----------Saban, Alabama need to stop making excuses and give Clemson credit
Jul 18, 2019
ESPN Staff Writer
HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama's failure to give Clemson its proper credit at SEC media days on Wednesday was no accident. If you've followed Nick Saban's time at Alabama and what happens in the aftermath of those few losses the Crimson Tide have had to endure, then you weren't surprised when Saban questioned his former coaching staff's commitment and linebacker Dylan Moses questioned his team's preparation heading into the title game.
There were plenty of times in Hoover when Saban and players tipped their caps to the Tigers for beating them in the College Football Playoff National Championship, of course, but it was typically in the context of some larger excuse for why the Tide hadn't played their best. No matter the fact that they lost by 28 points, Moses said he believed they were still the better team.
Asked point-blank whether Alabama's best was better than Clemson's, Moses said, "Yeah, I think so."
Call it what it is: excuses.