After a former player questioned the current squad, Nick Saban admitted Alabama’s culture has been lacking and needs a reset in 2022.
Alabama football is a proud program. While some teams can shrug off a two-loss season as “one of those years,” that’s not acceptable in Tuscaloosa.
Head coach Nick Saban acknowledged that during his weekly appearance on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
“I think the big thing that is important for our team right now is that we recapture the culture of what this team has always been, how we’ve always played for years here, the kind of toughness we play with, the kind of discipline we play with, the way we compete,” Saban said.
Nick Saban said Bo Scarbrough called out Alabama’s culture in 2022
At least one former player has criticized the mindset of the current team to Nick Saban himself. The head coach recounted what happened when Bo Scarbrough made an appearance in Alabama this week.
According to Saban, Scarbrough tapped his finger on the table for emphasis while saying, “When we played here, we were making sure the other team went the game was over would say we never want to play them again.”
Saban highlighted the example set by Scarbrough and others as “the kind of culture that we want to try to recreate.”
“I don’t want any former player coming to me saying you guys are not what they expect you to be,” he said.
The Tide took a step towards making things right with last week’s win over Ole Miss. Saban needs to see the team carry that forward, even if they’re playing lowly Austin Peay this week.
“I don’t care who we’re playing,” Saban said. “If anybody can tell who we’re playing this week by on how you practice this week, something’s wrong with you. That’s not what it’s all about.”
The Crimson Tide can’t win the SEC Championship but they can still finish the season strong with performances against Austin Peay and Auburn with an eye on making a statement in the bowl game.