When the proposed 10-second substitution rule was withdrawn by the NCAA Rules Committee on Wednesday, a church in Auburn took it as an opportunity to take a lighthearted shot at Alabama coach Nick Saban, who was a vocal proponent of the rule.
The War Eagle Reader first pointed out the marquee of Saint Michael The Archangel Catholic Church that read “’Support the Ban on Slingshots’ – Goliath.” It’s subtly mocking Saban for wanting to scale back the recent trend of uptempo, no-huddle offenses that have been very successful for teams across the country.
Auburn – Alabama’s main rival – utilizes the fast-paced offense and that style of offense led the Tigers to the BCS National Title game last season.
The church often puts “a humorous quip or quote” on its marquee on most days, and Monsignor William Skoneki, a priest at Saint Michael’s, smiled when he was asked if the quote was a jab at Saban.
“I gave our secretary a bunch (of quotes) and that’s the one she happened to pick today, so I can’t take credit,” Skoneki said. “But it certainly fits today’s situation. Coach Saban is a good Catholic, actually, a daily mass Catholic. But on the field, he’s more of a Goliath.”
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