The truth is merely a convenience in Saban's game of musical jobs


Published: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Nick Saban is going to Alabama, unless he's lying again. Having become Auburn's patsy, Bama was desperate. Still searching for another Bear Bryant. Steve Spurrier was a Tide murmur but had a quick "shucks, no" attitude.

Wagons were circled and loaded with Tuscaloosa gold. Crimson Tide megamillions to be thrown at Saban, a coach with a Southeastern Conference resume that has Spurrier scents.

Steve won a national championship at Florida, then bowed to a pro football yen, getting mucho money from the Washington Redskins. After two flopping seasons, S.O.S. said a D.C. adios and was recast in the SEC, not with his old Gators but division rival South Carolina.

Saban accomplished a national championship at LSU, then took his stab with the Miami Dolphins, being paid a Spurrier-like fortune. Two years later, he's an NFL failure bouncing back to the SEC, again to the Western Division but wearing different colors.

Nick will win at Bama, just as Ball Coach has at USC. Difference is, Spurrier has proved more honorable. Saban could've ducked job questions, avoiding saying, "I will not be the coach at Alabama." Nick lied. His choice. His character? How can anyone be sure, in his Bama future, when Saban is telling the truth, or again playing his ugly little game?

Contact columnist Hubert Mizell at mizell3@cox.net

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