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Saban on injuries, suspension, CFP poll

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban covered a lot of ground in a Tuesday press conference, updating injuries, announcing a suspension and proclaiming he doesn’t know and doesn’t care about the upcoming College Football Playoff poll. Running back T.J. Yeldon and tight end Brian Vogler are “beat up” and will be limited in practice this week.  Offensive tackle Cam Robinson […]

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No bias, SEC is champion of the world

Could an Evil Sports Promotional Network (ESPN) be manipulating coverage of the SEC to sway the College Football Playoff Committee into selecting as many SEC teams as possible? At least one writer for a well-known pop culture magazine website thinks so. The writer makes a point that ESPN owns broadcasting rights to the CFP, has recently launched […]

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Does Alabama need conference championship to win bigger prize?

Does Alabama really need the SEC championship to make the playoffs and win the national championship? Maybe not. Would it matter to Tide fans if Alabama took a bye on the trip to Atlanta, but was still able to participate in the College Football Playoff? When Ole Miss lost to LSU, it gave Alabama new hope […]

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Saban: Focus is on playing “our game”

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban, at his Wednesday morning SEC teleconference, said his Alabama Crimson Tide will focus on playing “our game” despite a potentially distracting crowd at Neyland Stadium. Alabama plays Tennessee Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. CT, in Knoxville. Monday morning, Saban was asked about Lane Kiffin’s return to Tennessee. Kiffin, now Alabama’s […]

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Saban: Turn the page on rout of Aggies

By Hunter Ford It’s time for Alabama “to turn the page” on its rout of Texas A&M and focus on the battle with Tennessee, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday. That was Nick Saban’s message in a brief Monday press conference. Saban said he was proud of his team for playing with “intensity” and “emotion” while […]

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Saban: Aggie offense can’t go fast if Tide controls the ball

By Hunter Ford The focus for Alabama this week has been improving on execution and fundamentals, head coach Nick Saban said during his Wednesday afternoon press conference. Alabama plays at home Saturday against SEC West foe Texas A&M, 4-2, 2-2, which has lost its last two games after starting 4-0. “We’re trying to focus on our players…playing […]

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‘Pissed off’ Saban: Don’t undervalue ‘Will not be denied’ attitude

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban gets “pissed off” when he talks to people about the Arkansas game and they are disappointed Alabama only won by a single point. “You want to talk about something that’s frustrating? That’s frustrating,” Saban said at his Monday press conference. Saban began his meeting with the media saying he was […]

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Around the Web: Tarkenton vs. McCarron, Razorbacks vs. Tide

Alabama is looking to regain some confidence after its loss to Ole Miss last week, and Arkansas is looking for its first SEC win of the Bret Bielema era after coming tantalizingly close in an overtime loss to Texas A&M. Former University of Miami, University of North Carolina, and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis, a […]

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Saban: Practice, play like Hulk, not guy selling newspapers

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban wants his players to prepare each week as if they were going to play, whether they are first string or fourth string. At his Wednesday afternoon press conference, Saban said every Tide player should be striving to be the best they can be whether they are high or low on […]

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Saban: ‘Who’s making this team better?’

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban covered a lot of ground in his Monday press conference as Alabama recovers from a loss to Ole Miss and looks forward to an improved Arkansas team. Saban’s bottom line was “how do you respond?” He said it would be important for Alabama to “finish plays,” “finish drives,” and “finish […]

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Saban: Sims throwing with ‘no issues,’ Ole Miss can move ball on ground via short pass

By Hunter Ford In a brief Wednesday afternoon press conference, Nick Saban said Blake Sims is practicing as if he was never injured, and the Tide has had a good week of practice. Earlier in the day, in his weekly teleconference, Saban said Sims began throwing the ball toward the end of last week. “Blake has […]

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A few good reads to prepare for Ole Miss-Alabama

Waiting for the Wednesday afternoon Saban press conference and surfing the Web.  Here are some of the best reads so far this week. Rebels jive talkin’ Last year, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said he was confident the Rebels would move the ball and score points on Alabama. The result was a 25-0 loss in […]

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Rolling Stone: Alabama goes electric

It is not quite “the thrill that will getcha when you get your picture” on the cover, but the Alabama Crimson Tide has made the online edition of Rolling Stone. It’s an excellent article, written by Michael Weinreb. He calls Alabama the “most iconic and revered and successful program in the south, if not all […]

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Tide fans must wear game faces for Florida

There’s no need to hide the women and children when Alabama battles Florida tomorrow. However, Tide fans of all ages, genders, makes and models, need to bring their A-game for the tilt with the Gators. I took my youngest son, age nine, to the Southern Miss game last weekend. It was his first game at […]

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Saban says Florida is ‘way better, way better’ than last season

