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Bench McElroy
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14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
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The year was 2004 and the Miami Dolphins needed a new coach. Firmly on their radar was LSU coach Nick Saban, who had just coached the Tigers to the BCS National Championship the season before—the Tigers’ first title since the 1950s. LSU fans were told they had nothing to worry about.

While preparing for the team’s bowl game with Iowa, Saban was approached by reporters while walking from his office to his car. He told the reporter that he was not leaving LSU, then spouted a “Geaux Tigers,” before driving off into the sunset. But the smoke then ignited into a fire which changed LSU’s football history forever.

Multiple national media reports on the week of Christmas in 2004 said that Saban had interviewed for the Dolphins’ position and there was interest from both sides. The speculation grew even further when it was reported that the Dolphins off ered Saban their job and the ball was in his court regarding whether he wanted to stay at LSU or make the jump to the NFL.

Gossip regarding the situation went wild. The already-hot message boards went into a full-on blaze of information, misinformation and theories about what would come next.

But then finality came when we all least expected it. Somewhere after opening up presents on Christmas morning, but long before all the relatives had eaten dinner at the family’s table, news broke from Baton Rouge, stating that Saban had accepted the Dolphins’ offer, thus leaving the school without its best coach in many, many years. Saban made the announcement official 24 hours later, then coached LSU’s bowl game on New Year’s Day against Iowa.


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Merry Christmas, everybody.


saintsman40
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
and a GREAT day it was......


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BradPitt
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
MELT


TopFlightSecurity
UTEP Fan
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Member since Dec 2018
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
If only they had signed Drew Brees over Daunte Culpeper


DallasTiger45
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
Why would you do this to us on Christmas :/


Clark14
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Member since Dec 2014
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
The Dolphins are a stepping stone job?


Nitro Express
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
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Why would you do this to us on Christmas :/


Image: https://media.giphy.com/media/RdMX8wtHeSA9O/giphy.gif


Melt.


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alessic7
LSU Fan
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Member since Aug 2018
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
and we went to lose that game to Iowa on a last second hail-mary… fitting.


Wolfhound45
US Army Fan
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
Not going to lie, wish he had stayed at LSU.
This post was edited on 12/25 at 10:06 am


Byrdybyrd05
Member since Nov 2014
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
I will always remember Nick Saban chewing out Ronnie prude after the game was over for giving up the td pass and Ronnie said you ain’t my coach anymore.


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BlackCloud
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
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Why would you do this to us on Christmas :/

That was my first thought as well. Bama fans truly are "special."

While billions of Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, countless bama fans will celebrate today as the day Saban left LSU.


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Mr. Elvert
Texas A&M Fan
Member since Oct 2012
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
How is that a melt? Damn you LSU sidewalkers are dumb


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LSU Jock 1970
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2011
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
Yes!! Just like “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”!!!
That old Scrooge!!
Don’t remind me! Lol


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CaptainPanic
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
Is this the thread where Bama fans claim it wasn’t Saban’s fault he failed in the NFL?


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ipodking
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
That a-hole ruined Christmas for the whole state.

frick him


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geauxtigahs87
New Orleans Saints Fan
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
Christmas morning and alabama fans are still starting LSU threads


Bielema Dat
Idaho Fan
Jasper, Arkansas
Member since Sep 2015
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
Yeah, they like to deflect that their coach is a Carpetbagger.

Michigan State, couldn't beat Mich or tOSU

LSU...his dream job, until it wasn't and he bolts for Miami, his new dream job. Problem was he couldn't beat his mentor, Belichick.

So he bolts for 'Bama and has success, even though he can't carry Bear Bryant's fedora.

ESPN & CBS Sports state he's the greatest ever, ignoring/tarnishing coaching greats like Ara Parseghian, Bear Bryant, Woody Hayes, John McKay, Spurrier, Bo Schembechler, Frank Broyles.

Hey, remember the Citadel!!!!


Mr. Elvert
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
You sound bitter


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Nobelium
Member since May 2018
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
To be fair, it's unlikely that LSU would have had much more success with Saban than they did Miles. Their career records through 11 seasons were essentially identical until Saban went to Alabama, when he suddenly became the best coach of all time.


Jacknola
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re: 14 years ago today, Saban left LSU for the Dolphins
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Merry Christmas, everybody.


...And Happy New Year, especially to my many LSU friends. I hope every day is as special as January 9th.


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