Nick Saban made a lot of people angry last week — more so than usual — when he said that he didn’t realize Tuesday was Election Day. Some people flat out didn’t believe him while others were angry he forgot about such an important day. Here’s exactly what he said:
“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.We’re focused on other things here. I don’t really make political comments. So 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?”
He did go on to clarify later in the week that he sent in an absentee ballot and did in fact vote. However, that wasn’t satisfying enough for one coach. Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia thought the comments were “disrespectful” to say the very least.
Here’s what the coach said at his Tuesday press conference, according to Alan Blondin of The Sun News:
“The reason I’m disappointed, No. 1, he’s the highest-paid public employee that exists in the United States, but it’s far greater than that for me. The threat of terrorism is probably going to be with us for the next couple generations. So it’s the military that has to protect us, and I don’t think ever before in the history of mankind has the world needed the economic and military leadership of the United States.
“… In a democracy we get a chance to pick those leaders. So to pick the leader of the free world last Tuesday was the most important thing going on in the world that day, and to not realize that and not to be aware of that frankly is disrespectful to his team, to his school, to his state, to the country. There’s still a piece of me that can’t believe he even said that.”
I think it would be safe to say the two wouldn’t exactly meet eye to eye. Nick Saban has also visited the White House five times as a national champion, both under George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
[h/t Saturday Down South]