Kirk Herbstreit says he's impressed with Nick Saban's unique trash talk policy
Along with the championships and overall success at Alabama, coach Nick Saban has an interesting policy toward trash talk that drew the attention of ESPN broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit.
The Crimson Tide won their sixth national title on Monday over Ohio State after Saban took over the program in 2007. On the “CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi,” Herbstreit noted a unique policy Saban has that again puts him in a class by himself from other programs.
“If you really look at Nick Saban objectively, how can you not appreciate not just the greatness, recruiting and development, but how many times did you watch Alabama trash talk Ohio State during that game? They don’t do it,” Herbstreit said on the latest episode, per 247sports. “I even asked him on that call (after the game) … ‘I don’t tolerate it. I tell them when they show up, and in practice, that we don’t talk to the opponent. That’s our one rule when it comes to that. You aren’t allowed to talk to your opponent.’ And if you watch Alabama, they don’t just beat you. They do it in a way that is respectful.”
One of the more noteworthy pregame comments leading into the national title game came from Ohio State CB Shaun Wade, who said about facing the Alabama offense, “You already know who I want to go up against.”
He, of course, was referring to Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.