Students, this one’s for you.
Nick Saban was – and still is – unhappy about the lack of UA students at last Saturday’s home game. Alabama defeated Louisiana-Lafayette by a whopping 42 points in Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the 11 a.m. kickoff’s recorded attendance was 101,471 people really was not representative of the actual turnout. The student section wasn’t even halfway full.
“I can honestly say I was a little disappointed there weren’t more students at the last game,” Saban said Wednesday. “I think we’re trying to address that. I don’t think they’re entitled to anything, either.
“Me personally, I think it ought to be first-come, first-serve. If they don’t want to come to the game, they don’t have to come. But I’m sure there’s enough people around here that would like to go to the games and we’d like for them to come too because they support the players.
“I’ve never said anything like that before. When I first came here, you used to play that tradition thing up there (on the in-stadium big screens) and everybody was cheering and excited and happy and there was great spirit. Now they don’t even cheer. They introduce our players and nobody even cheers. So I don’t know, maybe there’s something else somebody else ought to talk about. Maybe I shouldn’t talk about it. Maybe I already talked about it more than I should. So you all can beat me up for that if you want.”
Saban also said since he has been here – and he took over the Crimson Tide in 2007 – he has never seen the student section half full like that.
On Monday, Alabama running back Damien Harris expressed his disappointment on Twitter. He quote tweeted a picture of UA’s student section at the start of the game and said, “This makes me sad, if I’m being all the way honest.”
The Crimson Tide has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation all season and is averaging 54.2 points per game. It is outscoring its opponents 271-65.
There are four home games left.
“Look, our players work too hard and they deserve to have everything and people supporting them in every way and have tremendous spirit for what they’ve done,” Saban said. “They may not be able to continue to do it. We’re going to work hard to try to continue that. But there’s a part of it where other people need to support them too, and there’s got to be a spirit that makes it special to play here, because that’s what makes it special to be here. And if that’s not here, then does it continue to be special to be here or not? That’s the question everybody has to ask. I’m asking it right now.”