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Saban: Alabama must re-establish its identity

  • 3:27 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Tony Barnhart

Hoover, Ala. — When Nick Saban says that his 2013 Alabama team lost its identity along the way, here is what he means.

Alabama’s defense in the national championship seasons of 2011 and 2012 led the nation in yards per rush at 2.43.

The 2013 team, by contrast, gave up 3.32 yards per rush, thanks in no small part to the 296 yards allowed in the historic loss to Auburn.

That difference may not seem like a lot, but on such things are championships won — or lost.

And, after being ranked No. 1 every single day of the regular season, the 2013 Crimson [More]

Spurrier: The numbers tell the real story

  • 4:37 pm Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Tony Barnhart

Hoover, Ala. — The grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel is Ground Zero at SEC Media Days. While the TV folks get the most attention, this room is reserved for the hard-core newspaper and internet writing force that sets the tone for this event. Coaches who come here for the first time find it a bit unnerving. This is a hard-to-impress bunch. This much you can count on.

When Steve Spurrier addresses “The Media Boys,” as he loves to call them, this room is full. This was Spurrier’s 22nd Media Days as a head coach in the SEC (10 at [More]

SEC’s Slive: Big Five conferences could seek new ‘venue’

  • 6:03 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Tony Barnhart
Mike Slive, Southeastern Conference, SEC, SEC Media Days

Hoover, Ala. — The passage from SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was only about 40 words. But it sent a very powerful message to open the conference’s annual Football Media Days:

“If we do not achieve a positive outcome under the existing big tent of Division I, we will consider the establishment of a venue with similar conferences and institutions where we can enact the desired changes in the best interests of our student-athletes.”

Slive, a former judge who still calls himself “a recovering lawyer,” chose his words carefully but the meaning was clear: For years, the five largest conferences in college athletics [More]

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