Saban respects 'University of Auburn'

Updated: March 6, 2010, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- So much for Alabama coach Nick Saban's attempt at praising Auburn.

Saban accepted a trophy for winning the Iron Bowl during halftime of Saturday's Alabama-Auburn basketball game. After thanking the fans at Coleman Coliseum, the football coach expressed his respect for "the University of Auburn."

The school's name is Auburn University.

Some Tide fans in attendance chuckled, before booing the intended sentiment for their top rival.

Alabama came from behind to beat the Tigers for the second straight time this past season, earning the Foy-ODK Trophy. The Tide went on to finish 14-0 and win the national championship.

Saban promised it was "not the end but the beginning" for his program.


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