Nick Saban gets ripped on social media for calling Auburn's trick formation 'unfair'
On a critical 4th-and-4 play with time winding down in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Iron Bowl, Auburn looked like it was lining up to go for it (or at least attempt to draw Alabama offsides).
However, a closer look at the formation revealed that the Auburn punter was lined up at receiver, which would have allowed the Tigers to shift and execute a punt without dangerous return man Jaylen Waddle on the field.
You can see the brilliantly designed formation below:
Auburn lined up the punter at wide receiver to try to keep Waddle on the sideline. Bama noticed it late and took a penalty in the confusion. So simple, but so smart by Malzahn. Took the game straight out of Bama's hands pic.twitter.com/u0g87fz7as
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) December 1, 2019
After the game, Alabama coach Nick Saban called the play “unfair,” which, naturally, led to him being ripped on social media.
Here are just a few of the reactions to Saban’s complaint:
“I felt it was unfair. They used strategy to win the game, and they didn’t give us a warning like, “Hey Alabama, we’re going to have our punter as a WR.” That was really mean and hurt my feelings and it was unfair and not nice.”
– Nick Saban, probably. https://t.co/FJ7WeBc3BJ
— Kylo Whittingham (@KyloWhittingham) December 1, 2019
Will someone please explain to Saban that life, in and of itself, is unfair? You lost a stupid football game. Maybe teach your players that sports isn’t the beginning or end of their world. 'Unfair' final penalty among Saban's ref gripes https://t.co/uOXHcHdMAR
— Sound.Off (@Soundoff2K19) December 1, 2019
According to nick saban it's "unfair" when the opposing coach tricks you with their play calling 😂 Why is the guy with 6 national championships the biggest cry baby?
— Will Clagett (@JwillC3rd) December 1, 2019
THIS. In Saban’s mind, “unfair” means “I didn’t think of it first” and “we didn’t get a chance to figure out what to do with a legal formation in time to win the game.” Too bad, bro. https://t.co/u4Qr47GSd0
— JRo (@jro282876) December 1, 2019
— Phillip (@OKTXARPoke) December 1, 2019
The only thing “unfair” at the end of the #IronBowl was Nick Saban trying to sneak a 12th player on the field for a 4th down play… amirite? ¯_(ツ)_/¯
— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) December 1, 2019
Nick Saban felt AU’s putting the punter in as a WR was unfair on the final play and he wasn’t able to sub out properly…. GTFOH. 😂
Bigger issue…. Saban has NEVER had an actually competent kicker, and THAT is 100% on HIM and HIS staff.
— 🇺🇸🗽🤘🏻 Gen X Veteran (@GenXVeteran) December 1, 2019