Danny Kanell, ESPN college football analyst and well-known SEC-hater, is at it again. This time, the former Florida State quarterback took to Twitter to take a shot at Alabama’s Nick Saban after the Crimson Tide head coach indicated his belief that some of his players eased up in last year’s Sugar Bowl loss to eventual national champion Ohio State.
So I guess only Bama finds out draft grades prior to bowls??? Smh
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) July 15, 2015
Saban seems to be under the impression that because his players received their NFL Draft grades on December 15, some of them played to avoid injury during the College Football Playoff semi-final game against the Buckeyes, and that this lack of effort played a big part in the loss.
Whether Saban is correct or not, he has never been one to shy away from an opinion, and neither has Kanell.
One only has to watch or listen to the baby-faced, squeaky-voiced ACC-homer for about eight seconds to pick up on his disdain for college football’s top conference. Most of the time, Kanell’s dislike for the SEC just comes off as a whiny kid brother’s sour grapes toward a more popular and successful older sibling, but, at least in this case, he may actually have a point.
If Saban’s players really did ease up in the Sugar Bowl in order to protect their draft status, then that’s on the coach. If you have trouble motivating your players to put a team goal like winning a national championship above their own self-interest, then don’t blame the NFL for it; look in the mirror.
Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, who undoubtedly also received their draft grades prior to the game, certainly didn’t seem to be suffering from the same lack of effort that Saban claims affected his players.
While this writer has never been a fan of Nick Saban, this incident makes me like him even less for one reason: he forced me to agree with Danny Kanell.
Please, Nick, don’t ever do this to me again.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports