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Nick Saban Reveals He Doesn't Like Watching Football - Here's Why

Alabama HC Nick Saban

Alabama head coach Nick Saban

For most, watching college football is an enjoyable pastime that fosters relaxation, passion, and excitement. 

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, however, has a much different opinion on watching the same game that he instructs. 

According to a Sports Illustrated article, during his weekly radio show Hey Coach, Saban explained that it's difficult for him to set aside his work habits in order to enjoy a non-Alabama football game. 

"I really have a hard time enjoying the game, to be honest with you, when I watch it," Saban said. "All the time that I spend, whether it’s watching a defensive team for our offensive preparation or the other team’s offense for the defense’s preparation. That’s all I do." 

The legendary coach continued by saying that his film study mindset kicks in when watching other teams duke it out on the field. 

"So, when I watch a game on TV, I’m watching and I’m saying, ‘Well, how would we play that play? What would we do if they were in that formation and did that?’ I might as well go back to work," explained Saban. "So it’s not really enjoyable, and then I find myself like at the end of the game saying, ‘Why didn’t they call timeout?’ … I’m like managing a game like we’re playing the game."

Saban then noted that he'd rather just check out what's "on Netflix." 

Alabama, 8-2, will host Austin Peay this Saturday in hopes to improve their positioning in the College Football Playoff rankings.