Nick Saban Says His NFL-Bound Players Played Not to Get Hurt in the Sugar Bowl

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CC's picture

Everybody plays their rival the week before the CCG!

I'm quickly losing respect for him.  He's a whiny old shit at this point.

Spread offenses are hurting players.

We didn't have film on Cardale

We play or rivals right before the CCG

We got our draft grade right before the game

The guy needs a lesson in humility.

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Calgarybuck's picture

What about the bye week before your rival?

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fear_the_nut70's picture

Are you talking about Chicken Shit Saturday? 

You are entitled to you own opinion, not your own facts.

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chemicalwaste's picture

That's the one.

Ignorance isn't bliss for the rest of us.

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SirBrutusofCbus's picture

whoops that was supposed to be an upvote, sorry friend!

Our honor defend

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nm_buck's picture

you can change your DV to an UV

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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ronbizi's picture

Luckily, you can press the upvote button still and change your mistake.

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unknownmusketeer's picture

I am loving the excuses. This means that they don't realize their flaws and will be exposed again. And again. And again.

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awlinBrutus's picture

if your draft eligible guys aren't performing let a pup get some reps. that's what bowl practice is for. playoff teams get 30 days to prepare. plenty of time to get your team up. its a direct indictment of the backups not pushing the starters, imo of course. schools out so all you have to do is train for the national championship. that's why so many bama players were carrying an extra 20#'s all in the wrong places. I think he realizes his D is built wrong for the spread offenses and he can only recruit over them so fast.  funny how saban wants things that benefit his program the most. both issues he's tried to push would favor  big DL & LB's in your front 7. sounds like the development is too front ended so to speak. coaches have to get better every day also.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

And they probably discounted everything Herman told them a couple weeks ago when he visited them for the post mortem...

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

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Berniebucks78's picture

The irony behind all of this is this is exactly what his own recruiting tactics got him. He told kids to come play for him, because he will get them the NFL money. Don't whine and complain when they preserve themselves for the cash. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR URBAN! The focus in our program is on selflessness and team. So much better than a "dash for the cash."

http://www.abc3340.com/story/23033695/nick-sabans-latest-recruiting-pitc...

"Indecision may (or may not) be my downfall."

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buckeye phi's picture

All good points, CC.  But whether he realizes it or not, the Buckeyes gave him a pretty good lesson in humility already.

Or at least, it should have been -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

You mean like this lesson?

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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SCarolinaBuckeye's picture

And it should have been worse had Urban kept the ball in EZE's hands on first down late in that game.

Beat Clemson

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MichiBuck12's picture

And in the redzone early in the game...

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Seattle Linga's picture

Yeah the score could have been ridiculously lopsided if we had done just a few things differently. 

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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northernLLamma's picture

We've heard Saban's/the SEC's excuses... Now here's a child describing what REALLY happened (what Urban did to Saban):

...and I got 2 words for you: GAME OVER!

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

That is freakin' hilarious.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Whoa Nellie's picture

Indeed, CC. Don't forget how they weren't motivated. Has Saban now used up all the possible ways to blame everyone but himself?

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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Jumar's picture

I call bullsh*t.

Excuses are all the SEC is good at these days...

If you continue to think what you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. #AlumforStaff

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unknownmusketeer's picture

Is it SEC speed to come up with an excuse 7 months later?

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chemicalwaste's picture

South Eastern Crybabies

Ignorance isn't bliss for the rest of us.

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THE's picture

It used to be the Southern Ego Circlejerk. 

Now it's reduced to the excuSEC conference. 

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Keyser Soze's picture

what a little vagina! I sure hope the remaining recruits that it is coming down to OSU and buma get to see the response from sabin after a loss. 

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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ToledoMD's picture

I specifically remember Landon Collins injuring his shoulder in the first half of the Sugar Bowl.  The guy played his heart out, continuously re-entering the game only to continuously get re-injured and have to be helped back off the field.

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nm_buck's picture

Great point.  Reggie Ragland also played his heart out.  IIRC he was injured several times and finally lost a battle with Zeke's thigh. There were great athletes on that Bama team who played their best football that night.  That was a sledgehammer game, as Urban stated. The only reason they lost is they played a superior team.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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Boxley's picture

I agree total BS on HIS part.

If they were half assing it, why didn't he pull their butts off of the field and stick in one his next twenty plus, five stars?

Poor coaching on his part if he is letting his players dictate the on the field play.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

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Bucknut20's picture

To be fair I'd probably run out of bounds too if Darron Lee's relentless ass was coming to destroy me!

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irishfury's picture

It has to be really scary as well as a DB or a Safety and see 12 gauge running with his head down towards you.

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drank1933's picture

By his own logic Notre Dame, LSU and Texas all now have excuses as to why Bama won their titles. Get out of here... You got out coached and out worked by a more talented team. Own it and move on.

And if for some reason his claim is true, then it's HIS fault for not being able to motivate them/recruiting players who put themselves first.

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Seattle Linga's picture

espn, bert and bama fans are about the only ones listening to his schtick - There is a huge difference between Urban and nick - and these types of quotes are just an example.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

How could anyone take this seriously? He is like a crusty, bitter politician. Even if what he is saying is true, it comes across as nothing more than a flimsy excuse, especially to us though. That clown gets no slack 'round here. 

But, that crap about playing Auburn and then your conference championship game? C'mon man... What about that Western Carolina tilt the week before Auburn? I bet he'd lose his mind if he closed with Georgia, then Auburn, as we close with Michigan State then our bitter rival. 

I don't really care what he says, there's a strong chance I'm going to disagree with it anyways. He's just a dreadful human being. 

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Calgarybuck's picture

Every Sugar bowl it's a new excuse, Vs Utah, Oklahoma his first words were excuses! the whole (We weren't playing a championship, Agents, Draft grades, player safety, no-huddle BS) like wow oh wow! That sports writers are only now starting to call him out for it is sad, most ppl have seen this coming for years.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

In all fairness, let's give him the benefit of the doubt here. He's had a few tough losses in which his team was not prepared and didn't execute, because they didn't take the game seriously and they were influenced by outside sources. It's totally the players fault, everyone knows that. You don't hold the guy you're buying a house mansion for and paying $8,000,000 a year accountable..  

