After Bob Stoops ranted about the bottom half of the SEC, Alabama’s Nick Saban decided to chime in and defend the dregs of the SEC:
I didn’t even know he said it, so you’re going to have to tell me what he said. I’ve got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything. But I like Bob Stoops, and I respect him as a coach, but I’m really trying to manage our business.
After being given the details of Bob’s “what are the bottom half doing?” comments, Nick went on to eloquently explain that teams outside of the SEC don’t realize the quality of the teams within the SEC from top to bottom, and tossed in a dismissive jab about the Big 12, as well.
Well, we don’t play everybody in the Big 12 or whatever it is, so I really don’t know much about their league. We have a lot of respect for what they do at Oklahoma, and I really don’t think that people that don’t play in our league really don’t understand the quality of our league from top to bottom.
I think there’s probably a lot of animosity out there because of the success that we have in our league, but I think that kind of goes with the territory. I understand that. But we certainly respect the great program that they have at Oklahoma and the other good programs that they have in the Big 12.
Can someone get Les Miles to offer his thoughts on the subject?
Saban’s comments on Stoops are at the 3:40 mark.
[HT MrSEC, vid via AL.com]