Nick Saban’s wife suggests Alabama fans don’t appreciate the team’s success
Terry Saban conducted an interview with the Wall Street Journal and confirmed they are not going to leave Alabama despite rumors that Nick is interested in the Texas job. But Terry does believe that the success her husband has enjoyed in Tuscaloosa has spoiled the fan base.
“You come to a crossroads and the expectations get so great, people get spoiled by success and there gets to be a lack of appreciation,” Saban told The Journal last week. “We’re kind of there now.”
Bama has won three national championships in the last four seasons under Saban and is in contention for a fourth (and third in a row). Despite the success, Bama doesn’t sell out every game, and Saban has even complained about fans leaving games early.
The profile on Terry is an interesting one and shares some great information. According to The Journal, Terry and Nick are very much a team. She helps with his contract negotiations, and assistants even copy her on all of his emails.
But is she right about her comments about the fan base? Probably so. I wouldn’t say the fan attendance is an indication of that — most of the time it’s the weak opponents they are unenthusiastic about. But when you go 72-7 in six years, you set expectations extremely high, and the fans will settle for nothing less than championships.