There have been reporters, many very respected, who have predicted Saban will leave Alabama every year. Some have even vowed they had very reliable sources. Many are the same reporters who predicted Saban would never leave Miami to go to Alabama in the first place. There is a significant number of reporters who hate Saban for a variety of reasons. Because he of the way he left Miami, his abrasiveness, his tight control of his program and those allowed to speak for it, his confrontational attitude toward reporters who are always looking for the negative story and his total concentration on the next game are among the things that have always rankled sports writers and broadcasters. There are also those in the media who cant stand that Saban revitalized a struggling Crimson Tide program. Many of them had boldly predicted that the problems at UA since the retirement and death of Paul Bryant were signs that the once proud program was crumbling and would not be a dangerous power in the foreseeable future, if ever again. Every year the 'Saban is leaving' stories pop up at the beginning of the season and again near Recruit Signing Day. They give Saban is unhappy, Saban is anxious, Saban is frustrated as always the same reasons. Hmmm! One day they will be right. If you keep predicting something long enough it will eventually happen. But I'm sure it will be on Saban's timetable.
Note that Barnett is wearing a no contact black jersey.
What the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) seems to not understand is the US Constitution does not say freedom from religion. It bans the government from creating a state religion and denies the government of the ability to "impede the free exercise" of religion. Something the FFRF wants to do. To them the free exercise of religion is within the church only. Basically the FFRF's intent is to ban even the mention of God in public, doesn’t matter if the mention is a private citizen or a government official. Granted, freedom of religion does give us the right of freedom from religion. But what FFRF construes those words to mean is freedom from ever hearing the name of God mentioned in public, freedom from hearing religious music in stores owned by Christians, not having to see religious Christmas displays in public places. Their celebrated “separation of church and state” does not grant them the right to remove religion from the public consciousness, as they seek. Yet they know if you remove God from the public arena then eventually you will have removed God from this country. Look at religion in Europe where that has already happened. The last couple of generations have been raised in a society where God is being pushed back inside the church walls. The FFRF is attempting to thwart church outreach in a community. They are attempting to remove all vestiges of religion from society so they can set up their own version of religion – secular humanism. They may call it free thinking but within their group it is right thinking and to them it is the only thinking that should be allowed in public. Unfortunately, they have some left-wing Federal judges who agree. The irony is FFRF likes to call themselves ‘free thinkers’ and seem to believe they are more intellectual than people of faith. If you get past their contrived public image of ‘thoughtful people’ you most often find a group of angry, even hateful people, who want to wipe religion off the face of the earth for a variety of personal reasons. Their politically correct thinking is Godless thinking. In their mind, if I don't have to deal with God in public then He doesn't exist and I can go on my merry way. Ron Reagan, the son of the late president is one of the celebrities of FFRF (if you can call him a celebrity). Several Hollywood types, some disgruntled former ministers, of course a group of college professors, some writers, a few scientists and a host of others who see themselves as superior to people of faith comprise the foundation. I don't hate atheists or agnostics, I do feel sorry for anyone who places all their trust in mankind because they will always be let down. However, there does seem to be a hatred toward Christians from many atheists. An oddity is that some Christian organizations have allied with FFRF in various court cases. That would be like the few Jews (and there were some) who were German Army officers during WWII. They allied with the very organization (Nazis) which was trying wipe their race off the face of the earth. FFRF blames religion (mainly Christianity) for all the ills of the world. What they don’t comprehend is just because someone calls themselves a Christian does not mean they are one. Hate, vengeance and discrimination are anathema to Christianity. But we see it in some who profess faith. The coming of Christ should have ended the bloodshed of the Old Testament. Yet, there are and have been people who preach hate in the name of God. I doubt they practiced any real Biblical principles. At the young age of most college athletes, chaplains serve a purpose of helping these young men and women understand that the world is bigger than themselves and that they are not alone in facing that world. Are athletes discriminated against if they do not participate in FCA or kneel in prayer? I’ve never heard of a case where a coach has done that. I doubt anyone else has. Other than the anti-chaplain letters there is another SEC football connection to the FFRF. According to their website, most of the FFRF staff are University of Wisconsin graduates. Gives me even more reason to yell “Roll Tide” when Bama plays the Badgers.
And people wonder why we are seeing players coming to college with a sense of entitlement and arrogance? Its all about money for Rivals and a sickness among fans that puts undue pressure on children. Go talk to high school coaches about the kids walking the hallways in their schools who should be playing football but who are already burned out on the sport. There is plenty of time for hype once the kids get to prep ball. Just let them enjoy playing and learning how to play in the sixth grade.
The story does not say Julio Jones was a Heisman finalist.
Paul's show takes on the image of circus freaks when Tammy, Phyllis, Jim and Charles rant. Oh wait, I should not insult circus freaks. These four are celebrities only in their own minds. Listeners know what they are going to say each time their call is taken. It is embarrassing to Alabama and the entire south that these backwoods rednecks are on a national call-in show. By the way, was that a banjo in the background while Tammy was ranting?
