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Nick Saban’s wife apparently makes him watch ‘The Love Boat’ or something


It’s been made abundantly clear over the years that Nick Saban is wired a bit differently than most folks. At the same time, much like his football-coaching colleagues, it is a matter of necessity more than anything else. In the high-stakes world of college football, either you’re on the rise or headed out the door, so a near obsessive, single-minded dedication not only is a requirement to stay ahead and in a job, it’s imperative.

Granted, the Alabama Crimson Tide head coach’s pedigree, not to mention the tremendous success he has enjoyed during his tenure in Tuscaloosa means that Saban isn’t going to be let go by the school anytime soon, but he understands completely that if you ain’t winning, you’re losing, so even coaches with national championship titles under their belt better remain focused and keep their eyes on the prize.

The reason for addressing these relatively obvious assertions is to set-up what may be one of the more curious — and comical — statements Saban has made that abundantly reveals that if something isn’t totally related to coaching college football, it isn’t worth his time.

While speaking on Tuesday about the upcoming vote Thursday regarding the “Power 5” autonomy in college sports, Saban claimed to not know much about the measure.

The NCAA Board of Directors will vote on a proposal Thursday that if passed would allow the “Power 5” conferences — SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12 and Big 10 — to pass some measures collectively without the input or authorization of the smaller conferences.

Of course, even though it is more than tangentially related to college football, it doesn’t quite rise to the level that warrants Saban paying attention to it. In fact, according to an report, he hasn’t even read it.

“I don’t really know about the Power 5┬áthing,” he said. “You probably know more about than I do. Once we start practice, I don’t really read the paper. I don’t really know what’s flying around out there. It’s late when I get home.”

Makes sense. If he’s going to do anything once he gets home, Saban is going to wind down, spend some time with his wife or at worst, obsess over something related to his team.

But if he is going to kick back for a bit with his wife, Terry, he made it clear he doesn’t rule his house the same way he presides over his Crimson Tide football team. In fact, he doesn’t even have control of the television remote.

This means that what Terry wants to watch, that’s what Coach Saban is going to watch.

“I don’t know how it is at your house, but I don’t get to pick what me and Terry watch on TV. Whatever Miss Terry wants to watch, that’s what we … If it’s The Love Boat, I gotta watch ‘The Love Boat,’ so it doesn’t matter.

“I don’t get to watch SportsCenter. I don’t really know a lot about that.”


Wait. “The Love Boat”? That’s a weird show for the Sabans to be watching, right?

Chances are Saban just randomly plucked a name of a random show out of the air, but what an odd one to select. He couldn’t come up with one current show? Odds are even if he doesn’t, Terry is watching some show currently airing.

Further, if he’s going to delve into the archives of classic late-70s, early-80s television, why not “Three’s Company” or “Diff’rent Strokes” or “Dallas”? How about “Fantasy Island,” “Falcon Crest,” “Dukes of Hazzard”? Throw us a bone here, coach.

Simply stated, it only goes to show how out of touch Saban is with the world outside of college football that the best name of a show he can come up with as an example of what he and his wife watch hasn’t been on the air for over 25 years, save for syndicated reruns.

But for that all-consuming dedication to is job, maybe Saban should take some time away from the daily grind when appropriate and take Terry on a cruise.

I know there’s one guy out there in TV Land who would agree with that idea.


Yeah. That’s the stuff.