Ex-LSU players asking Saban for tickets

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The true MVP this week inside the Alabama football program might well be Nick Saban’s administrative assistant, Linda Leoni.

She’s handling ticket requests and lodging accommodations for the Saban family, and as you might imagine, the demand is overwhelming.

In a normal week, there might be 30 friends and family members coming in for a game. But this week, that number has swelled to 143.

And making matters worse for Leoni, her computer was down for five hours on Monday, so she really had to scramble.

But she adapted and overcame (musts if you're going to work for Saban) and is now on track to handle all 143 of the requests.

This game is so big that even some of Saban’s former players at LSU have been calling and asking for tickets.

“I tell them, ‘I can’t put you in the Alabama section if you’re going to be cheering for LSU,’” Leoni said. “They say, ‘No, we’re fans of Coach Saban.’”