Tide Tidbits – February 16, 2010

Posted by | Feb 16, 2010 | -

Finebaum: Gene Chizik copies Nick Saban’s template
With the way Auburn’s new football coach is behaving, would anyone really be surprised if he shows up in April at the unveiling of the Nick Saban statue outside Bryant-Denny Stadium and demands one of his own? Who does this guy think he is? What’s he accomplished? He arrived at Auburn with a 5-19 record. Chizik’s Auburn team lost five of its last six SEC games in 2009. In three of those games, the Tigers blew 14-point leads. The regular season record was 7-5 (3-5 in the SEC). So Auburn leads Alabama for 58 minutes and 36 seconds in the Iron Bowl? Is that worthy of an SI commemorative issue or a special collectors’ DVD? Well, don’t tell Auburn fans, but they are celebrating these days like they have just run the table over the last two regular seasons. They are acting like they are on a 26-2 run which includes a national championship, to say nothing of a Heisman in the house. This, as opposed to the way it’s really been — a record of 13-12 over the past two years, paying off one coach nearly $6 million to go away before starting all over again. [More]

Bama does its homework to discover Texas DE
Not too many big-time programs know about John Lewis (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak). Just those that really do their recruiting homework.Count Nick Saban and Co. among the group that’s done its homework. Alabama offered Lewis last week, becoming only the fifth school to do so. Lewis is somewhat under the radar after having played just one season at Klein Oak after transferring from Clovis West in California. But he turned some heads in that one season. He had 74 tackles — second on the team to fellow defensive end, Nathan Huges, an Under Armour All-American who had 77. “The two defensive ends making the most tackles on the team is unusual, but we’re talking about some big-time players here,” Klein Oak coach David Smith told Monday afternoon. [More]

Early 2010 SEC rankings
The SEC will field several competitive teams in 2010. There should also be a couple that will fare better than expected. And, two programs that have been on top lately will probably remain that way. Anyway, for entertainment purposes only, I’ve decided to get a jump on the national pundits and post a pre-season ranking of the SEC from top to bottom, with a few comments thrown in for good measure: #1 – Alabama The Crimson Tide just went 14-0 and won the national title with a senior class that Rivals had ranked 18th. Rivals also ranked the junior class 11th. Alabama actually won because Nick Saban is a master of player development, and he’ll have even better players to work with this year. This is a well-stocked, very talented, dangerously dominant team that nobody really wants to play – anywhere, anytime. [More]

‘Maximum Block,’ Daniel Moore’s latest Alabama football painting, unveiled
“Maximum Block,” the Daniel Moore painting that commemorates the game-saving play in the closest game of Alabama’s undefeated 2009 national championship season, was unveiled tonight during a reception at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The painting shows Alabama senior All-American nose guard Terrence Cody blocking a last-second field-goal attempt that preserved a 12-10 victory over Tennessee. It was Cody’s second blocked field goal of the fourth quarter. Now Moore is moving on to a painting commemorating Alabama’s national championship. [More]

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