The entire 334 area code is breathing a loud sigh of relief today. Last week, a committee of the Montgomery County Board of Education rejected about 60 names for a new east side high school and according to a report in the Montgomery Advertiser, one of the names suggested to the committee was Nick Saban.
School board spokesman Tom Salter measured his words carefully when asked why Saban’s name was among those passed over.
“As big as an Alabama fan as I am, it would likely not be an appropriate choice, especially this close to the Plains.”
Salter clearly believes that having a high school named after the Alabama Crimson Tide’s current football coach would be an affront to those living so deep in Auburn Tiger territory. Auburn is located only about 50 miles away from the new campus.
However, Salter also noted that Gene Chizik’s name was not among those suggested to the committee.
Exit question: Why not?