TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama suspended the block=seating privileges of 20 student organizations on Friday, a day after coach Nick Saban criticized fans for leaving early during games. Saban's comment came during his radio show.
"My sense of it is I always say the fans are a part of the team," Saban said, according to Alabama's Anniston Star. "Everybody else should have the same sort of commitment. You don't have to do the work all week. You don't have to practice. You don't have to come in at 7 in the morning and leave at 11 at night. You don't have to do any of that stuff.
"All you have to do is come to the game, drink beer, do whatever you want, party in the parking lot. I've never been at a tailgate in my life. All I'm asking is that you just come and have fun and stay for the whole game."
The block seating usually reserved for fraternities and other groups were dissolved for Saturday's game against Tennessee, and students were allowed to sit anywhere in the student section.
Before Saturday's 35-point win, the Tide had won its four home games by an average of 36 points.
The school's guidelines for the block seating lists "excessive tardiness or early departure from the stadium" as "unacceptable behavior," according to the Birmingham News.
The handbook also says an organization's second offense would result in the loss of block seating for the rest of the season, and organizations would be banned from sitting together after a third offense, the News reported.
The school did not reveal the names of the suspended organizations.