Practice what you preach, Nick.
Alabama football head coach Nick Saban spoke at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, and he seemed a bit surly about his loss in the Sugar Bowl. Even though this was over seven months ago, Saban still is torn up about of his 42-35 loss to the eventual champions, Ohio State.
Saban took to the podium and suggested his players were not as focused on the game, citing the fact the NFL draft grades came out before the game and made some players play with fear that injury would hurt their chances to go pro.
Plaxico Burress, a star wide receiver that played under Saban at Michigan State in 1999, didn’t take kindly to this blame and cordially returned the favor.
Saban led Burress and Michigan State to a strong 10-2 season with the Spartans in 1999, but took a coaching job with LSU prior to the end of their season, missing their bowl game against Florida.
Sixteen years later, Burress never forgot how his coach abandoned him when he needed him most, and he wasn’t shy about expressing himself.
Although this is coming from the same guy who accidentally shot himself in the leg, he raises a good point. Saban should be a little more wary of his past if he is going to throw his players under the bus like that.
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