One of the biggest stories from the opening weekend was Nick Saban’s blow-up at ESPN’s, and Georgia graduate, Maria Taylor. The ESPN sideline reporter and College GameDay host hasn’t said much about the incident other than a tweet that came shortly afterwards.
Taylor, appearing on the Paul Finebaum show, further detailed the interaction between the two. And she added new details about the apology Saban made shortly after the blowup and how she reacted to it.
“I’ve been yelled by coaches since I was 12 years old. I’ve been called everything under the sun by any coach you can imagine., coach (Andy) Landers I’m calling you out,” Taylor said. So it didn’t really effect me that way .I just got lit up once. And that’s fine. I got a call from Saban before I even made it to the highway, that’s how passionate he was about getting the apology out. It was how he felt immediately in that moment.”
The coach Landers she has been referring too is former Georgia women’s basketball coach Andy Landers, who Taylor played for when she attended Georgia. The shout-out was said in jest, as Landers is also a colleague at the SEC Network.
Saban became irate after his team’s win over Lousiville when Taylor asked the Alabama coach about his quarterbacks and how they performed in the 51-14 win.
While many criticized Saban, Taylor was heavily praised for how she handled the situation. And her comments on Finebaum only further show her professionalism as she didn’t take it personally.
Taylor added that both she and Saban have moved past the incident and that she hopes everyone else can do the same.
“I’m so thankful and I respect him for making that call. We’ve both put it behind us and I hope everyone else can as well,” Taylor said.
Taylor is in College Station, Texas this week as she’s covering the Texas A&M-Clemson game, which airs at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Alabama takes on Arkansas State, while Georgia plays South Carolina at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.