Alabama’s Saban defends SEC officials

Nick Saban defends officiating

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban did the unthinkable Monday, he defended SEC officials. He said officials undertake their job because they love the game. He said the officials endure enormous criticism for very little reward.

When asked what he thought of the non-interception call in Saturday’s game against LSU, Saban quickly responded.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. “Does it bother you?

“If it were an interception it doesn’t mean they win the game. And I saw it, and it was hard for me to tell on our film. I don’t watch the TV stuff, so I can’t tell you or give you an opinion one way or the other.

“If I were an official, and I were making what I made officiating because I loved the game and I loved doing it and I was getting criticized by the media including our announcers on TV like these guys are getting criticized, I’d step back and say, ‘I think I’ll go to the lake this weekend. You can have this.’ That is what I would do.

“Those guys do a great job. They work their tail off and try to do a good job. We have a guy jump offsides, they don’t get criticized like that.

“Can somebody stand up and fight for these guys and what they do for the game?” Saban asked. “They probably get less for it than anybody.”