Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Ex-Patriot Heath Evans says Nick Saban 'showed no human emotion' for injured player

December 07, 2011 - 3:05 am

Welcome to Wednesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WEDNESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Flyers at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (Versus) College basketball: Central Connecticut at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Arizona at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Xavier at Butler, 9 p.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Former Patriots running back Heath Evans related a story to a Miami radio station that does not paint a flattering picture of University of Alabama coach Nick Saban. Evans was in Dolphins training camp in 2005 when Saban was in his first year as Dolphins coach. Evans said teammate Jeno James collapsed after a practice, "vomiting all kids of stuff that would make a billy goat puke, eyes rolled in the back of his head." As Evans and teammates attended to James, Saban walked by, stepped over the convulsing player, and, without a word, continued on and headed upstairs. James was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Recalled Evans: "Saban calls a team meeting about 10:30 that night, comes down and says, '€˜You know, the captain of the ship can never show fear or indecision, we'€™ve always got to have an answer, and so I had to go upstairs, that'€™s why I walked over Jeno like that, I had to collect my thoughts and decide what'€™s best for our team.'€™ "And I'€™m thinking to myself, I think along with Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas and Yeremiah Bell and all these other guys, going, '€˜Did he, does he really believe what he'€™s just saying?'€™ He showed no human emotion for one of his best players. He literally stepped over him when four or five grown men are trying to carry Jeno to the training room. "And at that point honestly, you know, I was only there, you know, for seven weeks of that football season before he cut me, and let me say this: That was the best thing that ever happened to my career, because obviously A) they had to pay me, and B) Bill Belichick picked me up and I learned more football than I ever thought I'€™d know '€“ but that deciding moment kind of right there of how Nick Saban handled that, I think it always showed the team that ultimately he doesn'€™t really care about any of us players." '™¦ There has been speculation that Los Angeles has been trying to lure the Vikings from Minnesota. On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Vikings, speaking at a hearing before state legislators, said another U.S. city has contacted the team in the past year about relocating, but he did not reveal the name. "We would let that city speak for themselves," vice president of stadium development and public affairs Lester Bagley said. "I don't think it's out place to say who it is." Meanwhile, the Vikings announced that thousands of tickets remain unsold for two upcoming games, putting their 142-game sellout streak (including preseason, regular season and playoffs) in jeopardy. '™¦ Despite witnesses coming forward to say Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was driving recklessly when he crashed his car into a tree early Saturday morning in Portland, Ore., police there said Tuesday they do not plan to further investigate the incident, which did not lead to a citation for Suh. Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said that because the crash did not involve an intoxicated driver, traumatic injuries or vulnerable road users, it does not meet the department's investigation criteria. '™¦ Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide is retiring after calling Dwight Howard following a night of drinking and pleading with the center to stay in Orlando. Vander Weide acknowledged making the 1 a.m. phone call, admitting he "maybe should have waited until the morning. '€¦ Maybe Dwight thought it was inappropriate to talk business after a couple of glasses of win." Alex Martins was promoted from president to CEO to take Vander Weide's place. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 7, 1978, the Red Sox traded Bill Lee to the Expos for which player? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It was one of those nights when they weren't going in. We generated enough chances to probably win this game. The last month or so they've been going in. Tonight they didn't." -- Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Jets STAT OF THE DAY: 3 -- Consecutive nights the Lakers will play to open the NBA season 'NET RESULTS: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard takes exception to being knocked over by Blues forward David Perron Tuesday night and takes matters into his own hands. "I'm not taking that," Howard said. "If you're going to try and run me like that, you're going to pay the price." An LSU cheerleader shows what a game looks like from her perspective. TRIVIA ANSWER: Utility infielder Stan Papi SOOTHING SOUNDS: Harry Chapin, who died in 1981, was born on this day in 1942.