Nick Saban to UGA recruit: “I’ll offer, if you commit … TODAY”

Nick Saban (AP photo)

Nick Saban to UGA recruit: "I'll offer, if you commit ... today" (AP photo)

Alabama’s Nick Saban tried to steal one of UGA’s top recruits.

DB Shaq Wiggins, who committed to UGA a couple of weeks ago, rode with a couple of his Sandy Creek High School teammates for an unofficial visit to Alabama last Thursday. Wiggins got called into Saban’s office.

“Coach Saban was describing my highlight film and talking about he hadn’t seen a cornerback with cover skills like mine in a long time,” Wiggins told the AJC on Sunday night.

“It was a great conversation, and right at the end he said ‘I’ll offer you a scholarship to Alabama if you commit … today.’ Then he paused, waiting for a response. He took me by surprise by saying all of that.”

“Then we started talking again, and I just kind of told him that I was honored but I’m staying with Georgia. And it was an honor. That was Nick Saban, and that will probably be a conversation that I will never forget.”

[Note: It was an ingenious recruiting approach by Saban. If Wiggins takes the deal, Saban wins one of Mark Richt's recruits in Hollywood fashion. If Wiggins declines (which he did), then technically Alabama never offered]

Saban isn’t the only coach trying to steal Wiggins away from UGA. After pledging to the Bulldogs, Wiggins was offered by Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Clemson — as if he never committed. However, that’s common with top prospects, to be recruited by competing schools until the paperwork is signed. This is not Big Ten territory.

“I don’t know what the deal is with all the offers after I committed to Georgia,” Wiggins said with a laugh. “When the colleges come up to my high school, they ask me ‘Are you with Georgia?’ My response is ‘I’m 100 percent with Georgia’ and then they’re like ‘We’re still going to put an offer on the table.’ I guess it’s a good thing, and I appreciate the offers, but I’m going to Georgia.”

DB Shaq Wiggins: Working as hard as UGA's coaches with recruiting for Bulldogs (AJC)

UGA DB Shaq Wiggins on Saban: "That will probably be a conversation that I will never forget.” (AJC)

Wiggins, with his outgoing and charismatic personality, may be UGA’s most important recruiter over the next year – sort of like Ray Drew was with the “Dream Team” class. He worked hard to speak on behalf of the Bulldogs to other UGA targets such as LB Reuben Foster, RB Alvin Kamara and WR Tramel Terry at Saturday’s Junior Day.

Foster, who is committed to Alabama but flirting with UGA coaches who are trying to steal him away, got excited when Bulldogs fans chanted his name at Saturday’s basketball game. “He really liked that,” Wiggins said. “I think Georgia’s coaches also did a good job with the recruits there with getting it into their heads that Georgia is a good place to be.”

Unfortunately for UGA, Mark Richt was not available to meet Foster or the other star-studded recruits in person because he reportedly out of town for family reasons.

Back to Wiggins: He plans to return to UGA for another Junior Day this Saturday. The Bulldogs and Georgia Tech are duking it out” for one of the state’s top offensive linemen.

[Click to read more about this past weekend's UGA's Junior Day]

RELATED: Georgia Tech offered two of the state’s top high school juniors on Saturday.

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699 comments Add your comment

Bad Dawg

February 27th, 2012
11:59 pm

@Bad Dawg I know what you mean about embarrassment on the national stage. My Crimson Tide has been dealt NCAA sanctions three times over the past 20 years. Have a good night!

The Bear

February 28th, 2012
12:03 am

@Bad Dawg Richt is a good coach. I think some of his assistant coaches are not pulling their weight but that is just my humble opinion. Rodney Gardner use to be un-matched in recruiting and now he is middle of the road, again just my opinion. UGA needs to change the mindset of the football program back to the Erk Russell days.

Paul Finebaum

February 28th, 2012
12:16 am

There are more Bama fans here trolling an AJC blog than there are listening to my show each day. My goodness.

