Nick Saban Suspends Freshman After Arrest, Says ‘Wrong Place … Wrong Time’ Is Not An Excuse In Possible Dig At Alabama Basketball

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban did not mince words Monday when discussing the recent arrest of freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell. Whether you want to call it a subtle shot at Crimson Tide basketball coach Nate Oats is up to you, but as history has proven, Saban is not the subtle type.

Four-star defensive back Tony Mitchell was arrested in Florida last Wednesday, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and/or deliver. (It was later learned Mitchell drove 141 mph trying to elude police before his arrest.) On Monday, Nick Saban met with the media following Alabama’s first spring practice of 2023.

Saban then announced Mitchell would be suspended from team activities until the school gathers more information. And it was how Saban phrased it that caught the attention of folks around the country.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions. There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Saban said. “You have to be responsible about who you’re with, who you’re around, what you do and who you associate yourself with, along with the situations you put yourself in.”

“It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

(Listen for yourself. Saban’s comments on Mitchell come around the 1:10 mark.)

Nate Oats Apologizes For ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’

If the phrase ‘wrong place, wrong time’ sounds familiar, it should. Following the testimony in a Tuscaloosa court on Feb. 21, it was the first time we had heard basketball player Brandon Miller’s name mentioned with the tragic shooting that took place in Tuscaloosa.

Speaking with the media following Alabama’s morning practice, coach Nate Oats took to the podium and tried to let everyone know that he had a hold of the situation. During his presser, Oats pointed out that the school had known about the individuals involved in the fatal incident in January. While discussing the incident, Oats decided to use a very poor choice of words.

“We knew about that. Can’t control everything anybody does outside of practice,” Oats said at the time. “Nobody knew that was going to happen. College kids are out, Brandon hasn’t been in any type of trouble nor is he in any type of trouble in this case. Wrong spot at the wrong time.”

The quote caught fire nationally, leading Oats to apologize for his words, which would turn out to be the first of two apologies regarding Brandon Miller.

Would Nick Saban Actually Take A Subtle Shot At Nate Oats?

We were all wondering when Nick Saban would potentially have to punish a player for something done off the field. (He infamously passed on punishment for the Jermaine Burton incident last fall.) As history proves, Nick Saban is not the type of coach to mince words, so today was most likely Nick Saban acting like his regular self. If his choice of words cause a problem, so be it.

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Alabama coach Nick Saban. (Getty Images)

This will certainly be talked about around campus, and around the country. Now, Tony Mitchell was arrested for marijuana possession, while Brandon Miller has not been charged with any type of crime. So obviously we’re dealing with two types of situations here.

But it should be noted how the Alabama football coach decided to characterize the suspension of Tony Mitchell. Meanwhile folks continue to argue about how the communications department at Alabama has failed the Brandon Miller situation.

If you’re wondering if Saban’s words will cause any type of backlash inside the Alabama athletic department, they might. But either way, Nick Saban doesn’t care.

Written by Trey Wallace

Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series.

Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football “Credit Card Scandal” along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.


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