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Student support for big time football

Posted by billhoward 
Student support for big time football
Posted by: billhoward (
Date: October 06, 2018 01:49PM

We've been discussing whether major-college football has soft support from students, even if alumni and townies show up in droves. I've heard this applies to some Big Ten schools. Now Alabama.

Alabama coach Nick Saban rips student attendance, fan apathy after Louisiana-Lafayette game
There were a lot of empty seats Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa

Barrett Sallee @BarrettSallee

Alabama students, you better show up at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Otherwise, you're going to anger the most powerful man on campus. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban ripped students Wednesday for the lack of attendance during Saturday's game vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, a game in which Alabama won 56-14.

"I think what makes this a special experience here is when we have great support from everybody in the program, everybody that supports the program, all of our fans, all of our students," Saban said, according to 247Sports. "I can honestly say I was a little disappointed there weren't more students at the last game. I think we're trying to address that. I don't think they're entitled to anything, either. Me personally, I think it ought to be first-come, first-serve. If they don't want to come to the game, they don't have to come. But I'm sure there's enough people around here that would like to go to the games and we'd like for them to come too because they support the players."

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