We all know in Alabama, football is right up there with your religion and your children. Some would say that either Auburn or Alabama football is their religion. And the players for each school? They’re like children. So in other words, it’s pretty important in the eyes of the citizen of Alabama.
So it makes perfect sense that when a committee was tasked with naming a new high school in Montgomery that they received suggestions to name the school “Nick Saban High”. It also makes perfect sense that part of the decision to not name it after the Alabama coach was because of Montgomery’s close proximity to Auburn.
Because deciding not to name a high school after college football coach because it makes no sense to name a high school after a college football coach isn’t enough Alabama.
Nick Saban High School, anyone?
Yes, of the approximately 60 suggestions received from the public, Nick Saban High is on the list. It was among the many intriguing and thought-provoking ideas submitted, but ultimately not chosen.
The list of name ideas included suggestions from the University of Alabama football coach to beloved school personnel to notable Montgomerians and even historical figures from long ago.
Montgomery Public Schools spokesman Tom Salter, who was on the naming committee, said he certainly learned a lot during the process. But when grilled about the potential of a Saban High, he chose his words carefully.
“As big as an Alabama fan as I am, it would likely not be an appropriate choice, especially this close to the Plains,” he said.
Salter playfully declined comment when asked to speculate why there were no submission for Auburn University football coach Gene Chizik.
Yes, this is what is going on in the state of Alabama these days.