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Calgarybuck's picture

Being a leader and showing leadership is taking ownership and responsibility if things don't fall your way.  I hope this will be the beginning of the end for Saban, obviously it won't be quick I get that but I think he's done winning national championships.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I've said it since FSU beat Auburn - their day in the sun has ended. That will be the day we look back on, when the SEC started their current 0-5 slide in major bowls, as the beginning of the end. America woke up, and the SEC no longer has a guaranteed invitation to the championship game engraved for whomever wins the conference. It's over. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Mike North from FSR basically says the exact same thing. He also believes their rings will get rusty.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

The writing was on the wall.  All dynasties crash, and this one was propped up by 14 teams. They were the greatest collective self-fulfilling prophecy in sports history. No matter who won it, they were assured of a seat at the table.

I'm glad those days are over. Their fans are just the worst. Look at the education rankings of the states that comprise the SEC footprint once. And we wonder why LawTide goes on YouTube calling us "Chump ass Yankees"... 

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Seattle Linga's picture

The thing is ----------- most of them give us excuses and not props. Calling us Luckeyes and saying it'll never happen again - wow I'm insulted. clay travis saying if we played again we would lose - he must have an awful life to say that garbage.

These coaches love their jobs I am sure but for the bottom feeders in the sec I wonder if the head coaches were actually cheering for the Buckeyes in the Sugar.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I agree on all counts. And, I think they're also the worst losers. But, I think that's still the cultural disappointment stemming from that big loss back in '65...1865

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Seattle Linga's picture

WOW - and very nice.

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osu78's picture

You know what you call someone who loses and says he'd win if he played again?

A loser.

Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Point taken there 78 - nice job

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

this one was propped up by 14 four teams.

FIFY - From 2000 to 2013 the SEC had eight BCS champions, but they only came from four schools: Florida, LSU, Alabama and Auburn.  If we go back to the beginning of the BCS, you can stretch that to five teams with Tenn. The other 9-10 teamswere pretty much along for the ride, with the lone exception of UGA which won a bunch of games, but just couldn't finish.

Among the best winning percentages of the BCS era, the so-called SEC dynasty had none in the Top 5, but three in the Top 12: #7 LSU (.732), #9 UGA (.729), and #11 UF (.723). 'Bama and Auburn fell at #13 and #19.  (#1, of course, was tOSU (.793) followed by OU and Texas)

From 1998-2012 the SEC vs. other major conferences was only 141-121 (.536), that's about as dominant as flipping a coin:
SEC vs. PAC-12 regular season: 10-12
SEC vs. PAC-12 bowl games: 1-0
SEC vs. Big 12 regular season: 6-10
SEC vs. Big 12 bowl games: 21-8
SEC vs. ACC regular season: 42-36
SEC vs. ACC bowl games: 16-9
SEC vs. Big 10 regular season: 7-4
SEC vs. Big 10 bowl games: 19-19
SEC vs. Big East regular season: 16-15
SEC vs. Big East bowl game: 3-8

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Very well put together point, Navy. I was simply stating that no matter who won the SEC, they'd be in the national championship game. It didn't matter who it was. 

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I'm with you 3M.  It was circular logic and BS preseason polls that artificially inflated the SEC's strength of schedule.  I was just pointing out that the whole "best conference top to bottom", blah, blah, blah was a bunch of horse shit.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Seattle Linga's picture

 circular logic

I like that term NB - I will have to use it against Mrs. Linga next time we argue. 

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

use it against Mrs Linga next time we argue

She'll just turn it around on you...  

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Seattle Linga's picture

Yeah that type of rebound SUX - maybe I should just use it on the kids.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

use it on the kids 

Pick battle you can win. Smart man...  

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Seattle Linga's picture

Not the biggest fan of couch sleeping. Been there .......done that ........and when I wake up - I regret it 

That's my circular logic (I think)

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Self-inflicted gunshot wounds are the worst. 

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MikeMitchell514's picture

Good stuff sir!

Onions make me sad. A lot of people don’t realize that

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chemicalwaste's picture

Sounds like Brian Kelly.

Ignorance isn't bliss for the rest of us.

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BuckUte's picture

The Utah-Bama Sugar Bowl was another epic game. I don't remember if Saban made this excuse or the commentators but many people kept talking about Bama's star O-lineman was out with an injury and using it as an excuse as to why Utah's D-line lived in the backfield all game. They gave no credit to Utah who has had very strong defensive lines for a very long time. It was hilarious...as if there is any team in the bowl season who doesn't have a starter who it out because of an injury during the season.

“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”
– Paul Brown

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Jabba the Hoke's picture

I'm pretty sure OSU was completely healthy, not like any "third-stringers" were playing.

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flushtwicelongwaytoannarbor's picture

does he think that it would only effect HIS team? I think most teams still alive dec 15th would have the same excuse; which obviously negates it as an excuse at all. yeah?

I build structures for a living and watch football for fun. please disregard any and all construction grade grammar and spelling.

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acBuckeye's picture

If that were a miniature cat, it'd be spot on.

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buckeyedude's picture

I assume that's a DJ approved GIF?

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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AirForceNUT's picture

Dear Saban,

"Antonio Williams is to Ezekiel Elliott as Kareem Walker is to Derrick Green." - DJ Byrnes

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

That's not what King Leonidas said

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.

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AirForceNUT's picture

This is an Ohio State site.  Not MSU.

"Antonio Williams is to Ezekiel Elliott as Kareem Walker is to Derrick Green." - DJ Byrnes

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Sparta, Ohio is closer to Columbus than Sparta, Michigan is to East Lansing

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.

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AirForceNUT's picture

"Antonio Williams is to Ezekiel Elliott as Kareem Walker is to Derrick Green." - DJ Byrnes

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robobuck's picture

Id be willing to bet that Columbus is closer to Sparta, Greece (is it in Greece, still?) than East Lansing is.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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rkylet83's picture

Seriously...stop it...you're a grown man...

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SilverBullets4Life's picture

That's debatable...I whiney, girly, grown man MAYBE

MACTE VIRTUTE

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chemicalwaste's picture

Dude, that's just miserably unfair! I could laugh at that for hours!

Ignorance isn't bliss for the rest of us.

