Nick Saban defends a branch on his coaching tree.
“I know that people in Georgia criticized him a little bit,” Saban said, “but to play good defense you have to have really good players, and they really have to buy in and have the discipline to execute the scheme. Georgia always has good players, but I just think Todd is a really, really good coach. I thought he did a great job at Louisville here last year with the team that they had and had a lot of success. He’s a very innovative guy, but he’s a fundamental teacher and does a good job with players.”
Given that Saban’s last contact with Grantham came in the 2012 SECCG, where the Tide offense spent the second half running over, under, sideways and down Grantham’s charges, that “Georgia always has good players, but I just think Todd is a really, really good coach” is an interesting choice of words.
Of course, now that Georgia’s replaced that one branch with another branch from the same tree, I guess we can expect similar praise before this year’s game in Athens. I just hope the praise for Pruitt is a lot more straightforward after the game.
Charlie Woerner’s dad talks to Michael Carvell about his son’s recruiting, and in comparing Georgia to Alabama, has this to say about what they find attractive about the latter: “At Alabama, it has to do more with the strictness of the program, and the discipline…”
Yeah, I can see how the way Nick Saban handled the Jonathan Taylor matter versus the way Mark Richt did would make somebody think that.
Seriously, this is why Saban really doesn’t care about anyone else’s perception of how he handles personnel matters. Because it never matters to the next recruit’s family he talks to. And it sure doesn’t matter to the ‘Bama faithful. In that respect, he’s the Edwin Edwards of college football.
You may not remember this story about a Florida high school recruit, Darnell Salomon, who got in trouble while attending last year’s Georgia’s Dawg Night camp. He was charged by UGA police with burglary.
This post isn’t about chastising Salomon – indeed, I have to give him credit for manning up and writing Mark Richt a two-page letter of apology about the incident – but instead to mention that despite the charge, which the kid now apparently admits had some validity, he’s got an impressive list of offers out there. Including one from noted straight talker Nick Saban, who, just this past week, was heard bemoaning the wreckage the new SEC transfer ban on serious player misconduct was going to cause on the recruiting front.
I guess Saban’s figured out if he signs someone who misbehaves later, at least nobody else in the conference will be able to offer a second chance. Give the man credit. He knows how to work every angle.
Never mind that what got Newton and Marshall in trouble had nothing to do with sexual assault.
And anyway, you can’t hold a whole conference responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole college athletics system? And if the whole college athletics system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
I feel better now.
Another day to indulge, campers.
- I’m always amused when Will Muschamp talks about offense.
- You will be shocked, shocked to learn that the SEC has come out against an early signing proposal for football.
- Nick Saban clarifies his comment about bowl games. Naturally, media misunderstanding is involved.
- There will be no SEC-enforced cap on COA. “We are constrained by the law,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.
- Here’s another hungry football player story.
- Auburn’s not in on claiming more national championships. Per Jay Jacobs, “Those players on those teams, like me in 1983, it doesn’t matter if you hang a banner or not. I know what we did.” So why even explore the possibility in the first place?
- If you’re looking for some well-crafted Gator snark, this should do.
- Matt Hinton has an excellent piece here on the art of building an offensive line.
The SEC is in Destin. The rest of the college football world isn’t.
- Nick Saban thinks fondly of Jeremy Pruitt.
- Here’s a nice smackdown of Bert’s “you play eight games in the SEC” comment.
- Dennis Dodd gets all prissy about the SEC not already having a ban on its books for transfers of kids dismissed for domestic violence – something that no conference has at present.
- We’re 100 days out from the start of the 2015 season, so it’s fashionable to do 100 things to look forward to pieces. Here’s one.
- David Wunderlich thinks the practice of ranking teams based on loss order is still a thing… and it is. But I suspect as the CFP grows, loss-ranking will matter less.
- There’s still a chance: Chauncey Gardner is taking an unofficial visit to Athens. Make a blogger happy, dude. Be a Dawg, and let me have a few years with that name.
- “It’s an attempt to change behavior” – Mike Slive intends to come down hard on post-game celebrations.
Nick Saban’s had enough of this COA bullshit.
“We need to have the same rules in the big five in all leagues,” Saban said. “If we’re going to compete for the championship, and everybody is going to play in the playoff system, then we need to get our rules in alignment so that we are all on a level playing field.
“These things need to be global, otherwise we are going to become a farm system for all of the other leagues.”
“Even in the NFL, they have a salary cap,” Saban said. “When we don’t have a cap that makes it equal for everybody, it really goes against everything we’ve tried to do in the NCAA that we’ve tried to do for parity.”
Oh, mah heaven, Miz Scarlett! Ah do believe Ah’m feeling a bit lightheaded!
So what do you think Saban wants now – another antitrust lawsuit over price fixing, or a players’ union so college football can legally bargain for a salary cap? ‘Cause it’s one or the other.