Mark McLeod, ESPN Radio
Florida head football coach Will Muschamp responded today to comments made by Alabama head coach Nick Saban during his Sunday teleconference about the Sugar Bowl. It was a classic case of open mouth- insert foot.
Saban was asked about the potential of the SEC Championship Game loser taking a backseat to the Gators in a BCS game.
"It's not really a great scenario," Saban said during his Sunday teleconference. "You play your way into the (SEC) championship game, which means you're the best team in your division… It doesn't seem quite right, but it is what it is. I don't really know what me commenting about it is going to do to change it. But I don't feel good about it."
Did Saban fall on his head? What a stupid statement. Saban has a pretty short memory for a guy that benefitted from a very similar scenario. It was just one year ago that Alabama played for the BCS National Championship despite failing to win the Western Division title and advancing to the SEC Championship Game.
In 2011, LSU defeated the Crimson Tide 9-6 in Tuscaloosa during the regular season. The Tigers represented the Western Division in Atlanta and blew out Georgia 42-10. The ‘Dawgs had to settle for a post-season date in the Outback Bowl against Michigan State.
Meanwhile, ‘Bama got the opportunity to jump into the BCS title game where they beat LSU 21-0.
Muschamp made no plea for the Gators to play for the national championship game saying that Florida had their opportunity to defeat Georgia in Jacksonville and lost the game.
"Well, I can switch and go to Atlanta if he doesn't want to go to Atlanta and play the Dawgs," Muschamp said today. "Be careful what you ask for, Nick.”
Nick should have said that he had no comment and stayed out of the debate. He comes off like a hypocrite with his boneheaded remarks.
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