The NCAA recently passed a rule prohibiting coaches from contacting high school players during the spring evaluation period. So how’s a guy like Nick Saban going to occupy his time from mid-April to the end of May?
WIAT-TV in Birmingham chronicles the ‘Bama coach’s busy Tuesday. First, Saban shot a few holes with fellow coaches Steve Spurrier, Tommy Tuberville & Rich Rodriguez at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Alma Mater tourney outside Atlanta. And what was Nick’s favorite part of the golf outing?
Would you believe dining with Billy Packer?
Saban admitted that chowing down with the curmudgeonly CBS analyst was the highlight of his time at Reynolds Plantation, saying, “We could tell basketball stories instead of football stories, so I loved it.”
Wow, someone actually happy to be around Billy. And after learning that no Alabama players were taken in this year’s NFL Draft, Nick would rather talk about anything other than the gridiron.
Anyway, after putting around, Saban jetted over to Talledega Speedway, and spoke to about 700 Tide fans as part of a new ‘Bama booster event called Crimson Caravan. No word if Nick told the adoring crowd “If you’re not first, you’re last!“, or closed his remarks by performing the Shake ‘n’ Bake with Ricky Bobby.
Lucky Alabama fans paid $100 for the opportunity, or $5 more than Nebraska fans paid to watch their Cornhuskers practice. Fortunately for the Tide rollers, $50 of the ticket price is tax-deductible - while the other $50 assumedly goes straight into Saban’s pockets. You gotta pay that $4 million salary somehow.