Friday April 17th, 2015

Alabama coach Nick Saban reprimanded reporters Thursday for asking players questions about other players, and threatened to curtail player media availability.

Times-Dispatch reporter Alex Byington said Crimson Tide players told him the offense's pacing was quicker this offseason than it was last year.

When Byington relayed this to Saban, Saban replied with, "Well, if you guys continue to get quotes from players about other players, then we're not going to talk to players any more."   

Here's Saban's fleshed-out remarks, via Byington: 

Saban on dismissed Taylor: 'I'm not sorry for giving him an opportunity'

While Saban has a history of cantankerousness with reporters, it's unclear if any, or how many, questions were asked to Alabama players regarding their teammates. 

Restricting media access to players, and coaches, would not be a first in the ultra-competitive collegiate football landscape, although banishing an entire team from talking with the media would raise eyebrows. 

Alabama opens the 2015 season Sept. 5 against Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas


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