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September 6, 2012

7 at 7: Saban scapegoats reporters. Shocker!

Good morning. Best 7 at 7 so far this young season coming your way.

1) The entire Auburn team can’t make it to Mobile to support fullback Jay Prosch at the funeral of his mother, Iris.

But a few select representatives will make the trip before Friday travel to Starkville – some players and coaches along with team chaplain Chette Williams.

2) A new LED sign was being installed Wednesday in preparation for the home opener in nine days, as part of Jordan-Hare Stadium upgrades. War Eagle Reader passed along the photos.

3) That’s right, blame the media!

Steve Spurrier did that last year (yes, this is dated, but your friendly neighborhood brand-new beat writer who’s been here short of a month just came across it yesterday), and Nick Saban did so Wednesday. I love how both coaches supported their view with the phrase “I just had to get this off my chest.”

Yeah, I get that Saban beats to his own drum and he’s got reasons for what he does and I’m a lowly bean peasant of an SEC football writer and yadda yadda yadda. But, yet again, the media’s a scapegoat.

“I hate to be negative with anybody, but when you people start writing stuff about people that we’re playing that doesn’t give them the proper respect, that’s not fair,” Saban told reporters Wednesday. “It’s not fair to them, to their players who work hard. It’s not fair to our players, who need to respect them.

“And to make presumptions like you all make really, really upsets me. It really does. It’s so unfair. You don’t need to write about that. There are so many more good things you can write about happening around here that people would be interested in. I’d love to see some of you do a little bit of research, and figure it out. It would really do my heart good.”

Look, Nick, it’s one thing to just say “Western Kentucky should not be underestimated.” The Hilltoppers have four things going for them: a) they’ve won eight of their last nine (albeit only one against a 2011 bowl qualifier and a whopping squadoosh against BCS competition), b) their quarterback probably won’t be under as much pressure as Denard Robinson, c) their primary jersey color is red, which is also true of seven of the top nine teams in this week’s AP poll, including the team Nick Saban coaches, and d) they have an awesome nickname.

Oh, I’m sorry, Nick, am I not respecting Western Kentucky enough? Why don’t you ask our friends in Las Vegas about respect? They tabbed Alabama as a 37-point favorite Saturday. Only Texas opened by giving more points this week.

Or ask the fans who worship you about respecting the mighty Hilltoppers hailing from Bowling Green. The spread’s already shifted to Tide -40. Meaning the bettors thought giving 37 points was easy money. Even the Longhorns’ line went the other way there.

But no, blame the media. It’s easier and galvanizes the fans.


4) Tyler Nero and Gimel President did not dress Saturday night. With the defensive line rotation appearing set, the true freshmen are likely candidates to redshirt.

Said defensive line coach Mike Pelton of both: “Those two guys are going to be really good players here. They’re just trying to find their way.”

5) SEC commissioner Mike Slive will administer the coin toss for two games Saturday.

He’ll welcome both Texas A&M and Missouri in their first home conference games since defecting from the Big XII. The Aggies host No. 24 Florida at 2:30 p.m. CT and the Tigers host No. 7 Georgia at 6:45 p.m. CT.

College Station and Columbia are 615 miles apart through the air. Slive will be tossing these personalized coins for the commemoration:

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6) Punter Steven Clark got a good leg on all three of his punts against Clemson, but he understands the three fair catches weren’t all due to his credit. He spoke highly of his eager runners in punt coverage, including true freshman Jonathan Jones.

“Most of them are freshmen and they’re not getting a whole lot of reps yet on offense and defense,” Clark said. “They’re ready to go out there and play – just like us. They’re all hyped up, too. Everybody is fired up and flying around and when that adrenaline gets pumping, everybody seems to get a little more aggressive. It’s definitely fun to watch.”

7) Gene Chizik on Wednesday night: “We don’t have the luxury of having a lot of cowbells.” Look, maybe an abundance of cowbells would be a necessity. But it seems calling them a luxury stretches the imagination.

By the way, I have no idea what compelled some YouTuber to craft this. But it seemed appropriate for the week.



  1. Nice report. Since you’re new to this area, I’ll be glad to tell you that Saban has been bashing the writers since he got here. Usually he’s worse than that. I think it’s one of those things he can get away with as long as he’s on his current hot streak. As soon as he starts losing, the chickens will come home to roost.

    Comment by MikeP — September 6, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  2. I confirm MikeP’s historical report.

    Comment by Peachy — September 6, 2012 @ 11:13 am

  3. Maybe the intent of what Nick Saban was saying to the media could be said to the ENTIRE media, not just sports media. Maybe the intent was “Do your homework & stop shooting from the hip. Find something positive to say instead of focusing on insults, slanted stories, and belittlement.” Or in other words “Grow up and be fair, not biased.”

    Or maybe in the words of most Southern Belle Mothers “If you can’t find something nice to say about someone, don’t speak of them at all because saying something unkind says more about you than them.”

    It’s a shame that art is lost in media.

    Just sayin…

    Comment by Queen Bee — September 9, 2012 @ 12:47 am

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