Nick Saban’s Not So Subtle Diss Of Auburn At SEC Media Days
If you are one of those people who think every word of every interview shouldn’t be over-analyzed you are probably right. Except when it comes to Auburn football and Alabama football.
When two fan bases hate each other, when your coaching job rests on only one thing, beating your cross state rival, you better believe everything you say in an interview is intentional.
Such was the case when Nick Saban was discussing the SEC at this years media days event. In an attempted to side step questions about Alabama dominance in recent years he chose to instead compliment other teams in the SEC.
Guess which team (and coach) was noticeably absent from his remarks. According to 12up:
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for a lot of teams in our league,” Saban said.
“I mean, LSU is very, very good. Ole Miss has beaten us a couple times in the last few years. Mississippi State has got a good quarterback coming back. Arkansas’s got a good quarterback coming back. A&M’s always a very challenging team.
“I think Kirby’s doing a great job at Georgia. Jim McElwain is doing a good job at Florida. Tennessee has gotten better and better every year. I am trying to think of somebody in our league that I don’t have a tremendous amount of respect for. Vanderbilt went to a bowl game last year and had a winning season.”
At the time of the writing of this article there are 48 days until kickoff and the insults and smack talk are already flying. Will this be Auburn’s year to knock the Crimson and White down a notch or two? Is it time to feed Nick Saban his medicine?
We think so. What say you?