Alabama has won five national championships since 2009, and this past season, made it all the way to the national title game against before losing to Clemson. Apparently, all that is not enough for ESPN's Stephen A. Smith to rep the program.
Thursday, ESPN's First Take was on-air live from Nashville ahead of the NFL Draft. During a commercial break, Smith was asked by an Alabama fan to say "Roll Tide."
Smith refused, noting that Alabama got blown out in the national championship game. The crowd had a lot of fun with Smith's decision not to oblige.
Here's the video - Smith says that Alabama was blown out "by 40" in the game. It was actually 44-16. Still a blowout, but not a 40-point blowout.
Smith's refusal to say "Roll Tide" in the state of Tennessee should make Volunteers fans happy as well.
In last year's national title game, Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence put up ridiculous numbers, finishing 20-of-32 for 347 yards and three touchdowns. You can bet that Alabama head coach Nick Saban has spent all offseason addressing that fact.
The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night. Plenty of Alabama players will be going early.