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Nick Saban is a torn man. On the one hand is the University of Alabama, his employer. On the other is Notre Dame, his team by way of faith. The sixth-year head coach of the Crimson Tide grew up as a Catholic in West Virginia.
Alabama starting center Barrett Jones will be held out of practice for the next week while he nurses a sprained foot, according to coach Nick Saban. Doctors will reevaluate Jones when he returns from Christmas break on Dec. 27. Jones rode a stationary bicycle with a cast on his left foot during Tuesday’s practice and is “day to day,” according to Saban. Ryan Kelly took snaps with the first-team offense in Jones’ absence.
Alabama athletic director Mal Moore can look back on his conversations with Nick Saban and feel good about keeping the three-time national championship-winning coach with the Crimson Tide even as rumored NFL opportunities arise. Moore knows how Saban views the pro game and doesn’t believe it’s a place he’ll return without a drastic change of heart. “He’s expressed to me on several occasions … that he’s happy here,” Moore said. “He feels very comfortable, and I believe him.”
Eddie Lacy put his arms on both sides of the podium and did his best to answer the questions: What happened? How does it feel? Where do you go from here? “There’s only one emotion,” he said. “Everybody is down. It is what it is.” The starting running back for the University of Alabama looked at the lectern where notes would usually be, grasping for the right thing to say in such an unfamiliar position. The No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide had just lost at home to No. 15 Texas A&M. It was an unimpressive loss for the team and for Lacy, who never quite got going running the football. His 92 yards and a touchdown wasn’t enough when Alabama faced first-and-goal from the 6-yard line, down 4 points with less than 2 minutes remaining.
If Alabama makes it to the national title game, it will be the final drive on Saturday night that people remember. Everything one needs to know about the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide’s championship makeup was on display when AJ McCarron and the Alabama offense took the field after an LSU missed field goal. Down three points with less than two minutes remaining, McCarron marched to the end zone in Baton Rouge, La., for the game-winning score and continued its march through the SEC. Alabama’s national championship hopes hinged on the drive, and the Crimson Tide delivered.
Don’t turn away from the television set on Saturday night. The violence you’ll see when No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 LSU meet in Baton Rouge, La., is sanctioned. In the SEC, frankly, it’s encouraged. The Tigers and Crimson Tide have their fair share of skill players, but the real battle will be in the trenches. Inside the fog of clashing limbs and colliding muscle is where the game will be won, as it always has been with these two teams.
Alabama Crimson Tide backup running back Jalston Fowler will likely miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee during Saturday’s home opener against Western Kentucky, according to coach Nick Saban.
University of Alabama athletic director Mal Moore was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday night for an irregular heartbeat.
Carson Tinker was the face of the University of Alabama football program after a tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 27, 2011. The storm tore apart the state and took with it Tinker’s longtime girlfriend, Ashley Harrison. The long-snapper who went quietly about his job for two seasons was suddenly the subject of cover stories detailing the trauma, outlining the horrific effects of a tornado that claimed more than 200 lives.
Travell Dixon has decided to leave the University of Alabama for family reasons. The juco transfer from East Arizona Community College confirmed to TideNation his intent to transfer.
Alabama wide receiver Duron Carter has left the program, a source confirmed to ESPN.com’s Joe Schad.
Jimmy Johns spent time in jail for drug-related offenses but is not living in past
Reuben Foster, who has been committed to Alabama for the past year, announced Thursday that he had switched his commitment to rival Auburn.
The Tide’s Adrian Hubbard is primed for a breakout season
Crimson Tide hoops program improves RPI by locking in better teams