Acclaimed head coaches Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher are showing their home state loyalty by heading back to West Virginia to assist with relief efforts from recent flooding.
Saban and Fisher were born in Fairmont and Clarksburg, respectively.
In the past two days, both Alabama and Florida State asked for uniform donations from local high schools on Twitter:
CBS Sports reported thatSaban and Fisher, plus Florida State assistant Rick Trickett will ultimately present the uniforms at Clay County High School on Wednesday, July 13, but donations are accepted until July 25.
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Saban and Fisher are hardly helping the West Virginia communities as goodwill PR for their respective programs - the coaches admittedly are emotionally connected to the high school teams without resources as a result of the flood.
"Football was such an important part of my childhood in West Virginia, and to see the devastation the flooding has caused, and how it has threatened so many high school football teams, we wanted to find a way to help," Saban said in a statement. "We are asking each high school from across the state to donate a full uniform to help these schools get their kids back on the football field this season."
With college football season just around the corner, these stories bring to mind the real reasons we play and watch one of the most competitive sports in the US to begin with: a pure love of the game.