It’s no secret that Nick Saban is wound tighter than a Titleist. The legendary Crimson Tide coach is best known for his top recruiting classes and winning national titles, but not for his warm and fuzzy relationship with probing reporters. Today at the SEC Media Day, The SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum, one of the most respected reporters to cover the SEC, experienced the wrath of Saban.
When Finebaum asked the coach why two of his Crimson Tide players, including All-SEC left tackle Cam Robinson, aren’t facing suspension for the Tide opener against USC for a May arrest on drug and weapons charges, Saban got a little testy. He didn’t care for “Pawwl”‘s question, and took things from zero to uncomfortable in a matter of seconds.
“Do we condone the behavior? No. But, your innocent until proven guilty in this country, regardless of whether your convicted in the media or not, which is what you’re doing to these players.”
When Finebaum followed up again and asked why the players wouldn’t be suspended, Saban snapped, “Because I’m not gonna convict them in public. And you [Finebaum] said I was going to get criticized by you, and the public, and the media because I’m not gonna convict them. And I don’t really care about that. And that’s the end of the conversation.”
Only Saban knows if he would have suspended the players if Alabama opened against The Citadel, but there’s no way he’s walking into a season opener against USC without his all conference left tackle.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) July 13, 2016