Last Friday morning, DeAndra Chapman leaned in close and whispered to her 3-year-old daughter, Starla, that Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron was wearing a bright yellow bracelet that she’d given him when he visited her hospital room on Christmas Eve. He was still wearing it Monday night when he helped lead the University of Alabama to victory in the BCS National Championship game.
To see a national championship ooze through their fingers, LSU coach Les Miles said "was painful as anything we've been through." This was a season that LSU fans expected to see ending with an exclamation point, a BCS championship win to culminate a perfect season. Instead, in light of the 21-0 loss to Alabama, it ended with a question mark. And tough questions.
The Newseum in Washington, D.C., collects newspaper front pages from around the world each day. Here is a sampling of some of the pages from Alabama and Louisiana newspapers relating to the BCS national championship game Monday, where the University of Alabama defeated Louisiana State University 20-0.
At his postgame press conference, there was no place for LSU Coach Les Miles to hide. There was little he could say to mitigate the monstrous nightmare that unfolded at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as Alabama embarrassed the previously unbeaten Tigers 21-0 in the BCS championship game Monday night.
As for if he approached the coaches about lack of playing time following the Nov. 5 Alabama game, Lee said: "Nope, sure haven't. I haven't talked to any coaches or anything. "I don't know it at all. I'm not really sure what happened, but I just tried to stay prepared for whenever my opportunity came. Obviously, it didn't. I don't know what the deal is, but this was a special team.''
"There are five guys who are top 16 projected right now," McShay said. "You look at it last year and just five guys were drafted overall from Auburn and Oregon. There’s a huge difference from a year ago." Several of the players now are faced with a decision to return for their senior years or declare early for the draft, including LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who were the best prospects on either team, according to McShay.
College football’s postseason is poised to undergo significant change. B.C.S. officials will meet Tuesday for the first of several discussions on altering the sport’s postseason. Interviews with conference commissioners, athletic directors and television industry officials revealed that change to the current structure of college football’s postseason was imminent. "I think there will be some change," Bill Hancock, the executive director of the Bowl Championship Series, said. "Now will it be seismic? No one knows."
After Louisiana State lost to Alabama on Monday in the Bowl Championship Series title game, Tigers Coach Les Miles and two players climbed a podium for their news conference. It started like most news conferences do, in that key figures were there to answer questions and reporters were there to ask them. After Miles made an opening statement, the moderator opened the floor to questions. The first came from Bobby Hebert, a local broadcaster and former Saints quarterback, whose son, T-Bob Hebert, plays center and guard for L.S.U.
ESPN earned a 13.8 overnight Nielsen rating for last night's BCS National Championship game, which saw Alabama defeat LSU 21-0. That figure is down 14.3% from a 16.1 overnight for last year's Auburn-Oregon matchup, ESPN's highest-rated telecast ever. Last year's game came down to Auburn kicking a field goal on the last play to win. When fast-national data comes in later today, the Alabama-LSU game will likely rank as the net's and cable TV's fourth largest audience ever, behind only Auburn-Oregon and two "MNF" games.
Alabama exposed more than Jefferson, though. It exposed LSU. Suddenly, it seemed that there was more to LSU's gasconade, its cockiness, than its own estimable abilities. Deep down, perhaps, LSU didn't want a rematch with Alabama at all. Perhaps at some level, the Tigers realized that they were fortunate to come out of Tuscaloosa with a win, and that they would have been far more fortunate to have Oklahoma State or Stanford or anyone else as an opponent.
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