Posted September 11, 2013

Alabama coach Nick Saban leaves press conference after no questions about A&M game

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Nick Saban was in no mood to answer questions about a report about illegal benefits to a former player. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Nick Saban was in no mood to answer questions about anything expect Texas A&M.  (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

It was inevitable that reporters on hand to interview Alabama head coach Nick Saban Wednesday night were going to ask him about the Yahoo! Sports report detailing how former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis acted as a middleman to an agent who gave illegal benefits to five players, including former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker.

Saban’s press conference lasted all of three questions even though Alabama will play one of the biggest games of the year on Saturday when the Crimson Tide travel to College Station to face sixth-ranked Texas A&M.

ELLIS: Yahoo! Sports report: Five SEC players, including D.J. Fluker, received extra benefits

Before walking off, Saban did say that Alabama has one of the best agent education programs and that he has full confidence in the school’s leadership to handle the situation involving Fluker and Davis.

The next question was asked and Saban was clearly not in the mood to answer it.

“Don’t ask me any more questions about it,” he said. “If you want to talk about the A&M game I’ll talk about it.”

After the final question that was apparently not about Texas A&M, Saban left with this retort:

“Appreciate your interest in the game.”


14 comments
Krejaton1
Krejaton1

Lane Kiffin > Nick Saban



At least when it comes to wives...

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

Apparently SI has struck a deal with Twitter to insert tweets into every SI article anymore.  Apparently this site has devolved into sports tabloid media - where the article can't stand on its own merits without including some random tweets from other sources for no reason

zakany
zakany

Saban needs to be reminded that he's on the public payroll. Journalists ask questions and he answers them. If he doesn't like it, he can go - just leave the paycheck on the table.

Dinop
Dinop

The whole system is crazy. The minute you step on the field as a college football player you should get a pension starting at 50 for $250/month plus supplemental medicare insurance when you hit 65. End of debate. The NCAA cartel is incredibly immoral and these kids are getting effed. I mean, sure, it's worth it to play football for a free ride at Rice or Stanford, but LSU, really? It's a shame. Pay these kids the money they earn the schools.

Joe R2
Joe R2

Nick Saban was irked at the media?  This is breaking news!!!  That smug as.shole is irked even after he wins the National Title...


DaveDave
DaveDave

Coach Saban would not answer when the University was aware of the allegations against DJ Fluker.  In April 2013, DJ tweeted that he had received extra benefits.  Then he said his Twitter account was hacked.

Saban:  "don't ask me any more questions about it!"


rocknitout
rocknitout

@zakany Simply by virtue of being on the 'public payroll' (a misnomer since sports at most major programs like 'Bama are self-sufficient, including coaches salaries), that doesn't mean he's obligated to answer any question a reporter throws at him. If he doesn't want to answer those questions in a press conference before a big game, then he doesn't obviously have to.

Bill-Orlando
Bill-Orlando

@zakany The public payroll?  His job is to coach the team & win - not appease reporters.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Dinop these kids have it made at these schools - especially on football teams 

having been around these programs on a fairly intimate basis - Im tired of people pretending like its the "hard life" off CFB players.  They are teenage kids with free place to stay, free food, endless praise, and free education that they can use if football goes south, as it will for MOST of them. 

The NCAA should take all those excess profits and divert them to academic interests - not lining the pockets of Football jocks who already have a plush life

JakeDurden
JakeDurden

@Dinop the problem arises when the NCAA starts treating that "pension" like the Feds treat Social Security, and tap for unlimited funds.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Joe R2  when theres a pre-game presser and nobody asks questions about the GAME - he's got the right to be annoyed

zakany
zakany

@rocknitout He's not obliged to answer any particular question, we agree. But he's in no position to dictate to a reporter what to ask.

Only about 10% of NCAA Div I programs cover their own costs (23 of 228), and 16 of those also received subsidies. [2012] Even Alabama, the most profitable NCAA athletic program (by far) [2011] still dings each student for $400 in fees per semester.

zakany
zakany

@Bill-Orlando He works for a state school, doesn't he?

He doesn't get to tell reporters what to ask. Without public interest, he's washing cars for a living.