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AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 42-14 win over the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 42-14 win over the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Getty Images - Notebook: Saban addresses interest in Smart

Saban has dealt with turnover on his coaching staff in each of his four off-seasons at the Capstone. "When our people in our organization do a great job for us, and what they're working for is to become a head coach, and they have an opportunity to do that, we want to be very, very supportive in helping them do that," Saban added. "I don't want anybody to leave. But the only way people are going to be motivated to do a good job is if they have a chance to fulfill their goals and aspirations because that's part of the motivation for them to do a good job. That helps everybody in the organization, too see that people have success and sort of fulfill their goals and aspirations. We're going to be very supportive. He's done a great job for us and I'm sure he'll continue to do a great job."

Alabama assistant coach Sal Sunseri one of five finalists for Frank Broyles Award |

Sal Sunseri, Alabama's assistant head coach who coaches the Crimson Tide's outside linebackers, is one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award. The award goes annually to the nation's top assistant coach. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart won the award two years ago. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn won it last year.

Dressed to impress, Nick Saban says he's not campaigning for a BCS berth |

"I'm not campaigning for anything," Saban said. "What I said after (Saturday's) game was what I believe in my heart, and that's what I'll continue to say. ... Everybody has a full body of work to look at, and I think we should be able to stand pretty reasonably well on that body of work. It is, in my opinion, what the players deserve." Saban also was asked if he had concerns about voters not wanting an LSU-Alabama rematch. "The whole thing should be based on who are the best two teams," Saban said. "Isn't that what it's supposed to be? If it's not on that, then it doesn't matter whether we played before or that we are in the same conference. Who are the best two teams? That's the question. "If the decision gets made on that, then I'll be fine with that. If it gets made on some of this other stuff, then it's not fair to the players or to their players either. If they didn't get picked because of a rematch or whatever, it wouldn't be fair to anybody."

Nick Saban calls on poll voters to pick two best teams - ESPN

Besides recruiting, Saban said his agenda also includes more mundane duties like coaching up his dog to stay off the couch and in the yard. "Why would you waste your time thinking about things that aren't real, that can't happen?" he said. "I've got enough problems. I've got a dog at home that since football season started has not been trained one bit, that has been spoiled rotten by you know who (wife Terry). "I've got work at home, too. I've got to get a dog trained."

Why An Alabama-LSU Rematch? Because Every Game Matters -

It's nice, in a way. No matter what the circumstances, we always have something to blame for our displeasure: the BCS. Too many bowls? Blame the BCS! Displeasing national title game? BCS! No playoff? BCS! Unemployment? BCS! Weight gain over the holidays? BCS! Those horrifying Target Christmas commercials? Et cetera. I've always said the reason people hate the BCS is that it cannot figure out how to get three teams on the same football field. This year, however, its biggest problem is that it must select more than one. If LSU defeats Georgia this weekend, the Bayou Bengals will have established an airtight resume and will be as much of a slam-dunk title game selection as has ever existed. It isn't the BCS' fault that it cannot select LSU twice.

Oklahoma State coach says LSU, Alabama deserve BCS spots right now |

"I'm just saying right now," Gundy said. "You asked me about today and we have a loss and they have a loss, and they lost to the No. 1 team in the country." The Cowboys are third in the BCS standings and The Associated Press poll but fifth in the coaches' poll and the Harris Poll, two rankings that are part of the BCS formula. The BCS computer rankings have Oklahoma State third, so the most ground to be made up is in the minds of human pollsters. "Alabama lost to what would be the No. 1 team in the country and Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State, so in our situation, if I was doing it fair, I don't know how I could put us in front of them right now," Gundy said.

Would Alabama trade places with LSU? 'I don't even think about it,' Nick Saban says |

Would Nick Saban trade places with LSU? Would he risk losing a shot at the national championship just to get a shot at the SEC championship? "Why would I answer that question?" the Alabama coach said Monday. "I got enough problems to deal with today. I've got guys getting ready to go out for the draft. I've got guys that want to pick an agent. I've got a banquet coming up. We've got workouts coming up. "I'm going to answer a question about hypothetical? I don't answer hypothetical questions. I don't even have an answer to that. I don't even think about it, to be honest with you."

College football: Regular season's last weekend anticlimactic - Washington Times

The chances Oklahoma State (10-1) can leapfrog the Crimson Tide with an emphatic defeat of Oklahoma (9-2)? That would probably require human voters to battle inertia, a fight inertia usually wins handily. It would also require voters to hold their noses while slotting a Cowboys team with a loss at 6-5 Iowa State over an outfit that played the lone major-conference unbeaten to a draw for 60 minutes.

Inside the Box Score - vs. VCU -

Turning Point of the Game: In a game that featured 16 lead changes and 10 ties, it should come as no surprise that the outcome of the game was still in doubt with four minutes to play. However, at that point the Tide’s defense showed why it has been one of the top 10 defenses in the nation that last two seasons. In that four-minute span, UA’s defense allowed just one field goal as the Rams went 1-of-5 from the field and committed two turnover to allow the Tide to pull away for the eight point win.

Green leads Tide to 7-0 season | The Crimson White

"I thought [Trevor] Lacey did a good job of being the secondary ball handler for us and attacking the pressure in the second half," Grant said. "It was good to see him attack the rim on a couple of possessions and get some good plays. I thought [Rodney] Cooper and Levi [Randolph] did a really good job from a defensive standpoint. Those guys have been outstanding. Cooper came up with a huge offensive rebound there at the end. Nick Jacobs gave us some good minutes there in the second half with his offensive productivity."

November 28 in Sports History - Yahoo! Sports

1981 - Bear Bryant passes Amos Alonzo Stagg on wins list On this day in 1981, Bear Bryant picked up his 315th head coaching victory. Bryant earned the win when Alabama defeated rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Bryant's historic win moved him past Amos Alonzo Stagg for the most wins in the history of major college football. Bryant would retire after the 1982 season with 323 wins. Joe Paterno broke his record less than two decades later.

Gene Stallings: No regrets about A&M's SEC move; 'Couldn't care less' what Texas does | SportsDayDFW

I have no regrets at all that Texas A&M has gone to the Southeastern Conference. In fact, I’m sure there are A&M people that feel differently, I just haven’t talked to any of them. We did everything that we could to hold the conference intact… The [Longhorn Network] makes it a whole different ballgame. I couldn’t care less what the University of Texas does, but I thought it would be to our advantage to pursue the Southeastern Conference, and that’s what happened. I’m sad to see the series end. I know from reading what some of the people at A&M have said – Bowen Loftin, the president – and others that Texas A&M wanted to see the series continue. For some reason, the University of Texas felt otherwise. Their schedule is full through 2018, that’s what I’m reading. They’re going to do what’s best for Texas, and we’re going to do what we think is best for Texas A&M.

The Forde-Yard Dash: Handing out pre-bowl awards - College Football -

Player of the Year: RB Trent Richardson, Alabama.

Close call between Richardson and Mathieu. Last Friday, The Dash was ready to give it to Mathieu. By Saturday, when Richardson had steamrolled Auburn for a career-high 203 yards, it was time to reverse course. Richardson does most of his work between the tackles in the toughest defensive league in the nation, yet still averages a bit more than 6.0 yards per carry. In a conference full of tough guys, he might be the toughest.