Saban on the Sugar Bowl

Here are comments from Nick Saban on Alabama’s selection to participate in the Sugar Bowl:

NICK SABAN COMMENT ON ALABAMA ’S BCS BOWL BERTH
“First 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, I’ve been involved here twice before, even though it’s a different school. There is no question this is a first-class event with first-class people and a great game.

“I’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. It’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. It’s going to be a very competitive game and we are certainly looking forward to it.”

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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.”