Title Town

February 28th, 2012
12:27 am

22 SEC titles
14 national titles

Going for #15 in 2012. Nick’s got another #1 recruiting class and the roster loaded with 5 star talent. RTR!!

Sanction Town

February 28th, 2012
12:41 am

Sanctioned by the NCAA 3 times in the past 20 years.

Fingers crossed we won’t be hit with sanctions again before we get off probation in June. RTR!!

LES MILES

February 28th, 2012
2:22 am

WHEN DO WE GET A REMATCH SINCE ESPN GAVE YOU ONE?

Dog in Nam

February 28th, 2012
2:59 am

The Bear…..respectfully, why would you think that comments generated on these mindless blogs would be in any way a legitimate barometer on a “pulse of rhe UGA fans” when talking about Kirby Smart…..I have commented about this before….that some of you Bama and UGA guys actually think that these uninformed posts have any relevance to the mindset of UGA or UA management or that somehow, the powers that be ay UGa or UA could really care about what these repetitve, boring posters have to say about anything. The reality is that if UGA were doing a head coach search, Kirby would be high on the list……but, they might try first to lure a successful head coach who would love to coach the team of the flagship University in such a gold mine as the state of Georgia…..one who knows only too well just how good Georgia high school football and it’s athletes are….one who is already an ultra successful coach and at a University that is not his alma mater or even from the same state…..Greg McGarity and any other top management guy would be extremely interested to see if Coach Saban would be ready to change jobs again….he probably is not, but yeah, UGA would give him a chance to work a little closer to his lake house……But, Kirby would definitely be in the mix and would be welcomed big time by the average UGA fan or alum, not many of whom are here very well represented….the vast majority don’t read the posts and don’t themselves post….anyway, Kirby would be a prime candidate if his boss didn’t want the job

Crimson Crush

February 28th, 2012
3:52 am

Your observation that the vast majority don’t read the post or post themselves is undeniably true Nam . It is true in every single endeavor in the modern life today . It does however fail to take into account or give due weight to the a simple fact . While many … MOST people live with opinions that orginated in places they don’t have a clue about … if you ask THEM … they will say they thought it up all by themselves .

There is an echo chamber effect to modern media . “Journalist” get their fodder from the Internet … the Internet feeds off their fodder . And somewhere out in the backwoods of rural America is a guy who has never owned a computer in his life that still occasionally sees a newspaper or watches a T.V. that parrots “discussions” started weeks or sometimes years ago on the Internet .

Right along with him is the University president who may have never read DawgPile.com in his life … but suddenly finds himself inexplicably asked every single day “What are we going to do about this problem ? ” “What problem?” he might ask . “You know … THE problem … the one Simpleton Slobknob wrote an article about last week” … “I didn”t read it” … “yeah well we are getting dozens of calls a day now from media outlets as far away as Japan” “Really ? Japan huh ? Well … have someone look into it and get back to me on what I should do about it ”

Meanwhile Simpleton Slobknob is back on the message board where it all started reading feverishly to try and find his next “angle” to write another “story” that will generate more hits and perhaps move him up the food chain … or at least keep him from slipping back on it .

Take the new media as seriously as you want . I certainly agree that it can give out tons of false impressions on what groups of people truly think or what they are truly likeif you zoom in to the micro level . It would be a mistake though to overly diminish it’s role in helping to shape the opinions and talking points of the masses on a macro level … how ever educated some of them might think they are … it touches them ;-)

