Nick Saban is no Christmas grinch. The Alabama head coach may be known for being rigid or moments of anger on the sidelines. But underneath his gruff exterior, Saban has a lot of respect for his team and staff.
While they have a game to prepare for against Notre Dame, the head coach is giving the team three days off to celebrate the holidays with their families.
Saban told ESPN, “I don’t have the heart to tell the players they can’t go home for Christmas.”
Alabama is currently ranked No. 1 in the country. They will face off against Notre Dame in the college football National Championship Playoffs. Should the Crimson Tide prevail, they will next face off against either Ohio State or Clemson for the championship.
Saban didn’t appear too concerned with the lineup in a press conference after Saturday’s game against Florida. Football is one of the most important things in Saban’s life. But it’s not the most important. The head coach revealed he would be in church rather than by the phone or computer when the playoff committee made their lineup announcement today.
I go to church from 11-12. So they’re either gonna have to schedule it at a different time or I’m gonna find out after I get out of church,” Saban said Saturday.
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Saban is considered by many to be one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. He currently has six national championships tied with Alabama coaching legend Paul Bear Bryant. Should Alabama win this year, he will one-up the old-school legend.
Since Saban joined Alabama, he’s coached the team to five national championships and multiple playoffs. At 69-years-old, the head coach shows little sign of slowing down. Not even COVID-19 could stop Saban, who was out at two different points this season due to positive tests for the virus.
Besides Christmas and church, Saban also has a soft spot for his granddaughter Amelie and his favorite snack Oatmeal Creme Pies. But after Christmas, it will be back to business. Saban and Alabama will face Notre Dame on New Year’s Day. And the odds are in their favor.