Nick Saban has a reputation for being a grumpy in-game coach. And it is instances like this one that create that perception.
Following the final play of a 49-30 victory on the road against a Top 25 opponent, the standard reaction from a college football head coach is likely a smile, maybe a congratulatory handshake with an assistant coach, perhaps even an encouraging hug for a player who turned in an exceptional performance.
But the Alabama coach is not one for standard reactions. Saban was still quite upset with what he considered a disappointing performance from the Crimson Tide defense, which scored twice during the victory.
Arkansas completed a harmless pass over the middle of the field, which pushed Razorbacks QB Austin Allen to the 400-yard threshold for the game. His response was, well, a typical Nick Saban response:
Saban acts just like every diehard Alabama fan I know when they're watching the game. I love that guy https://t.co/NkhNc9AEr6
— Bobby (Bam) (@BigBam3) October 9, 2016
It is worth noting that Saban appears to have switched off his “angry in-game” demeanor fairly quickly, as reports of his postgame conversation with Arkansas OL Frank Ragnow are drawing great reviews for his compassion and sense of the moment.
Saban and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt are surely going to have plenty of discussions about how to improve before playing Tennessee.