Back in April, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier said of his SEC contemporary Nick Saban, “If he wants to be the greatest coach or one of the greatest coaches in college football, to me, he has to go somewhere besides Alabama and win, because they’ve always won there at Alabama.
(It’s worth noting that, in the same interview, Spurrier said Saban was the best coach in the SEC.)
Four months later, Saban – the winner of two of three last three national titles – responded with this gem during his Tuesday interview on “The Dan Patrick Radio Show”:
“LSU wasn’t winning when I went there. Michigan State wasn’t winning when I went there. Toledo wasn’t winning when I went there. And Alabama really wasn’t winning when I came here. I guess I gotta go someplace else. I don’t know.”
The best part is that it’s true. The year before Saban got to Tuscaloosa, the Tide went 6-7 in 2006.
Thankfully, both Spurrier and Saban seem to enjoy the needling rather than take offense to, as Saban added, “I think it’s great, I love Steve. I’m always anxious to hear what he has to say – it’s always funny.”
But it’s becoming entertaining enough to move up our list of top CFB coaching feuds in a hurry.