Saban: Chizik has done a good job

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, pats Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley on the back after the Crismon Tide beat the Vols 44-13 in Knoxville. (AP photo Wade Payne)

Tennessee fired Derek Dooley this weekend, Auburn’s Gene Chizik sits on the hot seat, and Alabama’s Nick Saban said he realizes he’s not that far away from the same trouble.

“I fully understand that two years from now if we don’t continue to have a good team, then I’ll be in the same seat that other people are in now,” Saban said today at his regular news conference. “It’s the nature of the beast in our profession.”

Dooley spent three seasons at Tennessee. He worked for Saban as an assistant coach for five years at LSU and two with the Miami Dolphins.

“There’s a lot of attention to what we do,” Saban said. “I think there’s a high expectation for what we do. Derek Dooley is a good friend. He’s been very, very loyal for seven years working on our staff. Regardless of what he did or didn’t do at Tennessee, he’s still someone who is a professional colleague and a good friend who we would love to help in any way we can.”

As for Chizik, Saban said, “I personally think Gene Chizik has done a really good job.”

“All I know is playing against him, it’s always a tough game,” Saban said. “They’re always well coached and they’re always well prepared, and that’s all I can really comment about. I think that sometimes that the standard that everybody wants all of us to play to is not something that is a continuum. It’s a process that’s constantly evolving and sometimes you get a few things that happen maybe that don’t go in your favor, it can affect the kind of results that you get. And some of them you can control and some of them you can’t. Whether I like it or not, it is the world that we
live in.”

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