Nick Saban Talks Turkey, Plus His Strange Must-Have Thanksgiving Side Dish AP Photo/Butch Dill
AP Photo/Butch Dill

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban always gets asked some interesting questions from fans on his weekly radio show. In light of Thanksgiving being just around the corner, Saban was once asked about the holiday traditions of the Saban family.

The head coach confessed he isn’t the cook of the family and confirmed that, as they do every year, the Sabans will be hosting quite a few Alabama players for Thanksgiving to take part in the festivities. What’s Saban’s favorite side dish though? That one will leave you questioning your own plate on Thanksgiving.

During that interview, Saban confessed he “never” cooks the turkey, and with so many massive Division I football players taking part, his wife Terry Saban usually has them roll up their sleeves and help in the kitchen.

While we’re all loading up on mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, cornbread, apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cherry cobbler, lemon buttermilk tart and, of course, turkey, the 67-year-old has another treat that’s first in line: dressing.

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Yeah. Nick Saban, the man with five national championships, more than 200 wins as a college football head coach and the most powerful sports dynasty in the modern era, likes the dressing most of all because he never gets the chance to eat it.

Just to clarify (and no thanks to my own wonderful Northern upbringing) “dressing” actually means stuffing in the South. I doubt Nick Saban is excited for a nice balsamic vinaigrette with his salad on Thanksgiving…

In his weekly press conference leading up to the 2018 Iron Bowl against the Auburn Tigers, Saban talked about the “mindset to perform” that his team failed to show when they went into halftime tied with The Citadel the previous week.

The most notable injury concern heading into the Iron Bowl is with running back Damien Harris, who has made “really good progress” while in concussion protocol, but he has not yet passed the baseline test to be cleared to practice and play.

The top-ranked Tide have a test this week at home against a hungry Tigers team hoping to play spoiler, but being that they’re a 24.5-point favorite to beat Auburn, they can enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal on Thursday and prepare to devour the leftovers on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

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John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for and A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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