Saban to interview at Texas? Not so quick

Nick Saban isn’t going to replace Texas coach Mack Brown.

At least not right now.

But a Sports Illustrated blogger assumed Saban would be interviewing to replace the embattled Brown as early as this week, thanks to a Twitter joke by the all-powerful Paul Finebaum.

Here’s what Finebaum tweeted Saturday.

SI put together a blog and posted it this morning. It has since been removed, but here’s a portion of it:

“Paul Finebaum of ESPN Radio tweeted Sunday that a source said Alabama head coach Nick Saban will visit with Texas officials, possibly this week.”

One of the problems is that Finebaum didn’t say anywhere in his tweet that Saban will be meeting with Texas officials. It said only that Saban will be in Texas “as early as this Friday,” which, of course, is when Alabama will fly to that state for its game at Texas A&M on Saturday.

It’s tough to find the funny in Finebaum’s tweet, and to joke about breaking news like that is poor judgment. But SI has enough writers and resources to double check and find alternative sources to breaking news and whether they merit stories.

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62 comments Add your comment

AmericusJacket

September 9th, 2013
3:58 pm

I think it’s a funny AND accurate tweet. Just because the writer of this article got fooled does not make it “unfunny.” (OK, I admit: It took me about 5 minutes to get it, but when I did, I laughed at myself.)

supsalemgr

September 9th, 2013
3:47 pm

Saban has it made and house on Lake Burton. The cupboard in Tuscaloosa is not and will never be bare. He is going nowhere.

$^$&^%#$

September 9th, 2013
3:27 pm

Elstinko- it helps to put together cohesive statements when trying to poke fun at someone, especially when calling them out as stupid. Like that famous “Bammer” boy Forest Gump said- stupid is as stupid does

Senseless Humor

September 9th, 2013
3:22 pm

“It’s tough to find the funny in Finebaum’s tweet, and to joke about breaking news like that is poor judgement. But SI has enough writers and resources to double check and find alternative sources to breaking news and whether they merit stories.”

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How is that NOT Funny? Finebaum just pulled in a so called educated reporter, who without ANY Fact Checking ran with a story.

Does anyone know of any other reporters who have done the same? Of course we do, it just shows everyone that every job in the country has hacks who do not do their job very well.

Elstinko

September 9th, 2013
3:21 pm

There is a lot more to do in TX than in hillbillyville Bammer so UT may not be so stupid to pay a coach millions when the schools are broke and I also think UT requires the football players to be able to read before they are in the 3 year and that is not the case at Bammer.

Elstinko

September 9th, 2013
3:19 pm

JB

In Bammer Barney Fife would be the stage in that backward ass state.

ignition

September 9th, 2013
3:18 pm

I think will jump at the offer to get out of redneckville and move to Ausin.

Elstinko

September 9th, 2013
3:18 pm

Paul Finebaum is a waste of hot air anyway. Of all the people espn could have hired how did they pick that idiot from a hillbilly towm like Bham?

JB

September 9th, 2013
3:18 pm

WHY. Saban is not 50 anymore. He’s at the Football Mecca of College ball. Has more money than he will ever need……………There is only 1 little thing that might spur him…..EGO. Could he do it. National Champion at yet another school? Yes he could. Big stage in Texas to share. In Bama, he is the stage.

PigIron

September 9th, 2013
3:10 pm

Finebaum is too smart for many in his audience, but there is no excuse for an actual reporter being too stupid to get this tweet.