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We'll have a long post on the Saban hiring up tonight (one that's been brewing since Wednesday, but that keeps getting put off for things like the Sugar Bowl and naps), but for now, some more linkage:

God bless Gene Stallings.  Paul Westerdawg has a link to Coach Stallings's retort to the Bill Curry sour grapes fest over the Saban hiring.  Stallings reminds us all of why, for those of us either too young or not alive enough to remember Coach Bryant, he'll always be the shining gold standard for what an Alabama coach should be.


The shoes Nick Saban has to fill are on this man.

Continuing the "We Heart UGA Blogs" theme, LD weighs in on the Saban hire:

The supposed controversy over Nick Saban saying one thing while at a job and then another after he'd taken a different job seems to me to be media driven. Coaches leave jobs, and Nick Saban (as much as Dennis Erickson) especially has lots of experience leaving jobs. It's not surprising, and nothing worth getting all this upset about. The reason people are talking about it? Because Saban semi-berated journalists who were asking impertinent (to him) questions. One writer asks Saban a few weeks ago (while he still has games to coach for Miami) about Alabama, and he denies it. Ten, twenty, thirty more writers ask the same question, and Saban snaps at them. And then he turns about face, and the journalists he snapped at call him a liar.

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Saban can change his mind, protect his interests, and leave for what he considers a better job. Journalists can ask questions, write stories, and even become annoying to those from whom they seek information. And journalists are free, as much as anyone else, to harbor grudges against those who disrespect them. But journalists also should mind the fact that their platform gives them certain privileges and expectations.

Peter at BON (one of the finest CFB blogs out there, so read it every day like we do) takes LD's thoughts to their conclusion:

Piling on Nick Saban for "talking out both sides of his mouth" is a convenient way to put an ending to the ridiculousness that has been the media's coverage of this whole circus.

Hack knows why the media hates Nick Saban.

While it's still not official, the palmbeachpost.com is piling on the Fisher to FSU bandwagon.