Coach won't be drawn into 'contest'
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coach Nick Saban, angered by a television poll about which quarterback he should start when LSU (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) plays Arkansas State on Saturday night, says he will no longer discuss that situation.
On Wednesday, Saban had strong words in favor of both Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell.
"Both guys have been working at quarterback. Both guys have made good plays and bad plays, regardless of what kind of opinion polls we have out there, that are really kind of heartless," Saban said while talking with the media.
Saban said his players are "kids, college students, with parents who get very upset and call me very upset that everybody gets to vote on whether their son is good or bad."
So, Saban said he doesn't intend to discuss quarterbacks at all.
"If you guys want to be heartless, I guess I can be heartless, too," Saban said.
Earlier in the week, Saban said he expected both quarterbacks to play against Arkansas State. Saban has not said publicly who will start.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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