HOOVER, Ala. — The magic of the movies is not lost on Nick Saban.
The Alabama coach recently broke out his old coaching duds from his time at LSU to film a cameo scene in the movie “The Blind Side.” The coached played himself in the adaptation of the Michael Lewis book about former Ole Miss player Michael Oher who was recruited by Saban when he was the coach at LSU.
The coach turned movie star was able to teach a quick lesson on cinematography when addressing reporters Thursday at SEC Media Days.
“When I come to in the door to do the recruiting spiel, there’s seven of us in the picture,” Saban said. “You have to do seven takes because there has to be a wide angle, then there has to be a close-up on each person.”
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The coach got a laugh when he said the team already voted against watching the movie, but he also said he hopes Tide fans don’t take his purple and gold wardrobe the wrong way.
“I’m hopeful all of our fans will understand that the movie is an historical event,” Saban said. “I have not heard one negative comment about that particular situation because it’s not reflective of where I am now.”
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive spoke Wednesday about avoiding self-inflicted wounds by feuding coaches.
The mud has been slung all over the conference since the season ended in January with a large portion involving new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin.
Saban was quick to distance himself from verbal sparring.
“I’ve never been critical of anything that anybody does or says,” Saban said.
While attending the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., in May the Alabama coach addressed the same topic following a dig from Kiffin.
“Everybody has to have their own way of handling things and heavens knows I’ve made my share of mistakes with the media,” Saban told The Associated Press. “But we try to represent our organization in a first-class way and do it with loyalty and integrity.”
The Tennessee coach will be among those appearing today at the media days finale along with South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, LSU’s Les Miles and Auburn’s Gene Chizik.
While the media circus was surrounding Alabama football present in Hoover, one part of its future made an announcement in Opelika.
Opelika High School senior running back Corey Grant committed to the Crimson Tide on Thursday when he chose Saban’s program over Florida and near-by Auburn.
He is the 18th member of the Class of 2010 to pledge his services to Alabama. Brian Vogler, a tight end from Brookstone, became No. 17 on Wednesday when he chose the Tide over Oklahoma.
Neither can make it official until national signing day in February.
Grant is a four-star recruit as rated by both scout.com and rivals.com. As a junior, he ran 88 times for 724 yards and caught 16 passes for 235 yards.
Home kickoff times
The kickoff times for two home games were announced Thursday.
The Alabama-Florida International game on Sept. 12 will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
The Alabama-North Texas game on Sept. 19 will kick off at 12:21 a.m. and will be televised by the SEC Regional Network (WXTX in Columbus).
Two other games have been announced for television this season — the opener against Virginia Tech and the regular season finale at Auburn.
ABC will televise the Virginia Tech game at 8 p.m. Sept. 5 from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, while CBS will air the Alabama-Auburn game at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 27.