Penn State, Va. Tech, FSU on future schedule?

Future games against Penn State, Virginia Tech and Florida State are on the drawing boards, Nick Saban was quoted as saying in the Sand Mountain Reporter. “Our goal is to play one (marquee out-of-conference team) every year. You get better by playing great teams,” Saban said.

For you J.P. Wilson bashers:“John Parker is our best chance to win,” Saban said. “He’s got the talent and got the attitude.”

Stabler out of radio booth for a year
Kenny Stabler was bounced from his color commentary role at UA for a year, according to a release from the Crimson Tide Sports Network. He’ll be replaced by Tom Roberts. Stabler requested the leave of absence to work on personal issues. Presumably, those personal issues relate to his most recent DUI arrest.

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Antoine Caldwell to write column
University of Alabama center Antoine Caldwell is one of 22 players who will write a weekly column this fall for Sporting News Today, a digital daily sports publication. Caldwell’s columns will cover topics from each week’s upcoming game to life as a student-athlete, the Tuscaloosa News reported.

BOL: Strong Fall camp could propel Alonzo Lawrence into rotation
Bama Online gives its opinion on the potential impact from freshman Alonzo Lawrence. “A strong fall camp from Lawrence could get him involved in that (nickel) package, possibly as a cornerback with Arenas moving to the nickelback, or “star”, position.” What could keep him out of the rotation? Technique. “Coach Nick Saban is a stickler for technique, especially in the secondary, which he oversees on a daily basis in practice. As well, in the secondary there is little margin for error when it comes to busted assignments because they more often result in big plays for the opposing offense. So the mental adjustment for Lawrence, apart from technique, will also be crucial.”