GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Something interesting unfolded during SEC Media Days on Wednesday. After Nick Saban’s press conference, during which no reporter asked him about the status of Cam Robinson, SEC Network cut to a commercial.

However, the microphones of Dari Nowkhah and at least one member of the panel (Marcus Spears, Greg McElroy, Paul Finebaum) were still on, and before the commercials started, those microphones picked up one of the panelists squawking like a chicken and Nowkhah asking if Saban owned the media.

The situation took another twist when SEC Network came back from break, and the panel blasted the reporters in attendance for not asking about Robinson at all.

Nowkhah then acknowledged his comments before the break, and¬†asked Finebaum if the notion of Saban owning the media was debatable. He said it wasn’t, and directly said that Saban owned the media while also saying the press conference was an embarrassment for the media.

Furthermore, ESPN isn’t shying away from the situation – because they tweeted out Finebaum’s quote almost immediately after he said it.

The status of Robinson was eventually questioned, but not during the main press conference. Saban was asked about Robinson in something called the “Internet Room”.

Alright, so let’s recap.

-ESPN calls out the media for not asking Saban about Robinson.
-ESPN questions whether or not Saban owns the media, and an ESPN personality directly states he does.
-Meanwhile, a question about Robinson actually is asked, but it’s not on TV.

What a bizarre situation. Accidentally get caught calling out a coach, acknowledge you called out the coach, call out the coach again, call out the media at the same time, and then the coach answers the question the media didn’t ask on camera in a lower profile setting.

Exhausting.

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