Near of the end of the most recent press conference, Saban was asked about the chance of rain on Saturday in Knoxville. Here was his answer:
"What should we do? Try and get the game cancelled? What can we do? There's things that you can control and things you don't. If it rains, I bet you it rains on both teams. I bet you we have to play with the same ball. It's another one of those maturity factors, that you know it's not going to affect how I play. It's an external factor, and it's something you can't control. We try and focus on the things we can control. There are things we can do; wet ball practice or whatever so that players are more prepared to be able to manage or handle it if that circumstance comes up. You know I haven't been able to sleep for three days worried about that, so I don't know ... You know I'm kidding, right?"
After that diatribe, he left the podium.