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Why Weren't Nick Saban and Butch Jones Questioned Like Dan Mullen Was?

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The media members at SEC Media Days were right to question Dan Mullen in the way that they did. But why did they fail to do that for Nick Saban and Butch Jones?

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Dan Mullen was rightfully pressed about Jeffery Simmons. It was the right thing for the Bulldogs' head coach to answer for the decision to allow Simmons to join the team and play football with a pretty lenient punishment and short stint in counseling. The folks at SEC Media Days were right to grill him with tough questions about that.

But they failed today. They failed to ask Nick Saban anything more than a few easy, soft questions about pace of play and Lane Kiffin. Nick Saban wasn't asked once about Bo Davis, Cam Robinson, or Hootie Jones and the entire offseason saga that has dragged on for the Alabama football program. He wasn't asked once about why Robinson and Jones might play in game one, despite running into legal problems.

And the SEC Media Days folks actually failed yesterday too. 11 questions and 25 minutes flew by for Butch Jones before he was asked about the lawsuit. All it took there was a few short sentences and that ordeal was over for him. Despite the fact that the Tennessee lawsuit is incredibly more controversial than MSU's decisions regarding Jeffery Simmons, it didn't take much for Butch Jones to get on past a quick and simple question about it.

Dan Mullen was rightfully pressed about Jeffery Simmons. The media members present were right to grill him about that. But why did they fail to do the same in regards to Nick Saban and Butch Jones? Why wouldn't they go after the head coaches of Alabama and Tennessee? It's a damn shame that the media members that were patting themselves on the back yesterday for their attempt at keeping Dan Mullen "accountable" couldn't find a way to do the same sort of thing for Saban and Jones.