SEC football: Georgia fans drag Nick Saban for saying 2021 was rebuilding year for Alabama

Nick Saban recently made the dubious claim that, in referring to the 2021 SEC football schedule, ‘last year was a rebuilding year’ despite Alabama winning 13 games, winning their division, winning their conference and Bruce Young winning the Heisman Trophy.

To further prove the claim was dubious, Saban (as he does most years) had the No. 1 recruiting class in the entire country heading into the season. While the Class of 2021 didn’t have as much of an impact on the Crimson Tide’s season as the upperclassmen did, Saban hasn’t had a recruiting class finish below No. 5 dating back to 2016.

Such a comment is either completely tone deaf by accident (doubtful), or deliberately demoralizing to other schools in the division, conference, and around the country. If a rebuilding year for Alabama is a two-loss campaign with a CFP appearance and victory over an undefeated Group of Five champion, then what chance do you really have to win your program a title?

Georgia Bulldogs fans (and other SEC football admirers) took to Twitter to eviscerate Nick Saban for his ‘rebuilding Alabama in 2021’ take — which is many ways an attempt to undermine UGA’s first national championship since 1980:

There is no such thing as rebuilding in SEC football

Was 2021 a rebuilding year for Bryan Harsin and the Auburn Tigers in his first season on the Plains? Has anyone given Shane Beamer a cookie for pulling a bowl appearance out of his hat in his first campaign in Columbia, SC?

Nick Saban’s comment was disrespectful to all the 5-star and 4-star recruits he added throughout the late 2010s that just powered his program to a CFP title game appearance. He, more than anyone, should know that there is no such thing as rebuilding in SEC football.

The Harsin inquiry and sky-is-falling attitude for Auburn after one losing season following a coaching change nearly proves that statement by itself.