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.
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