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Hilarious!! I used to like Florida State but no longer. I've lost all respect for the school. If they think Winston is innocent then why move the honor code hearing until after the season? Why not have it now, clear the air and move on? Seems to be some fear in the administration that their football prince is not so charming. Go Gators!
Danny Kanell is an FSU homer and an idiot!
When a team is losing consistently everything gets blown out of proportion. Fans seethe with anger and look to blame anything and everything on the coach. Every team in the SEC has gone through down times like Florida at one time or the other. The best thing a coach and team can do when a player suffers what looks like might be a serious injury is to stay away and let the trainers and doctors work. Taking a knee is not the issue for players on either side. You can say a prayer, be concerned while kneeling or standing. The players who have been in the game generally take a knee. Typically the team doctor or head trainer will get word to the head coach quickly as whether the injury is serious or that they are jus taking extra precautions. A team knows if their coaches care about them, not from whether the coach goes out on the field when a player is down but from how the coaches interact with and treat them every day. The day-to-day relationship between players and coaches is something fans do not get to witness. I don't now if Will Muschamp and his players have a good relationship or not. But for a fan irate about losing, who probably does not know Muschamp personally, to call him a "bad human being" such as Kyle Morgan did then the question is 'who is the person without class'? It is fair to criticize Muschamp's coaching but yet another thing to attack him or any other coach or player personally, especially when you base it on something you saw from afar and don't know the reality of what was taking place. Mr. Morgan does not know what information Coach Muschamp and the Florida sideline had about Latroy Pittman's condition . There has always been a great intensity about fan support of their favorite team in the Southeastern Conference. That is a good thing. The bad thing is the when emotions too often get out of kilter with reality become hatred. Believe it or not college football is still 'just a game' not real life. Our lives and self-worth do not, or should not, depend on whether our favorite college team wins or loses. College games are fun, especially when your team wins, but we are too much of an 'in your face' fandom (a reflection of today's society) these days. Just listen to the hatred displayed by fans on radio sports call-in shows, read the acidity of posts on blogs, hear the anger of a fan yelling obscenities at the coach from the stands, experience fans from opposing teams getting into a fight while exiting the stadium in front of you, hear unsportsmanlike cheers from the student section, see fans hurling objects at the opposing team (and sometimes their own if they lose). No one team's fandom has a corner on poor sportsmanship. Being civil with each other does not mean being weak. It takes a heck of a lot more strength to be a good sport than a bad one.
In his day Verne was as good a play-by-play guy as there was. Now, he has become almost a parody of himself. He only had a couple of gaffs last Saturday, calling the wrong player name, but unfortunately a relatively mistake free game is almost an anomaly now. Gary has to cover for Verne far too often. Verne and Gary are both nice guys, I've met both and like them personally. However, sometimes on air they are way too opinionated and Verne often doesn't even know what city he is in. All of the guys who do college broadcasts, no matter what game or what league, are way to critical. There is nothing wrong with pointing out a mistake or talking about better plays that might have been called. The problem is they too often belabor the point. The players they criticize endlessly are 17 to 22 or so years old, most still learning the game. The are not NFL players getting paid to play (or shouldn't be). Get over your feeling of self importance and just call the game. I don't care what you think. The play-by-play announcer is supposed to describe what happened. The color analyst is supposed to tell why it happened. Leave it to that and don't give me your biased or in some cases uniformed views.
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You are correct, it was not a fast-paced offense that Ole Miss ran against Alabama (much to the surprise of many). Hugh Freeze was quoted saying he was concerned that a fast offense could result in offensive mistakes. At times they were quicker than other times but mostly Alabama had time to get the defense set. The issue with Bama's defense was with the secondary (Saban's responsibility). Also, the Tide's defensive line could not get a consistent pass rush on the Rebels' Bo Wallace. On the offensive side of the ball the Ole Miss secondary did an awesome job of blanketing Tide receivers. Bama QB Blake Sims showed his inexperience some in having trouble reading his check downs. It was a game either team could have won but Ole Miss seemed to want it more.
Sorry, forgot Les Miles (LSU) and Charlie McClendon (LSU). Could also make a case for Paul Dietzel (LSU)
I agree, Spurrier's tenure at UF was a key component in helping bring the SEC out of the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust era of college football. I don't discount his importance as a coach in the history of the league but to tag him as the most important coach in SEC history is a bit too much. Most schools in the SEC have had at least one coach who has raised the bar in the league at some point, some more than others. The best of them (in my opinion) being Paul "Bear" Bryant (AL), General Bob Neyland (UT), Johnny Vaught (OM), Vince Dooley (UGA), Ralph "Shug" Jordan (AU), Nick Saban (AL), Phillip Fulmer (UT), Pat Dye (AU), Frank Thomas (AL), Wallace Wade (AL), Wally Butts (UGA), Urban Meyer (UF), Bobby Dodd (Ga. Tech) and yes, Steve Spurrier (UF).
Definitely, while also keeping himself in the conversation.
