I mean, we know he's not a moron, because he's just been too successful as a coach. So what explanations are left for this quote, meant to motivate his football team:
"Changes in history usually occur after some kind of catastrophic event," Saban said during the opening remarks of his weekly news conference. "It may be 9-11, which sort of changed the spirit of America relative to catastrophic events. Pearl Harbor kind of got us ready for World War II, or whatever, and that was a catastrophic event."
I think the most jaw-dropping part of that quote, beyond the gall it takes to relate football to the two most catostrophic attacks ever to occur on American soil, is when he says "or whatever."
Whatever? Is Coach Saban confused about which war Pearl Harbor is related to? In whose world is WORLD FREAKING WORLD II an "or whatever" kind of event?
Rudy Giuliani is on the phone, Nick. He wants to know why you hate America.
The story is on SI.com.
But what you really want to read is Sen. Blutarsky's take on it. (Which is ironic, since Blutarsky took his name from the original "take- Pearl-Harbor-out-of-its-context-to-motivate-college-students guy.")
Blutarsky also gets into the whole D.J. Hall thing, where he was suspended as part of a strong moral stance by the Alabama football program... right up until they really needed him to keep from losing to Louisiana-Monroe. Which they didn't.