Nick Saban told Alabama fans to stay in their seats the full four quarters. And it looks like they finally listened.
Coach Saban made a big stink about the Alabama fans leaving early from a massive blowout against the Arkansas Razorbacks that ended up 52-0. He was quoted by AL.com's Michael Casagrande:
"I've talked about players playing for 60 minutes in the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game," Saban said. "And, in some kind of way, everybody that choses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game."
It's not that hard to show support for a team for a full 60 minutes. Coach Saban describes a football fan's job exquisitely. According to Coach Saban, via ESPN, a football fan's job is to "drink beer, do whatever you want, party in the parking lot. ... just come and have fun and stay for the whole game."
Pretty proud of our student section you guys... pic.twitter.com/gOlXoyADyL— Drive Cambro (@CambroLiving) October 5, 2013
The student sections received a unique punishment during the week when the university dissolved the block seating normally reserved for fraternities and other student organizations. It was because they couldn't do what Coach Saban describes as the fan's job.
Well, it looks like they listened. Marc Torrence of The Crimson White tweeted out the following picture showing a full student section at the end of the Tennessee-Alabama showdown:
Fourth quarter student section. They're sticking around. pic.twitter.com/G8didfWNfM— Marc Torrence (@marctorrence) October 26, 2013
Nick Saban: "I certainly appreciate our fans today."— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 26, 2013
It's a marked improvement from last week's almost empty look. The same almost empty look that Florida State attempted to duplicate this week:
If this happened at Alabama, heads would roll... pic.twitter.com/vrE4M3NMm2— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) October 26, 2013
Coach Saban would have been livid had the fans done the same thing in back-to-back weeks. However, he just wants his players to feel the support and love of their fellow students and fans.
And it's nice to see that Alabama fans are gladly listening to the man who brought them three national titles over the past four years. The argument here is a bit divisive, though.
Do you stay and support a team that's already winning by more than four touchdowns heading into the fourth quarter?
Or do you leave, try to beat the traffic and understand that your team has already likely won?
Personally, leaving looks like the better option, and no one should be blamed for leaving if their team has already demolished the weak opponent.
But Alabama fans have to listen to their general. And in this case, it's Coach Saban. All of this leaves just one question:
So can Alabama's student section leave yet?— Dylan Welchel (@DylaaaanWelchel) October 26, 2013
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.