Nick Saban has a message for frustrated Alabama fans
If you find yourself in the camp of those frustrated by Alabama's one-point win against Arkansas, Nick Saban has a message for you.
Towards the end of his Monday afternoon press conference, Saban veered off course while answering a question asking if his frustration level was greater when mistakes were made by more experienced, senior players.
Saban's message was a slow burn, his voice rising at the beginning of each new sentence until he was in the middle of a full-blown rant.
"Everybody's got such a high expectation of what our team should be," Saban said. "I was just happy to see our players be happy about playing the game and winning. It really, sort of, if you want to know the truth about it, pisses me off when I talk to people that have this expectation like they are disappointed that we only won the game 14-13 and in the way we played.
"Really, that's frustrating. You want to talk about something that's frustrating, that's frustrating, to me, for our players, who play with a lot of heart in the game."
Making it fun
It's a business-like approach around the Alabama football facilities. For everything.
It's not uncommon for players to characterize trips to away games as business trips.
That approach has yielded a tremendous amount of success, but could it be preventing the players from having fun during the games.
Saban said the emotional reaction his players showed after Landon Collins' fourth quarter interception, which helped secure the win, has been missing this season.
"I know Coach has talked about how people on the sideline have just been standing there," right tackle Austin Shepherd said. "No one's really been cheering us on. The only time we celebrate is after a touchdown. I mean, we've got to get excited. You got to be excited when someone makes a first down, makes a long run, runs someone over. I feel like there's not a lot of that, and we're trying to fix that right now."
One of Alabama's bright spots in Saturday's road win came from a freshman.
Punter JK Scott was a busy man in Fayetteville, Ark., punting eight times for an average of 44.2 yards. Seven of those punts were downed inside the Arkansas 20, with six inside the 15.
For his effort, Scott was named the Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week.
His season average of 46.7 yards per punt ranks fourth nationally and first in the SEC. Only two of 19 punts have been returned.
The SEC confirmed to the Associated Press that the clock should have stopped after an Alabama false start penalty in the final two minutes of Saturday's game.
Crew chief Penn Wagers wound the the clock at 1:01 after the Arie Kouadnjio infraction which allowed Alabama to run out the clock and preserve the win. The clock should have been wound when the ball was snapped.
The penally occurred on third-and-two and should have stopped the clock. When the clock was wound, Alabama only had to run its third-down play to run out the clock.
The SEC announced that Alabama's Oct. 25 game at Tennessee has been slated for a evening kickoff.
The game is slated for a 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 start to be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 or the SEC Network.
The nationally televised CBS broadcast will feature the Mississippi State at Kentucky game.
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