I thought it was a good article. I don't think it's unfair at all to bring up what happened in Miami and John is one of the few that actually talks about it from a logical perspective. Many in the media have some sort of vendetta against Saban it seems, but MrSEC is one of the few places that doesn't make him out to be a villain.
Commence with the eye-rolling. Feel free to point out that Nick Saban once said he would not be the next head coach at Alabama only to become the next head coach at Alabama.
But the Crimson Tide’s leader has finally thrown a bit of water on the rumors that he’s unhappy and might be ready to leave the SEC and leap back into the NFL (with the Cleveland Browns). Yesterday on WAXY-FM in South Florida, Saban opened up about why it would be difficult for him to leave college football again:
“This has been a good thing for my family to be here. College football has been very good for us. The positive impact that you can have on these young me as players and as people, that’s just something that we really enjoy and something that I learned about myself.
I really enjoy what I’m doing here right now. I’m getting old now. I don’t think we’ve got too many moves left in us. You develop a lot of relationships and loyalties to the players you recruit and the players you have on the team and the people you have in the organization. I don’t think it’s really fair to leave. I regretted when I left LSU because I left a lot of relationships there. Hopefully I’ll be able to stay here for a long, long time…
Maybe I don’t always show it (happiness) and maybe I’m always worried about the next game. I’m happy. I’m very, very happy. I’m very pleased and happy with what we’ve been able to accomplish here.”
Saban also admitted that he didn’t necessarily handle “the way I left (Miami) very well,” saying: “That’s always been a thing with me that I’ve never felt good about.”
Plenty of folks will point out that Saban didn’t completely slam the door on a departure from Alabama, but we tend to believe he’ll remain in Tuscaloosa so long as the school and his bosses continue to give him the support and leeway that he currently enjoys.
That said, we’ll keep some crow in the freezer just in case.