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Nick Saban Vetoes Dinner with President Bush

Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban politely declined an invitation to dinner with President Bush.

Dolphins coach Nick Saban doesn’t consider himself a fan of politics, but he understands that when the President of the United States invites you for dinner, you oblige. Unless that request comes during training camp. That’s the reason Saban politely declined an invitation to dine with President Bush on Sunday evening at Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant in Miami Beach.

”That [would have been] a great experience, but it’s a personal experience,” Saban said Monday. “My obligation is to these players right now. Once we commit to camp, I’m out of everything. This is what I’m doing, this is what I’m committed to, and I don’t have to make exceptions for anything or anybody relative to what I’m asked to do outside of here.”

That’s dedication right there. Or something.

Of course, training camp is just practice. Not a game. Practice. Not the game. We’re talking about practice, man. How silly is that? (With apologies to Allen Iverson)

Hat tip: DMN’s Todd Archer


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He’s probably sending a message to his team. Must be important for him to be there with this particular group, and turning down the President will raise their respect for him.

At least, that’s my theory. I think its a good move on a team that has appeared to have some shakyness in the past. Of course, now he’s locked into the position of turning the Pres down during training camp., which may not be what he intended.

Posted by Brandon Minich | August 1, 2006 | 05:13 pm | Permalink

maybe training camp but remember he did coach LSU for some time before the dolphins. maybe this slight is a small protest of his handling of the katrina affair. . .

Posted by Craig | August 25, 2006 | 04:04 pm | Permalink

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