HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) — Day 3 of SEC Media Days wrapped up today in Hoover. It may be the last day, but it was the biggest turnout for fans. LSU, Vanderbilt, Georgia, and Alabama coaches and players were at The Wynfrey Hotel to wrap up the media frenzy. There were splashes of purple and gold here and there but it was hard to ignore the sea of crimson in the lobby waiting for Coach Nick Saban.
“I love him, he is God to me,” said Chuck Prickett, a longtime Alabama fan. “He’s done great things for Alabama, I’ve been a fan all my life. I didn’t go to school there but I’ve been a fan all my life, he’s our next Bear Bryant.”
The Crimson Tide coach arrived around 11:00 a.m. There was a huge crowd of fans in the lobby waiting to greet him. “He’s a folk god in the state of Alabama,” said Greg Cooper, an Alabama fan. “When you come here and you work the program the way he did, and you start winning ballgames the way that he did–you put that guy at the top of the list.”
Crimson Tide fans say it’s more than just the number of national championships, it’s a way of life. “The mentality that it’s all or nothing, if you lose a game its a failure–you gotta win them all,” said Bradley Elliott.
Greg Cooper is passionate about his Alabama football. He believes that Saban is the best coach in the country. “Three out of the last four? He’s not overrated at all, worth every penny they’re paying that guy, I’d pitch in if i could,” he said.