Ok, it's a goofy tradition, but still. If somebody did something like this to us, I'd be po'd.
Look, strongly worded joint statements that condemn stupid fan behavior are fine.
But fans will mirror what messages they feel the head coach sends out. If he gives out a win-at-all-cost vibe, the fans will take that several steps beyond that mentality and, sadly, cross the line into committing illegal acts.
Now, we aren't holding Nick Saban directly responsible for the near-psychotic acts of a few, but we think he could do more to remind the Tide faithful that winning isn't the only thing in life.
He does that well with Nick's Kids and the many other great charitable acts he and his family perform in the Tuscaloosa community and around the nation. He's not one to toot his own horn, but few fans know about this part of Saban's life and work. He could carry that mentality of what's important in life to the messages he gives his fans who hang on his every word.
Thus, if we were he, we would do more to say something along the lines of, "If you want to cheer for us, fine. But we don't want you as fans if you seek to harm others or the property of others."
And we know Bear Bryant wasn't a saint by any means (Wow. That sentence actually hurt to type), but, win or lose, he did it with class and respect. The winning came from the respect, it seems, not the respect from the winning. Hatred never came into it.
Dislike of an opponent, sure. Rivalry, yes. Demonization and illegal activity, no.
Saban could go a long way towards emphasizing more of the latter, and the Tide Nation will listen.