ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic called out Alabama head coach Nick Saban on Friday for his comments on transferring QB Blake Barnett.
Saban had strong comments Thursday after news broke that Barnett was transferring this week in hopes of playing for an FBS program next season. Saban said that his father “would have kicked me out of the house” if he had decided to quit on a team.
On their morning radio show, “Mike & Mike,” Greenberg argued that when Saban left the Miami Dolphins after the 2006 season to take his current job at Alabama, he was doing the same thing Barnett is doing now.
“He left, right in the middle of the job,” Greenberg said. “So he quit in the middle of that job, exactly what this kid is sort of doing. Now again, I don’t criticize Saban for doing it. It was the right choice for him. But that’s why it really bothers me when these guys start talking about these kids making the right choice for them.”
While Golic also acknowledged that going to Alabama was the best thing for Saban to do at the time, he agreed that it was hypocritical of the coach to criticize a player for doing something similar.
“I get both sides of this,” Golic said. “I absolutely do. But for Nick to say that, and then Nick, two years into his contract with the Dolphins, (to) leave that and quit on that, didn’t he do the same thing?”
Watch the full segment here.