I’ve tried very hard to keep a positive outlook about our team and our coach. We started the season out great last year, but quickly fell into an abysmal losing-streak that continued through the end of the season — it seemed that we just couldn’t get out of the rut, couldn’t get things together in time. I’d had a lot of hope for the next upcoming season. But little by little I can see that the coach I *thought* we had, we don’t really have at all.
I’m fired up, I’m mad, and I just gotta say: What the Hell, Saban?
Within the 14 month span of your reign at Alabama, eight football players have been arrested. Five of which occurred on The Strip. If you ask me, it’s high time you institute some tougher rules, a curfew, and light a fire underneath the ass of each and every one of those boys!
What Alabama needs is a coach who can LEAD these boys and turn them into men, but we don’t have that. Apparently we have the ACLU Coach of the Year. What the hell happened to your infamous “rough” training regimen? Or the leadership we’ve been promised?
Let’s examine recent events …
There’s starting linebacker Prince Hall, who has been “suspended indefinitely” for “for violating team rules.” And this isn’t the first time this has happened for Hall either. In fact, he began the 2007 season with a one-game suspension for “violating team rules” and went on to be suspended for a half later on in the season.
It sounds to me like he needs a “come to Jesus” talk with you, Coach.
Earlier this week, Rashad Johnson was arrested for disorderly conduct at The Strip (what a surprise!). This guy is a team captain, and he is setting a VERY BAD example for the other (younger) players on his team!
What are you doing about this, Coach?
And then there’s redshirt defensive end Jeremy Elder who was arrested last week for robbing two students. Last I read, he’s been dismissed from the team and withdrawn from the school altogether. While I agree that the punishment in this case was swift and just, the fact of the matter is that he didn’t have the notion impressed on him enough that he needed to stay OUT of trouble in order to play.
Anyone with half a brain can remember that if they screw up they can’t play anymore, IMO.
Moving onwards back, we have two walk-ons who were arrested in December for assault. Quarterback Thomas Darrah and fullback Jacob Vane were restricted to “scout team duty” and were not allowed to play in any games. That’s a good start, but again these boys didn’t have the notion impressed on them enough either.
In August, Simeon Castille was arrested for disorderly conduct — at The Strip.
In July, Roy Upchurch and Brandon Fanney were arrested for disorderly conduct — also at The Strip. (Anyone seeing a pattern here?) In that same incident, Brandon Deaderick was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, resisting arrest and providing a false name to police.
This is just me, but …
If any one of these were my kid, I’d get in his face and say, “Screw up again, and you’re out of here.” It’s not hard, and you need to seriously grow a set and show these kids that if they act like punks, they’ll be treated like them — toss ’em out on their ass!