Dog in Nam

February 28th, 2012
4:32 am

duly noted and very well written Crush……your point is well taken about the genisis of many of today’s ideas being trickle up from the net versus top down….I am not qualified to nor would I attempt to diminish yhe importance of the modern media as influenced and shaped by the web, including bloggers and social media. the UGA and Ua athletic depts. use social media consultants to help monitor some of the very things to which you saliently refer….so,I don’t mean to belittle the system of blogs and posts, but simply to remark that UGA and UA will not be influenced by the lunatic fringe which can also be found, usually predominently, on these very blogs and posts alongside some very original and pertinent ideas and writing….my feeling is that the Bear was being led to believe that UGA would not be interested in Kirby based on the pulse he must have felt was being represented by some of the very fringe element of the UGA posters which had become very prevalent in the latter part of these blog posts….I’m not even sure how to use the terminology, i am such a novice on here….but I have read many of these blogs for several years….some I find very interesting and down right entertaining….but it is always ruined when the posters get into the mindless, childish mudslinging that always seems to occur after a while….i have learned to just accept it even if I don’t really understand the reasoning behind much of it…i appreciate you response and have always found your comments to be interesting, well informed and quite salient….congratulations on your team being on such a roll, no pun intended, but I guess it pretty damn well fits…anyway, congrats on your success….and if UGA finds itself in a coach search at some point, Kirby will definitely be near or at the top of the list….I hope you read this as I just looked back and saw your response…it’s 4:30 pm here

Dog in Nam

February 28th, 2012
4:40 am

sorry about all the misspelled words….need to ,learn to use my spell check, but thought I knew how to spell….then I read after posting….oh well, I’ll learn!

Crimson Crush

February 28th, 2012
4:55 am

@Dog in Nam

I will give you a little clearer example of the ridiculously outsized effect seemingly innocuous actions can have when magnified by the new media . One totally unrelated to college sports .

Several years ago I used to participate on a forum geared towards stock trading . It wasn’t anything earthshaking … but it did get followed by some financial media outlets . Now there are thousands of such forums across the Internet .. some good . a few great … and most garbage . This particular forum though had managed to finagle a tie in with Forbes . So ever week they would pack up the forums “best investing ideas” and shoot them over to the Forbes website .

One week … after taking a beating in the market on one particularly scrubby little stock … I decided to double down on it in my forum portfolio . A simple risk reward decision based on a lot of other factors completely unrelated to this particular stock . Like buying a Powerball ticket along side my Pepsi when the Jackpot hits 300 million … I didn’t think much about it .

Then the next week came and suddenly I noticed my scrubby little stock had suddenly shot up like a rocket . My reaction was ” Good news must have occurred … let me go see what business breakthrough happened for these guys” . What I found was … nothing . No news … no new developments … no sudden shift in finances … nothing .

Now I was really curious . I figured it might be news out ahead of time in the market that hadn’t made the mainstream media … or it might just be a pump and dump . So I go over to one of the junkiest , most crap filled financial forums on the Internet … Yahoo finance .

My purpose was simple … while getting good info there is hardly ever worth the trouble of wading through the garbage … it is filled with paid pumpers who work for the con men and paid bashers who work for the short sellers . I figured I would simply check too see which side looked like it was trying to do what with this particular stock .

What I found was a huge round and round argument on this stocks board between the bashers and pumpers . Not unlike what you get here ( or in many other places across the Internet) The GENESIS for their little donnybrook was a release from Forbes that the “market gurus” on this particular forum I used were buying heavily into this stock .

Now I was amazed . I had been the ONLY so called “guru” on that entire site to do ANYTHING with this particular stock . And no one had asked me jacks**** about why I did it … or what I really thought about it . And yet here were not only these jackholes on Yahoo fighting over it … the market was plowing REAL money into the stock at a prodigious rate . And it continued … for weeks .

At one point OTHER market “gurus” started noticing the stock .. some dismissing it ( and I can certainly see why ) others promoting it . I watched this stock enjoy a significant bump from several weeks before it finally calmed down and settled back to it’s original levels . All because I made a decision with no more forethought than buying a pack of gum .

I am not saying that there is always as clear of a cause and effect but to be honest … even after watching what happened there … I STILL couldn’t satisfactorily explain why that particlar random chain of events occurred to the point of being able to consistently replicate it .

All I know is the barrier between the “Knows” and the “Know Nots” is much thinner than we sometimes think it is . And the Internet is a prime factor in tearing it down .

