Saban: Alabama must re-establish its identity

3:27 pm Jul. 17, 2014

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

Spurrier: The numbers tell the real story

4:37 pm Jul. 15, 2014

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

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

6:03 pm Jul. 14, 2014

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

Coming soon …

12:56 pm Jul. 12, 2014

Check back soon for the return of Mr. College Football to the AJC.