"How much do we actually reinvest in quality of support staff to help develop players that may have a chance to go on and play at the next level, have great college careers, have a chance to win a championship,” Saban said. “Pretty significant budget around here, that if you look at it, it really is invested back in the players."I suppose that sounds pretty altruistic to me.
Don't kill me, but this sounds oddly familiar to how we benefitted last year. Saban is upset that Florida is a Sugar Bowl lock while the loser from the SEC Championship game will likely be surpassed and not selected for a BCS bowl when they won their division.
If it sounds familiar, that might be because Sparty (Oh, Kork) whined about it last year. Maybe there's a legitimate gripe, but the counter argument from Will Muschamp sounds pretty familiar from our side last year, as well.
We'd much rather trade up for a B1GCG and chance at roses, even with the possibility of losing, even if it means another team gets to go to a BCS game. Right?
Not entirely OT w/ Bama being a UM opponent...
It was so sweet to see his face drop after that penalty. He was telling the ref how unfair the whole thing was. Don't worry, Nick Satan... live to play another day!
I just hope that this does not pave the way for ND to make it to the NCG; please let it be KSU & Oregon! An SEC-less NCG would be payback for last year's SEC vs. SEC!
so Nick Saban coached for years at Michigan State with a 34-24 record. Then he went to LSU and became a god, going 48-16. with a national title.
He jumps to the Dolphins, where he goes 9-7 and then 6-10.......at which point, he jumps back to Alabama, where he goes 55-12 with 2 National Championships.
So Nicky poo is no great shakes, except when he is SEC. What gives?
Do you think he couldnt win with equal talent (even MSU has significantly higher standards than any SEC school, so no bringing in truckloads of JUCO stars), but the SEC' s low academic standards allow him to stockpile superior talent?
Lets face it the SEC lets the bullshit fly. Cam Newton and Fairley each spent about one semester attending classes at Auburn, but were "juniors" when they left after their championship season.
Eddie Lacy, Alabama's new starting running back, will miss spring practice while recovering from surgery on his turf toe. While it's only spring practice, any less practice for Lacy is fine with me. I'm obviously not wishing him harm, and he obviously still has the summer, but Lacy is another beast at running back, and less practice is almost never a good thing.
Also missing spring practice for Alabama:
|Player||Position||Reason for Missing Spring Practice|
|Arie Kouandjio||OL||Knee Surgery|
I really wonder what the suspended players did to warrant suspensions. With Saban, it had to actually be something pretty bad.
Anyways, the Crimson Tide graduated their top 4 leading receivers this year and having 3 WRs missing spring practice isn't a good thing.
RDT, I expect you'll have somthing to say about the significance of this, if there even is any.
At the end of an article defending the Alabama Medical Scholarships, there's the following line:
The report does not mention the fact that football scholarships are good for one year and then are renewable. It is a common misconception that scholarships are four-year deals between schools and student-athletes.
Is this true? As far as I can tell, per NCAA regulations it is, but there must be more to it. Can someone shed some light on this, otherwise I don't see the need to offer medical scholarships or make players transfer, you could just "cut" them. Obviously I'm missing something.