The below book is older … but still worth reading even if you don’t agree with all it’s premises . It lightly deals with the same sort of themes you might deal with when talking about the new media like blogs . Like Freakanomics or The Black Swan the book below usually generates ideas even if you only trying to rebut what the author wrote

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tipping_Point_%28book%29

Crimson Crush

February 28th, 2012
5:30 am

@Dog in Nam

hard to type a long post in the small box and not make a bunch of mistakes you fail to see

As far as Kirby Smart goes … I have never really bought into the whole ” he burned every bridge in Athens” bullcrap .

Lance Thompson left Bama just a few years back to Jojn Lame Kitten and the Vols . It of course made Tide fans furious but not for the reason you might think . Sunseri just made the same trip to Knoxvile and while it certainly baffled some Tide fans most were able to wish him well .

When Lance Thompson left he did it in a chickensh** manner , tried to take recruits with him … and had the nerve to talk smack to boot . Even very well connected individuals SWORE that he would never step foot on an Alabama sideline again . The story was even Coach Saban was supposedly hacked off at Thompson … when he left . And suddenly … Sunseri leaves and here comes Lance … right back to Tuscaloosa . Some people STILl can’t easily accept that … but most just finally said ” well … it is Coach Saban’s decision” and moved on .

If UGA found itself looking for a head coach in the future and Kirby Smart was standing around with 2 or 3 National Championship rings on his fingers … I seriously doubt the people who post the “he burned his bridges” would be able to prevent him from being considered …

Crimson Crush

February 28th, 2012
5:45 am

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/01/lance_thompson_nick_sabans_pro.html

Article on Lance Thompson . It doesn’t really get too deep into just how p***sed off he made Tide fans by the way he acted at the time … but it deals with it in a round about way .

Dog in Nam

February 28th, 2012
6:53 am

thanks, will read both…..really fascinating to hear about your being the genesis of something when you and only you knew that it did not exist….hmmm, wonder if insider trading rules allow an exception for something like that….probably not, since many short sellers make a living creating the life of a story that does not exist…..but, it is a compliment to your group to have been so highly thought of, no matter the circumstances….in another life, I was heavily into stocks, small and large, but mostly small and I tried to stay industry related…Mine was telecom at the time when that was out front on the leading edges everywhere…..ended up investing in the telecom industry, as that was where I made my money with my company being a contractor for most of the really large players at a time when ATT was breaking up concurrent with the onset of fiber optics in local and long distance underground plant installations nationwide….it was a big wave lasting for years and we rode that one for a while, but I saw that the ones really making well were the telcos….thus, I started investing in concepts there, one of which became MCI WorldCom and we all know the story there…..rode that one too, only it’s still falling down all around me, and it’s been years….but your story sounds like a very interesting one indeed. You have really experienced and lived the power of the internet and it has given you a perspective about which most people can only read….thanks for the replies, very enjoyable reading

The Bear

February 28th, 2012
9:30 am

Good to actually have an honest UGA fan reply with honest answers. The post was not intended to be a pulse meter of the entire UGA nation, just a microseism of UGA fans on this AJC blog. I referenced that in my 11:48 P.M post last night. I through the sarcasm in there knowing that most of the posters on the AJC would jump at the chance to bash Bama and its head coach. Your response is what I really think is the true pulse of UGA fan’s. Teachers are at institution’s to teach in the classroom environment. Football coaches are at an intuition to teach football and win football games period. Now don’t get me wrong a football coach is also charged with mentoring these young men and teaching a different set of life skills.

lakesidegator

February 28th, 2012
9:46 am

There is no one more reprehensible than Nick Saban. St. Peter will send his a$$ packing one day.

Lakedawg

February 28th, 2012
10:15 am

Dog in Nam–Lots of respect for what you or doing, but just to give you an update from Athens, Coach Mark Richt signing a 3 year extension next week.

He will be at Georgia long after Smart and Saban are gone from Bammer. Also Smart has crossed to Many bridges with the Dawgs, do not believe you will ever see him in Athens unless hes coaching a visitor.

greg

February 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

“[Note: It was an ingenious recruiting approach by Saban. If Wiggins takes the deal, Saban wins one of Mark Richt's recruits in Hollywood fashion. If Wiggins declines (which he did), then technically Alabama never offered]”

Well you just proved that you can, in fact, type this blog with your mouth full.

