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Auburn’s Tre Williams says Nick Saban has ‘little man syndrome’

Nick SabanAuburn five-star linebacker recruit Tre Williams grew up an Alabama fan. He told AL.com last week that his decision to commit to Auburn was extremely difficult, but that hasn’t stopped him from fueling the rivalry between the two programs — even if it means taking a friendly jab at Nick Saban.

During a recent interview with “Prep Sports Hour” on WSNP, Williams was asked to play a word association game. When the name “Nick Saban” was thrown at him, he spat back the following phrase.

“Little man syndrome.”

Williams was clearly joking, but I’m sure there are plenty of Crimson Tide fans who won’t find it funny. In the same interview where Williams called his decision to commit to Auburn over Alabama difficult, he also said Auburn owns the recruiting scene in the Mobile, Ala. area.

“Auburn owns Mobile,” he said. “They will own Mobile until we leave.”

Obviously, Williams is not going to be a favorite among Alabama fans. Does that make him any different from any other Auburn player? Not really, so I’m sure he doesn’t care.

Hey, remember what Darrelle Revis said about Bill Belichick once during a word association game? Revis now plays for The Hoodie. No hard feelings.

H/T Saturday Down South via Dr. Saturday

Nick Saban on Pat White Corvette allegation: ‘Kiss my ass’

Nick SabanNick Saban was not the coach at Alabama at the time former West Virginia quarterback Pat White was coming out of high school, but that doesn’t mean he’s not annoyed by White’s accusations. On Thursday evening, Mike Organ of The Tennesseean asked Saban about White’s claim that he was offered a Corvette to sign with the Crimson Tide. Saban gave a classic response.

“I didn’t even know it happened so I can’t comment on it,” he said. “Is that the best thing we can talk about? Kiss my ass.”

White’s comment — which he wrote on Facebook — has become a pretty big story, so someone was bound to ask Saban about it. And he was bound to give a very Saban-like response, especially considering he was speaking at the annual Crimson Caravan.

The entire discussion came about after current Alabama running back Derrick Henry created a stir when he posted a photo on Instagram standing in front of his brand new Dodge Charger. For what it’s worth, former Alabama running backs coach Sparky Woods said the Tide were hardly interested in White.

“I didn’t recruit Pat, but I remember he wanted to be a quarterback,” Woods told The Tennesseean. “I remember a discussion that we weren’t going to recruit him as a quarterback. That was kind of a closed book on him pretty early because he wanted to be a quarterback.”

I dare someone to ask Saban about it again.

Johnny Manziel and Nick Saban share awkward handshake (Video)

Johnny Manziel Nick SabanNick Saban was at Radio City Music Hall for the NFL Draft on Thursday, and the Sabanator ran into Johnny Football while he was there. The result was a weird handshake and embrace that was quite befitting of Saban’s awkwardness.

The Alabama coach gave a handshake to Manziel and then the quarterback’s mom. Then Manziel went in for a hug type thing and ended up giving Saban a pat on the shoulder. The Sabanator did his best to reciprocate, but you could tell he really didn’t know what to do. Interpersonal interactions are not Saban’s specialty, to say the least.

So good.

Video via @Lana

Nick Saban took fantastic picture with Alabama Gymnastics team

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Nick Saban took some time on Monday to talk to the Alabama gymnastics team about a concept he is very familiar with — winning. But somewhere in between, he posed for one of the most fantastically awkward pictures you will ever see with the team.

“Don’t mind me, I’m just keeping my hands to myself here.”

Saban could not have looked more uncomfortable. Like the Crimson Tide football team, the gymnastics team won national championships in 2011 and 2012. Loosen up, Nick — you guys have more in common than you think.

H/T The Big Lead
Photo: Twitter/Sarah Patterson

Brendon Ayanbadejo thinks Nick Saban traded him because he took paternity leave

Brendon-Ayanbadejo-Complaining-About-AFC-ChampionshipFormer NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo can relate to New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. Like Murphy, Ayanbadejo once faced criticism during his career after he chose to be with his wife for the birth of his child. The difference is Murphy has received the support of his coaching staff.

