Tony, the problem isn’t our naiveté. It’s that we’re being asked to swallow the notion of coaches jumping ship after signing day as a matter of routine while at the same time having the issue of player transfers presented as a threat to the American way of life.
I think the word you’re looking for is hypocrisy.
College football is broke. The state of Louisiana is broke. LSU is broke.
So it makes complete sense that Dave Aranda is now the highest paid assistant in college football.
Gee, it’s almost as if somebody’s lying to us.
You may have heard that an Oklahoma player has left the team in mid-season and announced plans to begin preparation for the NFL draft. While I’m not here to condone his decision, I can’t help but roll my eyes about Mike Stoops’ righteous indignation over it.
“Quitting on your teammates is hard to take, as a coach,” Mike Stoops said. “That’s everything we stand for — our commitment to one another and, for whatever reason, that wasn’t there for him…”
This, from a guy who once played as a scab when NFL players went on strike and when criticized for doing it, responded by saying, “I don’t give a damn what they think. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody, and deep down, I think they know that. But if they feel that way, fine, don’t ever talk to me again”.
Is there a more consistently followed coaching mantra than do as I say, not as I do?
You know, I don’t doubt this story for a minute.
“Well, the day I landed in Miami and went to the first press conference,” Saban said. “I started to realize the difference between the NFL then and what the NFL was like before when I was in it with Bill Belichick from 1991-94 in Cleveland, before we had free agency, before the media had infiltrated sorta everything that was happening. I guess right then.”
Saban left LSU to coach the Dolphins in 2004. He stayed two seasons before famously leaving for Alabama in January 2007.
There was a second Miami moment that drove him the need for change. The well-documented story of Drew Brees failing his physical with the Dolphins was discussed. Of course Brees went on to win a Super Bowl and Miami signed Daunte Culpepper.
It didn’t work.
“When that happened, I said I can’t control my destiny here,” Saban said. “I can’t control my destiny here. There’s too many things that, no matter how hard I work or no matter what I do, I can control my destiny better in college by working hard and making good choices and decisions and creating a good program for players. I think that happening made me lean back to coming back to college.”
Of course, that makes these denials even more bullshit now than they already were, but what the hey, as long as Saban’s happy it’s all good, right?
Hey, if you need to get your blood boiling today, Ken Starr is doing a live Q&A right now. Sample bullshit:
Yeah, that’ll work.
It’s moments like this that make you realize Art Briles isn’t delusional to believe he’ll be coaching somewhere next year.
Hoo boy, Auburn.
… But that presentation does help explain what Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs meant when he said this to myself and Chris Carlin last week in an interview for a SiriusXM show: “There are 12 other programs [in the SEC] that would love to be in our position.”