Why did Alabama coach Nick Saban refer to rat poison after SEC Championship game win?

Jake Nichol December 5, 2021
Why did Alabama coach Nick Saban refer to rat poison after SEC Championship game win?
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Nick Saban coached Alabama to victory in the SEC Championship Game, referring to rat poison post-game in his press conference. But what did the veteran coach mean by it?

Saban’s Crimson Tide outfit went into the game on Saturday, 4th December as underdogs.

Ranked fourth, their opponents were the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

An excellent second quarter from the Tide saw them rack up 24 points to lead 24-17 at half-time.

Inspired by QB Bryce Young, they went on to win the game 41-24.

In his post-game press conference, Saban made notice of rat poison and the impact it had on his team.

But what did he mean by it?

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Nick Saban rat poison

The origin of the comment can be traced back to 2017, when coach Saban first used the term.

After a narrow win over Texas A&M, Saban was unhappy with members of the media, believing their coverage distracted the players from listening to him.

“It’s like taking poison,” he said at the time. “Like rat poison.”

Fast forward four years, Saban once again mentioned rat poison in his post-game press conference, but this time, it had a different meaning.

“You guys gave us a lot of really positive rat poison,” Saban joked.

“The rat poison that you usually give us is usually fatal (i.e, negative coverage).

“But the rat poison you gave this week was yummy.”

Saban makes more history

The veteran coach has been in charge of the Crimson Tide since 2007.

Under him, the Crimson Tide has had its most successful spell in their history.

They have picked up six National championships, 11 SEC Western Division titles, and eight SEC titles overall.

Saban coached the Crimson Tide to three successive SEC titles in 2014-16, and will be looking to match that feat again in 2022.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.