Nick Saban’s team was winning 41-0 when it emerged from the locker room following half time, but the Crimson Tide coach likely is still angry.
Saban is on record for being upset when fans– student in particular– leave an Alabama football game early. So when he emerged from the tunnel to see the student section noticeably empty, he likely was furious.
Alabama student section after halftime. pic.twitter.com/ojitl6Y4PQ
— Terrin Waack (@terrinvictoria) September 24, 2016
Ouch. But to be honest, the student section for the defending national champions didn’t exactly look packed when the game kicked off a 11 a.m. local time.
Update: Alabama student section at kickoff. pic.twitter.com/Xaw8B4RhNh
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 24, 2016
Here are some highlights of Saban’s rant about students and fans leaving games early from 2013, courtesy of the Anniston Star via ESPN:
“My sense of it is, I always say the fans are a part of the team,” Saban said, according to the Anniston Star. “Everybody else should have the same sort of commitment. You don’t have to do the work all week, you don’t have to practice, you don’t have to come in at 7 in the morning and leave at 11 at night, you don’t have to do any of that stuff.
“All you have to do is come to the game, drink beer, do whatever you want, party in the parking lot. I’ve never been at a tailgate in my life. All I’m asking is that you just come and have fun and stay for the whole game.”