Nick Saban On The Election: ‘We’re Focused On Other Things Here’
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said that he was so focused on football to even realize the presidential election happened on Tuesday.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t even know yesterday was Election Day. It was so important to me that I didn’t even know it was happening,” Saban said of the election.
“We’re focused on other things here,” he told reporters in Tuscaloosa Wednesday.
Nick Saban claiming he didn't know that election day was Tuesday is the biggest #FootballGuy move ever pic.twitter.com/TOGMie5YEC
— Jack McGuire (@TailgateHeisman) November 10, 2016
“I don’t really make political comments,” the Alabama head coach continued. “If I say I like one person, that means that everybody that voted for the other person doesn’t like me. So why would I do that? I want what’s best for our country. I’m not sure I can figure that out. I want what’s best for people who want to improve the quality of their life, and I hope whoever our leader is will certainly do all that he can do to make our country safe and improve the quality of life of a lot of people in our country — and I don’t think I’m qualified to determine who that should be.”
Saban may think he’s not qualified to decide who should be our president, but he’s been invited to the White House four times during his time at Alabama with his national championship teams.
Although it seems he didn’t vote this time around, he and his current team may be due for another visit to Washington, D.C., soon if the remainder of the season goes their way. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are undefeated on the season and control their own destiny as far as making it back to the College Football Playoff.
If I had to guess, I would say that Alabama fans appreciate his focus and dedication to their program. It’s also refreshing to see a public figure of Saban’s stature steer clear of politics and keep his opinion to himself.