If you ever want to tick Nick Saban off, all you have to do is say something negative about Alabama’s upcoming opponent.
Write about it. Ask him about it. Tweet about it. You’ll get an entertaining press conference in return.
Saban began his weekly Wednesday presser like he always does, asking reporters in attendance how they were doing. After a collective, “Good, coach,” everything took a turn for the worst as he followed up with: “You might not be after I get done with you.”
Then, the rant began.
“You know, there’s a tremendous balance between humility and confidence,” he said. “And this game is a struggle. It’s a struggle every day. And you’ve got to embrace it every day. And you’ve got to go out there and try to earn it every day, to be as good a player as you can be. You’ve got to have a tremendous amount of character, confidence, mental and physical toughness, you’ve got to be driven to be the best. And you’ve got to be able to handle success.”
And then the rains came…
“I hate to be negative with anybody, but when you people start writing stuff about people that we’re playing that doesn’t give them the proper respect, that’s not fair. It’s not fair to them, to their players who work hard. It’s not fair to our players who need to respect them.
“And to make any presumptions like you all make, really, really upsets me. It really does. It’s so unfair.”
Alabama embarrassed then-No. 8 Michigan 41-14 over the weekend and plays Western Kentucky in its home opener this weekend (Saban said this week he thinks the Hilltoppers could win the Sun Belt this season). In previous years, Saban said his team has played in hyped up neutral site games and turned around the next week and played poorly. He explained he’s working hard every day to keep his players on track and teach them to have a sense of humility and confidence. But then, “We win one game and I can’t believe what gets written,” he said.
“We play the games for a reason,” he continued. “When we make all these predictions of what’s going to happen, it takes away from the game, I think. Just like everybody talks about who’s going to win the national championship. Why do we play the games? We’ve got a lot of great games coming up.”
After all that was said and done, Saban took a deep breath.
“Does anyone want to ask me a question today, or what? I’m trying to be nice about it too,” he said.
The press conference, which usually lasts about 15-20 minutes or so, was less than six. Probably a record low.
After answering just five questions and giving an injury update—the only player who didn’t practice today was freshman linebacker Reggie Ragland (ankle) and he is questionable for Saturday—Saban took another deep breath and kind of apologized for his antics.
“I didn’t mean to intimidate y’all today, I just had to take it out on somebody,” he said.
And then he left.
You can watch video of what us reporters endured tonight here (credit to The Birmingham News).
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