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    Alabama coach Nick Saban has seen the empty seats around Bryant-Denny Stadium, and he doesn't like it.

    During a news conference on Wednesday night, Saban took aim at the student section, which he said was only half full during Saturday's 56-14 home win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

    "I can honestly say I was a little disappointed there weren't more students at the last game," Saban told reporters in Tuscaloosa. "I think we're trying to address that. I don't think they're entitled to anything, either. Me, personally, I think it ought to be first-come, first-serve. If they don't want to come to the game, they don't have to come. But I'm sure there's enough people around here that would like to go to the games, and we'd like for them to come too because they support the players."

    A few players, including long-snapper Thomas Fletcher, took to Twitter to echo Saban's frustration with the empty seats in Bryant-Denny Stadium's student section.
    Must be nice to have people come to your home games

    — Thomas Fletcher (@longsnapfletch) September 30, 2018
    Attendance has been a pet peeve of Saban's in recent years. His mini-rant on Wednesday came out of left field when he was asked about the support fans have shown for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, not the capacity of the student section.

    In 2013, Saban said that if his players are asked to compete for 60 minutes then "you should stay there and support the team for the game." He said that recruits are there and "we like to see a full stadium."

    But as Alabama keeps winning, it seems that fans have become less inclined to attend lower-profile games such as Saturday's, which matched the Crimson Tide against a Group of 5 opponent.

    "When I first came here, you used to play that tradition [video] thing up there and everybody was cheering and excited and happy and there was great spirit," Saban said. "Now, they don't even cheer. They introduce our players and nobody even cheers. So I don't know, maybe there's something else somebody else ought to talk about. Maybe I shouldn't talk about it. Maybe I already talked about it more than I should."

    As noted, the Louisiana-Lafayette game had an early kickoff at 11 a.m. CT Saturday on parents weekend on the Tuscaloosa campus.

    Saban said that the players "work too hard" and "deserve to have everything and people supporting them in every way."
    "There's a part of it where other people need to support them too, and there's got to be a spirit that makes it special to play here, because that's what makes it special to be here," Saban said. "And if that's not here, then does it continue to be special to be here or not? That's the question everybody has to ask. I'm asking it right now.

    "So, I'm hopeful. We've always had great people travel on the road for us and had great spirit on the road. We have great fans. So, I appreciate that. But to see half the student section not full, I've never seen that since I've been here before."

    No. 1 Alabama goes on the road to Arkansas this Saturday.

    Fans will then have their chance to try to fill Bryant-Denny Stadium the following weekend when the Crimson Tide host Missouri.

  • #2
    I get it, students should come out to the game, 100%

    but when you're in title contention every year, I would imagine that drunk/hungover students don't really want to get out of bed for a curb, schedule someone better

    I'm not saying I'd skip the game, I think that's stupid and and students should realize how lucky they are....doesn't mean it's gonna make them any less lazy

    quite frankly, I loved the early kickoffs....friday night was like christmas eve waiting to get up and tailgate


    • #3
      He’s just getting his excuses ready so he can come coach here. In a few weeks, he’ll probably release another statement about how frustrated he is with something banal. And then two weeks after his last game he’ll say “look, if I’m going to coach somewhere without student support, it might as well be Kansas!” As he accepts the new HC position.


      • #4
        Yeah, I'd just chalk this up to fans being accustomed to blowouts and students not caring enough to get up early (by their standards). To be clear, they're selling out the stadium, so it's more of a butts-in-seats thing rather than losing money.


        • #5
          Originally posted by NoPantsChico View Post
          Yeah, I'd just chalk this up to fans being accustomed to blowouts and students not caring enough to get up early (by their standards). To be clear, they're selling out the stadium, so it's more of a butts-in-seats thing rather than losing money.
          They could get more $$$$ giving those seats to paying fans versus students - ala the reasoning for taking student seats in AFH.

          But for the most part, I agree, schedule a better game. It's mid-season against a high school team. After already seeing Louisville and Texas A&M there (and murdering them), it's a formality what's going to happen to UL-L.


          • #6
            He gets a bonus when you can't see any people masquarading as empty seats. Gotta keep up that S-E-C, S-E-C image


            • #7
              I'm betting tuition is under $5k. - Matt Baty