When Alabama trounced Michigan in the national spotlight, it showed to the world that they deserved to be ranked the best in the country. The following Monday, the rankings came out and showed that everyone was paying attention to the game and agreed. Now, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is looking ahead to the rest of the season and would really like it if the media would stop praising his team.
In fact, Saban was adamant in his wish for the media to get over his team's win and took out his frustration over all the praise Wednesday during his weekly press conference for it as well as their dismissal of the team's next opponent, Western Kentucky.
Saban opened the media session ominously and never looked back.
"How is everybody today?" Saban asked. "You might not be after I get done."
Then he began.
"You know, there's a tremendous balance between humility and confidence," Saban said. "And this game is a struggle. It's a struggle every day. And you've got to embrace it every day."
"And you've got to go out there and try to earn it every day, to be as good a player as you can be. You've got to have a tremendous amount of character, confidence, mental and physical toughness. You've got to be driven to be the best. And you've got to be able to handle success."
He then went into how the media was disrespecting his next opponent.
"I hate to be negative with anybody, but when you people start writing stuff about people that we're playing that doesn't give them the proper respect, that's not fair," Saban said. "It's not fair to them, to their players who work hard to earn it. It's not fair to our players, who need to respect them. And to make presumptions like you all make, it really really upsets me."
Then he topped it off by growing more upset about how much attention Alabama was receiving in the media, instead pointing out that there are a lot of other stories out there that were deserving of being recognized.
"You don't need to write about that. There are so many more good things you can write about happening around here that people would be interested in," Saban said. "I'd love to see some of you do a little bit of research, and figure it out. It would really do my heart good."
Ok, this whole verbal chastisement to the press was obviously not for their benefit. Any good coach knows that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, especially when you are dealing with a bunch of young, prideful men. No, Saban may have been addressing the media when he said these things but the message was more for the player and it was simple; don't get a big head over a good victory. All it takes is one screw up to mess up the big picture.
Alabama will face their next big challenge on September 15 when they face No. 10 Arkansas on the road.
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