Alabama has dominated college football over the past two and half years, so maybe Nick Saban is getting bored beating up inferior teams.
Now he has decided to go after his own fans.
Last Friday, Alabama suspended the block seating privileges of 20 student organizations who get discounted tickets to games. The reason for this stems from a radio segment the head coach appeared on the day before, where he complained about fans coming late and leaving early from games:
“I always say the fans are a part of the team. Everybody else should have the same sort of commitment. You don’t have to do the work all week, you don’t have to practice, you don’t have to come in at 7 in the morning and leave at 11 at night, you don’t have to do any of that stuff. All you have to do is come to the game, drink beer, do whatever you want, party in the parking lot. I’ve never been at a tailgate in my life. All I’m asking is that you just come and have fun and stay for the whole game.”
No one can question the success Saban has had since being hired at Alabama. Two championships are hard to complain about. But lets delve into that quote a bit more to see what exactly those BCS Titles are supposed to come with.
Let’s break down that statement.
“I always say the fans are a part of the team. Everybody else should have the same sort of commitment.”
Apparently commitment does not involve spending money on season tickets, or even discounted tickets, as is the only way many college students would be able to afford going to support their team.
“You don’t have to do the work all week, you don’t have to practice, you don’t have to come in at 7 in the morning and leave at 11 at night, you don’t have to do any of that stuff.”
So Nick Saban believes all of Alabama’s fans and students are millionaires like himself and do not have to work for a living to get a chance to spend money on tickets, memorabilia, food, beer, and merchandise to support his team. No one works at 7 in the morning,; no one works until 11 at night. Only himself and his football team.
“All you have to do is come to the game, drink beer, do whatever you want, party in the parking lot.”
It is not that much of a commitment to spend an entire Saturday in our parking lots, at our games watching us beat the vaunted Georgia State Football Team 45-3, and sit in traffic leaving for hours upon hours. The head coach gets to dictate what people do with what they buy and how they run their own lives. Forget tests, projects, and student life, football is king. Maybe this is why those college students, who pay for his salary through their tuition, are the only ones paying for his radio rant.
And that saves the best for last:
“I’ve never been at a tailgate in my life. All I’m asking is that you just come and have fun and stay for the whole game.”
Nick Saban asking his fans to do as he says, not as he does.
Wait, you are telling us you are banged up about him just not being apart of tailgating?
Oh, if it were only so simple.
You see, Nick Saban’s hypocritical manner in which he talks down to fans has many facets.
One is the never-ending rumors he can never quite put to rest that as soon as he finds a better job, he will leave – for example, the Texas rumors during this season.
The other, is fact.
Nick Saban was the floundering coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2006-2007. He had just left LSU after much success (a 48-16 record), but had seen none of that in his journey to the pros.
There were rumors, with the Alabama job opening, that he might have interest. He laughed off that idea on November 27, 2007:
“When I was in college it was always about coming to the pros. This is the challenge I wanted. I had a good college job. Why would I have left that if I was going to be interested in other college jobs? I took this as a challenge. We certainly haven’t seen this through and gotten where we want to go and finished the job here, so why would I be interested in something else?“
He reiterated this thought a month later:
“I guess I have to say it. I’m not going to be the Alabama coach. … I don’t control what people say. I don’t control what people put on dot-com or anything else. So I’m just telling you there’s no significance, in my opinion, about this, about me, about any interest that I have in anything other than being the coach here.“
A month after that, on January 4th, 2008, he was introduced as the Alabama Head Coach.
You have to stay when things are good, but you may leave early when things are bad.
Thank you for the life lesson, Coach Saban.