WATCH: Why Paul Finebaum says 'rat poison' comment from Nick Saban is first of its kind
Alabama coach Nick Saban drew plenty of attention after Saturday’s 27-19 win against Texas A&M when he said positive media coverage was like “rat poison” to his players.
“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys,” Saban said. “All that stuff you write about how good we are, and all that stuff they hear on ESPN, it’s like poison. It’s like taking poison … like rat poison! So, I’m asking them, ‘are you going to listen to me, or are you going to listen to these guys about how good you are?’”
“Just like your question right now. We get stopped three out of four times like that’s a bad thing? We’re not going to beat everyone 66-3.”
College football analyst and radio host Paul Finebaum weighed in on those comments during an appearance on Outside the Lines. Finebaum said it’s extraordinary that a coach has blasted the media for being too positive. Finebaum also noted that it came a week after Tennessee coach Butch Jones criticized the media for being too negative and spreading “fake news.”
“This is so quintessential Nick Saban that he’s run out of negative things to say, so he said this,” Finebaum said. “I think it’s just brilliant because now he’s ranting about a victory. The biggest story about this game Saturday was that Alabama didn’t cover the spread. Other than that, it was no big deal.”
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) October 9, 2017