BAZINGA!

Jim Cody

February 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

How can any team steal a recruit. All recruits are up for grabs until they sign their LOI. Do you mean to tell me Georgia is not trying to get Ruben Foster to switch from Alabama. If they are not then Richt is not doing his job. Why does the AJC have such a hard on for Saban. All college coaches do the same exact same. I did not see Georgia offer the injured RB Taylor that Alabama offered a Grayshirt to with the knee injury. Why did they not offer him a Grayshirt or a regular offer if he was such a great player who could play next season as your paper infers. Simple Georgia knew he would not be ready next season. The Philon kid from Vigor in Mobile was told two months before he would be a Grayshirt, plus he was also told that if someone failed to qualify he may could come in with this class. He also has grade issues but Saban would not say that nor could his HS coach under the new privacy laws. The kid is a very good player and AU desperately needed defensive lineman he was previously committed to them and yet they did not even offer him. Could it be his injury is also much worse than expected. As of signing day he still had not had the knee surgery so no school knew his exact condition so why gamble on him with the injury and the grades. Evidently Arkansas had a scholarship to gamble with and Alabama and AU did not. The confusion on his part and his coaches was they thought he could sign like in the past. Under the new SEC rule only 25 can sign under the old rule even the grayshirts could sign and if someone failed to qualify no one would be wiser to the fact they were even a grayshirt as they just took the place of the player who failed to qualify. The SEC rule eliminated that and it sucks for the kids it helps no one but the Big Ten. However there is nothing bad about being a grayshirt ask John Parker Wilson who was one. Tomlinson did not just decide to come to Alabama on signing day he had committed several weeks before but wanted to keep it secret. BTW why no uproar over Georgia running off 3 players off their football team on Feb. 3. Was that to make room for more of the new recruits as you accuse Saban of doing or did they just break rules and need running off which happens at all schools. Two of the last ones Alabama ran off for breaking rules, one signed with Tennessee and one with Texas so they did not get run off for lack of talent. The same thing with the 4 year scholarship rule that is not to help the kids it is to help the schools prosecute an agent who tries to trick a kid into turning pro because they can then get him for contacting a player under contract. It will certainly not stop the kids from getting the boot if they fail to follow the rules. All Academic Scholarships are for one year only as well. Why because if they do not keep up their grades the scholarship is yanked. It calls for holding up your end of the bargain. No school can help it if a recruit is not good enough to play that is the coaches fault for making a bad evaluation. That kid should remain on the team as long as he makes his grades and follows the team rules and does what is asked of him like the rest. If he is injured bad enough it is not expected he will play again he will get a Medical Scholarship. Now if you want four year scholarships to cover those like the four AU kids how committed armed home invasion robbery well the day that happens is the day they may as well quit having football teams. BTW what are the chances the 4 who committed an armed home invasion robbery serve another day in jail.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 28th, 2012
3:40 pm

Jim Cody – UGA did not “run off” three players to make space for new recruits. Two of the three were highly recruited – even by Lucius. UGA has rules. They ran themselves off by stealing from a fellow player.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 28th, 2012
3:47 pm

Saban oversigns – that’s a fact even he will admit. He cuts the less talented and injured. That’s a fact. It’s still legal under NCAA rules. Is this an advantage in recruiting? YES I have a problem with a player being offered and being ACCEPTED as a commit by a team and then being dropped with three weeks left til signing day. Players can change their commitment and coaches can drop an offer. These
RULES should be changed by the NCAA.

George lll

February 28th, 2012
4:21 pm

What was this 100% UGA commitment doing in Tuscaloosa in CNS office in the first place?

Idiot Dwag Fan

February 28th, 2012
5:59 pm

Iz be hopin dem Bama Boys get in some trouble. I thanks thez is mean. When I graduated Magna Cum Loudie from Jaw Jaw in the early eighties, we hated the Crimson Tide too. They has always been mo better and stronger and smarter than wez is.

