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Alabama pulled out a late win at Ole Miss on Saturday, but it was hardly consolation for a disappointing 2022 season in the eyes of the Crimson Tide faithful.
Head coach Nick Saban's team will not be playing in the SEC Championship game next month, and barring some unlikely miracle, will not be playing in the college football playoff.
Sunday, SEC Network and radio talker Paul Finebaum discussed how Alabama fans were coping with the disappointment and what they saw as the remedy for the program's woes: fire offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien and defensive coordinator Pete Golding.
"I mean, they're really disappointed and distraught and careful not to criticize Saban, especially when it comes to coaching decisions,” said Finebaum. “They would much rather just call for the heads of Pete Golding and Bill O'Brien. That makes them feel better, and they're pretty much demanding it.
"Last week on our program, which is a moderately decent read of Alabama fans — they were belligerent. I mean, they would have been happy if Saban had fired both coaches walking out of the stadium in Baton Rouge last week, even though I thought Golding's unit played pretty well."
In addition, Finebaum said Tide fans would be even more incensed if Georgia is again crowned as national champions.
"It's a hollow feeling, and the worst part about it is Georgia," Finebaum added. "If Kirby Smart wins another national championship, they're going to look at that and go, 'OK, in the era of Nick Saban, his protege has now won two straight national championships.’ You can't ignore that."
Jeff Poor is the executive editor of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.
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