Steve Spurrier: Nick Saban hasn't won as much as he should at Alabama
JUN 23, 2014 11:15a ET
Steve Spurrier is one of college football's true gems.
The South Carolina coach isn't afraid to give his honest opinion, even if that means having a little fun at a rival's expense or jokingly suggesting Alabama should be forced to sit out a year of recruiting if the SEC is concerned about "fairness."
So what did the Old Ball Coach say now?
Well, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are his target again.
In a recent gogamecocks.com story, Spurrier was asked about coaches working long hours and how he prefers to play a little golf in the offseason and how you can find a fault with anyone if you really want to.
Enter Saban and the success he's had at Alabama. From the story:
If he worked longer hours “would we be 12-1 instead of 11-2? Oh, you’re kidding,” Spurrier said. “I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all.
"How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”
It's an honest opinion -- not a "shot," as some people like to say -- and Spurrier has clear respect for Saban.
He recalled an exchange he had with Saban about the hours he worked, trying to tell the Alabama coach that, you know, you don't need to work 18 hours day all the time. From the story:
“I told Nick Saban one time, I said, ‘Nick, you don’t have to stay there until midnight and your teams would be just as good and win just as many,’ ” Spurrier said. “He said, ‘If I could do it the way you do it, I would, but I don’t feel comfortable unless I try to cover every base, every angle, be totally prepared.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s probably why you do it.’ When I come out there, I feel comfortable we are ready to play. We have our game plan in, going to call this, call that and so forth. Everybody is different as far as when they feel they are totally prepared.”
Of course, even Spurrier would agree with everyone on one thing: Maybe Alabama hasn't accomplished everything it could have in Saban's tenure -- and Saban surely would agree -- but it's hard to knock what the Tide have.
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