Tuesday’s presidential election seemingly captivated the entire nation, but Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that he was unaware of the momentous occasion.
Saban said the following to reporters when asked about Donald Trump’s victory: “It was so important to me that I didn’t even know it was happening. We’re focused on other things here.”
Saban expanded upon his apparent lack of interest in politics and simply expressed his desire for the United States’ benefit regardless of the election’s result:
I don’t really make political comments. 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.
While Saban may not believe he is qualified to vote for the presidency, there may be nobody more qualified when it comes to vying for a national championship.
The 65-year-old is a five-time national champ as a head coach at LSU and Alabama, which includes titles in four of the past seven seasons.
The razor-focused Saban and the Crimson Tide are a perfect 9-0 atop the College Football Playoff rankings, and they have a crucial meeting with Mississippi State scheduled for Saturday.
His Tide have yet to be beaten in 2016, but after they narrowly escaped Death Valley with a 10-0 win over LSU last week, there is work to be done before Bama can assure its place in the CFP.
Saban is hard at work in that regard, so much so that one of the most significant and history-making elections in American political history passed him by.
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