In what might have been the best executed and conceived Alabama game plan since the 1999 SEC Championship Game, Alabama mauled Tennessee 41-17; Nick Saban made a definitive statement that he understands the importance of winning over rivals.
But the bigger statement than even the game, was Alabamaâ€™s willingness to suspend players before a big game for potential violations. It was the failure to act swiftly that began Alabamaâ€™s decades of misery. Not this time. The administration and coaches made clear they want to win the right way.
Isnâ€™t that the real statement from today? That Nick Saban is going to win the right way?
Heâ€™s going to hold everyone accountable in the program. Whether it is a coach (I wouldnâ€™t have wanted to be Applewhite or Pendry on the receiving end of the yelling for wasting a timeout prior to halftime), whether it is a player or anyoneâ€”things are going to be done the right way.
It has been years since a fan could have this type of confidence about the on-the-field or off-the-field leadership.
Iâ€™ll get a game wrap-up poster later. Iâ€™m going to enjoy the rest of the day. Iâ€™ll say thatâ€™s one great thing about an 11:30 a.m. kickoffâ€”more time to celebrate AFTER the game.
Here is the game wrap