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BuckeyeDave's picture

Come on.  Nicky is like 5 foot tall.  Calling him a grown anything is pushing it.

"Without winners there wouldn't even be any civilization" - WWH.

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Sly Stallone would like to have a word with you...

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pompano buckeye's picture

Seriously...stop it...you're a grown groaning man..There, fixed that for you.

“...indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.” Woody Hayes

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BuckeyeIn NY's picture

DJ, you are really lobbing them in today.  Going to be hard to get any work done today with all of the great responses to SEC media days.  Sit back and relax, the fun is just starting.    

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d1145fresh's picture

So Alabama's coaches didn't have its team mentally prepared to play the game?

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Rottweiler's picture

This is exactly my thought. It is Saban's job to get the team in the right mental state for the game, his job to prepare them. An unprepared team is completely the coaches fault. I didn't hear the rest of the interview, but his quoted statement ought to followed with, "It's my fault". Coaches can't ever, ever, ever throw your own guys under the bus....

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grangel's picture

Butt hurt , big time

R.I.P. AfroDuck and Harambe

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bucknut1994's picture

He needs to just give it up, admit they got their ass beat and try again next year or something

#94Ways

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Sevenandcounting's picture

in two straight years, in the SEC showcase game...

Because I couldn't go for three...

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AirForceNUT's picture

"Antonio Williams is to Ezekiel Elliott as Kareem Walker is to Derrick Green." - DJ Byrnes

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CincyOSU's picture

Not a Dupe...this is actually posted BEFORE DJ's article.

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

Does this mean DJ gets jail time?

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HandsOfSweed's picture

If DJ gets jail time for this, who among us will be man enough to lead an army of cats to his rescue?

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AirForceNUT's picture

I was calling DJ's article the dupe and showing that there was already one created.  I guess I could've clarified better.

"Antonio Williams is to Ezekiel Elliott as Kareem Walker is to Derrick Green." - DJ Byrnes

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buckeye phi's picture

Wouldn't worry about it.  I take it as a compliment when an 11W staff writer uses one of my previously posted forum topics as the subject for an article.  It's all in the family -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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cricejr's picture

I have never seen a team make up so many excuses about how/why they lost.  Well, since Manny Pacquiao's team...

I bleed scarlet...literally

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FairfaxBuckeye's picture

Clearly winning the SEC West should be enough. No need for the SEC West winner to play in the SEC title game, or the CFP. They had to play in the toughest division of the toughest conference in the country.

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chicagobuckeye's picture

Alabama last three games before playoff this year:

Charleston Southern - Auburn - SEC championship game

Same weeks Ohio State schedule:

Michigan State - Michigan - Big Ten championship

Ok Saban...

What if you don't hear YOLO anymore because everyone who use to say it died?

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buckguyfan1's picture

With a 3rd string QB. 

Simplify...

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chicagobuckeye's picture

I was referencing the upcoming 2015 season, but this past season doesn't support his narrative either.

What if you don't hear YOLO anymore because everyone who use to say it died?

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FairfaxBuckeye's picture

When a narrative is truly bad, it stands the test of time.

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stechs02's picture

Yeah Saban, I'm pretty sure Wisconsin beat Auburn in their bowl game. Ohio State beat Wisconsin in the CCG 59-0. Real challenging rival right there...

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chemicalwaste's picture

And we've come to the center of the shrubbery maze!

Ignorance isn't bliss for the rest of us.

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BucksLover0214's picture

I'm sick of the excuses.  Fact is his team has not been ready to play for the last 2 Sugar Bowls.  Despite being up 21-6 they were never in the game against OSU.  They got their asses handed to them against Oklahoma.  They have a practical bye before every big game they play.  I wish he'd just suck it up and admit their guys weren't as good. 

They hate us cuz they aint us!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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SM_Chi's picture

Or admit that he's lost a step as a head coach.

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KBonay's picture

For fuck's sake. Take your medicine son. 

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Berniebucks78's picture

Excuses (and Nick Saban) are like a-holes. 

"Indecision may (or may not) be my downfall."

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AirForceNUT's picture

Everybody has a Nick Saban?  Where the fuck is mine at?

"Antonio Williams is to Ezekiel Elliott as Kareem Walker is to Derrick Green." - DJ Byrnes

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buckeye phi's picture

They're so small - they're easy to misplace -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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Buckeye_Chief's picture

I laughed out loud in my office and my department head asked what the fuck my problem was...he is a MSU grad and even he laughed at it.

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back so I just ran him over.” - Joey Bosa

 

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BenArazi4's picture

So what he's saying is we played with more heart and like real men and competitors.  I can deal with that...

 

 

 

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neo's picture
Oh, is that what it was Nick?

"Let's beat the shit out of Michigan. Have a good night." - UFM

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SM_Chi's picture

Yawn. Another day, another Saban whine. 

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Cooper's picture

Urban's response:

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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JoeAndSo's picture

7 months and that's the best excuse he can come up with?

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯"  - Joey Bosa

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

I'm guessing his assistants that thought up this excuse need a raise to think better and harder....

That's the 'Bama way....

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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Unky Buck's picture

"Everything you see on the internet is true." - Abraham Lincoln

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Vberger's picture

Here Nick, I bought you something to go with that whine!

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BucksHave7's picture

Well we had our 3rd String QB.

BucksHave7

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Surely he didn't actually say this, right? I mean damn, they're doing everything they can not to admit that Oklahoma and Ohio State both outplayed them in their backyard, in consecutive seasons. I've got a consolation prize for you -

Yeah, affected by Draft grades. Well, Nick how the hell do you think it affected Ohio State to go into a playoff and face #1 and #2 with a QB who had exactly one start under his belt?!?!?

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

And which team played consecutive games against the three Heisman finalists?  Wait, it wasn't Alabama?  Hmm...

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BuckeyeinSF's picture

I would love nothing more than to play Alabama in CFP again this year so Urban can put this whiny little prick in his place.

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FairfaxBuckeye's picture

...with a roster full of players who will have high draft grades.

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Wargor's picture

So in Saban logic, we should give up now.  

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buckeye phi's picture

Yeah, Wargor.  What's he going to say when we win it again - and - put more guys in the draft?

