It was a different game-day experience for Alabama fans and a much different setting for Nick Saban.
For the first time in over a decade, Saban did not grace the sidelines or lead the team out of the locker room. Saban tested positive for COVID-19 and was ruled out for Iron Bowl on Saturday, and since the rule book states that coaches cannot have any contact with the team unless they are within the stadium, the head coach had to watch from the couch.
But even Saban admitted that he yelled at the television just like the millions of fans across the country.
“I sat here and felt a little helpless, but I could see things and yell at things listen to Mrs. Terry cheer downstairs, it is a little different,” Saban said during his postgame press conference. “It still feels good to win.”
Luckily for Saban, the Crimson Tide turned in a stellar performance against Auburn in a massive 42-13 win in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
“I am happy for our fans who support us,” Saban said. “I know this is a big game for the people who support us. It is just a great win for us. I am sure there are a lot of things we can learn from this game, lessons that we will learn from and grow from and get better.”
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77