Robbie Moore

January 17th, 2019 at 9:43 PM ^

The word on Saban since his days in East Lansing is he treats the people around him like shit. I remember one story that when he got to Alabama he put the word out that he was not to be talked to as he walked around the football offices. The emperor didn't have time for anyone below him.

Great coach yes but but a truly bad human being. 

Blue_by_U

January 17th, 2019 at 10:36 PM ^

saw a brief snippet on Saban, he had a follower from the local area with what appeared to be a chronic disorder...might have been downs syndrome, can't recall, kid was 100% into Bama football and made a weekly visit. They showed Nick walking around with the kid, and it really came off as a complete burden, even in the eye of the camera. I think MOST coaches, given the circumstances would at the very least act interested in spending a few honest minutes with a kid dealing with life...and many would probably sincerely mean it. I know it's a stressful and busy lifestyle...but for what they get paid, taking time out with a kid sure seems like a necessary task. 

I saw a different deal where he talked all about his career as a player, etc, and just came off as a guy who is so incredibly focused on his success and only knows 199% forward work, no rest...makes you think he's a complete dick because he's blind to the world around him. It's win, and then win again, repeat.

Blue_by_U

January 18th, 2019 at 11:30 AM ^

perspectives I suppose...just seemed kinda fake to me, I don't know, maybe it's a bias against the guy. Just seemed like it was by appointment and just another folder in his day rather than hey man great to see you sit down let's have a cup of coffee and talk, how have you been...in fairness perhaps it was just a quick clip of what really happens as well. Point taken.

M-B Devil Dog

January 18th, 2019 at 8:54 PM ^

Hey man, this kind of shit is way out of bounds. seriously. It is way out of bounds to bring a kid who by all accounts just wants to be a part of something bigger than him and doesn't understand hate. Who gives a flying fuck if Saban is fake or acted fake. By criticizing Saban for how he acted you are basically saying he was patronizing the young man. 

what the hell has this fan base become? I use to take pride in the fact that when I met others around the B1G from other teams compliment our fans for being classy, respectful, sportsmanlike. 

Last night I was listening to B1G ten this morning and they posed who is the most hated team in college football, the only caller to the show said "Michigan" their fans are the most arrogant group of people and act like they are better than anyone. ( not exact quote but close). I'm all for taking a piss out of Saban but man dude. 

Mr Miggle

January 17th, 2019 at 7:43 PM ^

This is a quote from Gattis:

“When Coach Harbaugh called, it kind of caught me off guard,” Gattis said. “I had just left a meeting with Nick Saban getting my butt chewed out for about 20 minutes telling him I was leaving and he was trying to keep me to stay. It did not go over well. So if there was any band-aid to the bruise or what he left on me it was that phone call. It was exciting to hear his voice and get the chance to talk to him personally.”

I have zero sympathy for Saban and can't get worked up about how Enos left.

evenyoubrutus

January 17th, 2019 at 8:01 PM ^

Years ago, I remember Doug Karsch reading a story on the air about a recruit who called Saban to tell him he was going somewhere else (probably some other SEC school) and Saban cut him off and said something like "I'm gonna stop you right there. If you're choosing another school they must be paying you or something so we are better off without you." And hung up. Lol.

MGlobules

January 17th, 2019 at 5:44 PM ^

Oh, I'd imagine there's enough sh*t to go around at his last whistle stop. 

This old New Yorker piece, which tries to figure out what makes the guy tick, is worth a (re)read. It notes that when Saban left MSU LSU sent a plane to bring his assistants back to Baton Rouge; none of them wanted to follow Saban. 

"College football is understood to hinge on the personality of the head coach, who must charm older (mostly white) men into trusting him with their millions, younger (often black) men into trusting him with their bodies, and sideline reporters of all kinds into trusting him with their airtime. And yet success in this field has accrued to a man with the public image of Satan’s dentist."

https://www.newyorker.com/news/benjamin-wallace-wells/nick-saban-college-footballs-uncharismatic-conservative

I'mTheStig

January 17th, 2019 at 5:47 PM ^

IDK...

Granted, not having the integrity to be straight with a boss is something I would never do myself.  But comparing big time college coaching to the cubeville etiquette we live and work in isn't a comparison I want to make.  Lord only knows what goes on behind those closed doors.

But more and more everyday it sounds like Saban is a tyrant.   Not saying it's right but I can understand why Enos peaced out.  

 

umbig11

January 17th, 2019 at 5:50 PM ^

I don't see the problem here. He found a better opportunity and he wasn't going to let Alabama know until he signed his new contract with a buyout. What am I missing in today's college football landscape? Oh, integrity and loyalty? Those are long gone.

Oh, Greg Mattison, is that you who left us hanging twice? A big F U from me to you.

Carpetbagger

January 17th, 2019 at 6:30 PM ^

Not going to read the article, but if that's the deal, where he just didn't tell anyone until the contract is signed, that just smart business there. Deal isn't done until the ink is dry.

You don't owe your company anything but honest work for honest pay. Loyalty doesn't apply in business, and you are delusional if you think your loyalty up the food chain will be reciprocated down the food chain, on anything but a person to person level.