Alabama football: recruiting, BCS & more

Take a deep breath. Recruiting has entered the final push. Just so you’ll know, like last year there will be a live blog running throughout the day and updates posted to the website as signees letters arrive or an announcement is made.

On to some updates for Monday:
Defensive back Dequan Menzie commits to Alabama
According to the Press Register, Menzie confirmed the news tonight to the Press-Register, saying he committed during a visit from Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. “I committed over dinner,” Menzie said.

Menzie is a four-star defensive back, according to Rivals. He is from Wesson, MS. He is 5’11”, 200 lbs. and played at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Shon Coleman chatter
Five-star recruit Shon Coleman’s recruitment continues to generate buzz. According to “new Miami defensive tackle commitment Jeffrey Brown,” Coleman might be headed to Alabama. He said this about Shon Coleman: “I didn’t talk to him much. I think he’s going to Alabama.”

Saban vs. Meyer
Who is the best coach in college football? If you need some Urban Meyer and Nick Saban debate then check out this Orlando Sentinel blog post.

And if you are undecided, then you should read this excellent story by the Tuscaloosa News. It examines Nick Saban’s blueprint for rebuilding the Alabama Crimson Tide. (It deserves a bit more commentary, and I’ll reserve that until after recruiting.)

Failure vs. BCS
Our failed president has decided to go after the BCS. While unemployment is a problem, the debt grows unchecked, and the president’s attempt to botch healthcare has run its course, the president wants to persecute American colleges and universities from the BCS conferences. (You can read more about Obama’s attack on the BCS below in an AP story embedded in this post.)

“The administration shares your belief that the current lack of a college football national championship playoff with respect to the highest division of college football … raises important questions affecting millions of fans, colleges and universities, players and other interested parties,” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote in a letter quoted by the Associated Press.

Give Obama credit. He thinks he can distract Americans from worrying about jobs, the overall economy, a dangerous world filled with terrorists and the rise of Iran’s nuclear program by trying to “fix” college football.

No thanks. College football is far better without government interference.

Hey, that is one thing college football has in common with healthcare.