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The sad thing is $10,000 wont even make a dent in his bank account.
His foundation gave over $415,000 to around 100 organizations that do the same kind of outreach that same day at the same event.
The guy may cheat his brains out, I'm just saying this isn't exactly evidence or even suspicious to me. His foundation gave a charity some money....but put it in context. Its not like he slipped unmarked bills under the door. It was one of over 100 checks for over $400k given in a public ceremony.
It is the kind of talk we find on other boards about us that we all laugh at.
Well, there have been "donations" by Bammer alumni and boosters to high school athletic programs of who's coaches began to favor Alabama as far as nudging players toward Alabama. ...
It's certainly not out of the realm of possibility. What better way to recruit than to make large "donations" to a church eh? Aye, out of the secret meeting places and in your face...LOL ! The thing is, I can make donations too !
I don't agree with kicking and fussing over it like a big baby either, but I'm not going to down-stroke someone's right to "whine".
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by War_Eagle on 8/4/2012 at 3:16 PM
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Certainly understandable that some might question motives here; seems like Mr. Saban has teetered over the line from time to time (i.e., "The Saban Rule).
On this one, I'm just going to say, "Well done" and move on. No matter how much money someone makes, giving away $400,000 of it is a good thing to do.
One thing caught my eye: This was a public ceremony. Saban isn't the only person to do this (and perhaps he did so to give the charities good publicity, which would be good), but I'm a fan of doing things privately, without a brass band and a parade.
A story: I was in the Midwest several years ago preparing to speak at an event in front of some people with serious money. A gentleman comes up to me and after finding I was from Alabama says, "We need to rebuild those African-American churches there." He was talking about when some B-ham Sou. students on a terrible prank torched some AA churches around B'ham.
I nodded and he asked, "Do you know the Governor (then, Riley)?" I don't run with politicians but I did have a way to connect with him through some back channels. This fellow, with no fanfare, quietly worked behind the scenes to give a major gift to help with this project (in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, from what I found out). No golfer-size checks, no ceremonies. Just because he thought it was the right thing to do.
Wish there were more like him.
Saban makes roughly $16,438 per DAY (do the math), so donating $10k and getting good press out of it makes him a swell person. What a guy.
I went to high school with Colenzo a long time ago. He is a great guy for whom I have always had the highest regard. His cause is well worthy of support. Having known him for a long time I couldn't resist the opportunity to downvote those who brought up the cheating crap. I've run out for the day but I'll be back with more tomorrow.
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