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.
“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.