Here are comments from Nick Saban on Alabama’s selection to participate in the Sugar Bowl:
NICK SABAN COMMENT ON ALABAMA â€™S BCS BOWL BERTH
â€œFirst of all, let me thank everyone on the Sugar Bowl Committee, the City of New Orleans , and anyone that supports the Allstate Sugar Bowl for inviting the University of Alabama . Our players are excited about coming. Our fans are excited are coming. This is a great opportunity for us to take part in a great event that has tremendous tradition. Personally, Iâ€™ve been involved here twice before, even though itâ€™s a different school. There is no question this is a first-class event with first-class people and a great game.
â€œIâ€™d also like to congratulate Utah and their team and Coach (Kyle) Whittingham on their season. They have done an outstanding job this season in all that they have accomplished. Itâ€™s not easy to win 12 games in a season and go undefeated and it happens less and less. Certainly, their team has done an outstanding job and is a fantastic opponent for us. Itâ€™s going to be a very competitive game and we are certainly looking forward to it.â€
Here is what the Sugar Bowl says about the 75th Anniversary game:
PAUL HOOLAHAN, SUGAR BOWL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
“We can’t be more excited than with the matchup we’ve been able to put together here. This is a dream come true. This is the 75th anniversary of the (first) playing of the Sugar Bowl Classic and to be able to bring back a school with the history and tradition and the long-term association with the Sugar Bowl that Alabama has had is just a remarkable occurrence for us. It’s a gift from heaven as far as we’re concerned. It’s a great, great situation to a have such a highly ranked team and such a deserving team. Needless to say, we’re equally as impressed with the opponent, another highly ranked team.”