I hope you were being sarcastic with the line that Alabama fans may of fainted when reading Saban's quote. It seemed to me when hearing Saban say it that you could take it no other way than a sarcastic remark. I believe that Saban did turn Alabama around and it is critical to keep Saban but I also Believe that it is a happy situation by both parties and Saban will retire as a Bama head coach. Where could he go and be as revered as he is at this moment. I believe that is obvious to everyone that read this article.
Way back in April, Steve Spurrier was saying nice things about Alabama coach Nick Saban. Then South Carolina’s coach suddenly realized that he can’t say nice things about someone without taking some kind of small dig:
“He’s got a nice little gig going, a little bit like (John) Calipari. He tells guys, ‘Hey, three years from now, you’re going to be a first-round pick and go.’ If he wants to be be the greatest coach or one of the greatest coaches in college football, to me, he has to go somewhere besides Alabama and win, because they’ve always won there at Alabama.”
Ya don’t think Spurrier was thinking about his own turnaround of terminally downtrodden Carolina, do ya? Nah.
Now, to be fair, the ‘Ol Ball Coach has since said that Saban is indeed the best thing going right now. But still, that little jab from April was bound to come back around at some point. Now it has. Appearing on Dan Patrick’s radio show, Saban was asked about Spurrier’s comment:
“LSU wasn’t winning when I went there. Michigan State wasn’t wining when I went there. Toledo wasn’t winning when I went there. And Alabama really wasn’t winning when I came here. I guess I gotta go someplace else. I don’t know.
I think it’s great. I love, Steve. I’m always anxious to hear he has to say — it’s always funny.”
Somewhere, thousands of Crimson Tide fans all fainted at once upon hearing/reading that bit about “I guess I gotta go someplace else.”
Spurrier’s jab was a love tap by his standards and it’s actually good to see Saban show some personality with his response. Playful banter. Beats the hell out of the Lane Kiffin/Urban Meyer nonsense of a few SEC seasons ago.