Friday, January 05, 2007

Saban a Snake?

I'm having a really hard time with all that's being said about Nick Saban leaving the Dolphins to go back to the College game at Alabama. Here's an overview of what's happened. For the last couple weeks of the NFL season Saban was asked if he would be leaving to go coach Alabama and he always denied that he'd be leaving. At one point (about 2 weeks ago) he said that there was absolutely NO WAY he'd be leaving and he had a hard time understanding why he had to answer the question so many times.

Then on Wednesday he took the job.

So here's the truth. Saban (essentially) lied when he said that he was not leaving the Dolphins and left anyway. I understand that, but let's talk about another situation that took place in the very same league last week.

On the last Saturday of the season Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders would be firing their coach Art Shell to which the Raiders responded by calling Schefter a liar and questioning his place as a reporter for the NFL Network.

Then they fired him today.

All you have to do is listen to Sports radio for about a week to know that a coach or players job is only secure as long as they're winning. As soon as the teach gets cold there's a really good chance that the coach/player would loose their job. The team doesn't care about the commitment they made to the coach/player, the team doesn't even care if it told the truth last week. At the drop of a hat the coach could be without a job.

So why is it wrong for Saban to leave for another job when he could (if the season doesn't go well next year) be fired in week 6? I do agree that there are better ways to answer the questions in the middle of the season, but I still think that this is the culture of sports.

So why's everyone so mad? I think the answer is fairly obvious. The owners are angry because the power is slowly slipping through their hands and the media's angry because they don't like to be lied to. In the end I think it's all about control.

Oh... and are you really suprised that Don Shula's angry about the situation? I mean Alabama FIRED his son and then hired Saban. Is it really about honor Don?

So let's be nice to Saban. After all who wouldn't leave a job they hated for a job they really wanted (especially when they'd get paid a TON more).


At 1/05/2007 6:26 PM, Anonymous scott said...

yeah, but now he won't get to smoke out with Ricky anymore :(

At 1/05/2007 7:26 PM, Anonymous Ryan L. said...

From what I heard, the big to-do was the Saban was trash-talking the GM and owner of the Dophins after he left. So it's probably the combo of the lying and the trash-talking.

Plus, I kind of agree and think that it's crap that he was asked questions about this kind of stuff before his season with the Dolpins was over. I know that's the nature of the beast and the way sports reporting goes. But if he announced that he was leaving for Alabama, then everyone would accuse him of mentally leaving Miami before the season was over.

Ultimately, it's not awesome that he lied, but I understand why he did. Maybe he should have just not talked to the media this season. But then everyone gives you crap for being mean to the media.

At 1/07/2007 9:52 PM, Anonymous scott said...

You gotta wonder about Bobby Petrino though...I understand that teams like to get things shored up as soon as they can(i.e. - The Falcons)...but within a week? Come on. How long do you think Jim Mora was actually fired and Petrino was already the head coach? Surely there are other qualified candidates...more qualifed i mean.

At 1/09/2007 9:26 AM, Blogger Dusty said...

Do you mean to tell me that there are questionable ethics in SPORTS??? I refuse to believe that...

At 1/10/2007 3:26 PM, Anonymous scott said... be so witty, lol.


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