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Saban mistreats some people

By Andy Newberry
Scripps Howard News Service

Much fuss was made over Nick Saban leaving the Miami Dolphins for The University of Alabama last week.

Where a coach decides to make his living shouldn't be that big of a deal really. Coaches move all the time. People move all the time.

Bobby Petrino just made the opposite move, leaving Louisville for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons but without an uproar.

I hope the outrage over Saban's move wasn't about his paycheck. It's a free market, so the way to fix Saban's salary is to refuse to buy what he's selling, not to whine about it.

I hope and pray the anger directed at Saban is because of the way he treated other human beings.

He didn't just duck questions, he turned on the questioners with venom. And he lied, lied and lied some more.

If only Don Shula complained, it'd be no big deal. He had two dogs in the fight. His son, Mike, was fired by Alabama on Nov. 20. The Dolphins team he built was embarrassed by Saban.

But Jimmy Johnson, who coached both the University of Miami and the Dolphins, had some very telling comments.

"I don't like the way he treats people that are working for a living," Johnson said on a radio show. "I'm talking about some of the folks that are working for $30,000, $40,000 that are helping him be a star, that are helping him have success. Yet, he belittles those people."

Saban knows how to win games.

The sad thing is, if Johnson's perception is true, Saban also has the chance to influence young people.

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