Saban donates $100K to scholarship fund

Updated: January 9, 2007, 10:57 PM ET
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban and his wife, Terry, donated a $100,000 check Tuesday night to Alabama's scholarship fund for students who are the first in their family to attend college.

Saban presented the check during an introduction to Crimson Tide fans at halftime of the basketball team's game against LSU.

He got loud applause when he took a seat near the LSU bench with 3:52 left in the first half and a 30-second standing ovation when he walked onto the court with athletic director Mal Moore and university president Robert Witt.

Saban was hired last week after two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

"I can't tell you how pleased, proud and excited we are at being your coach at Alabama," he told the sellout crowd.

Then he urged the fans to take "ownership" of the program.

"Let's all work together to make a difference and show them what we've got, baby," he said. "Let's go."

Coincidentally, Alabama was playing his former team. Saban coached at LSU for five years and, pointing at the Tigers fans, said "these people are special."

"Terry and Nick have a long history of giving back to the community," Witt said. "This generous contribution to our scholarship fund clearly demonstrates one of their highest priorities, which is to provide opportunities for every student to be successful in life."


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