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The Jumbo Package 08-12-10

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The Crimson Tide had their eighth practice of the fall yesterday and Coach Saban decided the guys deserved a little comfort for the occasion -- he moved the proceedings indoors.

"It was kind of an unexpected bone that Coach Saban threw us," junior center William Vlachos said. "That hasn't happened often, if ever as far as I can remember." Keep 'em thinkin' coach.

Tide Moves Indoors for Eighth Practice of Fall Camp | Rolltide.com

Video: Nick Saban puts Tide's DBs through a drill | al.com

As we near the end of the first week of practice one of the big "storylines" starting to develop in relation to the 2010 Crimson Tide is that the offense will be hella good. This, for some reason, seems to shock people. A couple of folks are starting to look under the hood and see what makes the motor run or might make it stop.

Alabama's Hopes Rest on ... Offense?!? | Team Speed Kills

Alabama searching for 3rd running back | oanow.com

Great expectations can lead to greater letdown - ESPN

Coaches Corner

Saban to film Nike commercial - Tide Sports

Gene Frenette: SEC coaching rivalry is brewing | jacksonville.com 

And Sports Illustrated has an interesting story up about what to expect out of the next decade of college football. In it they note something RBR has pointed out once or twice this off season -- Coach Saban's assistants are likely to be highly sought in future head coaching searches.

Kirby Smart, Coaching Talent on the Rise | SI.com

Player profiles

'Bama backup QB McCarron stays in game shape | Montgomery Advertiser

Fitter Fluker impresses in Tide practice l CullmanTimes.com

Hybrid role suits Tide's Hightower just fine - SEC Blog - ESPN

Catching up with Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram | al.com

Upcoming Opponents

All pity the 2010 San Jose State Spartans - One Bronco Nation Under God

Needless to say, there's not a lot of reason to believe the Spartans are going to be knocking much of anyone around this season.

Tennessee Defensive line now No. 1 concern l GoVolsXtra

Miscellaneous

Emory Bellard, the man who invented the wishbone, diagnosed with ALS | The Honolulu Star Advertiser

Bellard was the assistant under Darrell Royal at the University of Texas in the 1960s who invented the Wishbone offense that Coach Bryant later adopted to such success at Alabama. Bellard, who is now 82, later went on to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M when Gene Stallings was invited to leave and, after that, was the HC at Mississippi State.

Mal Moore speaks about caregivers of Alzheimer's patients | al.com

Charlotte Moore, the wife of Alabama's AD, passed away earlier this year after suffering from Alzheimer's for almost a decade and a half.  On Saturday, Moore will speak at the Canterbury-Beeson Forum on Aging about the difficulties of caring for somone who has the disease.