Ten years ago, LSU won their first BCS National Championship. On Saturday, LSU will honor that team with a ceremony at halftime of Saturday’s SEC Game of the Week against Florida. Over 40 members from the Championship team will be in attendance, but they will be without their head coach.
Former Coach Nick Saban will not be able to attend. He will be with his current team, Alabama, in Lexington, preparing for their SEC road game. Saban is not highly thought of by LSU fans, after leaving the Tigers to coach in the NFL after the 2004 season. He coached the Miami Dolphins, then became the head coach for Alabama in 2007.
Saban claimed he would have attended the ceremony if he had not been busy. At his Wednesday press conference, Saban said,
I would absolutely go. I have a tremendous amount of respect for all the players that were on the team and what they accomplished. I was really proud to be a part of it.
Saban sent a video message to LSU but requested that it be played privately.
Saban displayed sincerity when talking about his former team.
That being our first national championship team and a bunch of guys that came to LSU at that time when we weren’t really good, you even have more sort of love in your heart for them for believing and trusting in the program and coming and doing all the hard work and proving what you needed to do to be the best.
LSU fans may not be overly fond of Saban because of his departure. However, he has handled this issue in a rather mature manner.