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Nick Saban Has Message For People Criticizing Alabama's Fan Turnout

Nick Saban on the sideline for Alabama.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches from the sideline during the first half of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Alabama has faced criticism for its fan attendance through the first few home games of the regular season. Obviously the turnout isn't up to the school's standards, and Nick Saban thinks the weather is a key reason why.

The first two home contests for Alabama have been against New Mexico State and Southern Miss. It's pretty clear that neither of those programs present a real challenge to the reigning SEC champs.

With conference play about to begin, the hope is that more fans will show up to the games in Tuscaloosa. However, Saban thinks the real issue is that it's too hot for the fans to sit through an entire game right now.

Saban spoke to the media about this upcoming weekend's game against Ole Miss. Since the current forecast is calling for an extremely hot afternoon, the legendary coach understands that it'll be tough for fans to endure the heat on Saturday.

"I wish some of the TV people and people from our conference would come, at any stadium, in these kind of conditions and know that it's really difficult for the fans," Saban said. "When the circumstances and conditions of the game are difficult for them (the fans), you negate some of those positives."

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Saban also noted that Alabama has played only afternoon games at home so far. He believes that makes it harder on the fans since it's been hot throughout September.

When Alabama hosts Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon, the temperature around kickoff will be 94 degrees.

We'll see if the record temperature in Tuscaloosa affects the attendance numbers this weekend.