In a shocking, but not-so-shocking announcement, it was revealed that Alabama head coach, Nick Saban had been voted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, headlining a prestigious group of prominent figures representing the state of Louisiana.
A completely humbled Saban stated, “I’m thrilled and honored. It is a privilege to be joining so many great people in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, especially because of the great relationships we built there. I’m very, very flattered by this.”
Saban, prior to Alabama, coached the LSU Tigers from 2000-2004. During his five seasons in Baton Rouge, he compiled a 48-16 record, including winning the 2003 BCS Championship over the Oklahoma Sooners.
While his departure and return to a SEC West foe in Alabama left a sour taste in the mouths of many LSU fans — the appreciation of what Saban accomplished during his tenure still resonates.
Saban will be joined by seven other inductees including, football players Joe Horn and Charles “Peanut” Tillman, men’s basketball’s Kerry Kittles and Lou Dunbar, women’s basketball’s Angela Turner, bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman and outdoor entrepreneur Phil Robertson.
The ceremony will take place next June in Natchitoches and the honored Saban made it clear his intentions for attending.
“I’ll be there.”