Notebook: Saban leaves iron bowl with bloody cheek

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Nick Saban has had his fair share of scratches on the football field.

He was knocked over by Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts in the Sugar Bowl a few years ago. He took a Gatorade bucket to his head in the national title game at the Rose Bowl and was caught in the middle of a tackle once or twice during A-Day.

On Saturday, Saban arrived at the post-game press conference with visible evidence of an Iron Bowl touchline encounter. CBS reported that the Crimson Tide coach was smashed in the face by a player’s shoulder pad, leaving a nasty cut on his left cheek.