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

So, Landon Collins was playing not to get hurt and yet 12 Gauge busted his a-- up, anyway.  

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BrowardBuckeye's picture

Yeah...Collins definitely needs to work on his "playing not to get hurt" game!

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Wargor's picture

Now for some investigative journalism to track down some of Bama's draft picks and ask them if they agree with Coach Saban that they didn't try hard enough.  

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Potatodigger's picture

If you're looking for Bama's former players, try looking under the bus Saban's driving ...

I don't DV. Most people don't deserve it, and the ones who do probably enjoy it.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

ROTFLMAO!!  Yeah - talk about being loyal to your players!

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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Boxley's picture

Think about his logic in this. Your top draft players playing on national television. They are taking plays off and avoiding being hurt?

Really, because I am pretty sure with all of the NFL scouts watching them, they would want to be seen as a  a player who is half-assing it in a title game for their team.

That would sure boost their draft value......... Sheeeesh, as an excuse, that one really stinks

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Buckeyeincleveburg's picture

Yeah, Landon Collins intentionally let his draft stock drop by playing it safe.

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Buckeye06's picture

I guess I don't understand why OSU's guys weren't doing the same then.  I guess OSU doesn't have guys who get graded for the NFL

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

And I didn't know that the draft grades that are handed out on December 15 were frozen in time. If a junior is projected to go late in the first round, apparently it won't impact his actual draft position (five months later, in April) if he plays like a heartless coward on the biggest stage of the college football season. 

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avail31678's picture

Aaaaaand it's your job as head coach to motivate them for the task at hand and keep them focused.  Or recruit guys like Urban does who play for the TEAM first.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

It wasn't fair for Ohio State to run a no huddle offense because Bama's players were trying to get back on the field after taking cover on the sidelines. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Sometimes, trophies mean more than draft grades.

But good lookin' out, coach.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

There are times where the worst thing that can be spread is misinformation

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

What. A. Freaking. Crybaby. Sore. Loser. ASS. Clown Saban has turned out to be the last two seasons.

How is it the NFL's fault his players didnt play with heart and didnt play as warriors. #ClowneySyndrome

The first half of that game Bama laying wood and really taking it to us. The Miller interception and the Spencer pass took their heart. That was the problem not the draft grade.

I dont like Saban but I respected the man as a coach. Lately, not so much.

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Replace_the_o's picture

I'm glad those draft grades didn't effect (here we go)

Darryl Baldwin

Michael Bennett

Doran Grant

Curtis Grant

Steve Miller

Devin Smith  

Evan Spencer

Basically Saban is blaming himself for not creating a family atmosphere where individuals are willing to put it all on the line for the sake of the team.  We are a family at tOSU.  Saban's basically saying "Urban...you are a much much better coach than me." 

Saban...I agree with you.

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Cooper made excuses

Smart made excuses

Saban now follows suit. 

You got your ass kicked Alabama, just like OSU did vs Florida in 2006-07 game. Accept it and move on. 

I now am firmly in the "I want Bama again" camp. Those jokers think it was a fluke. 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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TraSmith4's picture

I don't always agree with ActionStanleyJackson but when I do it's because of comments like this ^^^ 

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CuseGirl's picture

He can't just say they weren't good enough? Smh. What is the problem with admitting that the other team was inherently better on that day? 

And you know THIS....man!

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Because, the SEC is the best, so if they lose, it's not their fault

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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maniacmcgoo's picture

This, ladies and gentlemen is why Nick Saban couldn't hack it in East Lansing. He wasn't a great coach then, he isn't now. When the best the SEC has in regards to head coaches is those who couldn't hack it in the Big Ten you know our conference is superior.

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Fatpants's picture

Is saying your guys chickened out REALLY better than admitting you got beat?

 

PG <3 PG

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buckeye phi's picture

Well put, Fatpants -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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SaltyD0gg's picture

The delicious excuses are almost as satisfying as the win.

Pain of Discipline

Pain of Regret

Take Your Pick

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Prickly_Pete's picture

If video games had been around in Saban's childhood, he'd be the type of kid who reset the game every time he started to lose.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Video games weren't around then, so instead he kicked over the Monopoly board.

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buckeyedude's picture

so instead he kicked over the Monopoly board.

I did this once when my older brother and his friends were beating me in a game of RISK.

I was pissed.

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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Bolt's picture

I guess that's a testament to Urban as being a better coach than Saban under that logic...Urban is able to actually motivate his NFL-bound talent and Nick couldn't. Or Nick could not be a dumbass and realize that the draft grades in December aren't the final evaluation of a prospect. The College Football Playoff should be one of the best evaluations for his players to participate in and raise their stock in.

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BrutusB's picture

Aside from his whining, I almost agree with him that that's a dumb time to give out draft grades. Wouldn't you want to see how a guy plays against another elite team in a bowl game before evaluating him?

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avail31678's picture

The problem is many, including people here at 11W, and probably myself, were complaining that there wasn't enough time to make a decision.  Example: Cardale Jones went from 3rd sting QB to draftable (some say 2nd round possibly)  virtually overnight, and he had very little time to make a VERY costly and difficult decision.

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AZBuckeyePhan's picture

WOW is Saban a whiny bitch...

Hey remember when people use to say Saban ran Urban out of the SEC?!?! LOLOLOL Yea that was really cute. 

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Buckeyeball043's picture

Chump-ass southerner.

No disrespect to those who live in the South.

"I am El Guapo...the handsome one."

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Findog5's picture

None taken!

The more you act like a lady the more likely he’ll act like a gentleman. 

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buckeyedude's picture

Except he's not a Southerner.

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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Potatodigger's picture

Exclusive video from Saban's press conference:

I don't DV. Most people don't deserve it, and the ones who do probably enjoy it.

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avail31678's picture

"I don't care how....just push the draft oooooouuuuuuuut!"

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CALPOPPY's picture

I don't know. Seems like the person is a little tall to be Saban.

Memento mori

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buckeye phi's picture

She's a little too tall - but I get your point, P D -

Edit:  Calpoppy beat me to it -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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Potatodigger's picture

You guys caught me. That's not actually video of Saban.

I don't DV. Most people don't deserve it, and the ones who do probably enjoy it.

