AJ McCarron recently made headlines during an interview with Jim Rome about why Alabama failed to win their third straight national championship and why they lost two straight games to end the season.
McCarron said entitlement and program success were killers. You can read all of his statements here.
“We had a lot of young guys,” said McCarron. “In the end, success was our killer. Too much success and a lot of young guys coming in who didn’t know what it took to get back to that point to win. They thought we’d just show up and we’d win.
“You have guys who have never played the game of football rating these guys that they are a 5-star, because they’re sitting behind a computer screen watching their highlight film.”
When asked about McCarron’s comments yesterday, Nick Saban disagreed with them, saying those five-star players weren’t even playing, via AL.com.
“I don’t think it was an issue on the field because none of those guys were out there playing,” Saban said. “I think if it was an issue out there for any of our players who where playing, they need to check their maturity level because the guys that were out there playing did not have that issue.”
McCarron also pointed out in the same interview that freshmen have unrealistic expectations when entering school, and to which Saban agreed. But Saban also said that comes with the job and 2013 wasn’t unlike any other year.
“(The recruit) comes to college with these unrealistic expectations with the kind of success he’s going to have immediately before he has the opportunity to learn and develop in whatever position he plays so he can be a confident, knowledgeable guy who can go out and play winning football at his position,” Saban said. “It’s natural for some of these guys to be a little frustrated. We’ve had it every year we’ve been here.”
That’s why these coaches get paid the big bucks to hone and temper high-profile prospects and figure out what makes them buy into team chemistry. With the 2014 recruiting class dubbed by many as the ‘greatest ever’, he and his staff may have their toughest test yet.
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