LSU athletic director Joe Alleva apologized for fans' behavior at Tiger Stadium late in the Tigers’ 20-13 overtime loss to Alabama on Saturday.
A small group in LSU’s student section started with the chants of “F— you, Saban,” directed at Alabama coach Nick Saban. The chants, which occurred during the overtime period while LSU trainers were attending to an injured player on the field, could clearly be heard on the CBS broadcast of the game.
Saban coached LSU from 2000-04, leading them to the 2003 BCS Championship.
"I'd like to once again thank our fans for their incredible support of our team in last Saturday's game with Alabama,” Alleva said in a letter published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “The Tigers played with tremendous heart and passion, and our fans played a huge role in inspiring a performance of which we can all be very proud.”
Alleva said he was sorry that “such crude behavior occurred in Tiger Stadium, because that is the antithesis of what we represent at LSU,” and will make sure if it occurs in the future those identified who act in that manner will not allowed to attend games in the future.
No. 20 LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC) travels to Arkansas (4-5, 0-5 SEC) on Saturday.
- Scooby Axson