Coach Saban Comes to Athens TN

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Updated: 6/11/2013 6:40 pm
ATHENS, TN, (WDEF)- 50 dollars a ticket, 1500 sold. The four time national championship wining football coach Nick Saban, The man Forbes magazine called "The most powerful coach in Sports" has Athenians talking.

Rob Preston, President Athens Area Chamber of Commerce,"I think this will go down as the largest event in the history of our city"

But Preston feels the benefit appearance has very little do with Football.

"Sports fan, or a business person looking to work on your motivational skills, he talks very little about football when he speaks"

His views are shared by local business owner and football fan Patti Greek.

"You take him out of Alabama, take him out of any state he's in, look at the accomplishments that he has made, hopefully he is going to bring that information to all of us that attend tonight"

Some Tenneseans are happy that Coach Saban is in town.

Kali Thornton, Athenian Native,"Have fun and don't let the weather scare you, have fun and enjoy it, there's going to be great food and entertainment and excitement"

Dr Scott Mashburn, Tennessee Wesleyan College, "We are excited that Coach Saban is here, wonderful and excited to be able to partner with the chamber of commerce here in Athens,"

While others are still divided.

tom Huber  a local football fan says,"Tennessee is on the verge of getting much better than they used to be, give them a few years they go all the way, they won't need Nick Saban"


A motivational speaker and kids foundation founder, Saban's speechs focus more on community, charity and life rather than running backs and wide receivers.

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