Alabama coach Nick Saban has made his feelings towards agents pretty well known in the past. I believe Saban compared agents to "pimps" back in July when discussing the ongoing problem between agents and college athletes. So, as you can figure out, he's not really a big fan.
He's also not a big fan of answering questions about any other college coaches who may be friendly with those pimps. Coaches like former North Carolina assistant John Blake. Something which will be pretty hard for Saban to avoid considering the reported interaction between Blake and Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus.
Which is probably why he took such a dismissive tone when asked about that relationship on Monday.
"First of all, I don't know anything about this," Saban said Monday of a story that Yahoo! Sports reported late Sunday night.
"Secondly, to me, it's water that's been under the bridge for several months now. It's somewhere down in the Gulf of Mexico now. I really don't have much care about talking about that.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the honesty, integrity and professionalism of what we do as coaches, and if somebody does something to violate that, everybody can make their judgment as to what that is."
Saban then went on to say that he wasn't going to comment on other coaches or what they've been accused of doing, and that he wanted to talk about South Carolina -- Alabama's opponent this week. Well, you can probably guess what the next question was about. Yes, that's right, John Blake. A question that then set Saban off.
"Is that South Carolina?" Saban said. "I guess I must stutter. Did I stutter? I'm not very clear on how I articulate. Maybe I need to go back to West Virginia and get some more hillbilly slang and maybe everybody can understand me a little better."
Nick Saban: he may not be a pimp, but he keeps that pimp hand strong.