Nick Saban (and most college football coaches) are fans of dad-rock.

ESPN conducted a poll of all 128 FBS coaches on their favorite musical artist. The Alabama head coach had a plian, boring answer choosing the formidable 70’s rockers The Eagles. I was sort of hoping Saban would go way off the map and choose KC and the Sunshine Band, but The Eagles fit his personality pretty well. Saban also had Michael Jackson, Elton John and The Rolling Stones on his list, if you need further confirmation he grew up in the 1970’s.

Now, the poll did bring down some unexpected choices. Connecticut head coach Bob Diaco went modern and chose Australian songstress of Chandelier and Elastic Heart fame, Sia. Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall went soft surf with his answer, choosing Jack Johnson. Another one chosen was DJ KHALED!!!!!! via Texas’ coach Charlie Strong. OSU’s Urban Meyer went far out in left field, choosing alternative 90’s rock band Sister Hazel – who’s biggest hit was 1997’s All For You. The song sounds familiar, but as a millennial, I’ve never heard the name before.

Bizarrely, Minnesota’s HC Tracy Claeys, Marshall’s Doc Holiday and Stanford’s David Shaw declined to answer the question, so I’ll pick for them. Collectively, they’re all big fans of Eiffel 65. I’m SURE of it.

Finally, Baylor’s interim coach Jim Grobe chose The Black Keys. So, while you can dislike the school all you want for their cover-up of criminal activity, Grobe’s choice is a good one.

The list is more-or-less what you’d expect from a predominantly aging, white group. Kenny Chesney, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Fleetwood Mac and Dave Matthews Band were all chosen as favorites. No one chose anything too embarrassing, unfortunately. You can read all the answers here.


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