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban says the 2014 Florida Gators are an outstanding team. In 2013, Florida struggled to one of its worst records in recent history, going 4-8. Saban, at his Wednesday afternoon press conference, said that was partly due to numerous injuries at key positions. The Gators are full strength for their showdown […]

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Florida Gators loom large for Alabama

By Hunter Ford Alabama players understand the importance of this week’s game against Florida. It’s the conference opener for Crimson Tide. “If they don’t, they don’t understand Alabama football and playing in the SEC,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. Saban said he believed his team improved a little bit in a 52-12 drubbing of Southern […]

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Most interesting things have happened in Alabama-Southern Miss series

Alabama’s game Saturday against Southern Miss is the most important game of the season.  Well, it’s the most important game so far; because it is the next one. Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings would say, “If you don’t think games like these are important…try losing one.” And Stallings knows.  He lost his debut in 1990 […]

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Saban wants players in ‘beast mode’

By Hunter Ford In his Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban said some Tide players are practicing in “beast mode” while others…not so much. “Focus stamina” is the key phrase for the week, Saban said. “You have to do it every day.” He said the Tide is still looking to establish “identity” as it heads into […]

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Saban: Focus is on the tree not the shadow

By Hunter Ford In his Monday meeting with the media, Nick Saban said it was not necessary to categorize his quarterbacks as starters or non-starters. “I know you (the media) would love to create a quarterback controversy,” Saban said.  “But one thing I noticed, that I hope you noticed, was when Jake Coker threw a […]

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Saban: Develop routine to sustain through season

By Hunter Ford In his afternoon press conference, Nick Saban said the focus this week has been to “develop routine” as the Tide prepares for the home opener against Florida Atlantic. “The focus on our team is really on improvements,” Saban said.  “You have to practice well… have the mental energy to develop the habits […]

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Saban won’t map out QB plan with media

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban says he will play both Jake Coker and Blake Sims at quarterback this week against Florida Atlantic, but he doesn’t feel obligated to map out his strategy with the media. When he met the press Monday, Saban said he was still formulating a plan to play both quarterbacks. “But when […]

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Alabama Football: Saban refuses to name Sims or Coker as starter

Nick Saban refused to name Alabama’s starting QB for the West Virginia game when asked about it during the weekly SEC teleconference.

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To be, or not UAB. Could ‘autonomy’ kill the Blazers?

Many Alabama fans reluctantly accept the existence of UAB football and simply ignore it.  Others are often quite vocal about their desire to see UAB’s program die and go to football hell. For those in the latter camp, autonomy for the Power 5 football schools could give them their wish.  Recently, the University of Hawaii’s […]

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Saban’s Greatest Hits (And some that will be)

        How much longer will Nick Saban coach at Alabama, and how much more can he accomplish?  Including his time at LSU, Saban owns four SEC titles and four national championships.  If, or when, Saban decides to do something else full time besides coaching, it is likely that he will end up […]

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Finebaum book lacks depth

Paul Finebaum’s much anticipated book is out, and he is promoting the book signing tour as if it were a Led Zeppelin reunion.  I don’t know if I-Man’s accounts of “lines being out the door” for book signing events can be taken at face value. My experience with the book is this:  I went to Wal-Mart […]

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Around the Web: Expensive playoff tickets, Lutz’s BAC released, more

      COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TICKETS Could you afford to attend the SEC Championship, a College Football Playoff semifinal game, and a CFP national championship game?  Alabama fans are known for travelling well, but if the Tide plays in all three of these contests it would cost a small fortune just for tickets.  Factor in gas […]

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Do Alabama fans benefit from neutral site games?

By Hunter Ford Are in-season neutral site games beneficial for college football fans?  Or does it deprive season ticket holders of marquee matchups at their home stadium?  Here’s a link to an article criticizing LSU for scheduling a bunch of cupcakes for the upcoming season at newly renovated Tiger Stadium. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/07/27/lsu-rethink-home-football-schedule/13249907/ Tiger Stadium now seats […]

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Jameis Winston meets ACC press, June Jones proposes spring season, more.

By Hunter Ford It was only April when Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cited for walking out of a grocery store without paying for crab legs and crawfish.  But that didn’t stop him from attending the ACC Media Days event. Besides saying he had learned from his mistakes, he reminded everyone that the ACC, […]

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Auburn QB Nick Marshall cited for marijuana possession

By Hunter Ford Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall led the Tigers to an SEC championship and a BCS title game appearance in 2013 and was set to be a featured player at SEC Media Days next week.  So, to prepare for his big moment, he went cruising around in Georgia smoking some weed. Reports state he had […]

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Would Alabama fans care if Tide players were paid? (legally)

  By Hunter Ford I have wondered, while following news coverage of the O’Bannon lawsuit, if Alabama fans would care one way or another if Crimson Tide athletes got paid. My personal answer is no.  No, I would not care if the best athletes in Tuscaloosa were able to earn money for their efforts.  I would […]

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