Nick Saban responds rudely to Heather Cox during interview (Video)

Nick Saban has never been known as a media-friendly coach, but his response to Heather Cox during a halftime interview on Saturday was rude even for his standards.

Bama was leading Michigan 31-7 at the half and running backs T.J. Yeldon, Jalston Fowler, and Eddie Lacy had all seen action. Cox decided to make that the focus of her halftime interview as Saban was coming off the field.

Here’s how their exchange went:

Cox: Offensively you do have three running backs that are making an impact. How does running back-by-committee help your offense?

Saban: I don’t think it’s running back-by-committee. I think it’s a lot of good players getting an opportunity to play, so, you know, I don’t know what’s wrong with that.

Easy there, Saban. Nobody said there’s anything wrong with it. The only thing that’s wrong is you lashing out against Cox over an issue of semantics. She was throwing you a softball question that was a lead-in to praise your running backs, but instead you bite her head off. I’m not sure if Saban dislikes the term “running back-by-committee” for recruiting purposes, but that was really overboard.

I’ve always been against in-game interviews because I feel like they are extraordinarily invasive and that they add very little to telecasts, but there’s still no reason why Saban had to react the way he did. Now you know exactly why high school players voted him the most intimidating coach in the country.

Video via Ride The Pine

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  • JamesT32

    I think that Saban is the best overall coach in college football and I feel that’s been true for the better part of a decade now.  With that said it’s no secret that he’s generally ultra-defensive and very uptight and ultra-defensive, very uptight people spend lots of time in their lives saying things they shouldn’t have said and appearing somewhat foolish in the process.  I’m no fan of these intrusive mini-interviews that have become commonplace in sports, but Saban does the same thing at press conferences he’s had days to prepare for.  He’s just a thin-skinned person who gets a pass on such behavior for the most part because he’s the best at what he does, simple as that.


    If there is a better college team Alabama, I just don’t see it.

    Maybe the NY Giants or the NE Pats !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PCYUZ6XSFAEZGKJUT5WIPRDFYM Elron McKenzie

    Look, I am NOT an Alabama fan, and I am neutral on Saban. You would have to be incredibly over-sensitive to think that response was rude. I’m serious. It was a five-second interview and he told how he really felt.

  • Frank Reed

    I watched it and landed at this thread because I was wondering if anyone else thought it was as rude as I did.  The guy was a total doucher.  The media has been the major contributor to the explosion of college sports in the last 30 years.  If it weren’t for the media there wouldn’t be the money involved there is today.  Saban ia a millionaire many times over because of it.  To act like it’s an intrusion shows he’s arrogant and out of touch.  Lose the ego, Saban.  In the grand scheme you’re not that important.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1052056250 Will Greenwell

    If Saban is known for being abrasive in interviews, then whomever does one with him should already be ready for his potentially sharp response. They are the ones that should be thick skinned. If the interviewer is worth his/her salt they should be professional and crafty enough to elicit a response from the coach that does not instigate the ‘rude’ response. Its seems it’s alright for the media to ask stupid questions, in the name of getting the story, but it’s not alright for those being interviewed to respond in ways that the media deems as inappropriate. In Saban defense, his team is handing Michigan its head. His offense is seemingly running in mid-season form and everyone is getting early action. To me, the question was asked as if something were wrong with how the coach was managing the game. Perhaps the interviewer should have thought a little more deeply about what to ask the coach, or run it past someone else first. Perhaps they actually did, who knows, but if you want to praise what the coach is doing, then just praise him. He doesn’t need ‘softball’ questions to prompt additional desired responses. His time with his players is limited during a half time break, so respect that time and just be honest and talk candidly to the man. Then you might find that he is less ‘rude’ in responding to the endless stream of questions that are asked. Is that so much to ask? Does everything always have to be so contrived?