Former Alabama quarterback and current SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy said Nick Saban should be credited with LSU’s ongoing success.
McElroy spoke yesterday to our good friend Bo Mattingly, host of ‘SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly’, via 247Sports, and he expounded on this, well, funny notion.
“If you look at LSU, they’ve had sustained success since Saban left because he established that mindset,” McElroy said. “Les Miles obviously did take over that program and has done a terrific job in his own right, but once you establish that mindset and have the leadership that holds young players accountable, that success shouldn’t soon dwindle.”
McElroy couldn’t be more wrong. Once Saban’s recruits and signees were gone – and really once Saban announced he was leaving for the Miami Dolphins, the team developed Les Miles’ mindset and identified with his persona.
Saban’s mindset and Miles’ mindset are worlds apart. Saban left LSU in 2004, and since 2003, LSU has won more games than any other SEC program with 117. Saban left LSU nearly a decade ago, and McElroy really wants to credit him for the continued success?
McElroy, who won a championship playing at Alabama under Saban, promised he’d be unbiased upon getting hired as an SEC Network analyst, even to the point of picking Auburn to win the SEC Championship again in 2014.
But should LSU’s ongoing success really be attributed to Nick Saban?
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