Dog in Nam

February 28th, 2012
6:06 pm

Lakedawg, thanks for the update. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Coach Richt and staff and have stated on here that I felt things were now going in the right direction……I was talking what ifs, as in what if Coach R decided to retire somewhere not too far down the road….only what if there were an opening…not speculating whether there would be or promoting same. Hope things are good for you and your family…I think we will really be a great team this year, I am able to see the games via a slingbox….also get all the local shows, so I still live and breathe it….take care

GtDawg

February 28th, 2012
6:45 pm

George III if you were invited would you go? I would. Beats staying home holdn down the couch. Almost every major recruit take their visits just for the excitement and joy of going. Why not?

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 28th, 2012
9:43 pm

@ GEORGE III:

SHAQ JUST WANTED TO SEE THE INSIDE OF A CRIMINAL OPERATION. PLEASE NOTE THAT HE POLITELY TOLD OLE GRAYSHIRT WHERE HE COULD STICK THAT OFFER.

Can any sane person believe this disturbed coach actually offered the childlike equivalent of “You show me yours first and I’ll show you mine after that”???

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 28th, 2012
9:57 pm

@ Jim Cody: (3:04 pm post)

Why didn’t UGA offer this injured, longtime Bama commit ???

That has got to be the most stupid comment EVER posted on here. Even if you were drunk when you started that 6 page Epistle you should have sobered up before you finished and realized how IGNORANT you appear. Definitely a single digit IQ.

I have heard of people that don’t know anything but obviously you don;t even SUSPECT anything.

Dumb enough to be triplets??? Nah. That would be too generous!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 28th, 2012
10:17 pm

@ The Bear: (9:30 am post)

Just between us grownups do you think that Saban calling Wiggens into his office and telling him:

1) You are the best cover corner I’ve seen in a while. This was a deliberate lie or Saban has short term memory loss or Shaq should be a 6 star DB.

2) If you will commit today, I will offer. This is the equivalent of an older child telling another child “I’ll show you mine IF you will show me yours first”. Saban was counting on Shaq accepting and if not nobody could come back and say Shaq turned down Saban and Bama but the word got out anyway.

Personally I don’t give a fat rat’s a$$ but is that the Saban that Sabanites portray him to be??? Seems a few scruples short to me.

On another note??? Who is this Jim Cody??? Did you read his 3:04 pm post??? That person is a full blown batsh- – crazy lunatic.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 28th, 2012
10:23 pm

@ George iii:

What was he doing in Saban’s office in the first place???

Go back and read the article………..s l o w l y. It says Shaq rode with two friends and was told that Saban wanted to see him in Saban’s office. Got it now????

The Bear

February 28th, 2012
11:00 pm

@Brainiac Never heard of Jim Cody. I stopped reading 3/4 of the way through that post the lines starting running together.

You should know Saban is going to pull out all the stops when it comes to recruiting. Remember the old saying “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”

I don’t know what Saban’s motives were but you can just guess he is probably thinking 4 or 5 moves ahead on recruiting angles.

Crimson Crush

February 28th, 2012
11:35 pm

Coach Saban most certainly is no rookie at his profession . To suggest otherwise is laughable …

Crimson Crush

February 29th, 2012
2:05 am

… But if you were to call Coach Saban unethical and dishonest, you’d be accurate.

Crimson Crush

February 29th, 2012
4:04 am

/\ You know you have the whiners whipped when they give up posting under their own names /\

It is ironic that someone who feels compelled to call Coach Saban “unethical” and “dishonest” would resort to doing it by hiding behind the handle of a different poster . Ironic maybe but not really that unexpected. Cowards always work that way .and the boringly uncreative HAVE to work that way . We know the AJC recruiting blog has plenty of both ;-)

Crimson Rules

February 29th, 2012
8:50 am

What a load of hypocritical sheep dip! Reuben Foster is an ALABAMA commit and sanctimonious UGA is still recruiting him! Saban envy at AJC seems to have blinded you losers to the hypocricy that is the AJC. Can’t wait to play the mangy dawgs again! Bama will give you classless puppies even more reason to envy and hate us! Roll Tide and yes we’re #1 (two of the last three years!That’s twice as many NC’s as UGA has had in it’s entire history! Bama rules and has always ruled every damn team in the SEC! Get used to it, show some respect and get a coach that has a clue. RTR!

