Category Archives: Nick Saban Rules

“He wants to go to Georgia. Period.”

This isn’t a good look for Nick Saban.  Not that he cares.

Earlier this year, Alabama did not put a block on Chris Black, who graduated from Alabama and transferred to Missouri, another SEC school.

“So what is it, is it really about my son, or is it about Kirby Smart and Nick Saban? I don’t know what it is” Samyra Smith said. “You just had a player leave, Chris Black, and he’s at an SEC school, Mizzou. So don’t tell me it’s about a violation of rules, I can read you the rules, I understand them well. It’s not a violation of rules or else the SEC would’ve stopped it, the commissioner would’ve stopped it. But it’s allowed…

An Alabama spokesman did not immediately have a response when contacted by SEC Country on Tuesday night. Last month Saban was asked about the situation at SEC media days.

“Maurice Smith has been a good player on our team,” Saban said. “He’s a good person, and he would be a significant contributor to our team this year if he decided to stay at Alabama. … We have told him, ‘Because we support the SEC rule, it would not be in your best interest to have to sit out. If you want to go some place else (outside the SEC), we’d be glad to help you do that.’”

Nick Saban, conference man.  At least when it suits him.


UDPATE:  I don’t know which is more predictable — that Mark Bradley would weigh in on the subject, or Mark Bradley’s take on the subject.  Trust me, you don’t have to read it to know what it says.


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Introducing the “spontaneous” Nick Saban

Andy Staples makes an excellent point about Saban’s notorious dust-up with PAWWWLLL at SEC Media Days.

If you think Saban, later caught on video having two separate animated conversations with Finebaum, lost control, then you haven’t been watching him very long. All of it was calculated, as is almost anything Saban does when a camera is trained on him. Yes, he is a control freak. He’ll admit as much. Yes, he believes he’s correct whenever he’s challenged by a media member or anyone else. He may not admit that, but it’s fairly obvious. But Saban wasn’t talking to Finebaum or to the viewers of the segment. Every reason Saban gave to explain why Robinson and Jones could miss no playing time was a message to players and recruits. The fact that the clip has received so much attention only played into Saban’s hands. When they speak to recruits now, Alabama assistants can point to that segment and ask the following: Do you see how much coach has his players’ backs? As it turns out, Saban, Finebaum and Finebaum’s employer all got exactly what each wanted out of that particular bit of theater.

Saban wanted that question from Finebaum—or someone—so he could raise questions about the legitimacy of the arrests, which came after a Monroe, La., officer smelled marijuana and approached a parked car containing Robinson, Jones and two other men…

The other benefit to that public exchange is that it wound up sucking all the oxygen out of the tent when another ‘Bama offensive lineman wound up on the wrong side of the law just a few days later.  The difference in the second case is that Alphonse Taylor was promptly kicked to the curb by Mr. Spontaneity.

Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor has been “indefinitely suspended,” coach Nick Saban announced in a statement Monday afternoon.

The redshirt senior was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence.

In addition, Taylor left the scene of an accident, according to Tuscaloosa Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson.

“We are very disappointed any time a player makes a choice that leads to this kind of behavior,” Saban said. “We are still in the process of gathering all of the details on the situation, but from a football standpoint, Alphonse Taylor has been indefinitely suspended from the team.”

Ah, a little righteous indignation is good for the soul.  Hey — you don’t suppose Saban’s decision wasn’t about that, but, say, something a little more calculating, do you?

The preseason second-team All-SEC selection was already in Saban’s doghouse because of weight- and conditioning-related issues.

After starting all 15 games at right guard last season, Taylor was relegated to working with the second-team offense throughout the spring.

Saban said following the Tide’s spring game of Taylor, “He’s going to continue to be on the second team if he doesn’t get his weight down and get in shape.”

It’s unclear how much progress the 6-foot-5 Taylor has made with his weight and conditioning.

Not enough, evidently.

It’s just bad luck Taylor got arrested in Tuscaloosa, where the cops’ loyalty can’t be questioned.


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Hey, who took all the five-stars?

Yeah, this is pretty disgusting, although at least one of the architects of it is in Athens now.


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Cam Robinson’s life matters.

By now, you’re aware of yesterday’s Saban-Finebaum fracas, which arose over PAWWWLLL’s questioning of the Sabanator’s choice of discipline regarding the two Alabama players who were arrested but ultimately not charged with criminal behavior in Monroe, Louisiana.  Part and parcel of Saban’s heated defense of his actions — or, in this case, lack of action — was a certain perceived bias on the part of the arresting officers.

Finebaum told reporters after two heated exchanges with Saban, “He said the police officers were LSU fans.”

This led to one of those only-in-America moments when the Monroe police department rose to the defense of its men in blue in the only way imaginable.

“I can tell you for a fact that the first officer on the scene is not an LSU fan,” Chris Bates, the Monroe Police PIO, said Wednesday. “He hates LSU. He doesn’t like the color yellow or purple and gold. In fact, he’s a Florida fan. If you mention LSU around him, he throws up in his mouth. Most of our officers are LSU fans, but we have some who are Arkansas fans and Georgia fans and Alabama fans…”

LMAO.  That should put Saban in his place.


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Maurice Smith just wants to play ball.

I’ve posted about this before, but Maurice Smith is an Alabama defensive back who’s left the program and intends to enroll elsewhere as a graduate transfer.  As you might imagine, given that his former defensive coordinator and position coach now reside in Athens, Georgia is a mite bit interested in offering Smith a new place to land.  (As are several other programs.)  Since he’s a graduate transfer, no problem, amirite?


There’s a complicated situation playing out behind the scenes at Alabama involving a player who is trying to get his release and move on to another school as a graduate transfer.

Senior defensive back Maurice Smith wants to transfer, but has been unsuccessful getting a release despite several attempts during the last month, sources told

Smith, who was the Tide’s first-team nickel back during the spring, is now going through an appeal process, according to sources.

It doesn’t sound particularly complicated to me.  It sounds like coaches being coaches.  On the other hand, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this.

The SEC rule, if you need a reminder, is this:

Now the SEC will allow schools to accept grad student transfers without a waiver if the transfers meet certain standards. Among the criteria for the transfer: always stayed eligible as an undergrad; no significant disciplinary issues at the old school; and earned all possible APR points. If a player doesn’t meet those standards, a school can still go through the current process of seeking a waiver from the SEC office.

Once the transfer comes to an SEC school, the rule requires the player to make progress toward a graduate degree. If that doesn’t happen, the university won’t be able to apply the grad-student exception in that athlete’s sport for three years.

That “progress toward a graduate degree” standard is a bit murky.  And the penalty is pretty much a screw job.  I can see how that might make Kirby a little nervous about taking Smith, if Georgia were where he wanted to go.


Filed under Academics? Academics., Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, SEC Football

“And he can’t say, Well you’ve gotta ask Nick about that…”

Kirby’s on the clock this morning at SEC Media Days.  It sounds like the Alabama media’s anticipating his appearance more than anyone.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Nick Saban Rules

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Transferring from Alabama — it’s what you do, even if you were once a highly regarded recruit.

Meanwhile, the Process abides.


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