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Coaches complain that Saban and Bama received unfair advantage

In the weeks leading up to the BCS National Championship game last season, ESPN aired a 30-second Roll Tide commercial, as part of the “It’s not crazy, it’s sports” series of funny commercials. 

Yesterday, Nick Saban said a number of college coaches attempted to voice their displeasure about the commercial to SEC commissioner Mike Slive. 

But that’s not it. 

There were even a number of coaches that flipped out about the fact that Saban was able to appear as a pre-game, halftime, and post-game analyst on ESPN during the BCS National Championship game. Saban and Urban Meyer joined the ESPN set in Glendale for the event. 

Saban said, “They were really, really upset about the (ESPN) Roll Tide commercial, which I thought was wonderful. They were all trying to get Mike Slive to say, 'Why should that be allowed, for one of the coaches to do the game and also to have a commercial?' It sort of directs the passion of 'Roll Tide' all over the state and how much passion we really do have. Seeing that commercial made me feel great."

In case you left the country for a few months, here’s the commercial that Saban is referring to.