http://www.asapsports.com/show_conference.php?id=85345 December 5, 2012 Bill Hancock Brian Kelly Nick Saban ERIC THOMPSON: Good morning, everybody, my name is Eric Thompson, CEO of the Orange Bowl Committee. First and foremost congratulate University of Alabama, University of NotreDame, two great institutions with legendary football programs. This year marks the 20th time the Orange Bowl committee has had the opportunity to host the National Championship Game, and we'd like to thank the NASDAQ and the National Football Foundation for the opportunity here this morning. Last thing I would like to do is to thank the Bowl Championship Series and Bill Hancock, Executive Director, for the opportunity to host this. It's a tremendous platform and forum for South Florida and honored to do so. THE MODERATOR: Welcome to the coach's introductory press conference, it's really hard to believe we are already talking about the BCS National Championship, seems like yesterday we were in two‑a‑days. But I suspect as coaches appreciate and feel like it's been a few months. It has been a privilege to chronicle these programs and their outstanding season and I join in saying congratulations to both Alabama and NotreDame. We are thrilled to be back in Miami and looking forward to an outstanding match up. We would like to begin today by hearing from Bill Hancock who is the Executive Director of the BCS who joins us in congratulating Coach Saban and Coach Kelly. BILL HANCOCK: Good morning, everyone, we appreciate you being here, this is a news conference we customarily do at the site of the game, but we decided this year to bring it to New York City and we appreciate the coaches being with us this morning. Once again, the BCS has met its intended purpose: It's delivered the game everybody wants to see. With Alabama and NotreDame, we do have two of the iconic programs in the country, Coach Saban and Coach Kelly are two of the premiere coaches in our business, and we are very honored and looking forward to a terrific game. THE MODERATOR: We would like to introduce Ford Gibson, and unfortunately, he's so excited, he lost his voice already. But he is thrilled to be here, the Orange Bowl President and Chair, and of course. Now in his third year in South Bend, Indiana, Coach Kelly has certainly restored this program to national promise, he looks to join former NotreDame Coaches Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz in winning National Championships in their third seasons at the University of NotreDame. Head coach of the NotreDame Fighting Irish, Brian Kelly. COACH KELLY: I want to begin by congratulating the University of Alabama and Crimson Tide and Coach Saban and his players on, again, an incredible season as SEC champs. They continue to be the model in college football. And in keeping with the venue where we are, you have two blue chip stocks that are going to go against each other. You have two great programs with great traditions. I think it's going to be a great match‑up. I think both of the strengths of the programs are pretty evident in terms of how the game is going to be played. Again, any time you get an opportunity to play for a National Championship, you relish that opportunity, and certainly, you know, the discovery BCS championship hosted by the Orange Bowl is probably one of the best venues, if not the best venue to have this match up. So on behalf of our football team, our staff at the University of NotreDame, we are very excited about the opportunity to play in this Championship Game. THE MODERATOR: If you are not a fan of the University of Alabama, you're in bad luck over the past few years. They have become a staple in the BCS National Championship Game, Coach Nick Saban as returned his team for the second consecutive year, the third time in the last four years, that's a first in the BCS era. Alabama defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship Game to punch its ticket to Miami. We'd like to introduce the head coach of the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban. COACH SABAN: First of all, I would like to thank Bill Hancock of the BCS for this opportunity and the Orange Bowl committee for the great work that they are going to do to make this a first‑class venue. South Florida is a great place and we are looking forward to that opportunity. I'd like to congratulate Coach Kelly and his staff and his players for having a phenomenal undefeated season. We realize how difficult it is to go undefeated in this day and age and they have got a fine football team, very physical, big, strong, kind of how we try to build our team. But I'm also very pleased and proud of our team at the University of Alabama for what they were able to accomplish this year, the perseverance that they showed, and winning the SEC Championship Game, as well as the way they persevered in the season. This is a phenomenal opportunity for our players for both teams. This is, you know, sort of a unique matchup, I think, of two universities that have very storied traditions and it's great to see these two teams have an opportunity to play in the National Championship Game, and our team, our players, our coaches and our entire organization is certainly looking forward to the opportunity that we have. THE MODERATOR: Coach, thank you, and of course the game January 7 on ESPN.