Sounds to me like vintage Spurrier. By taking a shot at Saban he is keeping himself and his program in the news. He knows this is a dead time for college football news and anything that can even remotely be considered controversial will make the sports talk and blog rounds. For all the improvement at USC he still has not won a Southeastern Conference Championship. So why not take a pot shot at the man on top and his program? Why not attempt to claim he has done more with less than Saban has with more? However, those three crystal footballs in the Alabama Football Complex window kind of makes Spurrier's comments ring a little hollow. Seems he didn't always win a SEC or National title with the blue chip recruits he had at Florida either.
Yes playing college football is a sacrifice. Your body takes a pounding. Oh wait, you are a quarterback, so you don't get pounded all that much, unless you are playing LSU or Auburn. You labor in anonymity. Oh wait. You are a quarterback, not a lineman, everyone gives you get all the attention and adoration. You get blamed by Bama fans for loses. Oh wait, few Tide fans blamed you for loses. You have remained an idol to the Tide Nation. Heck, people name their kids A.J. It was awful being forced to labor with no compensation. Oh wait, you got a first class free education. You were the coaches pet. Fans adore you. You now have endorsements available. Your name is known coast-to-coast. It's terrible being alone. Oh wait. You have a beautiful fiancée and a supportive family. But what is up with the reality TV wedding? How horrible it was to slide so far in the draft. Oh wait. You still got drafted. That is more than most college players can say. You have every opportunity to earn more money in a year than most people do in a lifetime playing a game. So now you were injured most of your time at Alabama. Sounds like a convenient excuse for some embarrassing losses at the end of last season. Quit whining A.J. and get on with your life. Stay off of Twitter A.J. and people will quit thinking less of you. Quit hanging around with Johnny Football, he seems to have been a bad influence on you. You did seem to become a little more cocky this past season. There are weaknesses in your game (not looking off primary receiver, lack of consistency on the long ball, etc.) you need to work on. A.J., I've enjoyed watching you over the years and until recently had great respect for you. You worked hard in your years at Alabama but you have also been rewarded for all the hard work and yes sacrifices you've made. The world is a harsh place and in the NFL you are protected like you were in college. Grow up and act like the man we all know you are capable of being. You have a chance in your life that few people get and most would want. Make the best of it and don't be like Johnny Football. People like to see him play but don't much like who he is publically.
As was stated in the story' some guys who are tremendous assistant coaches and coordinators just can't transfer that success to being a head coach. Typically that is because there is so much more to being an head coach than Xs and Os. I would tend to believe Nick Saban understands that and knows more about Kiffin's abilities than the average fan. Does anyone seriously think Saban would seriously endanger his program if he didn't think Kiffin could do the job? Afterall, it wasn't the offense that was the problem at USC. Then again, Lane may land all these great jobs because he has a smokin' wife, lol.
There was no doubt the SEC haters would be out in force after AU and UA lost BCS games and the SEC run of national championships was broken. So to them the SEC is going away now and that powerhouse, the ACC, will dominate. FSU is a very good team and deserved to win. Clemson can, at times, be a very good team. Notre Dame, next year's quasi ACC member, can at times be a good team. However, don't look for the ACC to go on a seven year run of national titles.
Auburn wasn't 'The Team of Destiny' after all but they proved they deserved to be in Pasadena. They also proved that FSU is not the greatest team of all time as some pundits slavishly have tabbed them. That was fear and confusion everyone saw in Winston's eyes in the first half. The main reason FSU joined the ACC was they knew it would be an easier road to travel each season than the SEC. (The additions to the ACC next year, including Notre Dame, will make things a bit more interesting). The ACC is improving but it is nowhere near the tough, every Saturday test of the SEC. And remember, this was supposed to be a down year for the Southeastern Conference where the teams at the top were rebuilding from so many early player defections to the NFL.
Agreed James. It is amazing how quickly some fans (especially those from competing teams) are willing to throw away the life of a kid because they make a mistake. So many of the athletes in college football and other sports come from backgrounds most of us can't imagine. Often they live in an environment where only the strong survive. Single parent families, being raised by relatives, living in gang infested neighborhoods where you hear gunshots virtually every night and plenty of bullying are apart of many of the players daily lives. Sports is often the only escape some of these kids see. I don't think Nick Saban or a judge would grant Pettway the ability to come back and finish school, get a degree and play college football if they did not see mitigating factors that tell them this kid learned from his mistake. The police report from the incident says Pettway was not directly involved in the robbery but was waiting in the backseat of a car. There was even some question if he even knew what was going down. I'm far from some liberal softy on crime but I am a father and I have worked with kids. Our goal as a society should be to work to help them succeed in life, not throw them away and forget them because they made one mistake. Take off your school colors for a moment and think not as a fan but as a parent. Forgiveness is not a weakness, it is a strength. The same type second chance has been granted to plenty of other non-athlete kids and many have made the most of it and turned their lives around. Maybe you haven't been involved in a crime but I am sure you have had to be forgiven many times in your life as all of us have. After-all each of us has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.