Nick Saban: 'I don't know if I've ever been this disappointed after a win'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday September 10, 2016

Nick Saban ain’t putting up with anything this year. A week ago, he said Alabama didn’t play well in a 52-6 win over USC and warned not to get complacent. A week later, he was right.

Alabama beat Western Kentucky 38-10, but committed 12 penalties, rushed for 3.2 yards per carry and fumbled with less than two minutes left, allowing WKU to score its lone touchdown.

Saban’s opening statement in his presser very typical Saban, but he’s kicking it up a notch this year.

“I’m really disappointed we couldn’t finish the game on offense. Fumbled the ball and gave it back when trying to take the air out of the ball. That’s bad football,” he said. “It’s not the kind of football we want to play here and it’s not the football team we want to have. I don’t know that I’ve ever been this disappointed after winning a game, maybe ever. We have a lot of work to do. We’re going to play a lot better teams.

“I didn’t think we practiced well this week. I didn’t think we prepared very well for this game. I don’t think we respected the team we played. Like I said before, when you’re arrogant, it makes you complacent and creates a blatant disregard for doing things right. If we don’t start doing things right, we’re not going to have the kind of success we’re capable of. We’ll certainly focus on that. It’s my responsibility. We need to get the job done better. I’m almost embarrassed that I didn’t do a better job for our team.”

Saban made the same warnings throughout the week and got a little amped up about it on his radio show on Thursday, clearly knowing it was a bad week. The Tide play at Ole Miss next week, and the Rebels have won two straight against Saban.

After WKU’s touchdown, cameras caught Saban laying into Lane Kiffin on the sideline. Asked about the discussion, Saban cleared things up.

“There are no arguments. Those are called ass-chewings.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to