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Nick Saban Disappointed More Students Didn't Attend Alabama's Home Game vs. ULL


There was little doubt the Alabama Crimson Tide would prevail against Louisiana-Lafayette in Saturday's game, and the student section in Bryant-Denny Stadium was noticeably emptier than usual during the lackluster matchup.

Alabama won, 56-14, but head coach Nick Saban was not pleased with student attendance.

"I can honestly say I was a little disappointed there weren't more students at the last game," Saban told reporters. "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."

Saban compared the half-empty student section to the "great" support the Crimson Tide receive on the road.

"We've always had great people travel on the road for us and had great spirit on the road. We have great fans. So, I appreciate that. But to see half the student section not full, I've never seen that since I've been here before."

Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com noted this isn't the first time the coach has complained about attendance, saying "you should stay there and support the team for the game" in 2013 when many fans left early during a convincing victory.

Saban wasn't the only one to voice his frustration, as long-snapper Thomas Fletcher responded to a video of Penn State fans during their primetime clash with Ohio State that ESPN broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit shared: It should be noted there was a clear difference in the stakes of the two games.

The Nittany Lions were hosting the defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes in a game with conference title and College Football Playoff implications, while Alabama kicked at 11 a.m. local time and was expected to roll against a team that lost to Coastal Carolina the prior week.

Alabama still has SEC West home games against Mississippi State and Auburn, which figure to be more competitive and give the students a chance to show up in force and cheer the Crimson Tide along in their battle for a third national championship in four years.

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Cheap HD TVs, cheap beer, cheap sound Systems. Many aren't showing up anymore. Some colleges are already discussing about scaling back their stadiums. It's the nature of the business

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Yeah I was listening to talk sports radio here and they had an executive from Bowl committees and they are saying even guarantee allotment of tickets for schools will start to be scaled back. People just aren't traveling like before. You can get a good HDTV even 4K like 75" for 2 grand. They aren't so expensive anymore. So why travel and deal with all the headaches when you can just sit at home and see it in all it's HD goodness?





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