Saban blasts media for pumping up Tide

Nick Saban says he's not a happy camper.

Nick Saban says he's not a happy camper.

Coming off Alabama’s dismantling of No. 8 Michigan, coach Nick Saban is furious that his team is getting too much good press.

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.

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September 6th, 2012
5:13 pm

Nick’s just playing it cool—this bama team may be better than last year’s team! Blowout over michigan, more to come!!! Bama v. USC for the BCS title—Tide wins by 6! Title #15!!! RTR!!!

Dawg Whisperer

September 6th, 2012
5:47 pm

Moreno Stafford

September 6th, 2012
9:12 am
What is Saban’s record coming out of a blackout game?

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Not very good if it is the same as his overall record against UGA.

king of mean

September 6th, 2012
5:48 pm

i bet ufballer wouldn’t hate him if he were in Gainsville…Or Gainesville – however its spelt…

Dawg Whisperer

September 6th, 2012
6:04 pm

SAL

September 6th, 2012
9:48 am
@MK – RollTide1 does not represent every Alabama fan. I remember when I was a student at Alabama (during the Dumbose years) when everyone was very humble.

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Sal, too bad your comment was followed by Whiskey Breathe’s. It basically cancelled out your good will. Constant inflammatory and derogatory comments is his calling card on the AJC sports blogs from my experience. He acts bothered. Maybe, it has something to do with whiskey.

bamaguy

September 6th, 2012
6:24 pm

Fans of other schools always take cheap shots at the winners. The same stuff has been slung at Spurrier, Meyer, Saban and in 2010 at Chizik and Cam Newton. When Florida ruled the football world Georgia fans appeared to be obsessed with the clothing and hair choices of their fans (jorts, mullets). It’s just frustration talking.

LakeDawg

September 6th, 2012
7:03 pm

You Alabama sports writers better heed Tricky Nick if you value your job.

Dave in Marietta

September 6th, 2012
7:05 pm

Here is a perspective on this whole thing from a beat reporter in Tuscaloosa who covers the team. Maybe this will enlighten a few of the more caustic commenters.

one of the beat writers understands. This was pasted on TiderInsider:

Interesting insight on the “rant” from Gentry Estes, former Alabama beat writer.

There were a lot more of these in 2007 when I got on the beat over there. My second week he jumped me for a rather innocent question about an early kickoff time and then called me back in his office afterward. I still remember him chewing on this massive salad as he very calmly explained that he wasn’t angry at the question and that everything he does in any press conference is directed at his team and to a lesser extent the general public..

Saban understands that when he acts this way, the media will play along by talking about his blowup, and it’s a calculated move. It’ll get all these headlines (which this today has of course) and his team can’t help but pay attention to it because everyone else is too.

Now sometimes a truly dumb question will fire him up. But it used to irk me a little over there when fans would respond to this sort of thing with “Woo-hoo, Saban gettin’ after those reporters,” and that very rarely was the case. It was all about making a point, and people tend to miss that. He knows what he’s doing. Other coaches just tolerate the media to get it out of the way. Saban uses it to help get his point across.

LakeDawg

September 6th, 2012
7:06 pm

Wrong, bamaguy.

Jorts and mullets were talked about in the 70’s and 80’s, when UGA was dominating the series.

Coach

September 6th, 2012
7:42 pm

You know, I am about tired of these egotistical big headed coaches crying about the press. If they don’t like dealing with the press, then go coach in a youth league. Dealing with the press is part of the job, and with all of them making the money that they make, learn to deal with the press or get out of the business. I’m sure Nick is shaking in his shoes over that national power Western Kentucky… come on… lol

RollTide1

September 6th, 2012
7:51 pm

PURE Domination Baby!!! RTR! It’s CRYstal clear who plays Big boy SEC Football.

guy

September 6th, 2012
8:23 pm

Coach Saban,frankly most folks don’t give a damn what you think!

CB

September 6th, 2012
8:37 pm

Hey guy, that’s a two way street… we don’t give a damn what Saban thinks!

I'm A Bammer

September 6th, 2012
8:52 pm

I am a die hard Bama fan, born and raised, and I know things can turn at the drop of a dime. We are having some pretty good success right now and it could all change tomorrow so Bama fans enjoy it while it lasts. I appreciate Coach Saban’s respect towards ANY team you play. After all Bama fans remember Louisiana-Monroe!!! RTR!!

Coach

September 6th, 2012
9:25 pm

I’m a Bammer… excellent post, well put.

CB

September 6th, 2012
9:29 pm

Guy… my apologies. I read your post again, I’m with you on that post.

mebeingme

September 6th, 2012
9:33 pm

He certainly hasn’t had an issue in the years so far. Sup?

AthDog

September 6th, 2012
9:49 pm

I’m a Richt fan. Great man, better winning % than St Vincent, If I’m not mistaken. Saying that,
I’d trade coaches with Bama or South Carolina right now straight up.

BILLY JACK

September 6th, 2012
10:22 pm

I HEARD THAT SPORTSWRITER HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE PRESS CONF-POLICE ARE DRAGGING AREA LAKES AND RIVERS-IF YOU PISS NICK OFF ,YOU WILL BE DEALT WITH.

BILLY JACK

September 6th, 2012
10:24 pm

UGA will be dialed in sat nite-welcome to the SEC Missouri.

aladawg

September 6th, 2012
11:23 pm

Bamagirl, what two bit night club do you dance and strip at. Would love to stuff a dollar between your fat ass.

Embarrassed by the thug factory in Athens

September 7th, 2012
5:49 am

When you compare the professionalism and coaching skills of Saban and Richt, Richt comes off as a pathetic 3rd rate wannabe.

Crimson Crush

September 7th, 2012
6:19 am

Nice chuckles at all the “your time will end … someday” comments . While it is entirely predictable that the Tide will indeed at some point temporarirly dip back down to the historical UGA levels … it is as equally predictable that the program will NEVER be allowed to wallow there without action being taken .

Coach Saban is the latest in a long line of national championship caliber coaches . Whether it has been Wallace Wade , Frank Thomas , Paul Bryant , Gene Stallings or Nick Saban … no Tide fan has ever had to wait that long to see yet another one flogging college football . The oldest have lived to see several do it .

To all those who say “Your time is coming” … eventually … when Saban steps down … I say … so what ?

Your time is coming too … NOW and in the future under who ever the next hall of fame coach at Bama ends up being :-)

Nick Fairley

September 7th, 2012
7:25 am

Bjohndawg
September 6th, 2012

“Say you don’t like him but he gets the job done
and he and his staff are worth every penny to the tide”

So are the players!

ty

September 7th, 2012
8:40 am

Wow the media got what it wanted four pages of angst………………………

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

September 7th, 2012
9:44 am

Everyone be hatin’ on Lord SABAN! UGAy fans just jealous. They rather have a nice coach who cant win the big game. Its all about NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS you foolish flea bags!

R E S P E C T
L O R D
S A B A N

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

September 7th, 2012
9:46 am

P.S. Mikey Corvell is the BIGGEST HACK IN THE HISTORY OF THE AJC. (Including Terrance “race card” Moore.) Stop recruiting for UGAy and stalking Nkemidouche. Loser

Crimson Crush

September 8th, 2012
4:31 am