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Posted by | Jul 21, 2011 | -

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

Saban Made Big Impact On Muschamp

By Chase Goodbread, The Gadsden Times
For a guy who has never been a head coach at the college level, Will Muschamp is about as prepared as one could be for what is in store for him at the University of Florida. And while Muschamp defers to a number of coaches he’s come across in 16 years as an assistant coach, one he learned as much as any from is University of Alabama coach Nick Saban. “I had a great working relationship with Nick,” Muschamp said Wednesday at SEC media days. “He’s very smart, detail-oriented, very organized in what he wants to do, the vision he sees for the program.” Muschamp coached on four of Saban’s five LSU teams. That includes three seasons as defensive coordinator; essentially, Saban’s right-hand man, much the way Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is now. Throw in another year running the Miami Dolphins defense under Saban in 2005, and the two have plenty of familiarity. And in a profession where coaches pattern their habits after those of older, successful peers, familiarity gives way to similarity. [More]

Rivalries Are For Fans Not SEC Coaches

By Austin Ward, Knoxville News Sentinel
The presumptive conference favorite is coached by an old boss. The in-state rival is led by a guy who splits a beach home with him. A heated series within the division features another buddy on the opposite sideline who used to work alongside Will Muschamp. Improved relationships between coaches aren’t anything new in the SEC, which already had Alabama’s Nick Saban and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley on friendly terms that fly in the face of a long-standing feud between their two programs. But throw Florida’s first-year coach into the equation, and suddenly it’s hard to find much bad blood anywhere no matter how much historical hatred there might be. “I’ve got great respect for all those guys,” Muschamp said. “They’re all outstanding coaches, they do a great job with their programs, and I think when you spend as much times as we do as coaches with each other working from a coaching standpoint, a recruiting standpoint, you spend an awful lot of time with those guys. You get to know those guys and their families.” [More]

Chris Stewart to handle sideline reporting

By Tommy Hicks, Press-Register
Chris Stewart, the radio play-by-play announcer for Alabama’s men’s basketball broadcasts, is adding football radio and TV work to his list of duties. Stewart will be the sideline reporter for football games this season, a task previously handled by former player Barry Krauss. Also, Stewart will host the Nick Saban TV Show, a 30-minute show that features highlights and interviews. He has been a member of the Crimson Tide Sports Marketing team since 1999. “Obviously, I’m excited,” Stewart said. “I’ve been a part of the network for a while, but to have a chance to be on the game broadcast itself with Eli (Gold) and Phil (Savage) is a great opportunity for me. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Stewart will join former Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts in handling broadcasts for Alabama TV pay-per-view games. Stewart will also continue his work on the “Crimson Tide Today” daily radio reports and “Crimson Tide This Week” 30-minute TV show. [More]

Danny Sheridan’s 2011 Preview

By Randy Kennedy,
Nobody knows betting odds better than Danny Sheridan. So the Mobile native and oddsmaker for USA Today is probably right when he says it’s better than even money that his predictions for the 2011 college football season will cause some fans to question his sanity and others to encourage him to find another line of work. “If the season started today, Alabama would be at least a 6- or 7-point favorite in every game, no ifs, ands or buts,” Sheridan said. “Will the quarterback step up? It won’t matter. They won’t need better-than-average quarterback play. Gene Chizik should take a voluntary pay cut if Auburn doesn’t win at least nine games this season. Saban has said all this offseason that Alabama needs to learn how to finish games,” Sheridan said. “That’s not why they lost three games last year. They lost because they didn’t stay aggressive. The defense Saban installed for the first half against Auburn was the most sophisticated defense I have seen in college football. When Mark Barron was injured in the second half, that’s even more reason to blitz. They got conservative in those games and that’s why they lost. This year I think they can dominate for entire games on defense if they stay aggressive.” [More]

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