With all the transfer news that’s happened in the last few days, should Alabama football fans worry?
So Nick Saban walks into a young man’s house and says seven words. “We’ll win with you or without you.”
That’s what The Man said to Julio Jones. Yeah … that Julio Jones, arguably the most talented player in the Saban era and one of the top two wide receivers in the NFL.
There he sits, eating your mama’s cooking, sitting in your favorite chair, and he tells you that he’s gonna kick ass even if you go someplace else. And if Someplace Else happens to be on the Alabama football schedule, he’ll kick your ass, too.
And he would have.
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So when Maurice Smith and Daylon Charlot decide to transfer, why should any Bama fan be worried? Neither man was going to play a role that no one else could play. Neither is in the same hemisphere as Julio. And even if they were, Nick Saban would kick everyone’s ass without them.
Another day. Another transfer. Another title. Another story that’s really a non-story. But Auburn fans like Barrett Sallee — a well-respected journalist who does a good job of being objective unless he’s talking about Alabama football — want to make it a story.
Sallee needs web hits, and to get them he hits below the belt.
Saban has stayed above the fray on this issue. He has chosen to let Smith and Charlot go and wish them well. But he’s not about to let them go wherever they want.
Why should he?
The SEC office makes the rules, and they are in place for a reason. If any SEC coach allowed a kid to transfer to a league rival without sitting out a year, it would set a dangerous precedent that could lead to multiple transfers within the league.
Nick Chubb would play for Florida and beat Georgia. Sean White would play for Mississippi State and beat Auburn. It would be NFL free agency without the signing bonus. Unless you transfer to Ole Miss. They pay very well from what we’re hearing.
The latest transfer news won’t have any effect on the Alabama football season. Smith and Charlot will land at places that allow them to earn more playing time. It just won’t be for a team that has the Crimson Tide on its schedule.
That’s good news for them. Because if they played Saban, he’d kick their ass.