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Dick Vitale Shared A Heartwarming Nick Saban Story

Dick Vitale talks on ESPN.

The ESPN analyst shared a heartwarming story about the Alabama head coach.

Dick Vitale has countless behind-the-scenes type stories of college sports' greatest coaches. On Saturday, he shared one about Nick Saban.

The ESPN college basketball analyst told a story about the head coach's generosity during the Alabama-Florida game. It had to do with the V Foundation.

“Nick Saban. When the tornado hit (Tuscaloosa), he and his wife, Terry, I was told by people that they raised millions to help people,” Vitale said. “All I can tell you is, at my gala, when we honored Nick, his generosity, he was great to work with. He and his wife, Terry, sent me the most beautiful letter.

Then, he put in the letter, and I hope I don’t embarrass him. He put in the little note that said ‘Dick, I’m so touched by those kids you people are raising money for battling cancer, I just want to give you a little to help your deal out.’ Sent us a check for $50,000," Vitale said.

“Nick Saban, nobody can knock him to me, man — he’s the best.”

Vitale helps run the V Foundation in honor of his friend and former N.C. State head coach Jim Valvano. It raises millions for cancer research.

Alabama, meanwhile, rolled to a win over Florida on Saturday. The Crimson Tide won, 68-50.