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September 18, 2019
Nick Saban received some good news from an old employer on Tuesday, when the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announced the former LSU coach will be one of eight inductees of its 2020 class.
Nola.com reported Saban was “a little surprised” by the honor, given the reception he has received in Louisiana since leaving the Tigers to coach the Miami Dolphins before ending up back in the SEC West to coach Alabama. But he did express his gratitude for the selection.
Saban, who won LSU’s first national championship since 1958 in the 2003 season and set the Tigers up for their next one in 2007, will be one of eight inductees into the 2020 Hall class on Saturday, June 27, in Natchitoches.
“I’m just amazed this has happened,” Saban told Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame chairman Doug Ireland and selection committee member/sports writer Ron Higgins two weeks ago when he got the call. “I didn’t know Louisiana would do this for me.”
Saban left LSU after the 2004 season to become the Miami Dolphins coach, but the LSU hate really heated uptoward him when he left after two seasons to become head coach at Alabama and proceeded to win national championships in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017.