Was “the University of Auburn” a mistake?

The Crimson Tide men’s basketball team won their season finale Saturday over Auburn. Clad in new grey unis, Alabama’s Tony Mitchell scored 16 points and Mikhail Torrance contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds to help Alabama close the regular season with a 73-61 victory over Auburn on Saturday.

But the story came at halftime when the Alabama football team accepted the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy. The trophy is given annually to the winner of the Iron Bowl.

Nick Saban accepted the trophy, thanked the fans and then got Auburn’s name wrong.

During a brief acceptance speech, Saban expressed his respect for “the University of Auburn” in addressing the crowd at Coleman Coliseum at halftime of Saturday’s Alabama-Auburn basketball game.

The mistake in front of the Coleman Coliseum capacity crowd drew chuckles from the Tide faithful and boos from Auburn fans in attendance.
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Was the gaffe an intentional dig at the school that’s made a living savoring intentional digs at its big brother, or merely a champion not acknowledging a middle of the pack SEC team correctly?