Nick Saban has plenty of experience selling his football programs, so it shouldn’t be too tough doing the same with luxury automobiles.
Alabama’s coach and a business partner have plans to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, pending a lawsuit filed by the other Mercedes-Benz dealer in the area, according to AL.com.
Here’s what Saban said in a statement:
“My partner and I have entered into a letter agreement with Mercedes Benz to open a new dealership in Irondale. We are honored to join the Mercedes family and are extremely excited about the benefits this dealership will bring to the citizens of Birmingham, Irondale and surrounding areas.”
Mercedes won’t allow the dealership to have Saban’s name on it — think about that as a selling point — but he’ll show his smug mug at marketing events and company meetings, in addition to filming and shooting ads.
“You’ll get to see his smiling face on TV often,” business partner Joe Agresti told AL.com.
Somehow, I don’t picture
We all heard it Wednesday.
Coach after coach after coach praising their new players.
They were thrilled.
They were excited.
They were happy and pleased and bragged about the latest group of signees.
The folks at Football Scoop assembled a list of quality quotes uttered by football coaches around the land on Wednesday.
Here are some examples:
“I’m in a good mood because we’ve signed good football players.” — Duke’s David Cutcliffe
“We have a lot of guys in this group that everybody wants. We haven’t been in that business to the extent we were this year.” — Miami’s Al Golden
“We’re very pleased with the character and quality of people that we’re able to attract here.” — Alabama’s Nick Saban
I wonder how these anyone of these coaches will feel the first time one of their “great young men” find themselves in trouble.
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There was a heated battle for Rashaan Evans, a linebacker at Auburn High in Auburn, Ala.
It was so heated in fact, that Auburn might have thought he was going to sign with the Tigers, as you can see by this bio page on Auburn’s athletic website.
rashaan evans already up on auburn’s official site pic.twitter.com/zZUuBy4Z2x
— martin rickman (@martinrickman) February 5, 2014
The problem for Auburn?
Evans, the No. 2 OLB in the nation according to ESPN, signed with Alabama.
Auburn media relations director Kirk Sampson tweeted that the school never posted Evans’ page.
Auburn Athletics did not prematurely post a bio of a recruit. Bios are pre-built and hidden by code in anticipation of signing day.
— Kirk Sampson (@AuburnSID) February 5, 2014
Sione and Maea Teuhema are brothers who originally committed to Texas.
Now, they both say they’re going to LSU.
Actually, only Sione, a three-star DE out of Keller, Texas, actually signed today. His brother Maea is a five-star OT who will be a 2015 signee.
They were committed to Texas — Sione was a Longhorns commit for eight months — until Tuesday, but both changed their mind.
According to the source, academic support was the biggest reason why the Teuhemas decided they won’t end up at Texas. LSU coaches impressed the Teuhema family this weekend by stressing academics throughout their visit, and by the end of the weekend the family was ready for a change of plans.
Then, Sione signed to play for Les Miles earlier today and Maea, who is 6-5, 348 pounds, committed to LSU.