Saban says don't blame jersey-gate on him

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he’s not the one who nixed Tennessee’s request to wear orange jerseys on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Vols had requested to do so and in turn allow the Crimson Tide to wear their crimson jerseys in Knoxville next season.

Saban was consulted about the issue by Alabama athletic director Mal Moore. But, then, there’s not anything remotely involving that football program that Saban’s not consulted about.

But he said it was Moore’s call to shoot down Tennessee’s request and joked that he’s not real hip on fashion -- period.

“I know some guys go places and they have gold jerseys or the team has always worn white or whatever and they change this and that,” Saban said. “I'm not into that. Maybe I ought to be, but I'm not. Terry [Saban’s wife] picks out my clothes. I can't go shopping. I don't like to shop. I don't buy anything for myself. Maybe that's part of it."

For what it's worth, every group of fans has some degree of fascination with uniforms, but nowhere is it more prevalent than at Tennessee.

Every year, there’s chatter about whether the Vols are going to wear their orange pants on the road, whether they might wear all orange at home or whether there’s going to be stripes on the pants.

The latest obsession is with black jerseys. I still say there would be some fans falling out of the upper deck in the south end zone at Neyland Stadium if the Vols were to break out black jerseys for a game.

Of course, the word is that first-year coach Lane Kiffin isn’t a huge fan of the color orange.

So who knows?