Oddly enough, there were zero babies born in the year 2015 who were given the name Saban. According to information from the Alabama Center for Health Statistics obtained by the Wall Street Journal, after Saban was hired in Tuscaloosa in 2007, each year there were babies born whose parents named them after the current Crimson Tide head coach. Except for this past year, however.
This might be because on the first day of 2015 — Jan. 1 — Alabama lost in the College Football Playoff semifinal game to Ohio State, 42-35. Then of course there was the 43-37 loss to Ole Miss in September, which appeared to be the equivalent of the sky completely falling in the college football world.
Naming babies after legendary Alabama head coaches isn’t all that uncommon in Alabama — according to the Paul W. “Bear” Bryant museum’s Olivia Arnold, there have been 620 babies who were given Bryant’s game. Arnold added that there has yet to be a Saban database to track how many parents name their children after him.
Depending on what happens Monday night against Clemson in Glendale, Ariz., I suspect there will be at least one baby named Saban in the year 2016.