Univesity officials traveled to Indianapolis yesterday to update the NCAA on the ongoing inquiry into the textbook scandal. What does that mean for the players? Absolutely nothing. Their status is still unknown.
For those of you going to the game Saturday, be warned that LSU fans have decided to do a little mocking of Coach Bryant's hat:
"There is no better idea than to put purple and gold on a Paul 'Bear' Bryant hat and have the whole student section wearing them," LSU junior Nathan Roy told The Daily Reveille.
Alabama freshman Sarah Shea has the right attitude about it, though:
And speaking of hats, Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated put on his dime store psychoanalyst's hat in a recent column:
To Alabama, LSU is no more a rival than the Cleveland Indians are to the New York Yankees. The hatred rests entirely on one side of the field, and it's almost entirely a byproduct of the other side's historical dominance.
Neal McCready thinks things could get a little rowdy this weekend:
The Alabama defense is hoping that Les Miles will try to gamble against them:
"I love it," safety Rashad Johnson said. "I hope they go for it and try to throw it up on us. I've got a lot of confidence in everybody in the secondary that we can make that play. We go out in practice every week and we practice on exactly that, the long ball drill. That's the most intercepted ball in football. I hope they do come out and try to do that on us."
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer agrees with all of us; Saban is so far worth every penny:
The Crimson Tide enters Saturday's game against No. 3 LSU with a No. 17 national ranking and a share of first place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The program that was supposed to be a year or two away from challenging for a division title seems to be well ahead of schedule.
Whether they really believe it or not, Tide players aren't wavering from the company line that Saturday's game is just like any other to them:
"I realize we have Coach Saban and he used to coach at LSU. But it's just the next SEC game to us. We're just going to face it like every other day."
"Whatever story you want to make of it is fine," Alabama wide receiver Matt Caddell said. "It's just a game to us. We want to beat LSU because we are tied for first place, not because it's LSU."
Does anyone else find it amusing that if Flynn goes down with Perrilloux suspended Jason Lee might take the field for LSU?
|Maybe Randy will show up to play right tackle.|
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