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When asked how he keeps media coverage from distracting the team, Alabama HC Nick Saban said that "it really doesn't matter what you say."
Saban spouted off several gems following his team's resounding 38-10 win over Georgia on Saturday. Among them, "It really doesn't matter what you think. It really doesn't matter what you say. And I'm hoping that nobody on our team is playing [to placate] you." After losing to Ole Miss two weeks, many an article was written about the demise of the Crimson Tide. Make no mistake, Saban's aware of that, too. As he noted, "if it was up to you, we're 6 feet under already. We're dead and buried and gone. Gone." Alabama hosts Arkansas this coming Saturday. Oct 5 - 3:36 PM

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Alabama HC Nick Saban noted that Saturday's opponent, Georgia, "look[s] a lot like some of our teams of the past."

Of the Bulldogs, Saban said, "Very physical, don’t make a lot of mistakes, don’t beat themselves much. And they play with a lot of toughness, and they’re very aggressive on both sides of the ball." He went on to praise Georgia sophomore RB Nick Chubb, calling him "by far the best back we’ve played against all year long." While they'll certainly have their hands full with Chubb, Alabama does have the fourth-best rushing defense in the country. The Crimson Tide are allowing an average of just 56.75 rushing yards on the ground through four games.
Sep 28 - 8:09 PM

A Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook spokesman said Georgia will open as a 1-point favorite over Alabama on Sunday.

This line could very well get batted back over the threshold if the public decides to back the Tide, but if the Bulldogs remain favorites through Saturday's kickoff, it will be the first time Alabama hasn't been the favorite since the 2009 SEC title game against Florida (as a 5-point underdog, Alabama upset Florida 32-13). The Tides' current 72-game streak of being favored is the longest in college football history.
Source: ESPN
Sep 27 - 1:37 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that the defense "wasn't all that bad" in Saturday's 43-37 loss to Ole Miss.

There were two huge plays in the loss that Saban specifically cited, those being a tipped pass that wideout Quincy Adeboyejo took 66 yards to the house and a backbreaking 73-yard touchdown pass to Cody Core that came on a blown coverage in the fourth quarter. Said Saban, "All in all, other than those few plays, which we have to be eliminate, they have to be eliminated with fundamental execution and communication, it wasn't terrible." Alabama's getting a little feisty in their media responses of late, as earlier in the day, senior CB Cyrus Jones said that "[Ole Miss] didn't come in here and beat us. We messed up." The Crimson Tide should be able to unleash their frustration against Louisiana-Monroe this weekend. A big October 3 showdown at Georgia hovers on the horizon.
Sep 22 - 7:11 PM

When asked whether Alabama had found an identity on offense yet, HC Nick Saban responded "no."

Succinct, Coach, very succinct. Saban admitted that the Crimson Tide offense has been scattered to this point. This really comes down to the passing game, as it's difficult to pin Alabama's difficulties on Derrick Henry. After starting Jacob Coker at quarterback in each of the first two games, Alabama turned to Cooper Bateman in Saturday's loss to Ole Miss. Coker ultimately saw more field time than Bateman, though, completing 21-of-45 passes for 201 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Saban added that despite the picks, he thought Coker showed good energy after entering the contest. The passing game clearly remains a work in progress.
Sep 21 - 4:01 PM

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will return in 2016.

The fifth-annual college prospect event will take place Saturday, January 23, 2016. Once again, it will be played at California State University Dominguez Hills, with former NFL coaches Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz coaching. Last year, Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley (third round), Dallas Cowboys LB Damien Wilson (fourth round) and New York Jets OL Jarvis Harrison (fifth round) all played in the game.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 7:06 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that Saturday's opponent, Middle Tennessee, uses "a lot of multiples, a lot of adjustments."

"I think conceptually, they’re one of the most difficult offenses that we play to defend," said Saban, who went on to praise their coaching and creative use of offensive personnel. He compared the Blue Raider offense to that of Auburn and Ole Miss. Saban and co. will have to figure out how to handle redshirt freshman QB Brent Stockstill, who threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns as Middle Tennessee dropped a cool 70 points on Jackson State last week. We don't think Stockstill will be able to repeat that performance against a staunch Crimson Tide defense, but he could put up decent numbers even in a blowout.
Sep 11 - 8:29 PM

When asked about Alabama's kicking woes on his weekly radio show, HC Nick Saban became increasingly irritated by the "negative thoughts."

