We already knew that Alabama head coach Nick Saban does not do Twitter. He's apparently iffy on email, too.
Ricky Town, a five-star 2015 quarterback recruit from California, had originally committed to play for SEC juggernaut Alabama last year. But after Michigan hired away offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier from the Tide, Town reconsidered his decision and ultimately wound up heading to USC instead. He informed Saban in January via email, but never got a response. Saban had a girl on staff write back instead. Via ajc.com:
“I sent Coach Saban an email and said ‘Thank you for everything, but I have to do what’s best for me,’” Ricky said. “I never heard back from Coach Saban. But one of the girls that works in his office, she wrote back and said ‘Best of luck.’”
Town went on to mention that the Tide's hiring of Lane Kiffin to replace Nussmeier had "nothing to do with" his decision. Instead, it had to do with the relationship he'd built with the USC staff.
“We had built a relationship with Coach (Marques Tuiasosopo) when he was at Washington. He had always asked ‘What are the chances that Ricky comes to Washington?’ I said ‘Honestly, not too good. But if you and Sark end up at USC …’ We both laughed and said ‘You never know.’ And two months later, they were there at USC. That had a lot to do with (the switch) as well.”
While the news clears up the rumors regarding Town decommitting due to Kiffin's arrival, it's still a bit odd that he went about the whole process via email. It might be even weirder that Saban didn't respond.