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).