April 24th, 2012 12:51 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, LSU
Tags: BCS, Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma State Alabama
Ask a BCS title-winning coach what he’s most proud of regarding his team and he’ll likely tell you winning the dadgum BCS title. But in the case of Nick Saban, he says he was most impressed by his team’s handling of its 9-6 overtime loss to LSU at home in the middle of the 2011 campaign.
Speaking at a benefit last night, Saban had this to say about his team’s focus:
“The thing that I was most proud of with this team was how they handled losing to LSU the first time. We had a team meeting and we showed them all the plays and how the outcome of the game was completely controlled by what they did. . . . They were all convinced when they left the room that the better team really didn’t win the game.
As big as that game was made out to be, they very easily could have changed what they had committed themselves to accomplish and thought they didn’t have a chance to accomplish it. They never did that.”
By continuing to move forward and focus on its own game — and with a little help from Iowa State’s win over Oklahoma State — Alabama wound up getting another shot at LSU in the Superdome back in January. The result, a 21-0 Tide win and the school’s 40-11th national championship (at least according to UA’s media guide).
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