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Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:16 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As of this moment, there is -- almost without question -- no more powerful coach in all of college football than Alabama's Nick Saban. But as it turns out, even Saban couldn't pull enough strings to get someone other than Missouri the coveted 14th invite to the SEC.

That's according to the account provided to the Charleston Daily Mail by West Virginia senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia University graduate, who said he and Saban had spoken and "were working toward" snagging that invitation for the Mountaineers before the league settled on the Tigers. Both Saban and his wife Terry are West Virginia natives, and Saban spent two seasons in the late '70s as a defensive assistant for the Mountaineers.

"I thought we could have been in the SEC," Manchin said. "I talked to my dear friend Nick Saban about that, and, like me, he said, 'I would like West Virginia in the SEC,' and we were working toward that."

The Charleston Gazette also reported in October that Saban had been lobbying behind the scenes for West Virginia. But to no avail: Missouri was officially added as the SEC's 14th team in early November.

"They chose Missouri instead, and then you never heard a thing else about it," Manchin said.

That decision helped lead to a bitter political struggle between Manchin and Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell. McConnell, a Louisville graduate and Republican, reportedly attempted to block the Mountaineers' bid to join the Big 12 with the hopes of getting the Cardinals the invitation instead; Manchin, a Democrat, responded by publicly calling for Congress to hold hearings on whether McConnell had committed an ethics violation.

In the end, of course, Manchin and the Mountaineers got their happy ending -- they're not even going to have to wait an extra year -- and Manchin says the feud with McConnell is in the past. But with as powerful an ally as Saban on his side, you have to wonder if he doesn't wonder what might have been if the SEC had lent a more friendly ear.

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Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:07 am
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Sonds like loser talk to me !  Morons dont know this but if you disclose to your employer the fact that your leaving them for a better job, they start looking for your replacment. Then if things dont work out as you had hoped, your left out in the cold with out a job! Saban is a great coach but remember punk..... Bama is a greater team !!! Roll Tide ! Bring it on Mountaineers ! LOL



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:06 am
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

What are you--a moron.  Get the facts straight about Saban leaving  the Dolphins.  When first approached by ALA DURING the pro season, he simply told ALA that he wouldn't even discuss anything during the season.  As a result, ALA offered the job to WVU Rich Rod.  He then used that ALA offer to get a fat new contract AT WVU.  The whole Rich Rod affair lasted a month which left ALA back at square one.  By this time the Dolphin season was finished.  ALA once again contracted Saban with a larger offer and he then accepted.  Some Dolphins fans and media personel continue to spread lies about Saban--but you never hear a bad word from the Dolphins organization.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:21 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Unfortunately the Big XII is not going away.....like it or not......



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

No mention that Saban and Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel are best friends?  Or that Saban got Pinkel his first head coaching job at Toledo when he left?  Pretty strong possibility Saban was offering lip service to the senator but was not in WVU's corner.  Wait, no, he would never do something like that.



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:54 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

On the surface that sounds a bit like sour grapes but I think you're right.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:04 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Well, it was pretty obvious that WVU was cultivating relationships with the SEC for entry.  I'm kind of glad things worked out the way they did.  Sure, the SEC would have been nice.  Easier travel, guaranteed NC shot for finishing 2nd in your conference division, etc.  But then I'd have to put up with Vol fans, and that I simply can not do!



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

wow, look at all the saban haters



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

This a reply--read the article again and this time pa attention.  The report said Saban wanted WVU but the SEC wanted Mizzo.  Check your fact before you call omeone a liar!



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:54 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Isn't this the same Saban who swore he was not leaving the Miami Dolphins...and then about 7 days later he was the Alabama coach? 

If former WVU football player, and the Governor of WV Joe Manchin had kept his mouth shut (alright, I agree that's impossible) WVU would not have had Bill Stupid to replace RichRod.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:47 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

I agree, I didn't want the SEC and the ACC to me is punk sports, punks like ACC sports, and there seems to be a lot of them on CBS. I am also grateful the Big 12 extended us and invitation, I feel we are into Big Time football now, and baskeball isn't bad either.


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