Saban returns Spurrier’s jab with a right hook


We knew it was just a matter of time until the right opportunity presented itself for Nick Saban to respond to Steve Spurrier’s April jab.

Spurrier’s loose lips had this to say in April:

“He’s got a nice little gig going, a little bit like (John) Calipari. He tells guys, ‘Hey, three years from now, you’re going to be a first-round pick and go.’ If he wants to be the greatest coach or one of the greatest coaches in college football, to me, he has to go somewhere besides Alabama and win, because they’ve always won there at Alabama.”

It took Saban four months to respond to the jab, but he did yesterday with a little right hook while on the Dan Patrick radio show:

“LSU wasn’t winning when I went there. Michigan State wasn’t winning when I went there. Toledo wasn’t winning when I went there. And Alabama really wasn’t winning when I came here. I guess I gotta go someplace else. I don’t know.

“I think it’s great, I love Steve. I’m always anxious to hear what he has to say – it’s always funny.”

Saban 1, Spurrier 0.

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  • 35-21….Steve Spurrier – 1 Nick Satan – 0

    • Nick has 2 National Championships at Alabama to Steve’s 0 at South Carolina and the only time he took the Gamecocks to an SEC Championship they got thump by Auburn.

    • So quick to forget the Mark Ingram Show in 2009, are we? Oh yeah, and I’d take 2 National Championships to a single regular season victory, too. So the score is more like Steve Spurrier – 1 Nick Saban – 4 right? Come on son.

  • Adam James, first off, SC is my #2 team after Alabama (my daughter is a Jr. @UA) . Alabama didn’t take SC seriously that game and equally as important…. Garcia obviously didn’t go out and get drunk the night before! With that being said, A Win is a Win! Hopefully we will see SC in the SEC Championship this year!! 

  • Wow news travels slow to Alabama this is 4 months old. Where is Saban on the SEC wins list? Spurrier has 103 and may pass the Bear if he coaches 10 more years.

    • even if Spurrier does ever pass Bryant in conference wins it won’t really make a lick of difference. It’s not like his name will suddenly become more prestigious than Bryant’s, especially considering that coaches today get, on average, about 3 more games a season than coaches back then did. Spurrier could have 20 more SEC wins than Bryant by the time he retired and the Coach of the Year Award would still be named after The Bear.

    • Also, I think you’re making a pretty dumb argument. Spurrier has 103 SEC wins in a 19 year career. Saban already has 53 in only 10 seasons, PLUS he’s a heavy favorite to play in the expansion game every year which will give him a shot at an extra W to his record.
      Also, 4 of Saban’s 5 seasons at LSU they finished with relatively weak in-conference records. That fact standing, he averages 5.3 wins a season in SEC play to Spurrier’s 5.4, and that statistic includes all those successful years at Florida.

      Now Spurrier’s on a ship that isn’t even sinking, it never left dry dock. Saban, on the other hand, is masterminding a powerhouse. Saban will easily pass Spurrier before his career is over.

  • So let me tell you just what alabama has for all you haters who want to run your mouths and be disrepectful do to the lack of up bringing! The greates golf courses Robert Trent Jones, Nascar, fishing Alabama river, oh and don’t forget University Alabama football google it read take a history lesson!

  • Okay so listen up Saban doesn’t have to lower his self to Spurrier level. He has nothing to prove he already has on the field it’s apparent! Myself being born and raised in ALABAMA I truly love my team and state but, I also love football pe
    riod. That being said people only want what they can;t have the respect and the dignity not to mention Nick Sabans bank roll. I would like to say that he represents everything Crimson Tide is about! I think Spurrier should take some lessons and learn something from Saban. It takes the whole team to be what ALABAMA is win or lose! I look forward to every season and we got this hands down. If we didn’t have haters we wouldn’t be doing something right! ALABAMA BLOOD ROLL TIDE RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER! Do your thing BAMA BOYS EVERYONE is watching!