When Saban Speaks…

He certainly says a lot.

I’ll just leave you with the high points of the press conference as posted on AL.com (Paul Gattis):

*Jeremy Elder, arrrested last week for robbery, has been dismissed from the team and has withdrawn from school.

*Prince Hall has been suspended indefinitely and will miss spring practice for violating team rules.

*Zeke Knight, after a visit to the hospital earlier this month, is still undergoing tests and is not participating in the offseason workout program.

*Kevin Steele has been promoted to defensive head coach and Kirby Smart has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Saban said that’s an effort to keep two assistant coaches he values on staff.

*Saban on Rashad Johnson, arrested over the weekend for disorderly conduct, ” Rashad Johnson doesn’t need to get suspended from the team.

*Saban talked at length about building better relationships with everyone in the community in regard to growing number of arrests. Asked specifically if he meant the police, Saban again referred to everyone in the community. He also said he had “tremendous respect” for the police.

*He repeatedly described the arrests as a “family tragedy.”

*He praised new offensive coordinator Jim McElwane and said the offensive staff is working well together.

*On the problems on The Strip, Saban said, “Guys have to learn when to walk away and keep their mouth shut. I have never dealt with what we’re dealing with here.”

*He also said some limitations had already been given to players on where they could and couldn’t go. He declined to go into specifics.

*Glen Coffee, Patrick Crump, Terry Grant, Colin Peek, Roy Upchurch, Jimmy Johns, Rolando McClain and Milton Talbert all had offseason surgeries but all should be ready to go in spring practice starting March 13.

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