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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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Oh, Canada has football with Alabama and Auburn players. Plus: White helmets for Tide?

By Hunter Ford It’s that time of summer when football season seems tantalizingly close, but yet so far away.  After Independence Day weekend we still have to suffer the dog days of July and August before the fall air drifts in. The NFL will begin playing pre-season games sometime in late July.  I usually watch […]

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Lutzenkirchen’s passing is sad news

By Hunter Ford The death of former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen is certainly sad news.  Perhaps this is a time to take a few deep breaths and think about what is really important.  College football, and all of its trappings, including fansites on the Internet, is a diversion; entertainment that allows its fans to […]

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Spurrier zings Saban: asks ‘How many SECs has he won?’

By Hunter Ford Steve Spurrier once said you can’t spell citrus, as in Citrus Bowl, without UT, as in University of Tennessee.  Back then, the Ole Ball Coach was the coach of the mighty 1990’s era Florida Gators.   The Gators always seemed to knock the Volunteers out of contention for the SEC championship early in […]

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Auburn’s Marshall and Alabama’s Coker mentioned as Heisman hopefuls: Tide’s Henry and Howard tabbed as ‘break-out’ players for 2014

By Hunter Ford Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker both made the cut for USA Today’s top ten Heisman hopefuls. http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/sports/ncaaf/2014/06/25/top-10-heisman-contenders-for-2014/11354101/ Marshall is being projected to reach 3,500 yards of total offense, and the good folks at USA Today seem to think, with a year’s experience running the HUNH, Marshall will be […]

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Bling! Bling! Katherine Webb shows off “her” rings

Say what you want about this former Auburn co-ed.  The beautiful Katherine Webb was smart enough to flee the farm down there and not get engaged to an Auburn mushroom farmer.  Now she has a ring from AJ McCarron, and is trying on several more.  I’m sure Nick Marshall has some rings for his woman […]

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Around the Web: Mountaineers coach has a fan, NCAA players can receive EA checks with no penalty, Slive and Delany discuss future of college sports

West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen is guiding the Mountaineers in a backwards trajectory.  Holgorsen has led his team to 10-3, 7-6, and 4-8 records and is looking at a game against Alabama to start the 2014 campaign.  Holgorsen has at least one person, outside the West Virginia family, that hopes the flamboyant Air-Raid […]

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Sterling and Sam: Say the Right Thing

By Hunter Ford Two current sports-related news stories have been provoking strong emotions from the people following them. First, the Donald Sterling situation:  Initially, it seemed unfair for Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, to be so severely punished for a private conversation he had with his girlfriend. Based on […]

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Kentucky Derby Day: Why not an Alabama Derby?

By Hunter Ford I don’t always watch the Kentucky Derby, but when I do I thoroughly enjoy it. Today is Kentucky Derby Day, and I plan on taking it all in. I’m not any kind of horse expert. I don’t gamble on the race, or really understand, or care to understand, the betting lingo. I […]

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LSU’s Miles cries ‘bias!’

  By Hunter Ford I didn’t realize corndogs paired so well with whine and cheese. That is, until I read LSU’s head football coach Les Miles’ and athletic director Joe Alleva’s boo-hooing about the “bias” of the SEC football schedule. The SEC recently adopted rules to keep an eight-game conference schedule and to keep the […]

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UA basketball should steal UConn coach

By Hunter Ford Alabama basketball needs to take a play from the football program’s playbook and hire a proven head coach with a national championship under his belt. The Crimson Tide football program has excelled since it hired Nick Saban.  The basketball program needs to hire away the head basketball coach from the University of […]

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How about a ‘real’ spring game?

By Hunter Ford Some people see things as they are and ask… “why?”   Others dream of things that never were and ask… “why not?” In 2012, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney advocated the idea of college football teams playing exhibition games against other schools instead of having intra-squad scrimmages. Why not?  I have been wishing […]

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