Alabama vs. Texas A&M: Nick Saban Refers to Football Field as a 'Triangle'

Jared PorterCorrespondent IISeptember 14, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up the leather helmet after their 35-10 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies at Georgia Dome on August 31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban may be one of the greatest college football coaches alive, but he certainly needs a little work on his geometry. 

Just moments before kickoff of the showdown between Alabama and Texas A&M, Saban spoke with a CBS reporter and said something he will certainly want to take back. 

A triangle?

Well, my geometry skills are not the best. But I am pretty sure what coach Saban meant was rectangle. Just for reassurance, let's take a look at the definition of both "triangle" and "rectangle."


"Triangle: A Shape that is made up of three lines and three angles"

Now for rectangle.

"Rectangle: a four-sided shape that is made up of two pairs of parallel lines and that has four right angles"

According to, the dimensions of a regulation size football field have been the same since 1881. 

The dimensions of a football field haven’t changed much through the years. The field has been 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide since 1881. In 1912, the two end zones were established at 10 yards deep and have remained so ever since. Consequently, all football games are played on a rectangular field that’s 360 feet long x 160 feet wide.

OK, so it is officially determined that a football field is the shape of a rectangle. 

Saban is certainly a man with a lot on his plate. It is pretty tough being the head coach of an elite football program that has won two national championships in a row. So the least we can do is give the man a break for his brain fart. 

After all, Saban is not the only head coach who wishes he could take back a bonehead interview

Despite being viewed as superior beings of the human species (at least in America), not even head football coaches are incapable of bloopers. 

Unfortunately for Saban, his interview was just one slip-up among others that contributed to Alabama's slow start against Texas A&M in the first quarter. 

But just like the game of football, there is always an opportunity to bounce back from a poor performance: Alabama wound up winning the game in a shootout, 49-42, and Coach Saban will certainly get another opportunity to redeem himself in future interviews. 

Until then, I recommend that Saban picks up a geometry textbook or perhaps takes a quick peek at this educational video

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