Thursday evening news & links

Here are this evening’s news & links. The Alabama Crimson Tide wrapped practice for the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game, the Jerrell Harris situation became public this afternoon, documents became public in the Ronnie Cottrell vs. the NCAA case and Japan’s prime minister supports Stanford football. On to the news:
Tide Wraps Up Virginia Tech Week
From UA: TUSCALOOSA – The Alabama football team wrapped up its week of preparation with a 90-minute practice in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Thursday afternoon.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to play a team like Virginia Tech, who has a lot of starters back,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday’s SEC Coaches Teleconference. “They are a very good defensive team. They have a really good quarterback, who can make a lot of plays, and they are definitely known for their special teams.

“We are always happy to go back to Atlanta and play. It’s a big part of the SEC. This venue was a very positive thing for our team last year, relative to how the people and city sort of embraced us there, so we are looking forward to that.

No. 5 Alabama will meet No. 7 Virginia Tech in the 2009 Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports with kick off just after 7 p.m. (CST).
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*note: my impotent comment is about Operation Red Dog/Auburn fans*
This item from Reuters was interesting:
“We talked about the very deep relationship between the United States and Japan,” U.S. ambassador John Roos said after a meeting that began with a chat about their common alma mater, Stanford University, and American football while Hatoyama displayed a red and white helmet inscribed with an “S.” (read the entire Reuters story embedded below)