Before the final seconds on a hot September Saturday in Texas, the Crimson Tide will feel it. Doubt. At first it will be almost nothing. The ball will come out of McCarron’s hand a little too soon. He will be a quarter-step behind to present the handoff. Those speedy SEC defenders will miss a tackle. These will be shrugged off and a mental note made to correct the issue. Then, in a moment of clarity they will think “We could lose this game."
The thought will be expelled immediately by hubris but the damage will be done. The impregnable façade will reveal its flaws. Nick Saban knows this. Every coach does. This is the reason why the game is played. If it was purely formulaic then why bother? Your score is not necessarily seven hundredths of the total of your offensive yards.
We all know the stories. Goliath fell. Casey struck out. There will be triumph against all odds and the champion will go down. Broken pieces will be remade into something different and better. As the favorite must admit to the creeping malaise, so the underdog must realize the emergence of a new hope. At this moment three defensive line coaches are commencing to make a five star recruit into the man that he always might have been, precisely because it was not formulaic. Because a five star recruit can still be a work in progress, and because a walk on can be captain.
Hope finds faith among the hopeless and the haughty are made low. The opportunity for the triumph of the overlooked is exactly when the challenger believes that fate is earned and destiny is a decision. As for the Tide, they can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going to play solely as a team. THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM
The board has been abuzz in the wake of FItz Touissaint's July 24 DUI arrest. In judging Fitz actions, commenters have generally fallen into one of two camps: drunk-driving hard-liners who see no room for discussion and those who take a wait and see/legal gray area approach. I've seen reasonable arguments from both sides, but don't intend to tackle the moral/legal nuance of DUI or debate how/whether Hoke's response defines not only his own character but that of the program and university. My goal is merely to put this in perspective by referencing incidents of drinking and driving from this offseason and how a variety of coaches responded. If nothing else, it's clear that a one size fitz (had to) all solution doesn't exist. For those who are interested in more points of comparison, check out this review of notable DUI incidents from the past few years.
[Edit: Or Seth's take after the Rucker incident last year, which of course is more detailed despite being a mere comment/reply to the OP.]
|Player||Team/Position||Suspension||Y U No Use Links?|
|James Sims||Kansas/RB||3 games||Leading rusher suspended for first 3 games of 2012 by new coach Charlie Weis.|
|Stanford/LB||1 game||Reinstated after an indefinite suspension stemming from February incident.|
|Cayman Shutter||Hawaii/QB||4 games||Backup quarterback will miss significant time after pleading no contest to a March DUI charge.|
|Chase Vasser||Georgia/LB||2 games||Starting LB will miss opener against Buffalo and week 2 against Mizzou.|
|Tanner McEvoy||South Carolina/QB||None||Spurrier defends a decision not to suspend backup QB for "speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under the age of 21" charges. McEvoy transfers anyway.|
|Ohio State/DB||Kicked off team||Multiple offender. Skeptical of Meyer's decision to revoke scholarship.|
|Justin Staples||Illinois/LB||Some game time||"It could be a half, a game, or a number of games."|
|Josh Huff||Oregon/WR||Undetermined||Pleaded not guilty and trial will occur after 2012 junior season.|
From the Ed-S-itor: Some of you may have noticed the new ad on the top of the site:
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