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Wednesday, December 22, 2004





I don't find fault in Coach Saban's desire to take himself to the next level. Holtz did it. Spurrier did it.

I wish Coach Saban every bit of success that other great college coaches have had after leaping to the NFL, should he choose to do so.

After returning LSU to its rightful status as one of the premier college football programs in the country, and securing himself a stable environment where continued excellence is possible (as well as perpetually rising paychecks), it makes sense to risk it all on a couple of years of $4 million checks, right?

Coach apparently doesn't understand that there is no dishonor in being regarded as one of the best college coaches EVER. Of course, after being drummed out of the NFL 3 years from now he'll be left to cry himself all the way to the bank...tough life.

The only thing Nick Saban has to lose is how he will be regarded by football historians. My pride is a bit injured by the prospect of LSU being regarded as a "stepping stone" coaching position.


"... it makes sense to risk it all on a couple of years of $4 million checks, right?


a) you're making the assumption that he's doing it for the money. I really don't think he is. I think it's about ambition and new challenges. I really think the guy has a lifelong dream of winning a Super Bowl. I can't begrudge him that.

b) on a purely practical level, it IS worth throwing away for a few years of $5M checks (the new offer is reportedly $5M per year, not 4). Even if he goes 3 years and flops, he's got $15M vs. the $7.5M he'd have staying here. Call me simple, but that's a lot of extra money. Yeah, you can say he doesn't need it or it doesn't matter when you're already a multi millionaire, but I don't think that's true. We now know for sure that Nick has NFL ownership aspirations. Under that scenario, an extra $7.5M in the bank comes in pretty handy.


I'm just being crappy.

Of course, you can't see my facial expression while I'm typing. Please note the "cry to the bank" comment.

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