Roll Tide! Saban restores pride

Alabama has completed its prep work for this weekend’s game. While there was some rumbling that the concentration early in the week wasn’t strong, Saban said he thought the preparation went well.

“I think our team has had pretty good focus and preparation for this game,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “We are coming off a good win against Arkansas State . There are certainly some things we can improve on, work on and get better at. We need to challenge ourselves to play to our full capacity, which is certainly going to be a key to this week’s game because LSU has an outstanding team. They are very well coached. Les Miles has done a fantastic job while he has been there.

“They have a very good offensive team. They average over 400 yards per game and score a lot of points. They have a lot of good skill players and a very good offensive line. They have really good runners. Their defense is very talented and have some guys that are difficult to block in the front seven, whether its Tyson Jackson, Kriston Pittman or Rahim Alem. (Darry) Beckwith is a good linebacker. They have a great kicking game and great returner. They are a very, very good team. We are going to need to play as good a football as we have played, or better, and continue to improve as a team to be able to have an opportunity to be successful.”

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As this weekend’s game nears, there is tremendous attention focused on the program. Diverse media outlets are writing about Alabama and its coach. Even, an investment website, picked Alabama to win over LSU. It just shows how much attention being highly ranked brings the University. Much of that attention is centered on Alabama’s coach. Love him or hate him, Saban generates press. A reader recommended two interesting stories on Saban from ESPN The Magazine. First, Winston Groom pens a story to help folks understand Nick Saban. Groom tells people to stop wasting time hating. Second, Wright Thompson gives us a view of how much LSU fans hate Saban. Interesting stuff.

Lastly, here for you to read is a 1,269-word story on how Nick Saban has restored the pride of the Alabama program. The Alabama program is no longer just strong in memory—it is doing it again on the field: “But this isn’t some musty tradition fit only for a museum. It’s on the move again — evolving, growing, eager to carve its own niche at a school where Bryant still reigns supreme, more than a quarter-century after his death.” You can read more below: