Damn, rapeis Winston?
Jump the gun much, Richard?
Let's let due process take place before you get your tampon stuck wv.
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That's just a great heads up play by Nick Marshall. And, even the decision to kick the field goal with 0:01 remaining wasn't as bad as I made it out to be. As Slimm said, it was very poor of Saban and Co. to kick the field goal and then have lineman standing around ill-prepared for the return. That's what truly beat Alabama. Auburn kids were ready and expecting a return of sorts. Once the football was in the air, Auburn was in return mode. Alabama kids were standing around waiting for overtime to begin. Auburn is 9 on 5 in the return game. You'll win that battle every single time guaranteed.
"Society became divided into camps in which no man trusted his fellow. To put an end to this, there was neither promise to be depended upon, nor oath that could command respect; but all parties dwelling rather in their calculation upon the hopelessness of a permanent state of things, were more intent upon self-defence than capable of confidence." - Thucydides, probably predicting the rise of internet message boards
I wasn't necessarily saying it as a knock on Saban. I don't know of any coach with the mental toughness of Bear. I guess my point is that I've long grown tired of hearing the comparison made by media that have no idea what they're talking about to begin with.
However, it's Saban's comments lately that prove that he has a difficult time handling the pressure of the expectations that HE himself has built at Alabama. Him and wife Terry both with a lot of complaints lately about how the pressure to win at Alabama is getting to him. You'd never hear that out of Coach Bryant.
Coach Bryant took on an entire state Government that threatened to cut off funding for the University if he allowed black players to play during a time of racial unrest...and it's not just what he did there, it's HOW he did it. His coaching resume stands alone, but it's the lives that he affected here in this state on a personal level that are still felt to this day. Just normal everyday people that you'll never hear about. I know. Because I am one.
I'm able to remember when we played TCU in '74 in Birmingham in a game the paralyzed Kent Waldrep. Bear didn't even go back to Tuscaloosa with the team, he stayed at the hospital with Waldrep. Not even TCU's own coaches or players stayed behind for him the way Coach Bryant did. Not only that, he helped pay for all of his medical bills and special accessories that he would need for the rest of his life. Bryant stayed in contact with Waldrep for the rest of his life. People need to read Waldrep's own account of Coach Bryant.
Furthermore, Bryant endowed a scholarship at Alabama that allowed Kent Waldrep's son to attend on the Bryant Scholarship.... the first time that scholarship has ever gone to the son of an opposing player.
I was able to meet Coach Bryant at Legion Field in Birmingham on September 10th, 1977. I was only an 11 year old kid at the time. He made an impression on me in the matter of 10 minutes that will last for as long as I'm alive. The number of people that feel exactly the same way is so numerous that it's unknowable. But you can't spend much time with your feet touching pavement in the state of Alabama and not hear the stories from people. He was much more than a football coach here.
Well, the reality is that Saban is a great coach, period. There is no qualifying it with "college coach". He was a great defensive coach in the NFL. There's a lot of successful NFL coaches that wouldn't last long in Tuscaloosa, or Auburn, or Austin, Texas, or Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The pressure to win at some of these college destinations is far greater than it is in the NFL. You have to win, on top of the pressure of answering to boosters, alumni, your superiors in the athletic department, and the fanbase firsthand. You don't just answer to an owner like you do in the NFL.... who are typically for the most part, clueless..... and only concerned with lining their pockets and selling tickets as opposed to winning anyway. That's why they like to recycle 8-8 coaches back and forth to one another.
The league itself is set up for parity. You're rewarded for being a bad football team. College football is the opposite. If you can't get it done yourself, there are no resources or systems set up to help you achieve getting off the bottom. You have to establish a culture yourself, as the head coach.
By the way, the Dolphins organization sure is mounting a long line of detested quitters for some reason. Where does Dan Marino rank on that totem pole? 4th? 5th?
Here's my point, while south Florida despises Saban... most everywhere else despises south Florida. So it's a fairly even trade off on that notion.
There are problems in Davie, that is not up for debate. But as for Nick Saban, I think he is mostly to blame for his failures and the manner of his departure here. He was a good coach -- the team was obviously well coached when he was here -- but he made some terrible decisions as General Manager. And as for his people skills and the way he managed his departure -- I can't blame anyone for that but Nick Saban.
I think I'm pretty honest with myself for why I despise Nick Saban -- because he could have been a great coach here if he hadn't screwed up other aspects of the job so badly. Heck, even if he had just signed Drew Brees, he could have overcome the other screwups. I have no difficulty admitting that most of my anger is rooted in 'what could have been.'
But he's still a colossal dickbag.