Alabama’s students have spoken and apparently a small contingent wants coach Nick Saban to represent the university’s student government in some fashion.
Saban received 97 total votes as a write-in candidate for all seven executive positions during Alabama’s student government elections, according to 247Sports.com’s Charlie Potter. He reportedly finished in the top four in each of the seven races and earned 22 votes for SGA president, according to Potter.
Winning his fourth national title in six seasons has clearly made Saban an extremely popular man on campus, but he wasn’t the only member of the athletic program to earn votes.
Quarterback Blake Barnett, tailbacks Bo Scarbrough and Derrick Henry, receiver Calvin Ridley, punter JK Scott, tight end and national championship game hero O.J. Howard and linebackers Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster all appeared on the ballot, according to Potter.
Walk-on guard Lawson Schaffer earned a vote in every race too, according to Potter. The freshman basketball player received eight votes and joined coach Avery Johnson, guard Retin Obasohan and big man Jimmie Taylor as the basketball representatives who made it on the ballot.
Just like in national politics, sometimes people enjoy voting for the third-party underdog. Politics may be the only thing Saban and the Crimson Tide will ever be underdogs in, however.