However, a comment he made during SEC Media Days has made some look at him in a slightly different light.
Saban: I have never kicked a player off the team "who ended up amounting to anything anywhere else." Well that's nice to say.
— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) July 17, 2014
Hmmm. Well--it would have been interesting to hear a follow up question asking him to clarify what he meant. This is what some folks on Twitter thought:
@SethEmerson What a pleasant fellow
— Patrick M. Obley (@PM_Obley) July 17, 2014
@SethEmerson in other words, if you're any good, you can get away with murder
— Renegade Osceola (@AMFKNole) July 17, 2014
@SethEmerson So the dozen or so he cuts every year are not just bad players, the're bad people.
— Danny 'Dawg' Bishop (@DBishop101) July 17, 2014
@SethEmerson from a Georgia fan's perspective that doesn't sound like something he should be proud of....or his starters are angels #DoubtIt
— Mac Wilson (@macwilson44) July 17, 2014
@SethEmerson take notice recruits. You r Just a piece of meat to Saban. Meat ain't cutting it he will boot your ass!
— Brandon (@lowaryb) July 17, 2014
@SethEmerson @RedditCFB Because he doesn't teach them lifeskills, just uses up their knees for his own benefit. Unlike @OSUCoachMeyer
— Veddy Edder (@VeddyEdder96) July 17, 2014
As a parent I would be a little hesitant to send my son to Alabama after hearing a comment like that. I wouldn't kick Saban off my porch if he came recruiting my boy, but he would definitely have to explain what he meant by it.