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The Pontiff's picture

I thought Saban was an oompa loompa? They are the same size aren't they?

Michigan and Ohio once fought over Toledo. Ohio Lost

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EverythingisScarletandGray81's picture

PD you get the win! :)

For weasel extermination call 513-BUCK-EYE.

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Sevenandcounting's picture

So no one played harder to improve their grade? they were all A++ players and just wanted to stay in their bed rooms till the end of April to get drafted? give me a break...

Because I couldn't go for three...

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

I wonder if the folks in Alabama cried this much when they lost the Civil War? 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Bama's linebackers are and were a huge liability. Big, slow

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Bama's linebackers are and were a huge liability. Big, slow

Slow isn't normally a problem for them during in-conference play...

SEC Speed

Shandy is not beer

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Buckeyebull64's picture

Nick knew before he took the job he would have to play auburn right? Doesn't everybody play a big game to end the year?

that said, I don't disagree on the nfl thing, I suppose 

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Wargor's picture

True, but if we say, "We have to play TTUN and then the Big 10 Championship game" we don't get quite as many nods of agreement on how tough that is.

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dsavoca77's picture

I can see why this guy is liked so much.  Take your lumps and move on.  

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Andy Vance's picture

Wow, nothing like throwing your former players under the bus...

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

That would infer that he actually have a shit about them in the first place.

I'm not buying the 'running out of bounds' thing either.  Not once did I see a guy carrying the football for them run out of bounds to avoid contact.

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Wargor's picture

Maybe it was the ones trying to tackle the scary guys with the football. :)

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Yeah, but at least they caught the number...12.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

So nice having Joey Galloway getting a bigger role on ESPN. Guy just tells it like it is 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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BucksFan2000's picture

Maybe he's saying that Auburn and the SEC Championship game aren't good enough prep for a team like Ohio State.

So it's a solid point actually.

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chicagobuckeye's picture

I feel like Saban said the same thing when he was winning and everyone accepted it because he already won with the current set-up. There was no complaints because his followers would just say "Well he's winning, so it isn't like he needs any extra help and is actually looking out for players".

Once he starts losing, he says the same thing, but it now comes off as a whining because he can't win and needs to bend the rules or change them to help him win.

What if you don't hear YOLO anymore because everyone who use to say it died?

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andretolstoy's picture

If you die before you die, then you won't die when you die. 

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bucks15's picture

Ohio State's juniors had draft grades delivered to them on Dec. 15th as well.

Blaming the team chemistry change falls directly on the Head Coach, that's Saban's fault.

Sure Auburn is a good football team but you had nearly a month to rest and recover just like we did after rivalry week and the conference championships, not to mention the glorified scrimmage you had vs. Western Carolina the week before.  Oh and by the way, that Auburn team he mentions lost too our B1G Championship game foe.  And one more thing Saban, lets not pretend Missouri is some kind of elite team you beat in the championship.

These are excuses, we beat their ass fair and square and he's choosing to deal with it immaturely.  That's what it comes down too.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Winners don't need excuses, because they get trophies.

So you can keep your excuses Nick. We'll keep our trophies.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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sheidster's picture

Wait wait saban complaining about auburn then sec champ game. Correct me if I'm wrong but I do remember a wisconsin team who beat auburn in a bowl game. Last time I checked we held them scoreles in our big ten champ Game. Weak excuse Saban, No soup for you.

There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you --Woody Hayes

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Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

Damn I feel drunk already off of all this cheap Saban whine, but hey I guess it's 5 o'clock somewhere

http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/grey
For all of those who think Grey is wrong~ Dictionary

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BigTom's picture

Funny, I never heard Saban complain about playing Auburn and SEC Title game leading up to the Championships he won.

I don't think I've ever seen a conference full of sore losers like the SEC after last bowl season.   It's freaking comedy gold.   At least they are consistent... they all take credit with wins and they all make excuses with losses.

Seriously though, winners compare themselves to their goals, losers compare themselves to others.   Watching a "winner" like Saban  resort to excuse after excuse shows me first hand his days are over.   You can't run an elite anything making excuses at the top.  If he is making excuses, just imagine what is going on in the locker room.

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rkylet83's picture

Hey Alabama, remember this?

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

If I could live to be one million years old and watch this four or five times a day, it STILL would NEVER get old!!

Good times, good times...

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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Barnsey69's picture

Didn't see any Bama players running out of bounds on that play...of course they may have been disoriented by the giant dust cloud they were eating.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, the Uncomparable  Joe Burrow, and home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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rkylet83's picture

Their SEC speed was so fast they completely overran the play and had to slow down and unfortunately they hit each other when trying to make the tackle.  They simply can't adjust because they're so fast!!!

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Crumb's picture

Or by the wide receiver blocking two of them into oblivion.

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Kugel's picture

You can clearly see that they didn't try to tackle him because they got a 4th round draft grade there.

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Elks&#039; comb over's picture

I just want to take this time to thank you all who sacrificed everyday for this team, I know most of you will not be going onto the NFL. However, I don't think you necessarily need a trophy to be a winner, there are alot of winners on this team. Anyways, to those guys not going I just hope you can look back to this time and remember you played next to and sacrificed for those guys as you watch them play on Sundays..... Now what I need you guys to do is help get some more of these recruits in here to take over your spots as we move on from this... *cough*.... and you...

“Megadeth >>> Metallica” - Alum 2019. I couldn’t agree more.

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BuckeyeMark's picture

so good ... just so good.  cannot ever see this enough. 

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neo's picture

Look at all those first round draft picks not trying.

"Let's beat the shit out of Michigan. Have a good night." - UFM

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stcburn's picture

They ran out of bounds because the Buckeyes were laying the wood on them. Defensively and offensively, Bama players was laying on the field going out injured, they got their asses handed to them.

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IGotAWoody's picture

What kind of motivation is he providing for his current players?! They have to be confused, or pissed, at statements like this. Or, they simply agree with their coach, unaware that he's just planted some really bad seeds in their brains. It's no wonder they played poorly in the Sugar Bowl for a second year in a row. They offered excuses after OK beat their asses, and look at the results they got the next year.

