Nick Saban Dec 31, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama head coach Nick Saban before the 2022 Sugar Bowl against Kansas State at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

The handling of the Brandon Miller situation by Alabama basketball head coach Nate Oats has been heavily criticized by many. Legendary Alabama football coach Nick Saban joined the party on Monday by throwing a subtle jab at Oats on Monday after dealing with an Alabama football player that was recently arrested.

Alabama defensive back recruit Tony Mitchell enrolled early in the program as a part of the 2023 recruiting class. Unfortunately, he has already gotten into trouble, recently being arrested last week for marijuana possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver.

Saban detailed on Monday that he has suspended Mitchell from the team due to these charges. Upon doing so, he revealed that he will stay suspended until more information emerges about his legal situation.

“Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team and all team activities until we gather more information on the situation and what his legal circumstance is,” Saban said in a press conference posted on the Bama Insider YouTube page.

He then proceeded to throw a subtle jab at Nate Oats by saying that there is “no such thing” as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Everybody has the opportunity to make choices and decisions. There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You got to be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around, and what you do.”

This quote from Nick Saban was clearly referring to Nate Oats initially defending Brandon Miller by saying that he was at the “wrong spot at the wrong time“.

It is fascinating to see how highly respected coaches from the same school deal with these types of situations so drastically differently. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how Oats deals with this jab from Saban.

[Bama Insider YouTube page]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.