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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Saban backlash and 'slashed tires?'

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - With the LSU-Alabama game nearing the three-months-away mark, it's getting ugly.

Alabama coach Nick Saban today seemed to accuse angry LSU fans for slashing the tires of Alabama football administrative assistant C.C. Thompson at a recent wedding in Baton Rouge.

Thompson, a Lake Charles native, worked as a defensive secretary at LSU when Saban was LSU's head coach and she worked under Saban when he was the Miami Dolphins coach. She drove her car with Alabama plates to the wedding.

Saban, who coached LSU from 2000-04 and Miami in 2005 and 2006, shared the anecdote while addressing an overflow crowd of reporters in a Wynfrey Hotel ballroom at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. He was asked how aware he is of the "backlash that was created in Louisiana when you took the job and has anything filtered back to you, anything you thought was funny or interesting from the people of Louisiana, anything that was said?"

Saban said he was very aware of all the things that happened.

"One of our ladies, one of our administrative assistants, who worked for us at LSU who went to a wedding in Baton Rouge got her tires slashed at the wedding," Saban said. "So I think we're very aware of the backlash, live it every day. I absolutely hate to see people on my staff who we care about, love, and want to see have success have to be penalized for that."

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette confirmed that Thompson is the administrative assistant Saban was referring to, but he said Saban does not have the story right.

"I just talked to C.C.," Bonnette said Thursday. "She said she thought somebody slashed the tires, but then she said somebody just let the air out."

Thompson did not return a call to her office at Alabama. Alabama sports information director Doug Walker did talk to Thompson.

"She doesn't want to talk about it," Walker said. "She's not upset about it."

Bonnette, who worked under Saban for five years at LSU, tried to make light of the situation.

"I asked her if she had a 'Go to Hell LSU' sticker on her car, but she said no," Bonnette said.

"She just had the Alabama plates. She didn't tell me it was an LSU fan that let the air out. It could've been anybody."

Could it have been LSU coach Les Miles? Is he a person of interest? Tune in Friday as Miles will take his turn at the SEC Media Days. And tune in on Nov. 3 when LSU plays Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Drivers beware!


When Saban was asked by a reporter why only he is pictured on the Alabama media guide, Saban said he was not aware of the fact that no players are pictured. All 11 other SEC media guides have players pictured. LSU, for example, has nine players pictured over the front and back covers.

"I didn't even make that decision," Saban said. "The first time I saw the media guide was yesterday."

Few believed Saban's explanation. Coaches usually approve media guides and have input.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick Saban should learn to realize he is a fortunate man tobe where he is and a blessed man

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.S. Control freak Saban has his fingers on ever single thing to do with the program!

8:39 PM  

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