How would Urban handle this differently? Look at the end of 2013. Urban flat out said they were out-coached and that they didn't have their players ready to handle the task at hand, and that they flat out weren't good enough (coaches and players both). What kind of motivation did that provide? They went out, worked harder, and got better. And look at the results they got.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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ITWASME's picture

This is why Alabama has been pretty much the same team for years while Urban has Ohio State on an upward trajectory.

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teddyballgame's picture

Yeah I mean, who the heck wants to play for a national championship anyway.  Risk your body all season long only to get scared and mail in a shitty performance when the stakes are highest.  Makes total sense.

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Wargor's picture

Hey Saban, POTUS has a message for you:

The Buck Stops Here
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buckeye phi's picture

Except in this case, the "Bucks" kept going -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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Buckeyeincleveburg's picture

Until they stopped in at the White House.

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

I am glad to see the national media is seeing straight through this. PAWWWL even said it was an excuse. 

As well as this: 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/sec/2015/07/15/alabama-nick-saban-sec-media-days-nfl-draft-grades/30184715/

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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Phutatorius's picture

If Landon Collins didn't want to get hurt, he should have got the hell out of Cardale's way.

I'm a streetwalkin' cheetah with a hubcap diamond star halo.  I fought the law, I know it's over, and I wanna be sedated.

 

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buckeye phi's picture

You might say, Cardale caused Collins to "Landon" his ass -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

He tried...it's just his teammates couldn't bring him down either

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Landon Collins was thinking about his Draft Grade when he got trucked, apparently.

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buckeyedude's picture

I almost like this video as much as Zeke's run! Awesome!

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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Pa_snoborder's picture

HAHAHA

Alabama fan: "we all know urban left the sec because he's afraid of saban."

HAHAHAHA.

One shall stand, One shall fall. -Optimus Prime

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osu78's picture

He was, afraid of having to listen to his whining day in and day out....

Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate.

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BayCountyBuck's picture

When I was 6 I was thinking about this rivalry. This one is seared on your soul, It's ingrained through every part of your body. -Urban Meyer

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Yeeeaaahhhhhh.... right Nick!

He seems to have a lot of excuses when his team loses!!!  How about this one Nickie... you got out coached by Urban and you didn't have your boys prepared like the Buckeyes were!!!  They were in better shape physically, mentally, and were more motivated than your team.

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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EwBlue's picture

Somebody call a waaambulance!

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

OK - time for my rant on this.

Saban - you little bitchy cry-baby, why don't you grow a pair, man up and admit that your team got their asses beat by the better team?  Are you telling me that your players didn't want the National Championship bad enough?  I call bullshit on that.

Ohio State had seniors going pro after this season, yet I don't recall any of our seniors playing soft or not to get hurt.  I guess you may need to brush up on your motivational tactics as a coach.  Urban Meyer had no problem getting his men motivated.

My take on what happened to your team, watching the Sugar Bowl from my vantage point on my couch, was that Ohio State plain outhit, outhustled, and outran your team.  By the third quarter, the Buckeyes were abusing some of your best players, Landon Collins comes mind.

Stop making excuses and be a MAN.  Admit it when your team gets beat by a better team, and when you get out-coached.

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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buckeyedude's picture

So I think Saban must be the equivalent of Pork Chop Charlie(Weis) and Baby Ribs Brady...both good recruiters, but not good game day coaches?

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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Kid Buckeye's picture

Not having your team ready is a coach problem, is Saban telling me all he can do is recruit?  2 years in a row with excuses on why they lost in the bowl games. WTF.

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SFlaBuckeye13's picture

Let the haters keep talking. Everything that is being said will just motivate the team more and piss them off to be GREAT. More bulletin board stuff for the locker room O-H!

The world is yours

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ZMBucks's picture

My counter-point would be that players will play harder because they want to improve upon the grade that they just received.

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SCarolinaBuckeye's picture

To add to your point, I could understand a kid being upset/depressed because of the rating for a day or so (if it was a bad rating) but then busting his butt in practice the next two weeks to prove to the NFL talent evaluators that you do belong.  

And, if you graded out highly, the better you play the better you get drafted, which could be the difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions.  Each draft position you go up is more money, and each position you slide down means money  you lose.  But you are guaranteed to slide if you play like Saban is insinuating they did.  To me, playing soft is high risk, low reward.

Beat Clemson

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MichiBuck12's picture

If you could bottle those salty tears, you could make millions. It would instantly become the most popular drink in the great state of Ohio.

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Firedup's picture

I am sorry that I don't feel bad. Part of coaching is motivating your team to the best of their abilities and beyond sometimes. 

"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM

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GABuckeye70's picture

My fellow Buckeyes glory in what we have done.  Lil Nicky is now on total defense.  That seat he is on keeps getting hotter and hotter by the minute.  The SEC is exposed, the playoff system has shown they are just as weak as we all thought they were.  Saban is now fighting for what could be his life in Alabama if he has a couple more bad seasons.  Its good to be a Buckeye.  We have a coach that doesn't make excuses for poor play, or bad decisions by the staff.  While other teams make excuses, we keep winning.  I will enjoy this season more that any other season in my memory.  Not just for the potential of what my favorite home state team can accomplish, but by watching the "Best Conference in America" crumble around my feet, as I stand on the ash heap in northern Georgia, and sound a MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  While wearing a 2015 National Championship tee.

Thank you,

(Takes a bow)

Living in SEC country... and Loving it!!!!

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buckeye phi's picture

What a tremendous example of sportsmanship he's setting for his team.  Unbelievable -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

It seems Saban may have lost the edge.  Getting beat the way they did by a more physical team seems to have shaken him to the core.  The OBC is crazy and says some nutty things.  But his takes on Alabama and Saban are spot on.  With the talent they have brought in, they should never lose a game-that's a clear shot at coaching and player development.  

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

My players played to not get hurt (even though there were OSU players with NFL Draft grades who seemed to play hard).

We didn't respect Cardale (even though everyone saw him tear apart the #2 ranked total defense).

Playing Auburn and Missouri leading into a playoff is hard (even though Missouri lost to INDIANA and Auburn lost to the same Wisconsin team OSU waxed 59-0).

The sun was in my eyes.  My shoes were untied.  I wasn't ready.  Just like Miami fans with the excuses.  Blame the refs, while you're at it.