In his FOX Sports column on Friday, Ayanbadejo wrote about how he took a small amount of time off from preseason action with the Miami Dolphins back in 2005 when his daughter was born. He said that Nick Saban, who was coaching in Miami at the time, made it clear that he did not approve of him missing any practice time to be with family.

Despite Saban’s wishes, Ayanbadejo said he took a total of about 36 hours off to be with his wife — who was recovering from having a C-section — and newborn child. He was traded shortly thereafter.

Five days after the birth of my child, I found out that I was traded to the Chicago Bears. Due to the timing of the circumstances, it was a nightmare. But in retrospect, it was clearly one of the best things that happened to my football career.

As I left Miami, I had more questions than answers. Did Saban ship me off because I put my family before football? Did the team question my desire to be a Dolphin because of my life priorities?

Personally, I don’t see the issue with players taking a little bit of time off to be with their families when a child is born. We wouldn’t question anyone in any other profession if they did that. At the same time, I’m not surprised to hear that Saban supposedly did not approve. We all know how he can be.

Related: Boomer Esiason apologizes for comments about Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave

Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy takes shot at Nick Saban over 10-second rule

Nick SabanNick Saban has been the most influential head coach lobbying for a proposed 10-second rule that would slow down offenses across college football. The rule was recently shot down, and there are probably more coaches that are breathing a sigh of relief than those who are disappointed. The Oklahoma coaches, including running backs coach Cale Gundy, are among the former group.

On Tuesday night, Gundy decided to take a shot at Saban over the 10-second rule being tabled by the NCAA rules committee. The tweet was later deleted but not before it was captured by Saturday Down South.

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The Sooners put a beating on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, so Gundy obviously felt he was in a position to brag. It probably occurred to him later that Saban has won three national championships in the last five years, which led to an apology.

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Oklahoma is one of many teams that runs an up-tempo, no-huddle offense. That offense and many others have had a tendency to wear out the Crimson Tide, which many believe is the main reason Saban was rallying for a new rule.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Nick Saban compares up-tempo offense to smoking and getting cancer

Nick SabanThe NCAA playing rules oversight panel will vote on Thursday to determine if a “10-second rule” that will slow down offenses will be put into place next season. Nick Saban and Bret Bielma are two of the more prominent coaches that support the new rule, citing player safety as the basis of their argument. On Wednesday, Saban compared “fastball” offenses to smoking cigarettes and getting cancer.

“The fastball guys (up-tempo coaches) say there’s no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic,” he told ESPN.com’s Chris Low. “What’s the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20? I guess there’s no study that specifically says that. But logically, we would say, ‘Yeah, there probably is.'”

A survey conducted by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy revealed that only 25 of the 128 FBS head coaches are in favor of the “10-second rule” proposal. Of those 25, only 11 are from the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12. Most coaches believe there is no evidence to support the claim that running an up-tempo offense increases injuries, but neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes disagrees.

“If you play more snaps, you’re going to have more exposure. I think that’s a fact,” Bailes said. “It bears very serious consideration on whether the game should be slowed down or have fewer plays if you believe exposure equals injury risk or player safety.”

Coaches who oppose the rule insist that Saban — who has been singing the same tune for years now — is simply looking to mold the game in a way that benefits his coaching style. The new rule would penalize teams for snapping the ball within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock.

“The issue I’m arguing for is the increased number of exposures, the player safety issue,” Saban said. “I don’t see how logically it can’t be, but we should at least do a study to find out. I guess the question is: How do we manage it in the meantime? Do we let them keep going, or do we slow them down?”

In all likelihood, Saban is not going to get his way. Comparing up-tempo offenses to cancer caused from cigarettes probably does little to boost his argument.