With no games to watch and spring football still weeks off in many parts of the country, bloggers have been getting caught up with their reading, including the book "How Good Do You Want to Be" by Nick Saban (with an assistant from Brian Curtis).
Mark Paden of The Auburner recently completed Saban's book and notes a passage where the Alabama coach talks about how a Little League coach should do "the right thing" and suspend his standout player who skipped practice to go to the mall. Of course, Saban did just the opposite last Nov. 17 when he lifted a one-game suspension to standout receiver DJ Hall at halftime of a crushing 21-14 loss to Louisiana Monroe.
Losers With Socks — "notice the forward by known cheater Bill Belichick ... Bama will be back on NCAA sanctions in no time" — has even more fun with this, rewriting a passage to indicate what Saban was really thinking at halftime of the loss to the Warhawks:
"No one outside the team knows that DJ Hall was supposed to be suspended for the whole game, and if we put him in now maybe we can save some face. What do you do?
"At first, it seems clear that the right thing to do is to keep DJ Hall suspended for the whole game. You’re playing a f---ing Sun Belt school, no need to break the glass on the fire alarm just yet, right? But then you think about how important he is to the wide receiver corps. How John Sarah Jessica Parker Wilson counts on him for so much, as do you.
"You picture the embarrassing loss against a Sun Belt school that would completely de-justify your $4 million per season salary, the only thing you truly care about. No one would know, you tell yourself, unless the over-paid coach with the paid athletes can’t pull off the win against mighty Louisiana Monroe."
Saban is also catching hell in an excellent column by Ray Melick of the Birmingham News, who says the coach had no business signing 32 players earlier this month:
"That's seven over the NCAA maximum of 25 in any given year, and, at least at first glance, 17 over the number of scholarships the Tide would seem to have available for next year, based on losing 15 scholarship seniors from last year's team."