Nick Saban Watching Alabama’s Spring Game From a Suite Had Crimson Tide Fans Feeling Emotional

University of Alabama former head coach Nick Saban watched Saturday’s spring game from a suite.
University of Alabama former head coach Nick Saban watched Saturday’s spring game from a suite. / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban found himself in an unusual position during Alabama's annual spring game on Saturday—watching from a suite inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, as he's no longer the head coach of the Crimson Tide after retiring in January.

Saban spent 17 seasons as Alabama's head coach and led them to seven national championships. He decided to call it quits shortly after the Crimson Tide's loss to Michigan in the College Football Playoff.

Kalen DeBoer, who spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the Washington Huskies, was hired to replace Saban and has some big shoes to fill.

This video of Saban watching Saturday's game, instead of coaching it, had Alabama fans feeling emotional:


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