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Alabama head football coach Nick Saban speaks to children at the Cleveland Avenue YMCA in Montgomery.
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Alabama head football coach Nick Saban speaks to children at the Cleveland Avenue YMCA in Montgomery.

Saban says he'd like to play Notre Dame

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Nick Saban said Wednesday he'd like to see his Crimson Tide take on some of college football's biggest powerhouses.

Saban said his scheduling philosophy includes playing one big, high-interest intersectional game a year.

"I'd like to play Notre Dame," Saban said after a speech to a packed room of members of the Rotary Club of Birmingham. "We played them three times at Michigan State and beat them three times. That was a great national game, it creates fan interest and TV will always jump on those games."

Saban also mentioned that he'd like to play North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Penn State and Oklahoma, The Birmingham News reported on its Web site Wednesday. The Tide is slated to play Penn State and Georgia Tech on its future schedules, along with Florida State this season.

Earlier Wednesday, Saban spoke with a group of children at the Cleveland Avenue YMCA in Montgomery.

Saban spoke to about 400 children for about 20 minutes.

He urged them to try to succeed, to persevere and to build character, The Montgomery Advertiser reported on its Web site.

"I think no man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a child," Saban said, "and that's why we're here today. Part of the reason we choose coaching, and opportunities like this, is we like to help people be successful as well."

Saban and his wife Terry contributed money to the Cleveland Avenue YMCA director Willie Jones. The donation is part of their "Nick's Kids Foundation."

Alabama vs. Notre Dame

When Where Tide result

1973 Sugar Bowl L, 24-23

1974 Orange Bowl L, 13-11

1976 South Bend, Ind. L, 21-18

1980 Birmingham L, 7-0

1986 Birmingham W, 28-10

1987 South Bend, Ind. L, 37-6

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