Not every coach shared the same mindset as Alabama’s Nick Saban on Monday. Some were genuinely excited for the rare solar eclipse, and actually wanted to go stare into the sky rather than their TVs.
Those coaches who were most excited either shared it on Twitter, or were captured by others on social media. And as the craze over the solar eclipse swept the nation (while the eclipse itself made its way across the country), it also made its way through the coaching ranks of college football.
Perhaps the best photo came from Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, who shared a picture wearing his specialized glasses in preparation of the eclipse:
— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) August 21, 2017
Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason and Georgia coach Kirby Smart were preparing to take in the eclipse with their players on the teams’ respective practice fields:
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) August 21, 2017
The craze extended beyond the SEC to some of the conference’s top rivals. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was captured by the team’s official account preparing for the eclipse, with a bag of SunChips no less:
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 21, 2017
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t share his excitement for the eclipse in a media scrum. But he was captured letting out a celebratory noise in reference to the phenomenon:
— James Harbaugh Jr. (@JamesHarbaughJr) August 21, 2017
Boston College coach Steve Addazio was ready for the solar eclipse. However, he was of the belief that he didn’t need any special sunglasses to go outside and look at it:
Steve Addazio isn't here for your #SolarEclipse2017 science. "I'm gonna look at it and I'm not wearing glasses. See if I'm blind tomorrow."
— Riley Overend (@RileyHeights) August 21, 2017
Mississippi State’s football team joined in the eclipse excitement by using the head of center Harrison Moon to block the sun. Well, kind of:
— MSU Football 🏈 (@HailStateFB) August 21, 2017