Kicker Adam Griffith missed a pair of field goals in Saturday's win over Wisconsin, while punter J.K. Scott averaged just 36.8 yards on his four punts. Saban slowly, but surely, melted down when confronted over the special teams issues, culminating in vaguely insinuated profanity. "Aight, because all of your negative thoughts and all your, I hate to say it, I'm not going to say it. You know what I want to say. It starts with a 'b' and the second word starts with an 's' about what you say about these guys really affects them in a negative way. It really affects them in a serious way." Saban went on to say that he loves both of his kickers and "rub[s] their neck[s] every day."
Sep 10 - 9:37 PM

In an interview with ESPN's Paul Finebaum, Alabama HC Nick Saban said he "feel[s] like [Alabama has] had good enough teams to win eight [titles]."

"I feel like I failed four times. Now is that being too difficult? I don't know," said Saban, who added that he "do[esn't] care" if fans feel frustrated by late-season letdowns in 2013 (to Auburn) and 2014 (to Ohio State). Why doesn't he care? Because Saban himself feels even more frustrated. In a lighter note, the vocal critic of social media also admitted that a Twitter future might await him. Said the coach, "I don't really want to, but I'm probably going to have to [join Twitter at some point]." Finebaum's complete interview of Saban airs on Outside the Lines Sunday night.
Sep 2 - 3:14 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban wants college prospects to receive their draft grades from the advisory board at a later date.

Saban believes his team's bowl game performance was influenced by these grades, as they played to not get hurt. Many grades were handed out on December 15, and the school faced Ohio State on January 1. If the grade distribution is delayed, the declaration date will also be delayed.
Jul 15 - 10:34 AM

NFL Media ranks Alabama HC Nick Saban as the No. 2 most attractive college head coach to the NFL.

The site also ranked him as the No. 2 head coach in the country, behind Urban Meyer. On this list, he finished runner-up to David Shaw. "The Bill Belichick disciple is no stranger to the NFL after stops with the Houston Oilers, Cleveland Browns and, of course, as head coach of the Miami Dolphins," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "As such, he's perfectly ready to go back to coaching in the pros, and might carry even more weight with pro players than he did in his first head-coaching stop. Saban has been able to refine his 'process' with the Crimson Tide, and if given the chance again in the NFL, he should be able to have much more success than he did in Miami." Saban boasts a 177-59-1 career record in college.
Jun 8 - 9:10 PM

NFL Media ranked Alabama HC Nick Saban as the No. 2 head coach in the country.

He ceded the top spot this year to Urban Meyer. "[Saban] has turned Tuscaloosa into an NFL factory and, judging by the incoming talent, will continue to field a top-tier team for years to come," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "In today's offensive era, the defensive-minded coach has his work cut out for him, but seems more than capable of continuing to compete for championships." Saban boasts a 177-59-1 career record in college.
Jun 2 - 11:10 PM

Alabama was announced Sunday as the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

The top-seeded Crimson Tide will meet No. 4 Ohio State in the All-State Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Florida State in the College Football Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 12. Alabama has been the clear No. 1 seed for some time now. While debate raged about the teams below them, the Tide knew a victory over Missouri on Saturday in the SEC Championship guaranteed the No. 1 seed. The Crimson Tide will be installed as comfortable favorites over Urban Meyer's Buckeyes and No. 3 QB Cardale Jones.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 01:09:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban was listed by USA Today as making $7.15 million this year.

No surprise here. Nick Saban makes a lot of money. USA Today reported that he made $7.15 million in 2014, topping the next highest paid (Michigan State's Mark Dantonio) by about $1.5 million. Rounding out the top five are Bob Stoops, Kevin Sumlin and Charlie Strong. Every coach in the SEC is within the Top-35 on the money list.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Alabama was ranked at No. 1 in Tuesday's playoff rankings.

It appears that the committee was very impressed with Alabama's win over Mississippi State, pushing them from No. 5 to No. 1 in the latest ranking. Alabama was followed by Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State, in that order. The Crimson Tide's leap to the top pushed TCU down to the five-hole. The biggest slider of the week was Arizona State, who had previously held the sixth slot. After their loss to Oregon State, they fell all the way to No. 13.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 07:33:00 PM