Alabama coach Nick Saban unleashed yet another classic mid-week rant on unsuspecting reporters during his news conference on Wednesday.
Multiple Alabama beat writers covering the news conference noted on social media that Saban was “short-fused,” with the most viral clip of his media availability coming from a seemingly innocuous question about Jahleel Billingsley. The reporter asked what the tight end — who has missed time this season due to disciplinary issues — had done to see his role increase in the offense.
This is how Saban responded:
After answering the reporter’s question, he let a little of his irritation show in his followup:
“I think that — did any of you play sports? The coach is supposed to play the best players, right?” Saban said. “And then it’s up to the players to do what they’re supposed to do so they get to play. Because they become one of the best players. So that’s what he’s doing now.
“But I don’t know, maybe if you didn’t play, that’s not something that you quite get. So to answer your question, he’s doing what he’s supposed to do.”
Such outbursts from Saban aren’t unheard of, though there could be several reasons for his latest example. His team, though still ranked No. 1 in the country, is coming off a narrow 31-29 victory over No. 11 Florida in which his defense was largely incapable of stopping the Gators’ rush offense. The week prior, he got onto his team for what he described as a poor week of practice ahead of FCS opponent Mercer.
Saban also bemoaned how his team failed to finish strong against Miami heading into the Week 2 matchup vs. the Bears. The Crimson Tide next face Southern Miss before a two-week stretch against ranked opponents in No. 13 Ole Miss and No. 7 Texas A&M.