HOOVER, Ala. — Nick Saban is the king of working himself up mid-monologue, and his Wednesday appearance at SEC Media Days proved why he’ll keep the crown this season.
Around the sixth minute of his lengthy introduction, Saban decided to tear down the charade at one of college football’s largest offseason events.
“I’m gonna sit up here and very seriously talk about our team,” Saban said in front of hundreds of reporters. “And everything I’m gonna say about our team, you’ve already written a story about. Somebody in this room has already written a story about what I’m gonna talk about. But you’re gonna be serious, and I’m gonna be serious about talking about it again.”
He immediately got back to his talking points.
“Our team has had a very good offseason…”
Like every other college coach, Saban wishes the press would focus more on the positive aspects of his team — a pipe dream considering Cam Robinson’s recent legal situation and the recruiting misdeeds of former assistant Bo Davis — and give the Crimson Tide some happier headlines.
“I think this is the great thing about college football that sometimes gets overlooked,” Saban said. “There’s so many good things that we do to help young people have a better chance to be successful. Sometimes, we just choose to focus on the few negative things that happen, but we don’t see all the other people who have a much better chance to be successful.”