LSU national championship reunion won't include Gators Will Muschamp
LSU is hosting festivities to honor its 2003 national championship team this weekend, but at least two vital members of that team won't be able to join in the celebration.
Former LSU head coach Nick Saban, who led the Tigers to that title, will be coaching his Alabama team against Kentucky this Saturday in Lexington.
And former LSU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will be in Baton Rouge - but as the head coach of Florida.
Still, Muschamp said he has fond memories of his time at LSU - and that national title team.
“It was a special year," Muschamp said. "Nothing but great memories. I’ve got great respect for the LSU program. I think any time in the coaching profession you spend a time at a place, you always have fond memories of it. Carol and I still have great friends in Baton Rouge.”
Among Muschamp's not-so-favorite memories? The game against the Gators that season.
“I remember when Florida came in and beat us," he said. "That wasn’t a favorite one. Old Ben Troupe and Ciatrick Fason got after us pretty good that day. And Chris Leak, who is on our staff as a graduate assistant now. A lot of fun to coach.”
Muschamp said he will not attempt to attend any of the festivities on Friday because his focus has to be on the Gators.
“I’m worried about that 2013 LSU team not the 2003 one, that’s for sure," he said. "It will be good to see those guys, I guess, on the field a little bit. It was a special group. One of the players sent me a picture when I was at Texas of the team and wanted me to sign it and send it back to him. Just looking at the pictures, it was guys who understood their role in the organization. Guys that are all successful people. Granted, we had a bunch of guys go play on Sunday, but we had a bunch of successful people whether they are teachers or they are in the business world, they have all done an outstanding job, and it was a lot of fun.”