Last week, South Davidson High football coach Mike Crowell died suddenly. Tonight, on homecoming, the school will honor his memory.
Crowell as an Alabama native and the community began a twitter effort with the hastag #crowellforsaban, in an effort to get the Crimson Tide coach to come to the game. Alabama had a bye this week and wasn't playing.
Saban, who didn't know Crowell, isn't able to attend tonight but a Greensboro-area TV station reports that he's sent a letter to Crowell's family, showing support.
NCAA rules and a busy schedule might keep Saban from appearing, but he did send a personal letter to Coach Crowell's family. Crowell's sister-in-law said he would have been thrilled with the correspondence.
"Mike would just be so delighted," Karen Pierce said. "[Saban] was an idol to Mike, and he would certainly be ecstatic knowing that Saban took the time to recognize him for the work that Mike's done."