I think Saban really has lost his edge.  Here, I thought that was just Skip Bayless trying to say "Alabama lost it" more than "OSU won it".  But if Saban is making these kinds of excuses, maybe he has really lost it.

Class of 2010.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

AND our players forgot to eat their Wheaties ...

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Brutus1972's picture

Running out of bounds? No, no, no Mr Saban, you have it all wrong. You didn't lose because your offensive players ran out of bounds. You lost because your defensive players were getting ran over by Zeke and Cardale. Top NFL draft pick at the Safety position gets trucked numerous times by OSU QB and RB. Leading Bama Tackler and LB Ragland gets sent to the locker room bleeding from the nose after collision with Zeke. Nice try Nicky but we all watched the game.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Reminds me of a guy one time who told me after our tennis match the only reason I won was because it was a windy day.  Thought that was humorous as you change sides every odd game I and do recall having to deal with the wind myself.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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baz's picture

Gee. I thought it was Zeke's exposed, glistening abs that blinded his would be tacklers that caused all Saban's failures. Turns out his players only lacked courage. That IS a little more believable.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

The unfair crop top ... which the NCAA has now rectified.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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WC Buckeye's picture

"The only easy day was yesterday" - US Navy SEALS

Nicky: remind your guys that they have to practice today, MKAY?

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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MauricXe's picture

omg...he's worse than the fans.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Their running back only used one arm ... that threw our entire defense off, the NCAA should ban that.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Frimmel's picture

You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. 

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fear_the_nut70's picture

So it was tough getting through the SEC title game?  You mean beating the team that was a middling Big 12 team a few years ago (remember, if so and so joined the SEC, they would go 4-8)?  The one that lost to Indiana on their home turf?  While you had that "tough" game, we had to beat a Wisconsin team, that well, beat your rival in a bowl game.

I thought the reason they lost was because they didn't take Cardale seriously?

Look, the SEC had a nice run.  But as was pointed out time and again, things are cyclical in CFB.  Win with grace, lose with grace.  I have wondered if the best of Saban was behind him (losses in big games, crying about the rules, hiring Kiffin).  Now that I hear these excuses, it cements this in my head even more.  Warms my innards to know that it was Ohio State that broke the SEC.  It's killing him (and his disciples).  Alabama used to be the best on the field.  Now, they are the best at making excuses.

You are entitled to you own opinion, not your own facts.

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Kugel's picture

So what Saban is saying is he can't do his job.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Ohio State: better preparation, better coaches, better talent, better people, better team.

Deal with it!

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You can&#039;t spell chump without UM's picture

Replace "Kevin" with Saban. 

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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WezBuck28's picture

 Hey Saban, Urban is just getting started..he is  coming for you, don't use up all your excuses up at once..

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BrutusBuckey3's picture

Lawtide and BigHoss, what say you???

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SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

Ha. Just ha. 

Charlie don’t surf. 

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

It's not an excuse?  Oh really?

It's funny how Saban didn't complain about players getting their draft grades prior to the bowl game when Alabama was winning those 3 national titles in 4 years.  Now that they have failed for the 2nd year in a row to win a title, he wants to make this claim about draft grades.  And again, it's as if OSU didn't have to deal with the same thing.  Oh wait, they did.  They still played their hearts out.  That's on YOU, Saban, to get your kids to focus and play hard.  Urban did so that night, and then did it AGAIN on January 12th against Oregon.  I haven't heard Helfrich whine about anything like that.

Even if Saban's comments were to have some validity to them, with the timing that these comments were made, it still comes off as nothing more than an excuse.

Class of 2010.

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fear_the_nut70's picture

Well, this is where the subtly comes in--OSU really didn't have that many kids that graded out that high last year(read: this was a very young team).  Alabama simply had more of those guys this year.  As you pointed out, this didn't stop Alabama from winning titles other years where kids graded out before the game.

Whatever.  He is saying his kids didn't have heart, he couldn't motivate them, or both.

Sounds like a you problem to me.

You are entitled to you own opinion, not your own facts.

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Buckeye06's picture

Alabama had 1 first rounder and 2 guys at the top of the 2nd round.  OSU had a guy at the top of the 2nd round.  Of the 3 guys who went high, Cooper played hard and had 2 TDs, Collins played hard as he got hurt and came back in again to gut it out.  Only Yeldon could make this excuse and he was injured going into the game anyway 

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bucknutgolfer's picture

He has always been a cry baby and a liar. I still remember when he said he wasn't leaving Miami for Bama. This is just more of the same from him. Hopefully the recruits start to see through this as well.

O-H!

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cwerph's picture

I'm just grateful that the Buckeyes had such an easy road and did not have to face any adversity on their way to the B1G, Sugar Bowl and National Championship games.

Oh, wait. Never mind.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Saban doing a bit of backtracking now.  Finebaum point blank asked him was it an excuse.  He said no, it was his fault the weren't ready.  

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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OSUexpress's picture

Dammit!

So we didn't actually play the SECC - South East Conference Champions - in the NCG? But instead played the SECC - Saban's Emotionless Chumpass Cowards - instead? EVEN BETTER!

Does lil' Nicky even think about this shit before he says it? Nothing like calling your team a bunch of selfish cowards after getting their ass handed to them by a better team!

Wonder how not playing to get hurt worked out for Landon Collins? Dude got trucked by tOSU freight train and got hurt anyway!

The SEC should stand for Sorry Excuse-making Chumps! Or would that be the SEmC?

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grangel's picture

Routing for the badgers to show up , week one , to shut this narrative up.... hope buckeyes left some magic in Arlington.

R.I.P. AfroDuck and Harambe

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OSUexpress's picture

Oh, I see....we played the SECC - Saban's Emotionless Chumpass Cowards - instead of the SECC - South East Conference Champions!

I'm sure Lil' Nicky will be crying for a raise since his $7 Million per year salary and newly paid-off multi-million dollar home was not incentive enough for him to bust out his special "motivating-players-to-play-with-heart-in-playoff-game" powers! That'll probably cost Bammers $10 Million per year, 5 Ferrari's, 2 Beach Homes, and a Royal Caribbean-sized cruise ship yacht in order to get that special treatment! And those dumbasses are probably renegotiating that contract as we speak!

