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Nick Saban & Paul Finebaum Get Into It At SEC Media Days

Jul 13, 2016; Hoover, AL, USA; Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks to the media during SEC media day at Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 13, 2016; Hoover, AL, USA; Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks to the media during SEC media day at Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports


SEC Media Days were a little stale, and then an argument between Alabama head coach Nick Saban and ESPN host Paul Finebaum spiced things up.


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SEC Media Days were going along just like normal with the normal football talk and regular vanilla interviews, and then it was Nick Saban’s turn.

During his time at the podium, no one in the media asked him about OT Cam Robinson or DT Laurence Jones, who were arrested on drug and weapons charges, weren’t prosecuted, and were declared eligible by Saban for the opener against USC. Many in the media tweeted out saying they wanted to ask, but weren’t called and time ran out.

On the SEC Network set, host Paul Finebaum quipped, “Nick Saban always comes to SEC Media Days with a purpose, and today his purpose was to put everyone to sleep.”

Meanwhile, he and others commented on how no one asked Saban about Robinson.

So when Saban first got on the SEC Network set, host Dari Nokwhah asked him right away about Robinson and the incident, and Finebaum didn’t let the Alabama coach off the hook.

“I’m going to do what’s right for the players,” Saban said. “And if the players really did anything that wrong, they would’ve got charged with something.”

The two argued back-and-forth for a few moments about the handling of the situation before Saban cut off Finebaum with a terse, “that’s the end of the conversation.”

The talk then turned to football, but once the interview was done, off-the-air Saban got angry, apparently from reports, more about the entire situation about what happened to his players, and not against Finebaum.

“If there was a video of what Coach Saban said to me in the two or three minutes after the interview, and it went on the Internet, it would get 14 million hits,” said Finebaum.

AL.com got the video, but not really the audio.

Nokwhah finished up with, “It was eye-opening for me. I look at things a little differently now … what it must have been like to have been a Nick Saban player.”

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