Saban says of his vacation home, “Hurricane Ian is going to hit right on my house.”
Hurricane Ian hit Florida’s western Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds.
The storm officially hit land in Cayo Costa, Florida, which is 5.5 miles south of Boca Grande, where many college football coaches have beach houses. Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney have second homes in the Gasparilla Island neighborhood.
On Wednesday night, Saban was asked if he had talked to any friends, family, or coworkers who had been affected by the storm.
Saban said, “How about it hits right on my house?” “Hey, everyone in this situation is in my thoughts and prayers, but we definitely feel it too. We not only have a lot of respect, admiration, and compassion for the people in Florida who are affected by this, but we also feel their pain. We just hope that no one gets hurt, that everyone stays safe, and that the damage isn’t too bad.”
The Boca Grande homes of Saban and Swinney were part of a 2019 Sports Illustrated story about how they can get away in the quiet community. It said that Saban kept a boat at the house, which he used to fish in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2015, it said, he caught a 180-pound tarpon in Boca Grande.
Arkansas is ranked 20th, and No. 2 Alabama will play them at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday in Fayetteville.