Saban not pleased when Bryant-Denny Stadium clears out early
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban urges the Crimson Tide fans to stay in their seats the entire game this week when Alabama plays their bitter rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama head coach Nick Saban urges the Crimson Tide fans to stay in their seats the entire game this week when Alabama plays their bitter rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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TUSCALOOSA -- If you're an Alabama fan who has attended a home game but left the stadium well before it's over, Nick Saban doesn't have a lot of sympathy for you.

At some games, the stands have cleared out noticeably, especially as Alabama has won its four home contests this year by an average of 36 points.

During his briefing with reporters Wednesday, Saban commended Tide fans for their “great energy and enthusiasm and great passion for the university” before expressing his displeasure for the early departures.

“I talk about the players playing for 60 minutes of the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game,” Saban said. “I think that some kind of way, everybody that chooses to go to the game, you should stay there and support the team for the game.

“Maybe if you’re not interested in doing that, you should let somebody else go who would like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go.”

Saban wants fans to stick around and show full support for the players and not bring negative attention to the organization.

“We have a lot of recruits there. We like to see a full stadium,” Saban said. “We have a beautiful stadium and a very nice place, one of the nicest venues in all of college football. I think we should all show our appreciation for it by staying there and showing our appreciation to the team for the whole game."

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