Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Shortly after Alabama’s rout of Georgia on October 3, Nick Saban had a typical Nick Saban-rant which, on the surface, was directed at the media, but to the core it was a message to the fans of the Crimson Tide. Saban touched on the high expectations from fans that media personnel labeled as ‘unreasonable’. With all due respect to all other college football teams, no one has a standard as high as Alabama and no fan base expects more out of their team than the Crimson Tide fans.
Well, Saban was back at it again after his team defeated Texas A&M last week at the newly-renovated Kyle Field. Saban wasn’t just impressed with the upgrades to the stadium, but he was also impressed, and perhaps a bit jealous, of the support that the Aggie fans gave their team. Here is what Saban said during his weekly radio show, courtesy of SEC Country:
“You talk about loud. You talk about affecting the game. I mean, their fans really did affect the game, and it says a lot about our players to keep their poise and focus…They had 105,000 people. And they cheered their tail off for their team. And they made it hard for us to play…I hope our fans can hear this because this is the kind of place we should be.”
That last sentence is sure to rile up some people in Tuscaloosa. A&M and Alabama aren’t traditional rivals but the Aggie fan base was in full effect during the game. Alabama fans certainly have no trouble getting excited about facing Auburn or LSU, but when it comes to lesser opponents; their passion is dialed back a bit. Saban wants to see that passion at every game, not just the big ones.
Is that too much for Saban to ask for from the fans? I guess a better question would be are the Alabama fans asking for too much out of Saban?