On Friday, Nick Saban let the media have it. Of course, as we’ve pointed out in the past, it’s hard to tell the media from the fans these days. When it comes to talk radio and websites — like this one — it’s up to the listeners and readers to figure out which media members try to do things the right way… and which ones are simply trolling for pageviews and drive-time ratings.
Saban? Well, he just lumps everyone in together. At least he did on Friday while sharing his anger that there are rumors — gasp! — surrounding some of his players and what injuries they may or may not have. (Forget the fact that an open, free information policy from the coach might prevent rumors from being circulated in the first place.)
“You all can go crazy out on misinformation and bad information. And have no professionalism to try to find out if it did or didn’t happen. Just to create some you know what. Anything that you can. No documentation or verification, no professionalism to find out if it really happened. And God bless, there’s a few guys in (the media room) that really have professionalism and never print anything unless they know what’s up. They always try to check and I really do appreciate it. …
I’m gonna start messing with you. I don’t know how to do that, but I’m gonna start doing it. Everyday I’m going to post something that’s just total B.S.”
Naturally, some in the media have struck back at the coach for his over-the-top rant against an entire profession and most of the people in it. (Funny how Saban can’t stand it when all coaches are lumped together as player-cuttin’ oversigners.) Here at MrSEC.com, we wonder if Saban might not have been venting a little steam due to the T-Town Menswear scandal exposed (or cooked up, depending on your viewpoint) by OutkickTheCoverage.com. Hard to imagine injury rumors getting Alabama’s coach so hot under his crimson collar.
Either way, one of Saban’s former pupils doesn’t seem to think his ex-boss will be able to follow through on his threat to start spreading disinformation via the internet. Florida’s Will Muschamp told The St. Petersburg Times the following:
“I know that if he wants to put something on a messageboard, somebody will have to turn the computer on for him, show him how to use the mouse, and probably keyboard it for him. He’s not very advanced as far as technology is concerned.”
So knowing Saban’s temper and — now, thanks to Muschamp — his lack of computer skills, we’re left to imagine that a Saban attempt to post internet lies might look a little something like this: