"He's a good guy on and off the field," McCarron said. "He does the right things, and that's what you've got to do in Coach's system. If you do the right things, you're going to play. "He knows the plays, he knows what to do and what not to do. The guy is a good ball player."
The second ranked Alabama softball team used a one-hit gem from pitcher Jackie Traina to defeat No. 21 LSU, 6-0, in front of 2,684 fans at Rhoads Stadium on Sunday. The Crimson Tide improved to 37-2 on the year, and 14-2 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Tigers dropped to 29-10 overall and 11-3 in league play. Traina threw a complete game to improve to 23-0 on the season, and set an Alabama school record with her 25th consecutive winning decision. Traina needed only 99 pitches, and struck out 12 Tigers in the winning effort. LSU did not have a ball leave the infield.
You can't call it anything but a full-blown disaster. An Alabama baseball team with no more than two players who could crack Auburn's starting lineup, outpitched, outcoached and generally outplayed Auburn and, with Sunday's 6-2 victory, completed a stunning sweep at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. One week ago, the Tigers had finished winning their third consecutive series and were tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference West. Now they are tied for third, two games out of first and two games out of last. Alabama, on the other hand came into the weekend 1-8 in the SEC and 11-19 overall, frankly a bad team. But it certainly played like the better team and the more confident team for three days.
DT Josh Chapman, Alabama (6-1, 316): In a remarkable testament to Chapman's toughness and dedication, the Alabama senior nose guard played through much of the 2011 season on a left knee with a torn ACL and meniscus. Chapman underwent surgery to repair the torn ligaments Jan. 17 and will not be able to work out before the draft. Like with Paige-Moss, doctors will want to see how the rehabilitation is proceeding.
Courtney Upshaw is one of those players who wasn't really helped by his spring season. He didn't pop off the screen at the Senior Bowl, nor did his "measureables" knock anyone off their feet at either the combine or his pro day. But, when you have played in as many big games as he did and made as many big plays in those big games, sometimes there is nowhere to go but down when they start slicing you up against the field when an actual game isn't being played. Upshaw is the type of player that seems like an obvious pick if you simply watch college football. Alabama was always on television and there was #41 flying around the football and dominating the best conference in college football. Some of his biggest games were against LSU, Florida, and Auburn (and LSU again). His 17 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in his last two seasons shows that he averages right around two explosives per game which is again, about the maximum you will see for any major college player.
Justices are bombarded with speaking invitations, so Albritton tries to identify people who can help plead his case for an appearance. Those include Alabama alumni who are law clerks, former Supreme Court clerks who taught at the school, mutual friends and fellow judges. Kennedy, the first justice to speak at Alabama in 1996 and now a potential swing vote as the court considers the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s health care law, is a sports fan who had heard about Dreamland’s famous ribs while watching college football games, Albritton said. "He said, ‘What would really add to the attraction for me to come is if you could tell me we’d go get ribs at Dreamland,’" Albritton recalled. "I told him, ‘You can count on that.’"
There are many good coaches but few great ones. A great coach can win anywhere. To be sure, some schools have more limitations than others. Bear Bryant won at Maryland and Kentucky, at a time when football was merely an appetizer to basketball season. He won bigger at Texas A&M and might have changed the course of history in Texas football had he stayed. Instead, he returned to Alabama, his alma mater, and changed the course of history in the SEC. In the SEC, there was Bryant, then there was everybody else. About 20 years ago, I was chatting with Pat Dye at a golf tournament when the topic turned to Bryant. Conventional wisdom at the time held that no coach could dominate a conference the way Bryant dominated the SEC with tighter scholarship limitations and intense media and public scrutiny. I asked Dye how Bryant would do. "Oh," Dye said, "he'd whoop 'em all like a bunch of school chillen." Saban is the only great coach in the SEC today, and maybe the only great coach in all of college football today. Yeah, he can be moody, petty and gratuitously curt when dealing with the media. But here's the undeniably truth. In the SEC, there's Saban, then there's everybody else.
Johnson said he was prepared to step into for Petrino. The linebackers coach, however, couldn't have expected to be put in such a difficult position when he was hired less than three months ago. "I really haven't had much contact with coach," Johnson said. "I know he's hurting internally, so I really haven't had much conversation there. However, our conversations leading up to this day, we all understand the expectations and the goals that we've set out for our team. That will definitely exude through all of us." Johnson said he had a "human reaction, like everyone else" when told of Petrino's admissions. "It's something that happened, and all of us are probably trying to ask questions and things like that, but I think the human element came out," Johnson said. "Right now, we don't have any facts, we can't place any blame. We have to let our administration, who's done a great job gathering all of the information, take care of that."
Florida's quarterback competition will continue in the fall - and without a front-runner - after Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel failed to separate themselves during four weeks of practice and Saturday's spring game. Brissett was 9 of 16 for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Driskel was 12 of 14 for 147 yards, and ran for a score. Brissett took the first snap with the first-team offense, a likely indicator that he's ahead, and completed deep passes to Latroy Pittman and Michael McNeely. Driskel, who lost the backup job to Brissett in the middle of last season, found Andre Debose for a 44-yard gain. Both sophomore quarterbacks showed considerably more pocket presence than they did in 2011, but neither did enough to make coach Will Muschamp pick a starter. "I think you saw both those guys take command of our football team," Muschamp said. "Both guys made vertical plays down the field, good decisions where they took the ball. You saw what I've been seeing from 14 practices previous to today. We can win with both guys."