SEC Network's Cole Cubelic evokes Luke 'Fluff' Ratliff to start Alabama football broadcast

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

SEC Network broadcasters Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, and Cole Cubelic all wore plaid suit jackets for Saturday's football game between Alabama and Mercer University. 

To acknowledge the similar jackets, Hart said they all had jackets from the "Wimp Sanderson collection." 

Sanderson was the Alabama men's basketball coach from 1980-92 and was known for wearing plaid suit jackets. 

Cubelic responded to Hart and said, "Fluff would be proud of us."

Luke Ratliff was often the most visible fan at Crimson Tide basketball games. “When I came to campus, my fandom exploded,” he said.

Luke "Fluff" Ratliff was an Alabama fan that died April 2, 2021. Ratliff frequently wore plaid suit jackets to Alabama men's basketball games. 

Saturday's Alabama vs. Mercer game is the first Alabama home football game of the 2021 season. 

Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, comes into the contest 1-0 overall. Alabama beat the Miami Hurricanes 44-13 on Sept. 4.

Mercer University enters the matchup 1-0 overall. On Sept. 2, the Mercer Bears beat Point 69-0. 

Entering Saturday, Alabama leads the all-time series 3-0 vs. Mercer University. 

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Drew Cronic is the Mercer University Bears football head coach. Nick Saban is the Alabama Crimson Tide football head coach.  

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik