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This will be in the notebook later tonight
"We clearly defined the expectation for every player. We also clearly defined the consequences if those expectations are not met.
"We also have leadership group that I spoke with before, that I would never make a decision without their sort-of stamp of approval. The combination of those things ... it’s very, very difficult … if you have children of your own and your children don’t meet your expectations, and you have to sort of, whatever it is you do, whether it’s punishment or whatever, it’s probably more difficult for you sometimes than it is for them. I think that’s certainly the case in this situation, it was more difficult for me to carry this out than maybe even for the players, because I love the players, I love the players on our team. I don’t really ever want to do anything that hurts a player. But does this hurt a player, or help a player understand the consequences of not doing what’s been defined for you to do. Most of the time when you have those rules or regulations those consequences would be significant in your life. If you choose to drive when you’ve been drinking and someone gets killed, it’s a bad consequence, much worse than being sent home from a bowl game. But it’s the same thing.
"You knew the rules, you knew the regulations, but you didn’t respect the consequences of what might happen if you didn’t do the right thing. Maybe in this case it’ll help these guys learn. That’s’ the only reason to do it."
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Why he is the best!!
The very best coach!
Anyone want to take a stab at who the leadership group consists of?
Easy to defend the coach when he sends home two players that rarely play but if he had to send lacy, mccarron or milliner home, the reaction from fans would be far far different.
Barrett Jones, Nico Johnson, Damien Square, Mike Williams, Robert Lester?
"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood, nobody!"
Lucky for us those guys are mature enough to know better than to break the guidelines put in place by Saban. They know what it takes to be champions. After having to watch the game from home, Lee and Anderson will have a better understanding too.
Like. A. Boss
Yeah well, Lacy and McCarron are in this game because they are mature champions and show leadership. It's much easier for a player who basically knows his part in the game will be very very miniscule to non-existent. It's a different mindset. And that's why you see the frosh and some non contributors make poor decisions because they are not being counted on to perform (YET). They have more down time also. So you can do the whole "how would u react if it was Lacy" BS. Fact is it isn't and won't be because they know better and know what is expected out of them.
Let us appreciate we have a genius coach who (regardless of media created personas) takes the hard line. Because a year or 2 or 3, these two guys will never do this again and will thank Saban in the end.
This post was edited by Seabreeze2 18 months ago
These two won't do it, and all the others on the team plus future players paying attention to this game realize, you don't mess around with our Coach...he means business...he follows through!! Great job coach...as a mother, I so appreciate his teaching skills...this is a life lesson, not just football!!
If it were Lacy or McCarron or one of the starters, yes it would suck. But I think Coach Saban would have done the same thing, and that's one of the major reasons I respect the man so much. I get so tired of hearing about how he doesn't care about anyone, how he is unlikable, etc... If you REALLY listen to the things that he says, I can't imagine how anyone could think he doesn't truly care about his kids, not only as players, but as people.
Notebook posted: Alabama survives Media Day, ready to get on with the game: http://ow.ly/gzuSQ
It was hypothetical. I know how some fans are. If McCarron and Milliner were sent home, more than a few fans would be totally pi%%ed at the coach.
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