"I guess I just wanted to know how we got here," Saban said at a press conference.
"Not to offend anybody out there, but I just walked by some jeans, wore out jeans, holes in them, all cut up. I just remember when I was a kid in West Virginia. I was ashamed to go to school because my jeans were wore out. Only because we didn't have any better. Now they buy them that way. I just can't figure out how did we get here."
"I don't know."
Saban then laughed to himself, regarding his stance on denim.
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridely knows a thing or two about his 66-year-old coach. Ridley responded to a video posted on social media by tweeting "so true."
Saban also joked around with a reporter Wednesday, saying that he "better be good" before he was asked a question.
Alabama hosts Mercer at noon Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
"I think this is an important week for us from an execution and focus standpoint," Saban told reporters Wednesday. "Because we have an opportunity to improve as a team, get some experience from some guys that have a chance to make a greater contribution to this team for whatever reasons."