Steve Spurrier finally got a rise out of Alabama head coach Nick Saban this week, at least a small one.
Spurrier has made several reference to Saban piling up wins and championships at traditional powerhouses, where the infrastructure and tradition make winning easier. Asked to respond several times in the past, Saban has deftly sidestepped the issue.
However, given a national stage Tuesday on the Dan Patrick radio show, Saban defended himself.
“LSU wasn’t winning when I went there,” he said, according to @coachingsearch. “Michigan State wasn’t winning when I went there. Toledo wasn’t winning when I went there. And Alabama really wasn't winning when I came here. I guess I gotta go someplace else (to convince Spurrier). I don’t know.”
Saban went on to say he enjoyed Spurrier’s banter, and he professed his respect for Spurrier last month at SEC Media Days.