Nick Saban can't make 10-year reunion, sending video for LSU players to watch
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday October 09, 2013
LSU is hosting the ten year reunion of the 2003 national championship squad that was coached by Nick Saban.
The Tigers host Florida on Saturday and most of the former players from the 2003 squad are expected to be in Baton Rouge.
This morning during the SEC teleconference, Will Muschamp with zero hesitation named all eleven starters on the 2003 LSU defense, which he coordinated.
This evening, Nick Saban was asked if he was invited and whether or not he would have gone if Alabama were not playing this weekend.
Saban said, “Yea, I would absolutely go. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the players that were on that team and what they accomplished. I was really proud to be a part of it. I was invited to come back. Obviously, can’t do that. I did send a video message to the team that they can play in private. It’s not anything people need to know publicly.
“That’s the greatest thing about being a coach, is the opportunity to be a part of a team. And every great team that you’re a part of that accomplishes something significant, you always have a tremendous amount of respect for. That being our first national championship team and a bunch of games that came to LSU when we weren’t very good, you even have more sort of love in your heart for them believing and trusting in the program, coming in and doing all the hard work, and improving you needed to do to be the best.
“I’m actually sorry I can’t be there. I’d love to see all those guys and wish them all well.”
In 2003, LSU had to beat Georgia in the SEC championship game to earn a spot in the BCS National Championship.
The night before the game, the Tigers watched this highlight film. (Hands down, the best one I’ve ever seen.)