Tre Williams decided to play football for Auburn instead of Alabama and now is doing his best to inject some fire into the milquetoast rivalry between the two schools.
That’s a joke, of course. The always-intense rivalry is at DEFCON 1 after the Tigers beat the Tide on the way to the national championship game last season. Williams, a Mobile native who’s touted as a five-star recruit, fanned the flames when he said Auburn “owns Mobile” and now took a personal shot at Tide coach Nick Saban.
As reported by al.com, Williams played a word association game with radio station WSNP. Williams’ response when asked about Saban: “Little man syndrome.”
It will be interesting to see if coach Gus Malzahn or someone from Auburn will apologize for that below-the-belt hit. It certainly will be more fun if they don’t.
According to a study at University of Groningen in Holland, “little man’s syndrome” also known as “Napoleon complex,” is a real thing. The Telegraph reported: “The findings could help explain why diminutive males from Napoleon Bonaparte and Benito Mussolini to Tom Cruise and Dudley Moore have on occasion been accused of overcompensating for a lack of physical stature.”
Williams presumably would add Saban to that list, though it’s hard to figure exactly what Saban has to overcompensate for nowadays considering his status as college football’s coaching king.
Williams apparently doesn’t have a problem with Saban because he almost signed with Alabama: al.com reported that Williams said Saban was the coach who was toughest to turn down.
“Alabama recruited me so hard,” Williams told al.com. “I visited there a lot. I talked to coach (Lance) Thompson and coach (Nick) Saban a lot. When I finally made my decision to go to Auburn, they kept coming. I even went up and visited for a couple of days while I was committed to Auburn.
“It was hard. Alabama was always so dominant. I was raised to like Alabama, and to try to separate yourself from your childhood is hard, but it’s something I had to do.”