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7.21.2010

Media Days: ALABAMA

Hey everyone. It's almost time to start with the annual Media Days buffet of puffery and inanity. I hope you enjoy it.

POINT OF ORDER: Internet here at the Wynfrey Hotel is down. I am on cellular broadband ... along with a lot of people. It's slow. Bear with me.


ALABAMA
The coach is Nick Saban.

  • He is here.

  • He claims to be thankful for the "self-gratification" us reporters give his players.

  • He said he doesn't want to talk about last year. "We're not really defending a championship. A championship is part of history."

  • Alabama lost 11 starters, a punter, a kicker and its top kick returner ... though he was one of the 11 starters, too.

  • "Even if we had all the ingredients back, it would be difficult to manufacture the same chemistry."

  • "Every team in the West is going to be better than they were a year ago, in our estimation."

  • On the Dareus situation: "Our compliance people are looking into it in conjunction with the NCAA. We're going to find out."

  • On agents in general: "It's entrapment of young people at a very difficult time of their life. As college coaches, we should look into that. We treat the NFL as well as anybody when they come to University of Alabama. If something doesn't happen ... I'm not sure that same hospitality will be welcomed in the future."

  • "It's not a good situation. It was a bad situation for Reggie Bush at Southern Cal and it's a bad situation all around. We should all drive the speed limit because it's for everyone's safety. I'll be honest ... I drive the speed limit because I don't want to get a ticket. The agent should have consequences. Right now, they don't."

  • On the fans' expectations: "I wouldn't want to somewhere where they didn't have high expectations. I just ask that they be realistic. Our positive fan support has been a real asset of us turning around the football fortunes at University of Alabama."

  • More on agents: "It's not really the NFL; it's the NFLPA. It's something that's affecting college football in a negative. It's not in the best interest of the young people. It's not really good for anyone. I don't think it's anything but greed that's motivating them."

  • "How are they any better than a pimp?"

  • He visited the Gulf Coast recently. He went "quietly" to provide support. I think he meant emotional support.

  • More on agents: "A player's best resume is the way he plays. He doesn't really need an agent until the season is over."

  • That's a wrap.

38 Comments:

Blogger API said...

bamer must lose

1:02 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Do we have to show their helmet on the blog? Yuck!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Looks like the Hunchback of Starkville is going first

1:05 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

He meant to say "Our championships are part of revisionist history."

1:05 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

Self-gratification?

1:06 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

JGT, which one is more tasty, puffery or inanity? I heard puffery is poisonous if not prepared properly.

1:06 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

do we have to cover this one.

1:07 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

puffery and inanity....very succint and to the point.

any news on whether AU players took a trip to Miami?

1:09 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yes. We have to cover this one.

The Advertiser uses this page as a catch-all for Media Days coverage.

It's one day a year.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Yeah, I'm not too clear on the "self-gratification" thing. Does beat reporter mean something different when covering UAT?

1:10 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

"Can't manufacture the same chemistry?"

Hey, Nick, among your fan base are some of the finest crystal meth manufacturers on the planet. You wouldn't have to look far.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

Hey, Count Chocula ... that's why all the jobs covering KY are so coveted.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Where are you guys watching? THE SEC site has Miss St up on the podium now.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

Ziemba went, but he got there a week early.

Sorry, Hoopie.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

sigh ...

1:15 PM  
Blogger API said...

So, Nicky is an expert in self gratification? That should definitely make a headline somewhere.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

Hoopie ... you gotta admit you got a little chuckle out of it.

BTW, did the Georgia election go your way?

1:20 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Jet ..Yes ..I chuckled.

Local elections went well.

My pick for Guvnuh fell down an elevator shaft and came in 4th.

1:30 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Kudos to Darlin Nicki!!! Bash the agents!!!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

It seems there are multiple media rooms. ESPNU is in one. The SEC internet feed is in another. The participants go from room to room answering Qs.

Kinda weird, but I guess that is just how big this thing is.

1:33 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Someone just get that magazine out of Nicki's hand. No self gratification at media days.

1:33 PM  
Blogger API said...

So, he has a magazine in his hand?

1:35 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

The kids have to be held accountable.

That being said, the agents must be stopped from tempting the kids. I'll parapharase Paul from Ephesians: "Stay away from tempting situations".

NFL suspending agents ...OK
Universities suing agents ..OK

1:36 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Apparently Nicki has pimp knowledge.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

As a pimp, I'm getting a kick out of this presser.

1:44 PM  
Blogger API said...

Agreed Norm, its been way more entertaining than I would have imagined. Best bamer presser since Shula's endless "you know" way back when.

1:49 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

37?!?

1:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That was a pretty good line.

1:56 PM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

somebody needs to fark Saban with a furry hat & pimp chalice in hand pronto!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Choco: Is your business near the Galleria here in Bammerham?

2:02 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

I'll be honest ... I drive the speed limit because I don't want to get a ticket.

translation: "the cop that gives me a ticket will be fired immediately and his family mysteriously disappear and no one will care. the speed limit is whatever i want it to be."

2:06 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

"I don't think it's anything but greed that's motivating them."

he can definitely speak with authority on this subject.

2:08 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

"Our positive fan support has been a real asset of us turning around the football fortunes at University of Alabama."

they have supported with cars, laptops, cruises, fishing trips, brown bags of $$$, jobs, rich uncles, high school facility improvements if there is a recruit there, house payments, grade changes...just to name a few i've heard in the rampant speculation mill.

2:15 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

When $aban spoke about the speeding, I wonder if he mentioned the DUI he should have gotten a while back that was covered up by the TPD?

2:15 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

That is fact not speculation.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

2:18 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

les miles opens mouth, something stupid comes out

his comments on the gulf oil spill.

2:20 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Les, shut up while you are behind. Just do the safe thing and come out against the oil spill.

3:45 PM  

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