Saban has finally addressed the situation involving Fanney, Upchurch, and Deadrick: It’s being handled internally.
I know I may be swimming up stream on this one, but I’m not very comfortable with this response. It is too similar to a Mike Shula answer. Saban’s response is better than Shula’s in regard to actually giving us some level of insight as to what the punishment might be (as well as not letting them talk of sweets), but it isn’t a very straightforward answer either.
I know Saban will actually make them sweat a lot more than Shula would, but this honestly just seems too vague to me.
No, I’m not asking him to be like Tuberville, who chases after any camera he can find when he needs a PR event. I’m just asking for something more reasonable. Deadrick was charged with giving a false name to officers, resisting address and criminal mischief. If these allegations are true, then there should be some form of public accountability, sending the right message to the team and to the community in order to keep the attitude in the program moving forward.
I know that there is a right to due process and that they are innocent until proven guilty in this country, and I agree with you. But, I think there should be something more than this (I’m sorry for repeating myself). Besides, UA has access to plenty of good lawyers who can get Deadrick and the others out a legal mess if needed.
Do I think this is a huge scandal? No, I wouldn’t got that far. It’s a PR blunder (UA has made a lot of those lately). As I said before, messing up a situation like this is a coaching misdemeanor. Time will tell if Saban has done the right thing or not. All I can do now is wait and see while I sit here with this iffy feeling in my stomach.