Paul Finebaum sounds off on Nick Saban calling 2021 a 'rebuilding year' for Alabama
Paul Finebaum has followed, written and talked about Nick Saban’s career for years now, so his ears perked up when the legendary Alabama coach called 2021 a “rebuilding year” during an appearance on “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” on WJOX on Wednesday.
On ESPN’s “Get Up” on Thursday morning, Finebaum sounded off on Saban for making an excuse for Alabama’s loss to Georgia.
Here’s what Finebaum said about Saban during his Thursday appearance:
“This is very predictable if you follow Nick Saban closely,” Finebaum said. “Whenever he loses a game, like a national championship game, here comes the excuse. Here comes the ‘Nick Saban Grievance Tour.’ I mean, sometimes I don’t know if whether Nick Saban is trying to continue to be the greatest head coach of all time, or he wants Jimmy Kimmel’s job. I don’t really understand it. Quite frankly, at some point, it’s not a great look. I know that’s not a popular thing to say where I live, because Nick Saban can do no wrong. But first it was NIL that he was complaining about over and over, and now he’s quibbling about what happened last year.
“By the way, in the past — you can go back into the record book — every time he loses one of these games, he called the Sugar Bowl a couple of years ago a consolation game. He blamed the NFL Draft on the loss to Ohio State when Ezekiel Elliott was there. There’s always something with Nick Saban, but we still love him, don’t we?”
Can Saban get the Tide back to the title game this year and win? We’ll find out starting in a few short weeks.