VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. — From friends in Michigan to people in California, everyone reached out to Alabama coach Nick Saban after news spread about the coaches’ boat breaking down while on the lake with the team’s leadership group.
Initially, everyone thought Saban’s boat ran out of gas, but it was later revealed there was a problem with the boat’s fuel pump.
“It was the fuel pump. It was a brand new boat — my first time in it,” Saban said Thursday. “This is amazing that everybody I talked to — friends in Michigan, people in California, everybody in the world — thinks I ran out of gas. So I thank you all for that.
“The best one I got was, I got a text from some players at the Naval Academy who had the largest battleship in the Navy. It said, ‘Coach, we got your back. We’ll come pick you up anytime you need us.'”
While Saban thanked reporters for spreading the story, the story went viral because Alabama’s players documented the entire event on social media.
Saban and Alabama have seemingly made more of an effort to give an inside look of the program over the last year.
Alabama posted a video of the outing on the boat. There have also been other projects, such as the team’s “Bama Cuts” barbershop series where Saban and former players cut loose and talk about the program.
Saban said it’s important to showcase the fun side of what goes on in Tuscaloosa.
“I just think there’s some myths about Alabama football that we sort of fight all the time in recruiting,” Saban said. “Things like, ‘it’s no fun; it’s all business,’ and that’s not true at all. I think Minkah [Fitzpatrick] said it best. He said, ‘I didn’t come to Alabama to have fun, but I had more fun there than any time in my life.’ So, I think we just try to show the other side.
“Our players do have a lot of fun. We have a lot of togetherness, a lot of camaraderie in what we do. Alabama is a special place, and when you go there, you find that out and you relate to it. People have a lot of pride in it. We’re just trying to show that side of the program a little bit more, but we’re still committed to the same things in terms of helping players be more successful in life for having been involved in the program.”
Nick Saban said he takes baths in the lake during the summer with Ivory soap “because it floats.”
Said Miss Terry hates it.
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) June 7, 2018