ARTICLE OF THE DAY
 
Liar, Liar

by Chris Stansbury
1/4/07


Remember when you were a kid? Liar, liar, pants on fire! Maybe that's where the phrase "Coaches on the Hot Seat" originated.
 
Nick Saban is the latest big name celebrity/personality to get caught in a blatant lie. Here are a couple others that jump into my mind:

(pointing a finger at Congress) "I have never taken steroids, period." - Rafael Palmeiro

"I never had sexual relations with that woman" - President Bill Clinton

"I am not going to Alabama" - Nick Saban
 
Okay, one of those was not sports related, but a pretty bold-faced lie, if you ask me.
 
My biggest gripe with personalities or coaches or whomever that get caught in a lie or are obviously lying, is that insults the fans and organizations involved. The statements also toy with the media, however, I have no qualms with that side of the deal.
 
There is so much in the way of media nowadays from 24-hour news and sports networks to radio shows to newspapers and magazines. Then, throw in the world wide web and all the blogs turning the rumor mill and a coach only has to say one sentence and its repeated a thousand times over.
 
Another childhood memory, once you tell a lie its going to take a dozen more lies just to cover up the first one. Coaches just don't lie!! You don't have to lay your hand on the table, just keep your cards close to the vest. Nick Saban would have been better served to say the following statement on December 11th when asked about the Alabama vacancy: "I am the coach of the Miami Dolphins right now. My job is to coach the Miami Dolphins. I don't know what is in my future, but for the present this is what I am paid to do, coach the Miami Dolphins." The media may not have let the issue drop, but trust me, they will get tired of hearing the exact same statement if he were to say it every time it was asked.
 
All this being said, you can't blame college or professional coaches for the recent rash of ship-jumping antics. First, the contracts for coaches should be written with invisible ink. They hold neither side accountable for keeping the contract in tact.
 
Secondly and more importantly, you can't blame a coach for trying to better himself professionally or personally.
 
We all do the same thing in our own lives. I venture a guess that every person that has filled out a job application, while working for another company, didn't check the "Yes" box where it said "Can we contact your current employer?" You didn't want your boss to know you were looking for another job. Even if it meant more money, a better life for your family or maybe it just isn't working out at your current job. The only difference between you and coaches, you don't have the media asking you every time you finish your workday, "Are you leaving for another job?"
 
Like us, coaches sometimes think the grass is greener on the other side. Or maybe they'll even say I won't take X job or will only take Y type of job, but they don't know what will be presented to them tomorrow. Former ECU Coach Steve Logan said he only wanted to be a head coach. He probably didn't know he get a chance to work again with his long time friend Jeff Jagodzinski.
 
We, as fans, shouldn't be upset that a coach looks for another job or even takes a position at another school or team. But we shouldn't be lied to either. Coach Saban, good luck getting the parents of a 17-year-old Alabama recruit to trust you when you say, "I am committed to being here at Alabama and seeing your son graduate."

Chris Stansbury