Paul Finebaum has been front and center in reaction to Nick Saban’s comments last week that set the college football world into a frenzy last week.

Finebaum shared his thoughts during his regular appearance on “McElroy and Cubelic In the morning” on WJOX out of Birmingham, Alabama.

“I’ve seen more criticism of Nick Saban in the last 5 days than I have in the last 15 years,” Finebaum said. “And I think that has to be something that’s eating away at him. He knows whether he admits it was a mistake, it was inarticulate, or an unforced error. He knows what he did last Wednesday night in Birmingham blew up on him. When you’re a professional just like Coach Saban is, that drives you crazy. You understand that. You’re not exactly a potted plant when you’re trying to be as good as you can be. I think you have to wonder what toll has this taken. Nick Saban, for all the conversation that he doesn’t care, or pay attention to anything, he does care. He cares what people say. He cares only because he knows his players are reading and hearing it, and he knows that future recruits are reading and hearing it. You can say Saban well, Saban won last week, well, the better question would be Saban would also be in better shape if this hadn’t been an issue.”