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Barrett Jones is among a handful of Alabama players that have been to three of the past four BCS national championship games. It’s clear from Alabama’s portion of media interviews this morning that the Crimson Tide is comfortable being surrounded by tons of reporters and answering all types of questions.
Notre Dame arrives in South Florida as the underdog to Alabama in the 2013 BCS national championship
The airplane exit door opened, and a familiar sign appeared. “Play Like A Champion Today.” And with that, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly stepped out and sucked down his first breath of South Florida air. Calm, cool, relaxed and smiling, Kelly waved as fans cheered in the distance. He walked down a staircase into the hugs and handshakes of the Orange Bowl committee.
Derek Dooley has been fired as Tennessee’s head coach, the school announced in a statement Sunday. The Volunteers will immediately begin a new search to fill its head coaching vacancy. Dooley will not coach Tennessee Saturday in the season finale against Kentucky. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as interim head coach. Tennessee becomes the third SEC program to officially launch a coaching search. The others are Kentucky and Arkansas. Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart is scheduled to address reporters at 1 p.m.
Lost in last night’s chaos of Alabama being thrust back into the national title hunt was a priceless postgame press conference. This one came via the tongue of LSU coach Les Miles, always a must-see interview after a win over Ole Miss. Instead of addressing the locker room, Miles was addressing reporters. And for less than 2 minutes, Miles offered a passionate monologue probably best suited for the locker room. Instead, cameras were rolling.
Tonight marks the second time Alabama fans have celebrated as if the Crimson Tide had won another national championship. First came the fan celebrations after “New Life in Death Valley.” Tonight, it was new life in the BCS race. Above as a fan reaction video after BCS-No. 1 Kansas State and BCS-No. 2 Oregon, were upset Saturday night. It is widely assumed Alabama – currently No. 4 in the BCS – will jump as high as No. 2 in the BCS when the standings are released Sunday night.
Alabama returns to practice today to prepare for its first trip to Missouri in more than 30 years. The Crimson Tide is coming off an idle week after its 33-14 win over Ole Miss on Sept. 29 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. So after a week to prepare for future opponents, and to give more opportunities to some of Alabama’s less experienced players, Tide coach Nick Saban met with reporters to talk about the Tigers.
View full sizeFormer Alabama beat reporter Izzy Gould interviews Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson at 2011 SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama. TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Driving down a desolate highway on one of those thick overcast afternoons, a familiar
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — The plan to squeeze in a baseball game before the heavy rains worked out nicely. But Alabama was probably thinking it would have preferred a postponement Saturday after a 9-2 loss to Florida Atlantic. The Owls
Mitch Gaspard is seen in this file photo. (The Birmingham News / Mark Almond)TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard appeared optimistic as he scanned the statistics of a 5-2 loss to Florida Atlantic in the season opener Friday night.
View full sizeAlabama senior Amanda Locke. (Photo | Courtesy of the University of Alabama)TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – She might be best thought of for her muscles, her ability to crush a softball deep into the sky screaming over the fence.Power hitting
View full sizeOffensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. (The Birmingham News)TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland has declined an opportunity to interview for the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told al.com newspapers on Thursday.Stoutland
View full sizeAlabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) reacts at the end of Alabama’s 42-14 win over Auburn in an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was given 30:1
Alabama coach Nick Saban first two-time recipient of the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award
View full sizeAlabama coach Nick Saban, left, and retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden were the center of attention Sunday night at an awards dinner hosted by the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club and the Alabama Sports Foundation. (The Birmingham
Mark AlmondAlabama safety Mark Barron (4) returns an interception for a touchdown.TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Former Alabama safety Mark Barron will miss the NFL Scouting Combine while recovering from double hernia surgery, according to a sourced report.NFLDraftScout.com reported Friday that Barron’s