I know, Nick Saban is a lying, money hungry whore that lied to the media, the fans and everyone else about staying with the Miami Dolphins. Instead, just like what happens in sports everyday, he went for the sure thing, bolted to the University of Alabama, and left his former fins high and dry.
Can you blame him?
I mean, before we go and bash Saban for lying and taking the better and bigger deal, put yourself in his shoes. I realize that you may be telling yourself “how much money is enough?” But if you really have the options that Saban had, you would likely too take the bigger and better and more secure deal and make the move.
Think about this – Saban stays with the Dolphins, a team that is right now talent wise about middle of the pack of the league. They make a few free agent moves, get some draft picks, get excited about the 100 percent return to health for Dante Culpepper, and by mid-August fan support is at a high. Then, just as has happened the last two seasons for the Dolphins, the bottom quickly drops.
Culpepper gets hurt and starts overthrowing and making bad decisions. Ronnie Brown runs like he’s stuck in the mud behind a bad offensive line that can’t run block. The defense, already getting old this past season, is lost without the retiring Jason Taylor and can’t stop anyone. The Dolphins start out 0-3, then 2-6 after eight games. Saban is on the hot seat. Questions start to surface about him taking it to the next level as a pro coach. Some whisper that he should have taken the Alabama job when he had the chance.
Trust me, you think Saban didn’t think about these exact scenarios when Alabama stepped up and offered him the most lucrative deal in college football history? He did, and part of me thinks that it was that exact reason why he took the money, and the opportunity, and bid farewell to the NFL. Don’t forget the oh-so-true words of former Oilers and Falcons coach Jerry Glanville when he once told a rookie official what the term NFL stood for – “Not For Long.” As in, you make mistakes at this level, and you won’t be around for long. Very true.
Saban knew that, and he knew that in making the move despite the backlash that he would and is getting, he would be the toast of the town in Alabama. Yesterday fans lined up for his arrival, and with $30 mil now in his pocket, he can rule the roost in what is one of the hotbeds for college football in the country.
So in hindsight, sure he lied, sure he took the money, yes he left the Dolphins high and dry. But if you really sit back and think about it – you might just do the same thing too.