Overheard one thing in my hotel lobby this morning that stuck with me as I piled some food onto a plate. “What a great game that was.” Of course, the person saying that was wearing Alabama gear. Yes, it was a night Alabama fans will never forget. It’s still less than 24 hours since Alabama wrapped up its stunning comeback over LSU, so Nick Saban is OK with you continuing to celebrate.
NCAA president Mark Emmert has voiced support for a four-team playoff for college football and even Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has said he’s open to the idea of abandoning the BCS. This week, Arizona State president Michael Crow pitched an eight-team playoff to the Arizona Republic, saying, “In the Pac-12, we are not strong supporters of the present model.” Funny how one conference winning six straight national titles can force even the most stubborn rats to abandon the sinking BCS ship.
Speaking Monday at The Birmingham Tip-Off Club via video conference, Calipari said he mentions Alabama’s performance in timeouts to his team. He also called Nick Saban the day after the Crimson Tide won the national title. “I was blown away by their flawless play — blown away,” Calipari said. “And I said to him, ‘You may be the best at what we do in any sport. In that environment, all the talking, all the jabbering, all the tickets, all that’s going on, you got your team to focus like that and play flawless. And then with two minutes to go there’s a penalty and you throw off your headgear!’”
LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee, who remained on the sidelines for the entirety of the Tigers’ 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9, told Scott Rabalais in an interview with the Baton Rouge Advocate that he believes he could have helped LSU’s struggling offense in the game.
When Alabama dismantled LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Championship game, the reaction from fans was overwhelmingly positive, as one might expect. Reactions poured in quickly from fans, recruits, current and former players, and even national celebrities on Twitter.
A long line and crowded store didn’t stop hundreds of Crimson Tide fans from coming out to Academy Sports Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa to catch a glimpse of the Coaches’ Trophy. The 8-pound Waterford crystal football, displayed in the store’s interior, attracted a crowd that wrapped around the outside of the building when the exhibit opened a little before noon.
Five-star Landon Collins surprised some people by picking Alabama, but the Louisiana native said the Tide’s BCS title only helped solidify his decision.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was presented the Coaches, AP, MacArthur and Grantland Rice trophies Tuesday in New Orleans following to Tide’s 21-0 over LSU.
There was plenty of celebrating on the field of the Superdome following Alabama’s 21-0 victory in Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game, but the celebration continued for the Crimson Tide in the locker room after the trophy presentation. Check out this video of the Tide players and coaching singing the Alabama fight song in the locker room after the game.
“I think we dominated in all phases of the game from start to finish,” said Baltimore athlete Cyrus Jones, who committed to the Tide last week during the Under Armour All-American Game. “The game wasn’t going to be won on offense. The key was holding LSU in check and minimizing mistakes. It was just a tremendous win.”
MOBILE, Alabama – Last Friday morning, DeAndra Chapman leaned in close and whispered to her 3-year-old daughter, Starla, that Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron was wearing a bright yellow bracelet that she’d given him when he visited her hospital room on Christmas Eve. He was still wearing it Monday night when he helped lead the University of Alabama to victory in the BCS National Championship game. Starla was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in September, and has been treated at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital ever since.
The debate over whether Alabama deserved to play LSU in the BCS title game is over. Tide 21, Tigers 0. Alabama need not apologize for its latest championship, no sir. But for people inside college football who keep defending the current ridiculous postseason format, the tide just keeps on turning against the status quo. You’ve long heard defenders of the bowls claim that the current system is in place for the “best interest of the student athlete.” Which, of course, is light years beyond laughable.
Saban opened up his soul a little more than typical, revealing a deep facet of his personality. “I really do think that maybe the only thing that’s changed about me is winning the game is not enough,” he said. “It really is not enough. Doing it the right way (is most important).” Such is a perfectionist’s curse.
A day after the Tigers crossed midfield just once in their 21-0 BCS title-game loss to Alabama, hosts and callers dissected their game plan, their motivation, their execution and Miles’ decision not to switch quarterbacks. But even in the rational-thought-is-optional world of talk radio, they kept coming back to one conclusion: The main reason LSU lost was the play of Alabama. “Regardless of who plays quarterback,” WWL’s Deke Bellavia said Tuesday, “I don’t think it would have mattered.”
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – What do you think? That’s what Nick Saban wanted to know the morning after. After turning 60, after coaching football for 40 years, after winning his third national championship, he was asked, is there any part of him that says, if you need me, I’ll be at the lake? Or does his inner fire still burn as hot as ever? “What do you think?”