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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Nick Saban accuses Gus Malzahn of using ‘unfair’ trick on final punt

Alabama coach Nick Saban is not pleased with his Auburn counterpart for the events that led to a game-ending Crimson Tide illegal substitution penalty.

With roughly one minute left, Auburn faced a punt on a 4th and 4 while nursing a three point lead. Tigers coach Gus Malzahn admitted that his team had used something of a gambit to try to keep Alabama’s dangerous return man Jaylen Waddle from becoming a factor on the return.

This did not go over well with Saban, who felt the trick was “unfair.”

Essentially, Malzahn and his staff lined their punter up as a wide receiver, and the Crimson Tide were caught flat-footed when trying to get the right personnel on the field. The crux of Saban’s argument seems to be that he didn’t get a fair shot to make his own substitutions.

This was far from the only thing that went in Auburn’s favor and upset Saban on Saturday. Alabama’s mistakes cost them the game, and it looks like this was just clever strategy on Auburn’s part.

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