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 29th, 2012
11:32 am

@ The Bear:

I don’t have a large problem with ANYTHING Saban has done/has been accused of doing because I realiized a long time ago that as much as I loved football, there are MUCH more important things out there in the real world. It really gets to me if UGA loses because of NOT playing well but I don’t put my feelings on here because it is just a FOOTBALL game.

I have enough intelligence to understand that players, coaches and fans are human and all have different opinions and reactions so I don’t bash CMR or his staff because nobody knows 100% of what goes on in assembling and maintaining a major college football team. Do I disagree with some things??? Certainly but IT AIN’T THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD by far.

Most of my stuff on here is 95% agitating the opposition and several UGA fans(In name only) that are screaming for this or that or against this or that. I am retired and have lots of time on my hands. It is seldom that I get heated up enough to really cut a poster but Jim Cody is either an AGITATER like me or is one of the most ignorant posters EVER.

I’m sure most posters, especially folks like you, Blackout, Crimson this and Crimson that and many other Tiders, know that I am full of BS most of the time.

I honestly don’t really care what Saban does because I am a firm believer that if you are a class act, a middle of the road pretty good guy or a genuine No. 1 A$$hole, people will find it out sooner or later because you can’t hide when you are in the public eye all the time.

I sincerely believe in CMR and have NEVER suggested that he be fired. He may not get the best players every year and he may not win enough games to make all of Dawg Nation happy(That will never happen even if he won every game, every year).

Good luck to all of you posting on here…………..except when you have a game with UGA.

The Bear

February 29th, 2012
12:08 pm

@Brainiac I think a big issue that people over look is the preparation factor that Saban has instilled in every aspect of Alabama football program. Saban has the buy in effect of the whole state to be honest. A lot of fans are pissed and the only outlet they have is to get on here and make erroneous statements and personal attacks. Now as far as myself I don’t dabble in the practice of bashing any other school’s football staff. Now I might offer “my” opinion now and then. Present an outside perspective of a school and its staff’s work ethic or lack of. But as you have stated I am on here as well to talk football and at the same time not get too wrapped around the axles. There are many on here that just want to make blanket statements about Bama without presenting facts and I will defend Bama and so will the other Bama fateful as demonstrated on the AJC over and over.

But I do love my Tide………..I never forgot ROLL TIDE!

BAMABABE

February 29th, 2012
12:50 pm

let me guess AJC and UGA fans…Sabans a snake for trying to steal Wiggins, but UGA trying to steal Reuben Foster is just a good christian coach doing his job…right??? just wanted to make sure we were on the same page….ROLL TIDE!!

BuckheadJacket

February 29th, 2012
2:04 pm

The sheer ignorance of some of these Bama fans is alarming. They continue posting the same stuff over and over…most of which has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand. I’d imagine if you ask some of them a mundane question like “how’s the weather supposed to be today?” they’d reply with something like “we won the 2011 BCS Title. You’re a hater, that’s what you are! RTR”. LOL. It’s either a bit disturbing or comedy gold. I’m not sure which, but I think it’s both.

Gutfeld

February 29th, 2012
2:46 pm

It seems like some of these Alabama fans just don’t get it. They get on here to blast the AJC for what they perceive to be some sort of bias against them, but they’re missing the larger picture. Websites make their money off of page views. If you are truly unhappy about something you read on a website, the best way to show that displeasure is to not give them your business. Showing up and repeatedly posting comments underneath articles and sending the link around to like-minded friends so that they too can repeatedly refresh the page and post comments stands to make the website more money. One of the chief tasks of writers on websites is to draw attention and page views. If they see that a certain segment of people will almost certainly respond in a certain way any time they’re mentioned, they’re going to keep going to that well. You’re rewarding them for their efforts.

