Apparently, some folks are beside themselves because Saban complimented Oklahoma State in an interview with ESPN’s Rece Davis after voting the Cowboy’s fourth in the final Coaches’ Poll. Here’s the interview:
In case you don’t want to watch the video, here’s a transcript of what Saban said in response to a question Davis asked about how the Tide spend the day waiting on the BCS results (see what I did there?):
Oklahoma State has a great team. I watched their game last night and really like to congratulate their players on having a great year and coach Gundy. But, ah, I really do think with the process that we have right now, we all have to live with this system and I’m just happy and pleased for our team and our players who made a tremendous commitment and worked hard all year long to have a great football season that they’re going to get an opportunity to play in a national championship game.
No where in his comment did he indicate that he voted Oklahoma State anywhere other than fourth or that the Cowboys were the next deserving team. He simply compliment coach Mike Gundy and his team on a great season.
Saban was the only SEC coach to place the Cowboys fourth, but some other notable coaches did so as well:
Saban wasn’t the only coach nationally who didn’t have Oklahoma State No. 3. In fact, Air Force’s Troy Calhoun had the Cowboys No. 5 behind No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 Arkansas.
Other coaches who had Oklahoma State No. 4 were Duke’s David Cutcliffe, Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, Rutgers’ Greg Schiano and Stanford’s David Shaw, who ranked his Cardinal No. 3.
Maybe Saban thought the Cardinal were a better team than the Cowboys or maybe he was trying to help his own team reach the BCS title game. Either way, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HIS VOTE. It’s his vote and he has the privilege of casting it however he likes.
The reality is, though, people want to find something to talk about; they want to find their own way into the story. This is just another lame attempt.