Usually only a modest amount of fans camp out at the Hyatt Regency lobby for SEC Media Days, but it's a whole different story when the Crimson Tide rolls in.
The coach said he was proud to be attending his 16th SEC Media Days and his 11th at Alabama.
The College Football Playoff will remain a four-team tournament through the duration of 12-year contract, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. "The biggest thing is recruiting and development", said Smart, who worked for Saban from 2007 to '15. If Tagovailoa steps on the field and lights up an SEC defense while Hurts struggles there might be some mutterings in the coaching room. "Jalen (Hurts) has done a lot this offseason to become a better passer".
"You can learn so much from losing", Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman said. "I respect the job you guys do and thank you for really being an attribute on our student-athletes for promoting them".
I don't think there's any question that we all live and learn in this profession. Saban reemphasized that defense was "probably one of the best that we've ever had". But the loss isn't just about the last play.
That was then, though, last January, and this is now, just a few weeks before the start of preseason camp and less than two months from the Crimson Tide's season-opening game on September 2 in Atlanta against Florida State.
That, according to Patrick, meant a good bit of walking.
Usually when Alabama does so after a rare loss, it chews up and spits out everybody left on its schedule, as it did two seasons ago in 2015.
Arkansas got the Golden Boot and the headline in this paper the next day, "Jones to Birmingham to Atlanta", won numerous awards. A&M's always a very challenging team.
Gators coach Jim McElwain said, "They've just done an outstanding job. And why not every year?" .
"I think there's a lot of parity in our league".
The famously humorless coach has fashioned Alabama into an empire that has won its last 17 conference games, all but three by double-digit margins. "And that's certainly the kind of team that they have this year". But do you notice one particular SEC West rival missing from the list?
The author is Senior Bowl director and Alabama radio analyst Phil Savage, who was a defensive assistant under Saban in the early 1990s when Saban was defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. But is Saban and Alabama good for the SEC?
The last team other than Alabama to win the league was Auburn in 2013. "He's got a chance to be a game-changing player", Odom said.
"We weren't able to finish the game".
As for injury updates, Saban said that both running back Bo Scarbrough and linebacker Shaun Dion-Hamilton will be ready to go for the new season. Again. It is the favorite to win the national championship.
There is no bigger opener in college football this season than Alabama's test against Florida State inside Atlanta's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2. That matchup will likely be a top three meeting in the polls.
They serve as a reminder of their individual failures and how the team collectively came up short.
Fans have high expectations for Alabama but regardless of the outcome they will always roll with their team.
"I'm just here to support the family and the team", she said.
"I loved LSU. I loved Louisiana". He's so good that he has turned what once was the best conference in the country into a one-team league. Like his fellow coaches being asked this week about what they're going to do to close the perceived gap between the Crimson Tide and everybody else in the Southeastern Conference. After reiterating several times this spring that Hurts was the starter, Saban didn't waste any time giving his thoughts of media speculation on the topic. Ole Miss has beaten us a couple times in the last few years.
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