Nick Saban is notoriously short-tempered when it comes to media interactions. But during his press conference on Wednesday night, it appears one reporter may have found a soft spot with the Alabama head coach.
Aaron Suttles, a Crimson Tide beat writer for The Athletic, asked Saban a question on Zoom while holding his baby in his arms.
“Did I finally get to meet the boss?” Saban joked.
Suttles apologized for being on “dad duty,” but the 69-year-old coach didn’t seem to mind.
“This is the best behavior I’ve seen you on since I’ve been here,” Saban added. “If this is the way it’s gonna be I’d like for him to be here all the time.”
This rare moment of levity endeared Saban to fans across the college football world — including Fox Sports personality Erin Andrews.
“Coach is THE BEST! One of the reasons why my first born will be named Saban,” she wrote on Twitter in response to this press conference moment.
Coach is THE BEST! One of the reasons why my first born will be named Saban https://t.co/fFBeolMPYd
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) October 21, 2021
Coming of a bounce-back, blowout win over Mississippi State on Saturday, the No. 4 Crimson Tide will look to continue this upward trajectory with a victory over SEC-rival Tennessee this weekend.