Saban, a follower of Bobby Knight’s “every silver lining has a cloud” approach, ripped into reporters at a press conference in Tuscaloosa Wednesday because they’re not giving enough respect to this week’s opponent, Western Kentucky.
As quoted by several news outlets, Saban went off at his post-practice press conference.
“… 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.
“There is so many more good things that you could write about that is happening around here, that people would be interested in. I’d love to see some of you do a little bit of research and figure it out. It would really do my heart good.
“We win one game, and I can’t believe what gets written. You know we did play two times in these neutral site games before, and we played horrible the next week because a lot of the same stuff happened. A lot of the same kind of stuff happened.”
In 2008, Alabama pasted Clemson 34-10 in the Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff, then struggled the next week to beat Tulane 20-6.
In 2009, Alabama beat Virginia Tech 34-24 in the Chick-Fil-A game; the next week they beat Florida International 40-14 after trailing 14-13 in the second quarter.
Saban is worried the same thing could happen Saturday against Western Kentucky, a 40-point underdog. He was asked about the common perception that teams generally improve dramatically between the first and second week of the season.
“Based on the way we practiced, and the way our attitude is around here, and what gets written about what’s going on and how everyone thinks, I would question if that is happening or not. I’m not a real happy camper right now.”
The Tide finished the 2008 season with consecutive losses to Florida and Utah, but went undefeated in 2009 to win the BCS Championship.