“So why is that on me?”

Pissy Nick Saban is the best Nick Saban.

Ooh — take that, Greg Sankey!  Nick’s just being a good soldier, doncha know.  Rules are rules, and all that.

Never mind that those rules exist to benefit the Nick Sabans of the conference.  You know, the coaches for whom this kind of mindset is second nature.

In a letter earlier this month, Alabama denied Kennedy the ability to contact any SEC school and seven future nonconference opponents, including The Citadel.

The Citadel?

“When we make a rule that guys can transfer whenever they want to transfer, how are we supposed to get people to do what they should do?” Saban asked.

Yeah, it’s a shame, that.  If you don’t pay the help, how else can a poor ol’ head coach keep them in line?  I mean… well, let Nick do a little more hole digging.

“I’m not talking about as football players, I’m talking about as people. I’m talking about making good choices and decisions. … If a guy is missing class and I say you’re not going to play in this game because you’re missing class, which I’ve done on occasion, and he says, ‘I’m transferring,’ is that good?”

Except that’s not what we’re talking about here.  Let Kirby Smart explain.

“Most people get a graduate degree where? Where they got their undergrad or somewhere else? Usually somewhere else,” Smart said. “So if they’re going to graduate school for that purpose somewhere else, I don’t see the issue. … If they want to do that, they should be able to do that.”

Smart shut down the idea that it was unfair that one program could invest the time and energy to develop players only for them to leave and benefit a rival.

“You mean just like we do with coaches, right?” Smart said. “Just like I left Alabama and all of the secrets that I learned when I was there went with me. Muschamp took all those secrets from LSU. Jimbo [Fisher] took all those secrets from LSU. Now Jeremy [Pruitt] has all those secrets. I don’t see it that way.”

The kids in question are graduates.  They’ve made good choices and decisions.  Saban’s pissy, but not because they’re throwing away their lives.  It’s all about loss of control.  At least Ed Orgeron’s honest about that.

“I’m just not for it,” Orgeron said. “I think if a kid’s going to go play in another conference it’s stuff like that, it’s fair. I’d hate to see one of our guys go to our opponents. I don’t think it’s in the spirit of the sport.”

The spirit of the sport?  If you’re a coach, you know what that means.

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8 responses to ““So why is that on me?”

  1. DoubleDawg1318

    Glad to see Kirby speaking the truth on this one

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  2. CPark58

    Saban would have a point for undergrads because it would be a free agency where teenagers get mad and make rash decisions but grad transfers are a different ballgame, they played for the school in return for that all powerful degree the school gave them. Top shelf talent is going pro after 3 anyway, not to Arkansas to get more playing time.

    If they would put a portion of the revenues in an escrow account for players released upon the end of eligibility with their LOI school and the players would then have an incentive to stay put. Just a thought.

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    • Top shelf talent is going pro after 3 anyway, not to Arkansas to get more playing time.

      A great point.

      Saban isn’t worried about a talent drain to a rival program. He just doesn’t like being inconvenienced.

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  3. ChiliDawg

    Fills me with pride to see Kirby’s take depart so dramatically from Saban’s, and on the good side. Kirby = Luke Skywalker.

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  4. Keese

    I would love to see Saban continue hanging fat curveballs for Kirby to knock out. It’ll be so entertaining

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  5. Thorn Dawg

    “I’m not talking about as football players, I’m talking about as people. I’m talking about making good choices and decisions. … If a guy is missing class and I say you’re not going to play in this game because you’re missing class, which I’ve done on occasion, and he says, ‘I’m transferring,’ is that good?”

    THIS is such a crock. Show me one time Saban suspended a starter from missing one meaningful snap… for missing class. He doesn’t even suspend them when they’re arrested for crimes because he knows he can get the charges dropped. It’s funny how that always happens.

    It’s not funny once their players go pro, many are arrested for some pretty despicable things. So all of a sudden they lose their discipline or their coverup guru?

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. Saban is looking rather slimy on this. Kirby, on the other hand, comes out smelling like a rose. I don’t know if we’re getting the real truth from any HC on the issue, but just like 93k at G-Day, its the perception that comes across to the recruits.

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