Saban Speaks to Basketball Crowd

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban got a standing ovation the moment he appeared in sight of Alabama fans Tuesday night around the four minute mark in the Alabama-LSU basketball game at Coleman Coliseum, and the sellout crowd of 15,316 stood and cheered the coach as he addressed the gather at halftime.

Continuing his modern-era corporate-CEO verbiage, Saban repeated his mantra about everyone who touches the Alabama football program in any way taking a stake in its success.

"I want everybody here to know that this is your football program and I want you to take ownership of the program," he said, "and do everything you can do to make Alabama champions again."

"Lets all work together to make a different and show ‘em what we got, baby," he said before leaving the floor.

Saban, who attended with his wife Terry, Mal Moore, UA President Robert Witt and a host of security personnel, has been working to assemble his coaching staff since being hired and introduced at Alabama last week.

"I can't tell you how pleased, proud and excited we are about being your coach," he said. "The excitement you have shown me and my family since we have been here, I can't thank you enough for."

Saban also thanked the administration, and welcomed LSU fans that were at the game, saying "they are very special people" in reference to fans of the team he coached to a national championship.

Saban also presented Witt with a check for $100,000 on behalf of he and his wife to the University's scholarship fund for students who are the first in their family to attend college.

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