Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has his mug on the front page of the Mobile Press-Register’s Sports section. Saban was in Mobile as part of the Crimson Caravan tour, a series of seated dinner events scheduled around the southeast.
Saban was just in Mobile as a featured speaker for Team Focus’ Benefit Banquet on April 23, scarcely more than a week ago. The morning after, the Press-Register was splashed with a big assed headline and another big assed picture.
When Saban stopped in Mobile to check in on Senior Bowl practices last January, a similar chain of events happened.
This drives Auburn fans nuts, especially in the Mobile area. Despite the fact that the second largest metro area in the state is solidly Crimson, it wasn’t that long ago that Auburn got whoever they wanted when recruiting on the Gulf Coast.
Saban turned that around.
The 2011 BCS National Champions featured safety Mark Barron—an eventual first round pick in last week’s NFL Draft—and quarterback AJ McCarron. Both are native Mobilians. The 2012 edition of the Crimson Tide will include tailback sensation TJ Yeldon, a Daphne product who Saban famously flipped from Auburn in the last signing class.
By the way, Auburn coach Gene Chizik also had an interview with the media yesterday. He spoke with Birmingham’s 97.3 The Zone and spoke about quarterback expectations and recruiting linebackers. That story also made the front page.
It was below the fold, accompanied by a photo roughly half the size of the one you see above.
If recent history is any indication, the next few days of Sound Off will be chock full of calls from irate Auburn fans, wailing and gnashing their teeth over perceived Bama bias on the part of the Press-Register.
The truth is that a Saban visit is BIG news in Mobile. Both the Team Focus and Crimson Caravan events were sold out. The Mobile Press-Register has the best (and oldest) sports section in the state. Coverage of both Alabama and Auburn news is about as unbiased as you’ll find anywhere and Sports Editor Randy Kennedy is a certifiable newshound. Go pick up a copy. It’s the best $1.00 you’ll spend all day. Better yet, call 251-219-5343 and subscribe.
You don’t want to miss the next time Saban’s mug dominates the front page, do you?