Top Auburn recruit says Nick Saban has ‘little man syndrome’

Auburn recruit says Nick Saban doesn't measure up.

Auburn recruit says Nick Saban doesn't measure up.

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.”

Ouch.

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.”

77 comments Add your comment

K

May 27th, 2014
11:25 am

I think FSU was the National Champion last year

Slick

May 27th, 2014
11:27 am

“The always-intense rivalry is at DEFCON 1 after the Tigers beat the Tide on the way to a national championship last season.”

Not a fan of Bama or Auburn, or even FSU, but ….didn’t FSU beat Auburn last year for the BCS title?

NACHOS

May 27th, 2014
11:30 am

We will see who “the little man is” when ALABAMA beats dat azzz in the iron bowl this year. #stupidboy

wtf

May 27th, 2014
11:31 am

5 years from now Saban will still be relevant.

Percy

May 27th, 2014
11:36 am

K, You are correct that FSU won the national championship last year. The writer, Mr. Sports, who usually covers reality television, defends his statement by saying Aubu’n was “on the way to a national championship” but they, um, lost.

bamagirl

May 27th, 2014
11:46 am

OMG. Another idiot talking about Nick Saban’s height. Well, I guess when you can’t find anything else bad to say about Coach Saban you have to attack his height. Ow, that hurts – NOT! Who cares?! Nick Saban is the best, bar none, college football coach there is and that idiot that just signed with that cow college will find out in November who is standing the tallest!

coj

May 27th, 2014
11:51 am

Nick Saban is only 5′6″, so if anyone has a “little man’s syndrome”, he has a little reason for it.

jackie

May 27th, 2014
11:56 am

Yep, Saban has the “little man syndrome” and Auburn people have the “red headed step-child syndrome” and I hope the stadium burns down any time those two low class cheating schools get together.

West Willie

May 27th, 2014
11:56 am

4 NC’s and 3 out of the past 5 and we’re talking “little man syndrome”. The recruit has ghetto syndrome. Tre has bought in to that auburn inferiority complex then again it’s just part of the barner creed.

Whiskey Breath

May 27th, 2014
12:00 pm

Isn’t this further evidence that Ga is irrelevant?
The fact the AJC writes about the state of Alabama football doesn’t bode
well.
Hey Ga when Nick Saban was pounding you in the blackout and SEC game,
did he seem like a little man?

Marie

May 27th, 2014
12:04 pm

ummmm bamagirl Napoleon/little man complex is very real. maybe you have been out in the real world enough to experience it? My guess is this recruit has been around Saban a helluva lot more than you have been and that is his take on Saban’s personality. Why don’t you shut your trap and wait to see what happens this Fall? BTW, Saban is a “petite” man.

Hollywould

May 27th, 2014
12:06 pm

Yeah bamagirl, those wonderful decisions he made in Iron Bowl was the reason they lost. The Gus Bus is up and running. Better Look out. War Eagle!!

George

May 27th, 2014
12:08 pm

Writer said they played in the Naty Championship game, not that they won the game,

BT

May 27th, 2014
12:11 pm

The little man wins big!!

TigerT

May 27th, 2014
12:14 pm

Auburn finishes the deal this year—AU 30 Ohio State 24 — title game—-bet the house!

Jack Mehoff

May 27th, 2014
12:18 pm

Nick Saban is the Bear reincarnated. Will win at all cost. Just like Bear had a staff of illegal recruiters (Danny Ford, Jackie Sherril, Howard Schnellenberger, Charlie Pell, Pat Dye) protected by NCAA prez Walt Byers, Saban has had a staff consisting of two coached named in the Shapiro Miami scandal, Kirby Smart and Lane Kiffen prtected by Emmert.

Saban is highly successful but so was Lance Armstrong anf barry Bonds. He could not win if he did not cheat at the level he has done. You think Jamarcus Russell played for him because he loved the offense? Didn’t Saban and Emmert have grade changing issues at LSU when they left? What about the DJ Fluker story?

Does anyone beleieve he got number on classes because he is a great recruiter back in 2008? He had just failed at miami and left in disgrace and Bama was a mediocre program (who just finished their 5 year repeat offender window). You think Saban goes to Bama if Emmert is not head of the NCAA?