If you’ve followed the AJC for any length of time, you would know that there are plenty of UGA and Georgia Tech fans who swear that the AJC is biased against their school and biased in favor of one or more of their rivals. The truth is, if they’re biased toward anything, it’s toward making money. Poking various fanbases with a stick at times generates page views which in turn generates revenue. It’s as simple as that. The sooner some of you figure that out, the better off you’ll be.

The Bear

February 29th, 2012
2:54 pm

@Gutfeld well ain’t that a peach! Thanks for stating the obvious, now I know why I post on here………it’s to make the AJC money!…………the whole time I thought I was trying to talk about football, crap was I wrong.(Throws hands in the air and walks away sad)

Oh “YEA” Roll Tide

The Bear

February 29th, 2012
2:58 pm

@BuckheadJacket Go oil your abacus! Let your true football minded GT folks talk football.

Gutfeld

February 29th, 2012
3:12 pm

@ The Bear

LMAO. Well, it must not be too obvious because plenty of your fellow Bama fans don’t seem to be grasping the concept. That’s why I thought I’d spell it out for them. You may be one of the few Bama fans actually talking football and not whining about a perceived AJC bias. You’d certainly be in the minority.

BuckheadJacket

February 29th, 2012
6:23 pm

@The Bear

I’ll reply on the same level you did: Get back to oiling your sister/cousin!

The Bear

February 29th, 2012
8:23 pm

@BuckheadJacket WoW! That was quick but I don’t get into personal attacks, but thanks for just showing your maturity /education/no football level. I doubt you have ever seen the campus of Georgia Tech much less ever attended college there! You may have thought about going there but that is about is far as that thought got! I would say good to hear from you but I won’t. I will wait for some real GT folks that want to talk Football.

P.S Don’t take things to serious after Middle school you get to go to High school and stuff………..

You know the drill……………….Roll Tide.

The Bear

February 29th, 2012
8:29 pm

@Gutfeld it is refreshing to see someone else with a sense of humor! Yes I follow my Tide and pull for them but try and keep an even balance on reality and insanity. Good to hear from you there are a lot of other good football fans on here that really enjoy the banter and discussion of other football fans, don’t be a stranger!

Take care

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 1st, 2012
5:20 pm

Time for this article to end for something new. Lucius is sneaky and self centered. Who cares. As long as he wins Bummer is not concerned with how he got there. He is paid big money to win. Foster used to live in Alabama and he and his family have always been Bummer fans. Let’s concentrate on the recruits that have a legitimate interest in UGA and not waste any more time on print on lost causes. UGA will continue to spend time and money recruiting Foster until FOSTER says he is not interested. He went to Jr. Day at UGA – so they are doing their job recruiting him. Lucius is doing his job recruiting Wiggins. Commitment means little to nothing these days with a lot of coaches and recruits. Until signing day it’s open season.

Crimson Crush

March 1st, 2012
6:34 pm

Yeah sure Duh … Coach Saban is “sneaky and self centered” if he recruits Wiggins … but Dawg fans claim Richt is a Gawd Fearing Soulja Of Christ when he tries to flip Foster . Gotcha :-)

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 3rd, 2012
11:37 am

Like I said it’s open season. I did not criticize Lucius for recruiting Wiggins. Saban is the B.S. King. Now the recruits know when they come to Bummer he is going to B.S. them.

Crimson Crush

March 3rd, 2012
10:30 pm

Repeating a mantra until you hypnotize yourself into believing it doesn’t mean everyone else does . Gaining an offer from Coach Saban is not as simple or as worthless as you attempt to portray it .

Top recruits from California to Florida (and Georgia) have the Tide as a leader or in their top two or three . All of which attest to the fact that the AJC brainwashing campaign has been more successful at warping Dawg brains than it has the population at large :-)