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Alabama team set for White House visit on March 6

Thursday - 2/28/2013, 12:49pm  ET

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012 file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks during a news conference in Atlanta. Four Alabama players have been dismissed from the team following their arrests after two robberies on campus. Saban said Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway "are no longer associated with the football program."(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's national championship football team will visit President Obama at the White House on March 6.

The White House announced the visit on Thursday.

It's the third time in the past four years coach Nick Saban's team has been invited to Washington, D.C., in recognition of a BCS title. Saban also made the trip after leading LSU to a championship.

Last year's trip celebrated what Obama called a "deeply meaningful" season coming in the wake of a deadly tornado that struck Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama.

Obama also joked about the Waterful Crystal trophy taking "a bit of a spill" and breaking just before the visit.

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