Coach Saban made an trip to Wetumpka to evaluate talent during a spring football game. The article linked is from The Wetumpka Herald. He came to the Montgomery area after a stay in New Orleans. The main focus of his trip may get the attention of Auburn fans more than usual:
“He had several players on both sides he was looking at, but I understand the main kid he was here to see was a defensive safety for Auburn,” said Ray.
Coach Saban is not letting any of the recruiting violation allegations slow him down, which is very good to see. He understands that he needs to build-up certain areas of the team, and that is the most important thing for the coaching staff.
In a more shocking turn of events, it appears that Nick Saban is actually nice to small children. (I know, it sounded crazy to me too!)
Can this be? Is Nick Saban really not a hateful scoundrel as reported over and over again? He even went as far as to take pictures with the cheerleaders, wave to the crowd, and shake hands with the fans. How could this be? I thought this was the same coach that would cause the fans to suffer. I’m so confused right now!!
I may be the first blogger to state this in such a blunt manner. Coach Saban is not a bad guy. He isn’t the manipulative, cranky, selfish man portrayed by certain news outlets. I believe that Saban is a bit reserved, and has a fairly dry and serious personality. Mix that with a frustrated coach after his stay with the Miami Dolphins, and you have yourself a mix for a not-so-great media image. (well, that and letting yourself get backed into a corner and then giving an answer to get out of it.)
Could he use a change of personality every now and again? It certainly couldn’t hurt him. But, his personality type leads to a focused and efficient coaching style that has proven to be highly effective… and isn’t that what we really need?
In the end, Coach Saban may end up with a few minor media mishaps or controversies, but he isn’t the mean son-of-a-gun that he is portrayed as in the South Florida media. He is a football coach who is focused on doing the on the field aspect of coaching the best he can. Doesn’t winning always look better? To me, the answer is an obvious yes. I just hope he continues to do it in that flashy sky blue sport coat of his.