Add ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon among those critical of Alabama coach Nick Saban’s comments about UCF.
Recently, the analysts shared their stinging commentary on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption about Saban, who made headlines when he criticized UCF for celebrating a self-declared national title following the 2017 season. On Tuesday, USA Today’s George Schroeder published a post in which Saban said of the Knights, “Self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it.”
Kornheiser and Wilbon weren’t buying Saban’s stance. Both went on brief rants about the coach, with Wilbon saying of Saban, “He’s a petty man in so many ways. He has demonstrated that over the years. So you know he’s not going to let it go. Of course he should.”
“This is so small and so petty to beef down like this,” Kornheiser added on the show. “You coach Alabama for God’s sake. Why are you worried about Central Florida?
“It doesn’t matter what they claim. Nobody north of Jacksonville is paying attention to what they claim. So let it go. You’re Alabama. Let it go. … I would like to tell you that this is beneath Saban. But nothing is beneath Saban. Saban wrings the joy out of every single thing he’s involved with. He is — as the kids say — a buzzkill.”
Kornheiser and Wilbon aren’t the first voices to come out in a big way against Saban. On Wednesday, SiriusXM analyst Danny Kanell called out the Alabama coach by writing that Saban was “hypocritical” for criticizing UCF, given how the Crimson Tide didn’t win the SEC West last season but were given the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff. Alabama edged out Big Ten champion Ohio State for the chance to play ACC champion Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.
Here’s hoping the Alabama-UCF offseason spat ends soon. Even former UCF coach Scott Frost, now at Nebraska, took a shot at Alabama’s collection of claimed national titles. This topic can’t run its course soon enough.
Click here to watch the full segment featuring Kornheiser and Wilbon.