It’s been a topic of much mystery but little talk. What’s the deal with that statue of Nick Saban that was supposed to go up outside Bryant-Denny Stadium this fall?
One smart reporter (not me) asked Saban himself about the issue at this morning’s news conference. He deferred to his wife.
That’s Terry’s department. She wanted it to look a certain way, so I don’t even know hwere it’s at. I haven’t thought much about it and I really don’t know when it’s going to be done. It’s taking a while, though. Didn’t have a hell of a lot to work with, I guess. [laughter]
The whole Kirby Smart to Florida story has been floating around the interwebs for weeks now. But since assistant coaches and coordinators are muzzled from speaking to reporters, it was until this afternoon’s news conference before Smart could address the talk.
To get newcomers up to speed, Smart reportedly had discussions with new Florida coach Will Muschamp about the defensive coordinator’s job in Gainesville.
“Will and I talk all the time. He’s one of my best friends — I’ve known him more than 20 years now. He and I talk a lot and not really about me coaching with him, no.”
He went on to say the next step he’d like to take is into the head coaching world.
Today's front page of the Orlando Sentinel sports section.
The Orlando Sentinel pulled few punches with today’s sports front story on Nick Saban. Taking a look at the list of jilted employers and fan bases left in his wake, the story spelled out how and why people are “Hatin’ Saban.” A quick excerpt:
Saban’s popularity isn’t much better with the general public — he’s just too easy to dislike. He’s often shown on TV scowling on the sidelines or yelling at officials. He sometimes seems combative and arrogant in interviews. And his teams are usually very good. Saban, whose annual salary is just under $6 million a year, has never had a losing season during his 13 college campaigns. He’s a two-time national coach of the year, has a 133-53-1 career college record and has won that pair of national crowns.”
It’s chilly here in Orlando yet again — 36 degrees to be exact — so Alabama is moving practice inside.
The team moved workouts from Dr. Phillips High School to the UCF Fieldhouse on the other side of town. That means this reporter as to get his rear end in gear to make it over there so blog post cut shor…
I couldn’t resist sharing this photo released by the school from this morning’s charity event given this recent posting with a similar look at the face of Disney meeting his Alabama football counterpart.
Standing next to Nick Saban is Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and a Spartan player who I can’t indentify.