|Nick Saban. Image via al.com.|
Saturday will mark Nick Saban's tenth A-Day spring game as Alabama head coach. Saban used the occasion to take a jab at media members who've frequently speculated on how long he would reman in Tuscaloosa.
"This is my 10th A-Day, and nobody here ever thought that I would be here for a 10th A-Day — if I could get you guys to tell the truth," he said, "which would probably be difficult."
All kidding aside, Saban described to the media how that initial A-Day game, a sell-out which sent shockwaves through the college football media.
"It was certainly special for (wife) Terry and I, who had been beat up a lot about coming here to start with," Saban said. "It certainly did a lot to make us feel welcome and at home, and 10 years later we still feel welcome, very at home and very supported by a lot of people."
Saban said he hoped to mark his 10th anniversary in Tuscaloosa with another sell-out on Saturday.
"The players we have here now are just as important as the ones we had 10 years ago and they need all the support and help they can get and we want to make it special for them, so I hope we have a great crowd on Saturday regardless of the weather we have," Saban said. "It's a great event. I know a lot of our players are coming back."
Alabama's A-Day spring game will air on ESPN at 3:00 PM ET on Saturday.