So the Shereport Times has printed some interesting articles since the SEC Spring Meetings started. Here are a few quotes I found interesting:
1. “The next Steve Spurrier? It’s Nick ‘Satan,'” answered veteran SEC writer Ron Higgins of the Memphis Commercial Appeal quickly with a devilish grin. “When you’re making $4 million a year, people want to see it blow up in your face. Fans and a lot of other people are asking, ‘Is he really that good?’ Every time Alabama gets beat, it’ll be, ‘We beat the $4 million man.'”
2. Fulmer made his feelings clear about Saban, whom he sparred with about recruiting practices through the media back in 2000. In 2001, Saban’s No. 21 Tigers upset Fulmer’s No. 2 Vols in the SEC Championship Game and ruined Tennessee’s plans to play Miami for the BCS national championship.
Asked if he was excited to have Saban back in the league, Fulmer said, “No. I’d rather he stayed somewhere else. He’s a great coach. He’ll do a great job.”
Here is the Second article:
1. “I haven’t seen a lot,” said LSU athletic director Skip Bertman, who was beyond the doors in a meeting with the 12 coaches and the 12 athletic directors on Wednesday.”Tommy Tuberville (Auburn coach formerly at Ole Miss) and Ed Orgeron (Ole Miss coach) were play fighting today,” Bertman said as he playfully put up his fists. “But nothing really. Nick (Saban) and Les (Miles) were cordial.”
Another coach said Saban, who is in his first year as LSU-rival Alabama’s coach, and Miles, who replaced Saban at LSU in 2005 when Saban went to the Miami Dolphins, were more cold than cordial. Miles’ comments to reporters Wednesday outside the doors at a noon break from the meetings added credence to that description.
“We’re discussing the same agenda,” Miles said. “To me, it (Saban) is just a guy that’s representing the other school.” Asked about what kind of a relationship he has with Saban, Miles said, “Never knew him before. Have no real relationship with him. Have none still.”
2. …But then Saban walked by, gave a friendly hello and told Richt he had recently been in an Athens, Ga., nightclub to watch his son Nicholas Saban’s band play and said he noticed a lot of Georgia’s football players at the club.
Richt was obviously taken aback by the comments. Was Saban kidding? Does Saban, who spends a lot of off time in north Georgia on Lake Burton, realize that Richt just lost Parade All-American, redshirt freshman linebacker Akeem Hebron? Hebron just transferred after being suspended for two semesters following a pair of recent alcohol-related arrests.
Richt had no comment, but witnesses said he did not appear cordial and seemed angry.
What are your thoughts on the articles? How do you think Saban is really thought of by the other coaches? Please leave a comment!