The guy is dirty and does have little man syndrome as he needs to win at all cost to overcompensate. He is big buddies with Bill Bellicheck right? Both will win at all cost.

PaulinNH

May 27th, 2014
12:22 pm

“Little man syndrome”? What are they teaching the kids in Mobile these days?
The correct phrase is “Napoleon complex”.

andrech3

May 27th, 2014
12:27 pm

AUBURN=NO CLASS No Auburn luck this year! GO DAWGS!

partlycloudy

May 27th, 2014
12:28 pm

Well duh, I never realized Saban is short in statute, since he’s a giant in football. I love UGA, but I have to admit, that despite all the jokers at espn who bash Saban, he’s the tops. And so hopefully he’ll whip Auburn this fall. I do know a lot of short dudes who overcompensate, but Saban seems to be the real deal in coaching. Otherwise, why would everyone want him? Go Dogs but I hope Saban beats Auburn.

ChessMaster

May 27th, 2014
12:32 pm

When I think of Saban, my word is tough. He runs tough teams and they pound their opponents. They look fresh in the fourth quarter and their opponents are flagging. I say that with respect and I root for Georgia.

My thoughts on the article is that Saban is too big to pay heed. The kid said something stupid and Saban will remember that the kid is a kid, and that sometimes they say or do stupid things. Not a big deal, though Saban may say something when they next meet.

Dynasty

May 27th, 2014
12:37 pm

Jack Mehoff appears to have Saban Syndrome- so named for people overtly jealous and angry over the little man’s amazing success.

Jack, try posting some serious commentary as opposed to a whiny, complaining load of horse manure against a man who is clearly far more successful than you.

Blue

May 27th, 2014
12:37 pm

Read gooder; it says on the way to the NC GAME, not the national championship.

Jack Outta Mehead

May 27th, 2014
12:43 pm

You think Saban goes to Bama if Emmert is not head of the NCAA? Absolutely not.

You think we really landed on the moon? Absolutely not.

Cam

May 27th, 2014
12:43 pm

Blue, Hit done got changed. What it say now ain’t what it say then.

Marie

May 27th, 2014
12:55 pm

Andrech3 & partlycloudy….and there you have it. The reason AU fans hate UGA fans. Not the sharpest tools in the shed (operative word “tools”) and always rude. BTW pc….it’s STATURE not STATUTE. You’re mixing up measurement of height or level of achievement with legislative law.

whoz53

May 27th, 2014
12:57 pm

Auburn is the Step Child of Alabama. Has been and always will be. Go Bama – Roll Tide!

Gary

May 27th, 2014
1:01 pm

Okay, Harvey Updike, you can quit using the fake names for your insane support of Alabama. Get over the miracle catch, Alabama; it was the “little man” who decided to go for the “little ” field goal that canned your asses. The rest of the country was tired of seeing you anyway.

southgadawg

May 27th, 2014
1:02 pm

Enter your comments here

southgadawg

May 27th, 2014
1:06 pm

I am a UGA DAWG top to bottom,so objectively speaking, the comment from a recruit about a very very very successful coach is assine! This recruit hasnt proven anything at the college level and has the nerve to spoke of a multi NC winning college coach like that? It shows me the stupidity in an 18y/o. I dont like having Saban as rival coach to my DAWGS, but give him his dues he k nows more than that 18y/o will ever know about football.

Contractor

May 27th, 2014
1:08 pm

Well his $7 million a year contract will have him laughing at this guy for the rest of their lives. Not that Coach Saban would give this any thought, but maybe ole boy outta win a few championships before he runs his “mouf”.

El Stinko

May 27th, 2014
1:09 pm

Gus owns the little man. The little man is winless against the GusBus

THEBuckeye

May 27th, 2014
1:10 pm

My Saturn Ion needs a new radiator.

corndawg

May 27th, 2014
1:13 pm

Saban could be 3′ tall but he is still the best….Jack Mehoff if you can prove Tide (any team) wrong doing then turn them in to NCAA or STFU. I hate people who run their mouth and can’t back it up.

snagglepuss

May 27th, 2014
1:19 pm

@ Tiger T(12:14 post)

Or in your case bet the S I N G L E W I D E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

War Eagle

May 27th, 2014
1:23 pm

All the bama turds are wound up aren’t they?? You mad? You need a second,…..again?
As usual in their own minds they won their (fill in the blank # of national championships). Obviously they were robbed yet again last year. Just don’t pay attention to that egg they laid in the Sugar Bowl.

