The Alabama Crimson Tide were clearly frustrated in the first half of their game against the USC Trojans. Two defensive players got into an altercation on the sideline that nearly turned physical and had to be broken up by head coach Nick Saban.
Ronnie Harrison confronted Deionte Thompson on the sideline and the two got into each other’s face. Saban talked about the altercation and said that it started because of the Trojans trash-talking the Crimson Tide players.
“There was a lot of trash talking going on from the other side, which that’s OK,” Saban said. “That’s their choice. They can do whatever they want. I’m not being critical of that.”
“Ronnie let (trash talk) emotionally get to him that these other guys were talking,” Saban said. “So he said something. Eddie (Jackson) said, ‘Hey man, this is not what we do. We don’t talk to the other team.’ And Ronnie got all upset, not necessarily at Eddie, but he was just emotionally upset by the trash talking and about Eddie saying something to him. These two guys have a lot of respect for each other.”
Things ended up working out for the Crimson Tide in the end as they outscored the Trojans 35-3 in the second half and moved on to a 52-6 victory. Saban will certainly do a good job of teaching the players to keep their heads on the sideline, no matter the amount of trash talk going on.
The Crimson Tide take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday.