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Saban beats out USC's Carroll for award

Updated: December 12, 2003, 9:49 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Nick Saban called his LSU team together early last month, when the Tigers were in seventh place in the BCS standings and a long shot to make it to the Sugar Bowl.

He told the players that now was the time to voice any frustration over the rankings, because after that, they could only talk about the next game. The players kept quiet, the Tigers kept winning, and Saban's steady leadership helped him earn The Associated Press Coach of the Year honor Thursday.

"Even though ...

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