never, ever thought I would associate
those words with Nick Saban.
as we should now say, Benedict Saban.
what you call Saban today and forever for quitting like he did on the Miami
Dolphins, only two years into a five year deal, his work incomplete and his grand
the Sun Sentinel gathered a list of Saban’s recent and most notorious quotes. As
follows, and try not to get too nauseous:
November 27, in response to a question as to whether he’d be contacted by Alabama and if he was
interested: "No, I haven't. [I] don't care to be. [I] don't want to be.
I've got a job to do here. My focus is on our players, this team, us getting
better, us playing good winning football here. I'm not interested in any other
circumstances or situations anyplace else. This is the challenge I wanted. I
had a good college job, so why would I have left that if I was going to be
interested in another college job?"
it’s called money…a reported $32 million, guaranteed, with other incentives.
again on December 3: "I'm not going to continue to respond to rumors and
innuendo, which this obviously is. I'm committed to a group of guys here and a
football team and a football staff, and we're working hard to get this season
right. It really challenges your professionalism and integrity to even talk
about it. People throw it to the wall, see what sticks."
crap seems to be sticking to Saban pretty good right now.
December 7: “(Alabama) called (agent) Jimmy (Sexton]) and said, 'Is Nick
interested?' and Jimmy said, 'No.' And Jimmy asked me on several occasions and
I said, 'No, I'm interested in staying here. I'm flattered that they may have
been interested in me, but it really never progressed because we never let it
progress. It's ridiculous. I haven't even talked to anybody and all of a sudden
somebody's coming here to interview me."
that’s what Alabama
did byyour invitation.
11: "I in no way wanted to indicate to him (Sports Illustrated's Peter
King) or anybody else that there was any possibility of that (having interest
I have no intentions of going anywhere. Hell, they might not want me here after
on that last point, coach.
21: “I'm not going to be the Alabama
all coaches lie. But what they lie about matters and their reputations, as
such, consequently proceed them wherever they go. This means that, for the
record, Nick Saban can no longer be considered the trustworthy person he was
when he arrived in South Florida two years
lied to the media.
lied to you, the fans.
lied to Wayne Huizenga.
worst of all, he lied to his players when he told them he was staying.
his players, Saban loved to espouse big words like “competitive character” and
“overcoming adversity”. He papered the walls at Dolphin Camp with motivational
messages like “Out of Yourself and Into the Team” and “DolphinPride: Discipline, Commitment, Toughness,
Effort, Pride”. He had a supersized picture of the Dolphins’ Super Bowl rings
up in the corridor where he entered to go to work everyday, reminding everyone of
the goal he left LSU to achieve.
of it was a sham, hollow and empty. Because Saban was so good at delivering
inspirational messages, the deceit reeks even more.
such, Benedict Saban has become the most contemptible sports fraud in South Florida history.
recruits, their current players, and supporters should be very wary of Saban’s
overtures. They should believe nothing he says. If he can dupe NFL players, he
can dupe them too.
can’t help but feel badly for Wayne Huizenga. Here’s a guy who runs a first
class franchise in every way possible. He trusted Saban with his beloved
Dolphins, trusted him with delivering a championship, gave him everything he
asked for and more.
Saban let him down. He betrayed him.
his book, “How Good Do You Want to Be?”, Saban often recalls life lessons from
his father as he makes points about working hard and doing things the right way
in being successful.
what Saban’s father would say if he were here right now, watching his son leave
a job undone like this?
what Saban’s father would say if he knew about the promises his son made and
have now gone back on.
a way, Huizenga should be glad to be rid of Saban. The last thing the Dolphins
needed was a repeat of Jimmy Johnson’s last season in Miami, where a disinterested JJ simply went
through the motions.
It’s time for the Miami
Dolphins to move forward now but it won’t be easy. Because Saban
left his work in Miami wholly undone, the team
is in worse shape today than it was when he came to Miami two years ago.
players like Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas are older now and will have a tougher
time making the switch to yet another coach, another system. Taylor, his back ailing him, may not want to
subject himself to the hassle and instead opt to retire.
would blame him if he did.
cupboard of quarterbacks is barer than ever. Yes, Daunte Culpepper could still
work out but, as Saban himself noted just this past Monday, his availability
contracts to offensive playmaking failures like Chris Chambers and Randy
McMichael burden the salary cap more than ever. In the end, Saban’s teams
failed to create any of the explosive offensive playmaking, or the winning, he
final record as Dolphin coach was 15-17. That’s the sum of what all the fanfare
and hype brought the Dolphins. That’s what the rest of the NFL is laughing at
head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Nick Saban was a failure. He leaves in disgrace,
the worst coach in team history.
hope the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins is a man with genuine integrity
and commitment, a man of strong football acumen, a coach all Dolfans can truly
be proud of.