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Nick Saban Called Out For Being Pretty Hypocritical

Nick Saban has made some questionable comments about Blake Barnett's transfer.

Blake Barnett, a five-star redshirt freshman quarterback, has officially transferred out of Alabama's program four games into the 2016 season.

Nick Saban commented on Barnett's decision to transfer Thursday night, basically saying he didn't like that he'd, basically, quit on the team.


"It's one of those things where I think the culture has changed a little bit," Saban said. "I think there's a certain pride people have in competition. There's certain things that I was taught growing up about not quitting and seeing things through. I think if I would have come home and told my dad that I was going to quit the team, I think he would have kicked me out of the house. I don't think I'd have a place to stay."

Barnett is the third player to leave since August, joining receiver Daylon Charlot and defensive back Kendall Sheffield. All three arrived in the Class of 2015.

A couple of things here:

  1. It isn't a great look for anyone to transfer four games into a season.
  2. Saban won a national title last year with a quarterback who transferred into his program (Jake Coker from Florida State), so questioning one of his own player's decisions to transfer feels fairly hypocritical, no matter the timing.
  3. Saban came to Alabama after, essentially, quitting the Miami Dolphins after repeatedly saying he wasn't going to leave. Again, a little hypocritical.

College football coaches would be best off just saying "I wish him luck" to anyone who transfers and just leave it at that.