Saban Makes A Difference

Posted by | Jan 31, 2012 | -

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

Saban Changed Everything

By Phil Paramore, Dothan Eagle
What a difference a decade makes. Some 10 years ago, Alabama’s Mal Moore was still wandering around in the coaching-search wilderness, trying to find a tourniquet for a program that was bleeding in just about every direction thanks to a couple of impending Moore decisions and some good fortune for cross-state rival Auburn. Moore’s got the most coveted coach in America, and I dare you to name a program that touches of the stability of the Crimson Tide. The stadium was expanded and refurbished. Recruiting is at an all-time high since they’ve been ranking incoming classes. And those efforts have been reflected on the field. Mark Ingram and Julio Jones are now multi-millionaires, and Trent Richardson, Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw will soon join them in the upper tax bracket. Toss in a couple more highly regarded classes and a pair of national championships to boot, it’s easy to see why Nick Saban is the second-most popular coach in Tide history and he’s given no indication he’s going anywhere soon. That’s not good for the teams on Alabama’s schedule. [More]

Top JUCO Cornerback Could Replace Kirkpatrick

By Michael Casagrande, The Ledger-Enquirer
Respect is the cornerback’s ultimate motivator. Earn too much, though, and the action goes elsewhere. That’s what Travell Dixon learned this fall as the nation’s top junior college cornerback at Eastern Arizona College. The same dominance that landed him a spot in Alabama’s top-ranked signing class discouraged opponents from throwing his way. “A lot of times he’s bored because we put him on the best and he locks him up and takes him away,” said John O’Mera, Dixon’s coach at Eastern Arizona. “It’s tough to evaluate him because somebody would try him every once in a while and he’d pick it. It was probably a boring year for him because not many people attempted to try him.” At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and with a 4.4-second time in the 40-yard dash, it’s hard to blame them. That size makes him a logical candidate to replace the 6-3, 190-pound Dre Kirkpatrick who left school a year early for the NFL draft. [More]

Oversigning Rule Could Send Recruits

ACC football teams could benefit on National Signing Day next week and in the future because of a recruiting rule adopted by the SEC. Last summer, SEC presidents and chancellors unanimously passed legislation prohibiting their programs from signing more than 25 players per recruiting cycle in an attempt to curb oversigning. ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill said several SEC coaches predict as many as 30 players per year that would have signed with SEC schools will now sign elsewhere. And where will those 30 decorated prep stars sign? Luginbill believes most will turn to the SEC’s neighbor, the ACC, which has no oversigning rule. “This new SEC oversigning rule could create a real shift in power when you consider the caliber of player that may normally sign in the SEC,” Luginbill said. “If they no longer have room to be signed, that player is going to go somewhere. Where do you think he’s going to go? If he’s in the South, he’s going to go to the ACC.” [More]

Alabama Plans TV Coverage Of National Signing Day

From The Capstone Report
The University of Alabama will use Tide TV to present coverage of Alabama’s 2012 National Signing Day. Anchoring the live coverage will be Chris Stewart and Christopher England. Unfortunately, there is no mention of Fax Girl in this year’s coverage package. There will be a stream of the updating commitment board, and that means there might still be a slim element of hope. That stream goes live at 7 a.m. and is separate from the 9 a.m.-11 a.m. show. Here is the official release via UA Media Relations: The University of Alabama will produce a two-hour National Signing Day Show on TideTV that can be viewed from 9-11 a.m. on and beginning at 11 a.m. on WVUA. Alabama head coach Nick Saban will then wrap up the day’s proceedings with a press conference at 4 p.m. in the Naylor Stone Media Room. ESPN will also be on site in Tuscaloosa and reporting throughout the day with live signing day coverage. [More]

Tide Gets An Early Start Recruiting For 2013

By Matt Scalici,
Alabama’s first Junior Day event of the 2013 recruiting cycle yielded some immediate success for the Crimson Tide, with three players committing on-site to Nick Saban. With seven commitments already for the Class of 2013, Alabama is off to an early start for next year’s signing class and is already ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2013 team recruiting rankings by 247Sports. Alabama’s 2013 recruiting campaign went beyond the three players that committed to the Tide last weekend, with Alabama extending a number of scholarship offers to out-of-state players in attendance at its Junior Day event in Tuscaloosa. Among the largest groups of out-of-state prospects in town for Alabama’s Junior Day was a contingent from Louisiana. New Orleans wide receiver Raheem Falkins committed to Alabama over the weekend but among the other New Orleans-area stars in Tuscaloosa were offensive linemen Kenneth Santa Marina and Baton Rouge defensive end Tim Williams, both of whom received scholarship offers from Saban according to BamaOnline’s Charles Power. [More]

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