I don't personally think that's a high school mentality or an unprofessional way to go about things. Too often it comes across as a used car salesman pitch and it's simply makes me feel like coaches are lying and think we're dumb. You don't have to be brash and tell everyone you're going to kick their teeth in, but I also feel you shouldn't be modest about your athletes that bust their butts for you. We all know we are going to demolish Missouri, but Saban would have you think our boys may not make it to the finals of the Alabama state playoffs. I get the rat poison, yadda yadda, but when speaking to your constituents I appreciate the honesty and what we should expect. I think Alabama fans have waited the last ten years (just using a round number) to know we will be competitive on the hardwoods. I came to Alabama while Grant was coaching, and his quiet no nonsense persona was one I couldn't align with, so Avery and now Oats being a little more outspoken is more of who I am and what I like to hear. I don't think this will hurt fundraising efforts either, as most of us urn for the old days of when we competed and love to get jacked up and seeing our program on the rise. To each their own of course. I just hope he's right!!!
I pretty much agree with you. Don't take my comments to mean I have an issue with Oats' style, because I don't. It's just different than what we are used to, and different than how I would probably handle it in his same shoes. But, don't think for a second that I don't love the confidence and his willingness to go toe to toe with anyone, especially auburn. While I would likely take a more cautioned and modest approach to most things in a similar position, I'm not sure that's the right way for a program like Alabama basketball (especially right now). Oats isn't afraid to speak his mind, isn't afraid to make waves, and won't back down from anyone. The program needed to take on that same persona, and I think it has to a degree. It needed a culture change similar to the way the football team needed one after Shula was fired.
You'd be hard pressed to find someone who hates auburn more than me, but I don't understand that line of thought. I also sometimes watch them play when Alabama isn't playing (and hope the lose). After they lose, I enjoy finding the radio audio from Stan White of crucial calls that go against them and playing them on loop as I sit in a bubble bath and sip only the finest champagne.
Ya know, if you hate a team so much that you refuse to watch their ball games perhaps you hate a team too much. I'll certainly be watching the Kentucky opener, their game against UGA, LSU, Tennessee, and A&M. All likely to be good football games and with the exception of one game (UK) I couldn't give two rips who wins (at this point in the season.)