BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — “Hopefully I will finish my career here in Louisiana at LSU.”
Those are the words of Pat Murphy just moments after leaving his head coaching job at Alabama and being introduced as the new head coach at LSU.
Just a couple days later Murphy reneged and went back to being Alabama’s coach.
"It was great to think he was going to be our coach, but he had to do what he thought was right and we wish him the best of luck wherever he goes,” senior outfielder Ashley Langoni said Thursday.
“It just happened so fast, the team was just trying to make what they could of everything. We took everything in stride and adjusted very well to coach Beth,” junior pitcher Rachele Fico said when describing Murphy’s decision to go back to Alabama.
This weekend the Tigers will be reintroduced to Murphy as the Tigers will take their 12-game win streak on the road to Tuscaloosa.
"I have a lot of respect for him, he is a great coach. He has done a great job with that program. He's a great coach in the game of college softball. We just try and make it about the teams. It’s not about me or him. It’s about the 20 athletes on each side and that's what’s important. It's not us playing the game. It's the girls playing the game," LSU head softball coach Beth Torina said before boarding the buss.
“We actually don't like to talk about it at all. It hasn't been an issue and it's actually a non issue. We need to play big and we need to fight. We just need to play within ourselves and not make it bigger than it is,” senior Juliana Santos said.
While the team says there’s no revenge factor to get back to at the coach who turned his back on them. They say take a few games from the second-ranked Tide would be pretty sweet.
“Every single game we play from here on out is important no matter who we play. We are always looking to sweep. Not just two out of three. But a win is a win. And we just want to take as many as we can,” Santos said
The Tigers and Tide begin their three game series Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. The game will televised on ESPNU.