Interviewing coaches at halftime can either be interesting or boring. If it involves Alabama football coach Nick Saban, then throw those out.
Saban, whose Crimson Tide led 21-7 at halftime over Notre Dame at the Rose Bowl and went on to win 31-14, was dealing with headset issues while trying to answer questions from an ESPN sideline reporter.
The reporter asks a question and Saban looks a bit confused. He takes off the headset and says in the microphone “I can’t hear you.”
Then the reporter moves a little bit closer, not much more due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols, and asks her question again. Saban is encouraged to put the headset back on by someone to his left.
He does so and appears to shrug his shoulders. It’s like watching a Keystone Cops-type of halftime interview.
Take a look at Saban getting, um, interviewed at halftime of the Alabama-Notre Dame game.
Nick Saban Deals With Own COVID-19 Issues This Season
As Saban coaches his Alabama football team, he is one of many people in the college football world who actually has dealt with COVID-19 issues himself.
It was back in October when Saban tested positive for the coronavirus as did Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne.
At 68 years old, Saban falls into a higher risk category for problematic coronavirus complications. He said at the time that he was not experiencing symptoms and added that his biggest concern was not spreading the virus to his family.
“I feel fine,” Saban said at a press meeting after his initial positive test. “I was surprised by this and I am not really that concerned about my health, but you never know.”
Later in the season, Saban got a second positive test yet found himself back on the sidelines soon.
Saban ‘Didn’t Have Heart’ To Keep Players From Families
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.
During preparations for Friday’s game against Notre Dame, the head coach gave 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.”
Nick Saban is considered by many to be one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. He currently has six national championships and is tied with Alabama coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant. Saban has won five national titles while at Alabama and won one as head coach at LSU.