College football coaches are going through a “Car Wash” style of programming at ESPN this week.
Yesterday, Nick Saban was in Bristol, Conn. The Alabama coach was asked about the 2013 Sugar Bowl and if it was difficult to get his players hyped up to play in a non-championship game. He responded, saying it felt like he was “getting them to try to play in consolation game.”
Bob Stoops is at ESPN this morning, and, of course, he was asked about Saban’s comment. He had this to say:
Stoops on Saban’s consolation game quote: “Didn’t look like it 1st series. They looked ready to play. Everyone thought they would rout us”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 23, 2014
Stoops on Saban saying Bama not into Sugar Bowl: “So if I’m not in a natl champ game, that means I’ve got a built-in excuse.”
— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) July 23, 2014
Perhaps Alabama players weren’t as excited to play in the contest as Oklahoma’s athletes were, but once you’re on the field, it seems like it’d be difficult to give anything less than 100 percent. Though, to be fair, Saban was only speaking about his team’s preparation and not the actual performance.
It’s fine with us if these two teams settle their mini-rivalry during a College Football Playoff game.