Saban Gets Results

Posted by | May 4, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

Saban gets help for tornado victims from Chick-fil-A Bowl

By Chip Towers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nick Saban didn’t finish anywhere near the top of the leaderboard in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge at the Oconee Course at Reynolds Plantation. But the Alabama football coach was fairly distracted. Saban briefly considered not making his annual appearance in this ACC versus SEC golf event on Lake Oconee due to the post-tornado relief efforts in Tuscaloosa. But the Chick-fil-A folks made it worth his while. The bowl presented the “Nick’s Kids Foundation” with a check for $70,000, all of which Saban said would go to tornado victims in Alabama. “We really appreciate all the support we’ve gotten from the Chick-fil-A Bowl and all the people who are doing what they can to help,” Saban said. “The devastation in Tuscaloosa is more than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. So we’ve all pitched in to help everywhere we can.” Saban got it twice by the tornado epidemic that swept across the U.S. last week. His home on Lake Burton in North Georgia sustained minor storm damage. [More]

Key quarterback questions still to be settled in the SEC West

By Ken Cross, Lindy’s Sports
Alabama coach Nick Saban says he is comfortable with however the quarterback battle between AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims. Neither has stepped forward, but Saban says he sees enough out of both to realize that he can use both in a game until one separates from the other. “Both quarterbacks were effective and played well in the spring,” said Saban. “Statistically, you can cut it up different ways. From a leadership and execution standpoint, both did a good job and should be able to make a contribution to our team.” McCarron has taken snaps from center while Sims is yet to go live in an actual game. Saban says he sees progress in both cases. “They need to develop knowledge, experience, and confidence as well as gain that from the people around them to believe we can execute with these guys,” noted Saban. “That will tell how far we can develop next year.” [More]

Reggie Bush Feels Pressure From Mark Ingram

By The Associated Press
Drew Brees says he has been in touch with Reggie Bush and hopes the running back will see that he can still play a key role with the Saints even though the club made a trade to acquire Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the first round of last week’s NFL draft. Brees said he saw a Twitter post in which Bush wrote, “It’s been fun New Orleans,” shortly after Ingram was drafted. Brees said he texted words of encouragement to Bush soon after. “I think that’s just frustration a little bit, just because they draft a guy at your position,” Brees said. “But I think the message that was sent to him was, ‘By no means look at that as … you’re getting shown the door, that we don’t want you,’ or anything like that.” Brees spoke Tuesday before one of a series of workouts he’s organized at Tulane with Saints teammates, who are prevented from using team facilities or having contact with coaches during the NFL lockout. Bush was not among the nearly 40 Saints who showed up. [More]

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