Friday, January 05, 2007

Alabama: 45th in Public Education

When the good people of Alabama got up Thursday morning and picked up their local paper, the news of Nick Saban's hiring was screamed across front pages. We can't blame Saban for taking the Crimson Tide money. Who wouldn't? ESPN's panel of experts called it a great day it was for college football, but the reality is that this was a dark, dark day. Never before has the dividing line between the rich and the poor been so defined. And how strange this all came about hours after the have-nots (Boise State) invigorated the nation with a stunning upset of haves (Oklahoma). But the doors to the country club are about to close. ... Now Saban is the highest paid college coach at the moment, but he's merely renting the top spot. Expect Jim Tressel, if his Ohio State Buckeyes win Monday night's BCS title game, to move ahead of Saban. The bottom line to all of this? Fans will end up paying for these shenanigans. Expect your ticket prices to increase, and if you want good seats, you'll have to give even more money to the alumni association. All this for "amateur athletics." ...
... Saban's hiring was also announced on the same day Education Week magazine released a study showing Alabama ranked 45th nationally in giving public schoolchildren a chance for success. Jim Carnes, the communications director for Alabama Arise, a coalition that represents the poor, said it best: "We strongly need a priority adjustment." ...... Saban continued his litany of lies Thursday when said he "wasn't trying to deceive anybody" when denied over and over that he had any interest in the Alabama job. "I'm disappointed that I'm being victimized a little bit here," he said. Well, Nick, we'd like to remind you, there are no victims, only volunteers. ...
... Saban's departure earned headlines in Miami, in English and Spanish. And talk about class. Saban also informed his Dolphin assistant coaches by speakerphone that he was taking the Alabama job. He blamed this on Wayne Huizenga, saying the Dolphin owner did not think it would be right for Saban to return to the team headquarters in Davie. Yes ladies and gentlemen, rich people have problems, too. ... Now that Saban has failed all tests of character, we would hope that any parents of recruits would take this into considering before sending their son off to play at Alabama.

7 comments:

Pete said...

I see what you did there!

That's cute and all... but not a penny of education money is going to end up in Saban's pocket.

But go on and beat that drum... you sound a little bitter, though I don't know quite why.

Bamafan2102 said...

While the parent are at it, they can tell their sons not to go to Auburn either. How quickly we forget that Tubberville lied to Ole Miss before going to Auburn.

Anonymous said...

you're kind of a sad little man

Anonymous said...

One reason we rank 45th in the nation in actual dollars (not percentage) is due to the fact that most of the money made with the state's natural resources are for out-of-state corporations who, by some criminal legislation, do not have to pay in state taxes. Alabama the state has 15% of the nations natural resources yet is one of the poorest. Thank you, neo-carpetbaggers like Boise Cascade for raping the veritable Garden of Eden that is Alabama and giving back nothing to its naturally deserving inhabitants. You are an inspiration to all.

Anonymous said...

Wiz, why are you so jealous of Alabama? It scares the hell out of the rest of the country to know that when Alabama has a competent coach that we win championships! Every kid in the southeast is going to want to play for Saban at Alabama because they know it's their best chance to win a SEC and BCS championship. Saban did exactly what every other coach does when he is moving on. Who in the world would tell their boss that they're leaving a job before time to give notice. It's funny that the only person that wasn't bitter about Saban leaving was Wayne Huizenga. He didn't want him to leave but he knew that Nick didn't stab him in the back. He did what he had to do! So shut the hell up!

Anonymous said...

Never figured you for a bandwagoneer!

Be original before you fade away to obscurity. Plus if your going to write anonymously and refuse to write as a "writer", at least fact check. Hit pieces are not your strong suit.

Stay classy!

Anonymous said...

State only pays his base salary which is way below his annual salary. Must be a Aubie or LSU fan