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Alabama coach Nick Saban: 'A lot of animosity' exists toward SEC because of success

by Jason Kersey Modified: May 10, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: May 9, 2013

Alabama coach Nick Saban responded to Bob Stoops' comments regarding the SEC's reputation. AP PHOTO

Alabama coach Nick Saban responded to Bob Stoops’ comments regarding the SEC’s reputation. AP PHOTO

NORMAN — Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked Thursday about Bob Stoops’ comments regarding the SEC’s reputation.

“I didn’t even know he said it, so you’re going to have to tell me what he said,” Saban said, according to “I’ve got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything. But I like Bob Stoops, and I respect him as a coach, but I’m really trying to manage our business.”

When Saban — who coached LSU in its 2003 national-title game win over Stoops’ Sooners and has won three titles at Alabama — was told what the OU coach said, he responded that there’s “a lot of animosity” toward the SEC because of its success.

“We have a lot of respect for what they do at Oklahoma, and I really don’t think that people that don’t play in our league really don’t understand the quality of our league from top to bottom,” Saban said.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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