Alabama Football

Alabama coach Nick Saban talks with the media during a news conference, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/Alabama Media Group via AP)

The football coach at Coastal Carolina, a new Sun Belt Conference member who'll soon face off against teams like UL-Lafayette and UL-Monroe, called out Alabama coach Nick Saban on Wednesday for the Crimson Tide coach's Election Day comments last week.

First, some background to the story ... according to The Sun News, coach Joe Moglia arranged for his entire team to go to the polls together last Tuesday to vote. The following day, Saban was asked about Election Day and said he "didn't even know it was happening."

"We're focused on other things here," Saban said.

That didn't sit well with Moglia. Here's a portion of his rant:

"The reason I’m disappointed, No. 1, he’s the highest-paid public employee that exists in the United States, but it’s far greater than that for me ... I don’t think ever before in the history of mankind has the world needed the economic and military leadership of the United States.

“… In a democracy we get a chance to pick those leaders. So to pick the leader of the free world last Tuesday was the most important thing going on in the world that day, and to not realize that and not to be aware of that frankly is disrespectful to his team, to his school, to his state, to the country. There’s still a piece of me that can’t believe he even said that.”

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Saban clarified his comments the Saturday after Election Day, saying he voted via absentee ballot.

"Tuesday's our biggest workday and game plan day, and I forgot it was Election Day until I got home at 11 o'clock at night," Saban said after his team's blowout win against Mississippi State.

Alabama and Coastal have never met in football. Maybe Moglia and Saban can arrange to have a political chat one day and hash things out?

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