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Sugar not sweet for Alabama under Saban; championship games are the feast for ‘The Beast’

The Sugar Bowl has been a bitter pill for the Alabama Crimson Tide under Nick Saban. Twice Saban has led the Tide into Sugar Bowls as the favorite, and twice Alabama has been upended by the underdog team.  Last season’s lesson in humility should give this season’s version of the Tide a little extra incentive. Historically, […]

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Saban says he never wants to change jobs again

By Hunter Ford In an extremely brief Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban’s most newsworthy comments may have been about his own feelings about changing jobs. He was asked about former Alabama offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain, who is now the Colorado State head coach and is a rumored candidate for the Florida job. Saban said McElwain […]

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UAB Football’s funeral: Some Tide fans will weep, others will laugh, most won’t go

By Hunter Ford Rest in peace UAB football, your life was short and full of turmoil. Your passing comes as  no surprise to those close to the scene.  The Blazer football program was young, but suffered a lifelong illness. It appeared to be recovering this year, with increased attendance and a bowl-eligible 6-6 record on the field. The […]

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Saban: Reaching SEC Championship is a ‘significant accomplishment.’

By Hunter Ford Winning the SEC West and advancing to the SEC Championship Game is something to be proud of, Alabama football coach Nick Saban said at his Monday press conference. Alabama will face Eastern Division champion Missouri this Saturday in Atlanta. “Right now, this is a new season,” Saban said.  “We look forward to […]

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Iron Bowl: The waiting is the hardest part

  Time heals all wounds, but the waiting is the hardest part. It was a tough off-season to be an Alabama fan.  We’ve had our noses rubbed in replays of the Kick Six like a puppy that soiled the living room rug.  It was a long, long winter, spring and summer.  The new season couldn’t get […]

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Saban: Season winding up, not winding down

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban says the Alabama football season is not winding down, it’s winding up. At his Wednesday evening press conference, Saban was asked to evaluate his senior class as the season is “winding down.”  Before commenting on the seniors, he said the Tide still has a lot to look forward to “relative […]

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Saban: No time for slacking, opportunity knocks

By Hunter Ford Alabama coach Nick Saban’s message to his team this week is for it to focus on getting better in order to take advantage of opportunities that lie ahead. The Tide takes on Western Carolina Saturday for homecoming week, and will face Auburn the following week.  If Alabama wins those two games it will […]

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Saban: Don’t sack Dak, control the pocket and maintain pressure

By Hunter Ford Alabama coach Nick Saban said Alabama needs to “push the pocket” to control Mississippi State’s mobile quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott leads the number one ranked Bulldogs into Tuscaloosa to face the Tide Saturday in a crucial matchup which will have significant implications for the SEC championship and College Football Playoff. Saban said […]

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Another draining Alabama-LSU game

By Hunter Ford It was just another typical Alabama-LSU game; two old school football teams playing smash-mouth football to the bitter end. Well, a bitter end for LSU.  The Tigers were hoping that a win over the Tide would give them a case to be considered for the College Football Playoff.  Now, with three losses, […]

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Saban: Healthy Tide will face aggressive LSU defense

By Hunter Ford In a brief Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban said there has been a lot of “positive energy” in practice as the Crimson Tide prepares to take on LSU Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. On the injury front, Saban said all key players have been able to practice this week and all are […]

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Saban to players: ‘Be where your feet are’ and ‘Take care of business’

By Hunter Ford In his Monday press conference, Nick Saban said Alabama players need to focus on what will be a “tough,” “physical” game against LSU Saturday night. The Tide, after an off week, will be mostly healthy. Offensive lineman Cam Robinson is the only player expected to miss practice time this week, according to […]

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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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