TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Most of the country spent Tuesday voting and trying to figure out who would be the next President of the United States.
Alabama coach Nick Saban did not. Saban was too focused on preparing for Alabama’s upcoming game vs. Mississippi State on Saturday.
During his Wednesday news conference, a reporter asked Saban for his thoughts on the presidential election as well as whether or not he felt it was best for active football coaches to avoid political talk publicly.
“Well, to be honest with you, I didn’t even know yesterday was Election Day,” Saban said. “It was so important to me that I didn’t even know it was happening.”
Alabama is in the race to win make the College Football Playoff and win the national championship for the second straight year.
“We’re focused on other things here,” Saban said. “I don’t really make political comments. So if I say I like one person, that means that everybody that likes the other person doesn’t like me. So, why would I do that?”
Republican nominee Donald Trump won the election over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“I want what’s best for our country. I’m sure I can figure that out,” Saban said. “I want what’s best for people who want to improve the quality of their life. I hope whoever our leader is will certainly do all that he can do to make our country safe, and improve the quality of life for the people that we have in our country.
“I don’t think I’m qualified to determine who that should be.”
No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) hosts Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3) on Saturday at Noon ET on ESPN.