Steve Spurrier on Saban: He's doing what they've done there

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday April 23, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 23, 2012

Steve Spurrier revisited his comments from a week ago about Nick Saban today on the Dan Patrick Radio Show.

In case you missed it, Spurrier said last week, "He's got a nice little gig going, a little bit like (John) Calipari. He tells guys, 'Hey, three years from now, you're going to be a first-round pick and go.' If he wants to be the greatest coach or one of the greatest coaches in college football, to me, he has to go somewhere besides Alabama and win, because they've always won there at Alabama."

Today, he was asked again if Saban needs to go someplace else to prove his greatness.

Spurrier said, "College football is not the most fair sport in the world, as we all know.  Alabama and well Florida use to be, they use to be in the top 3 in the nation in recruiting.  Alabama is still in the top 3 in the nation in recruiting almost every year.  So they are going to have the best players, so it's tough to beat them.  But you can beat 'em if you outplay 'em on that day.  That's what you have to do."

"He's always going to have super players there.  Of course, there is great tradition at Alabama and they know how to win and what it takes to win, I think they have 14 national championships, so I just mentioned that when he wins one, he's not doing anything for the first time.  He's doing what they've done there. Certainly, it's a tremendous accomplishment, but certainly I just think it's neat when a coach goes somewhere where they haven't achieved too much and he's able to build that program up near the top.  That's sort of like what I like trying to do.  We're not at the top, yet, but certainly, we've made a little bit of progress down here."

Spurrier added, "But he's certainly, maybe the best coach probably in the conference.  I mean, he's a tremendous coach."

"Now, if he could win at a place like Ole Miss or somewhere like that, now that would really be special."

No word yet on Spurrier's exact tee time this afternoon?  I'm hearing 3:32 pm, but still working to get confirmation.

Update: Spurrier has just updated everyone during an interview on theTim Brando Show that, "I'm not playing real well right now.  A lot of bogeys.  I'm just not putting."  Spurrier will play in the Chik-Fil-A event this week with Sterling Sharpe.

 

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