Nick Saban has always dismissively addressed the media from his dictatorial perch. He’s like Bill Belichick, but with words instead of mumbling grunts. But, even as reporters have become accustomed to getting talked down to by Saban for asking anything resembling a legitimate question, this off season has felt a little bit different. He’s been more visibly annoyed, more agitated, and has gone from prickly to just flat out being a bully.
Saban’s outburst at longtime college football columnist Paul Finebaum for asking a question about why two Bama players who were arrested wouldn’t be suspended for the opener at USC instantly went viral.
Yesterday, Saban lost it again when he was asked if he would block the transfer request of Senior defensive back Maurice Smith to Georgia. Smith has been a career backup and would likely be a bit contributor with minimal impact if he joined the Bulldogs. At one point, Saban became so perturbed with the reporter, he asked him if, “You want me to do a Belichick on you?”
Today in The Herd, Colin said that Saban getting annoyed with the press is nothing new, but this season something seems out of place. His latest dust up over a nothing transfer makes Saban look like a bully.
“All you’re doing is basically begging to get clobbered. That’s all you’re doing. You’re just begging to get bad PR going into a season. And it’s obviously got Nick all worked up. I’ve never seen him this feisty.”
I’s not clear why Saban is so aggressively punching down this offseason, but he looks more like an angry stepdad than the coach of the defending national champs.
Colin and Jason also dug into what’s going on with Saban and Bama on yesterday’s Speak for Yourself.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) August 4, 2016