Saban pays tribute to Nico Johnson’s mom at funeral

Posted by | Jun 19, 2010 | -

Mamie Johnson was known as a sports enthusiast and a Crimson Tide fan. Yesterday, one of the biggest names in college sports – and especially Alabama sports – Nick Saban, paid tribute to her at her funeral. “Miss Mamie made me promise to make sure he [Nico] did the things he needed to do to be successful,” he recalled. “It’s not hard because of the job she did raising him.” Saban attended the packed service at Andalusia First Baptist Church along with coach Kirby Smart and several of Nico’s UA teammates. Former AHS coach Tom Causey also spoke at the service. [More]

Gators struggle when trying to tame the Wild West

Since the SEC split into divisions starting with the 1992 season, Florida has owned its Eastern opponents. The West, though, is another story for the Gators. Florida has an 81-9 record against its five Eastern rivals in intradivision games. The Gators are 36-18 against the SEC West in regular-season games — twice as many losses in 40 percent fewer games against the West than against the East. Coach Urban Meyer has lost 10 games in his five seasons in Gainesville. Seven have come to SEC West opponents. [More]

How close was Oklahoma to joining the SEC?

Joe Simpson and I were talking last night at the ol’ ballpark, and we’re of like minds on one salient notion: We both believe Oklahoma could well have landed in the SEC. Joe, as you doubtless know, is both an Oklahoma native and an OU alum. And he was saying the e-mails were already flying toward Norman — some of them written by him — asking the burning question: “Why should we follow Texas to the Pac-10?” And I’m guessing that enough other OU backers felt the same, and that the much-rumored Big 12 westward exodus might not have included the Sooner Schooner. You’ll be shocked to hear this, but OU folks don’t much care to think of themselves as the northern outcropping of Texas. They like to think they have an identity unto themselves, thanks very much. And they still could have kept the Texas-OU game in Dallas without being part of the Longhorns’ conference. [More]

Saban visits areas impacted by oil spill in the Gulf

Alabama football coach Nick Saban visited the Gulf Coast today, offering support to those working to clean the oil spill impacting the coastline. Saban visited the wildlife and fisheries lab in Grand Isle, La., this morning and later visited the Alabama coast, where he met with Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft and Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon. [More]

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