SEC football: Unlike Les Miles, Nick Saban says he’s never eaten grass
It’s LSU-Alabama week, so you know what that means: it’s time to talk about coaches eating grass.
Sure, LSU is ranked second while Alabama is ranked fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings. But five years ago, Les Miles was seen chomping on some grass in LSU’s 2010 win over Alabama, and it was the talk on the Internet:
On Wednesday morning’s SEC coaches teleconference, Miles compared the taste of the grass at Tiger Stadium vs. the grass at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Suffice it to say, Miles prefers home cooking.
“Well, I have to be very honest,” Miles said. “I have enjoyed very much the grass at Baton Rouge much more. It’s kind of a home feel. But they take great care of their grass in Tuscaloosa too. So I’ll certainly have to figure that one out once I get there.”
But depending on who you ask, Miles isn’t the only coach in this rivalry that is known to take a bite of nature during a stressful moment.
Les Miles is known for eating grass, but Nick Saban at one time - and still may - put a single blade in his mouth before every game.— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) November 4, 2015
Saban was asked about it, but denies any such habit.
“I don’t remember that,” Saban said via AL.com. “I’ve got lots of good luck things but that’s not one that I remember.”
There are already plenty of reasons to watch Saturday’s game: Leonard Fournette vs. Derrick Henry. No. 2 vs. No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. A raucous environment at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Add the grass subplot to (the end) of that list.