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Nick Saban Explains Why Alabama's Boat Broke Down Over Weekend

A closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Nick Saban is a man known for his meticulous planning and attention to detail. No part of "The Process" is executed on the fly; everything is outlined beforehand.

However, all of Saban's preparation wasn't enough to prevent his boat from breaking down on the water on Friday. A handful for Alabama players were on board with Saban at the time.

It was assumed that the boat ran out of gas. According to Saban, that wasn't the case.

Saban told ESPN's Chris Low that it was a faulty fuel pump that did his boat in, not a lack of fuel itself.

"Brand spanking new, and it's the first time I'd been out in it," Saban told ESPN. "So when it stalled, I'm thinking, 'Oh my gosh. I bought a new boat, and they didn't put gas in it.' I didn't even think about it. You just assume that it's got gas in it when you get a new car or a new boat. My heart sunk for a minute because I had all those kids out there. I had two of them on tubes when it happened. We had fun, but I sure heard about it.

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"We didn't run out of gas. But when the fuel pump runs out, that's exactly what it feels like," said Saban, who was on the boat with members of the Alabama football team's leadership group. "I've got all these kids on the boat, and I say, 'We must have run out of gas,' and then look at the gas gauge and it's full. So I call for a mechanic, who brings another boat, and he resets the thing or whatever. I told him, 'You drive that boat. I'm driving your boat.'"

We can guess that this is the first and last time Saban will let this happen to him while he's with his players.

He's not going to be caught slipping again.