TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban is used to getting attention, just not in the way he did over the weekend.
With the University of Alabama holding a special celebration to honor his 10th spring leading the Crimson Tide, his face was just about everywhere. From the game programs professing “A decade of dominance” to the video presentations glorifying his numerous achievements, Saban was celebrated from start to finish.
“This was a really outstanding day for me personally,” he said after Saturday’s A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which despite the threat of lousy weather drew 76,212 fans.
The head coach gave a special halftime speech, in which he made sure everyone acknowledged his wife Terry. The night before he was honored by many of his former players, who surprised him with numerous gifts of appreciation, including a new golf bag.
“It was really heartfelt for me,” Saban said. “But at the same time, it’s exactly what we’re trying to do.
“I drive the bus, but we have a lot of quality people that help the players benefit and create value for themselves.”
The coach also got a little extra attention when coaching the scrimmage to close spring practices from the backfield when freshman quarterback Blake Barnett spun behind him while trying to avoid the pass rush. Needless to say, it didn‘t work very well.
“When there’s a scramble, everybody seems to get attracted to me,” Saban joked. “Sometimes when there’s an interception. There seems to be an unusual attraction for players to converge on me. I think it’s intentional to some degree, but as long as I don’t get hurt, I really don’t care. I usually can get out of the way, but I didn’t do a very good job of that today.”
As for the rest of the Crimson Tide, our post-spring depth chart is based on how they lined up in the spring game and what might potentially happen over the summer.