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Fans sing Happy Birthday to Nick Saban; coach won’t discuss bye week plans

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The fan sort of knew the answer she’d get before asking Nick Saban the question.

Three things you must always avoid when asking Saban a question are hypotheticals, comparisons and any sort of question that causes Saban to look ahead.

During Saban’s weekly radio show on Thursday night, a fan wanted to know what Saban plans to do during Alabama’s bye week.

Problem is, Alabama must get past Tennessee on Saturday before it can think about the off week. Kickoff from Bryant-Denny Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

The fan said she wasn’t going to see Saban until after the bye week. Saban doesn’t host his radio show during the off week. Each year, fans sing Happy Birthday to Saban and give him a cake since his birthday (Oct. 31) typically falls during the bye week.

Still, Saban answered exactly how you’d expect.

“Well, first of all, you’re right about the first thing you said, I don’t like to look ahead,” Saban said. “I’m not going to talk about that because I asked the players today after practice — because I know they’re all wanting to figure out what they’re going to do when they got time off next week, and I don’t want them to think about it. So, I don’t want them to think I’m thinking about it. So, I’m not gonna answer your question.”

I asked everybody to take the next 48 hours and really stay focused on the task at hand. I’m gonna try to do the same thing.

All wasn’t lost, though, as Saban offered another way to figure out his bye week plans.

“Now, I’m sure — Miss Terry’s here, you can go ask her — I’m sure she’s got a helluva lot of things for me to do,” Saban said.

Watch as WVUA’s Gary Harris and fans at Baumhower’s sing Happy Birthday to Saban.