Andy

May 27th, 2014
1:23 pm

What a dumb *ss kid. Who cares if Auburn played in the NC last year because they sure as hell didn’t win…against an ACC school at that. Malzone can only dream he’s half as successful as Saban.

Nate the Great

May 27th, 2014
1:30 pm

I think the writer says ‘national championship GAME”. Reading is fundamental.

TigerTown

May 27th, 2014
1:33 pm

Read the column, you brain tumors. It says Auburn beat Alabama on it’s way to THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. GAME, GAME, GAME.
And another thing. Tre Williams is right. I’ve been saying the same thing for years. Saban does have ‘little man syndrome’. All that screaming and yelling and cussing and kicking and just totally losing his cool on the sidelines are classic symptoms. Bless the poor little thing’s heart.

football fan

May 27th, 2014
1:36 pm

To Percy and K, you must be UGA grads that still can not read. The writer said going to the championship game. Another example of the product of a UGA education.

Bankshot

May 27th, 2014
1:39 pm

Let’s just wait and see who wins the tractor pull.

Percy

May 27th, 2014
1:49 pm

Pat Dye: Wherzmy paints?
Bear: Ovair. Inna golf pond.
Saban: Gimme a second.

Contractor

May 27th, 2014
1:50 pm

War Eagle

The Whole “you need a second thing?” is about as dumb as your fanbase. I was at the game and recall the entire stadium booing when they put the second back on the clock. So which is it, you want it or you don’t? Can’t have whatever fits your argument at the time. I wanted to the second on there, and I can admit that. it came back to burn us, oh well, gotta move on.

3d

May 27th, 2014
1:56 pm

I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but ugh, let’s see. Decisions, decisions.

A national championship coach who could stand on his pile of money if he wanted to be taller versus “who now”? Tre who?

Someone that hasn’t even stepped on the playing field at the college level. Man, that’s a tough one.

Mike Reese

May 27th, 2014
2:05 pm

Tre who? Let me get this right.. Nick Saban have been to the BCS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE GAME 3 TIMES AND IS WHAT THERE? UNDEFEATED 3-0. Lil buck have wrote a check that’s going to be on his mind the whole season until BAMA and AUBURN meet!! Smart move dummy!!

Michael Reese

May 27th, 2014
2:06 pm

And let me do my own editing.. Since Saban have been BAMA ’s coach he’s 3-0 in the BCS TITLE GAMES!!!!!

Marie

May 27th, 2014
2:17 pm

@southgadawg….”I am a UGA DAWG top to bottom,so objectively speaking, the comment from a recruit about a very very very successful coach is assine! This recruit hasnt proven anything at the college level and has the nerve to spoke of a multi NC winning college coach like that? It shows me the stupidity in an 18y/o. I dont like having Saban as rival coach to my DAWGS, but give him his dues he k nows more than that 18y/o will ever know about football.

Oh my God, where do i begin???? you can’t tell me you’re a UGA Dawg top to bottom. My bet is you never saw the inside of a college lecture hall. My guess is you had a hard time getting out of High School!! You should re-state your comment in this way “I am a UGA Dawg FAN…..”

JJ

May 27th, 2014
2:21 pm

Translation: Auburn paid me better.

Hollywould

May 27th, 2014
2:25 pm

Hey Andy, check the little man’s record against Malzahn running the offense. If I am not mistaken it is 0-2. War Eagle!!

THEBuckeye

May 27th, 2014
2:26 pm

THEBuckeye
May 27th, 2014
1:10 pm

My Saturn Ion needs a new radiator.

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Fake. FU Fake.

Actually, my E550 needs to go in the shop.

THEBuckeye

May 27th, 2014
2:36 pm

I cuss a lot and am usually mad at the world.