Bob Stoops calls Nick Saban's Sugar Bowl comment an 'excuse'
JUL 23, 2014 1:47p ET
It was like "getting them to try to play in a consolation game," Saban said.
Alabama was 11-0 entering the Iron Bowl, and if it beat Auburn, the Tide would go to the SEC championship game with a chance to advance to the national title game. Losing to the Tigers dashed that dream.
On Wednesday, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops found some humor in referring to the Sooners as a "consolation" opponent.
So Stoops responded to Saban:
Stoops on Saban’s consolation game quote: “So if I’m not in a national championship game, that means I’ve got a built in excuse"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 23, 2014