football fandom, ftw.


  6. Doug

    Waiter, this word salad appears to have gone bad. Bring me something else.


  7. W Cobb Dawg

    Is it me, or does it seem like Booch’s influence has already gotten a firm hold on saban? There may be a downside to all these analyst hires after all.


  8. Bulldog Joe

    I liked Saban better when the Coke bottle did the talking.


  9. Bob

    Got to agree with the Coaches oxymoron/play on words. Read and re-read his quotes you’ve highlighted and believe he’s spot on. “Focus on what they need to do to be good players.” Isn’t that likened to “keep the main thing the main thing.”? Somehow for all the blather about Saban and his “tactics” he does not experience mass exodus of 4-5 star prima donna’s and gets them to buy in and wait for/earn their PT.


  10. Will Trane

    I bet Goodman got a call from Saban, and toward the end of it Goodman was told two things.
    Just write like that one more time and see what happens.
    Second you need to be evaluated, go see a shrink.


  11. 92 grad

    Okay, that settles it. Saban/Trump 2020