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BuckeyeBLaub's picture

"Nick Saban says playing Auburn and SEC title game is a challenge leading into a playoff."

Almost as challenging as playing a Wisconson team that beat Auburn. We didn't have too much trouble with that ...

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Yeddy's picture

A head coach has to be an excellent motivator of young men. If Saban can't motivate his kids to play hard due to a draft report he is definitely losing it. UFM would have used the draft status report to his advantage in some way. BS excuse. 

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buckeyeinWI's picture

As Sam Elliot would say, Nick Saban is a ... ... ...

15-1 is SWEET!

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tjbucvik23's picture

Ditto. I agree with what everyone else said.

"played not to get hurt, ran out of bounds" was said by Saben.........

Sounds like bad coaching to me.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I would think finding out their draft grades before the playoff would have motivated them, especially when only one guy was expected to be drafted early in the first round. And that guy Cooper didn't play bad, so I don't get that excuse.

maybe he was talking about Landon Collins who's draft stock dropped after Zeke and Dale made him look silly.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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HughJorgan's picture

Not sure how I got signed out, but I signed right the hell back in just so I could UV this.

Who is this Rorschach guy and why does he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?

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Rocket Man's picture

Forgive me for not reading the rest of the comments, but didn't Robert E. Lee say the same thing after the Civil War?

Man, those grapes are sour in Tuscaloosa.

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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Rav747's picture

Ok, so what were his excuses for getting pooped on by Oklahoma the year before?

i really really want Wiskey to whoop 'em. Please beat BAMA. 

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buckeyedude's picture

We're allowed to root for Wisconsin now that Bert's gone, right? Somebody get DJ or Ramzy on the hotline.

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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Frimmel's picture

I'm okay with it. Bert went and so did Wiscy as second most hated team in the B1G. Kinda nice really. It was cutting into my despising of TTUN.

You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. 

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

This is where BTN is dropping the ball. When it's Alabama media day you play games of Alabama losing to Ohio State, the Bowl loss to Michigan in OT, or even better when they lost to Minnesota in the music city bowl in 2004.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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brutus0717's picture

Wow, 237 comments!!! Nothing like a whining Saban to bring out the Buckeye ire! Lol. When I heard him say it this morning, I knew there were going to be a few (hundred) opinions here!!

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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seafus26's picture

Landon Collins played not to get hurt further after getting trucked by Cardale. Henry ran like a truck but they're OC is so smart he wouldn't give him the ball anymore. Fact is they got beat by a team playing their 3rd string QB

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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Rockfordbuckeye's picture

I actually laughed out loud when I read his comments. His ass is on the hot seat and he's grasping for excuses like a drowning man for air. 

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EverythingisScarletandGray81's picture

Hurry, someone call the waaaambulance for Nicky so they can tend to the bum hurt. Roll Tears Roll!

For weasel extermination call 513-BUCK-EYE.

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Buckeyeincleveburg's picture

Jameis Winston helped Saban prepare for this presser.

Jameis Winston: “Just be real with yourself right now. We beat ourself.”

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gwalther's picture

Haha. That's hilarious. Everyone who watched that game and isn't horribly, horribly partisan in favor Alabama is aware that Nick's comments don't align with reality. Sorry not sorry, Nick.

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

Wonder why saban did not complain in 2011 and 2012 when the draft advisory board announced in  December?  What a TOOL.  

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Toilrt Paper's picture

One thing that ABSOLUTELY should be pushed back is the date that underclassmen must declare for the draft. More than a week was added to the season, with the 4 team playoffs, but that date was not pushed back. If I remember correctly that left less than a week to make  your decision. 

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brutus0717's picture

I agree that the timeline should be reviewed. But I don't remember Saban bitching about it when they were winning titles. Every school has to deal with this, not just his holier than thou Tide. This comment, and his subsequent backtracking, make him look like a bitch! Much like saying the hurry up offenses create more injuries, as opposed to the fact that his oversized defensive players (read: Trey Depriest and friends) can't keep up with quicker offenses. Sabanism at it's best, right here!

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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DibbleDabble's picture

"Vision without execution is just hallucination."

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northernLLamma's picture

J.K. Simmons - a true buckeye fan - will always get the UV from me...

what a guy!

...and I got 2 words for you: GAME OVER!

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Per USA Today:
"Here's what happened. Ohio State happened. Urban Meyer happened. Cardale Jones happened. And the sooner Saban accepts that, the better chance Alabama has of returning to college football dominance."

Yep, pretty much sums it up.

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Seattle Linga's picture

And Buckeye Nation came back stronger than ever - Don't screw with the Scarlet and Gray.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

That article just calls him out.  Funny how much a few wins changes that perception issue we were all up in arms about this time last year.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Good point - I was kinda gripping 366 days ago - Nervous and optimistic anxiety

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

And now we're all like "heavy is the head that wears the crown"... 

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Spirit's picture

Maybe in January that a__hole will get a chance to show the world how much better our, oops I meant his team is THIS year! Oh, and, doesn't he get paid to prepare his players?

Spirit

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Jabba1977's picture

NICK SABAN AND THE SEC CONFERENCE ARE STRAIGHT UP SORE LOSERS!!!!

SECHATER77

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DLaw61's picture

I guess NFL grades didn't bother the Bama players when they were up 21-6......I hope we get a shot at them again in the playoffs, this is just bulletin board material.  Whether it's this year, next year, or the next decade you can guarantee Urban is going to throw those comments in the Buckeyes face when they play again.  I believe Billy Jack, the star of the Billy Jack movies in the 70s and early 80s would've summed it up something like this for Nick:   We are going to hand the ball to #15 and run left and there's not a damn thing you can do about it!!!!

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vwhiegs57's picture

Haters gunna Hate & Vagina's gunna vagine!

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Diz_20Buckeyes's picture

Honestly what makes me so mad is yeah boo hoo the draft grades come out the 15th and thats all they pay attention to. Oh really Saban?!?! Mel Kipper and Todd Mcshay have most of these draft grades set by the middle of the summer prior to the season and they talk about them non-stop it goes on all year long so this is propbably his worst excuse yet.  Do you smell what Saban is cooking? yeah it's bullshit

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