|Final - 12.7.2011||1||2||Total|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||27||35||62|
"Dayton came out with great passion and brought the energy they needed to bring," UA head coach Anthony Grantsaid. "We played like a team that was playing its first road game. We didn't play with the focus and intensity needed to beat a team like Dayton on their home court."
"Right now, the challenge for us as a team is. 'How do we respond to this?" Grant said. "We've dropped two in a row. We're dealing with adversity. How do you deal with the distractions? How do you deal with everything else that comes with being a team that people think is a good team?"
Chris Johnson scored 20 points and Dayton closed with a 17-9 run to knock off No. 16 Alabama, 74-62, and ruin Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant's homecoming. Grant starred for the Flyers from 1983-87. Alabama fell behind 38-27 at halftime with star forward JaMychal Green on the bench most of the first half with two fouls. Green scored the Tide's first six points and finished with 12 on 6-of-9 shooting.
The defensive-minded coach's No. 16 Crimson Tide fell 74-62 tonight at Dayton, Grant's alma mater, as the Flyers burned one of the nation's top defenses. In its first true road game of the season, the Tide (7-2) rallied from a 17-point deficit to close within 57-53 with 7:42 to go, but the Flyers answered a 13-1 Alabama run with a 14-2 run of their own. An Alabama basketball team that had not given up more than 64 points in its first eight games this season was shredded by Dayton.
The Flyers shot 60.9 percent from the floor and 10 of 19 from 3-point range to score the most points Alabama has allowed this season. Tide opponents were shooting just 33.3 percent from the field entering the game. Josh Parker came off the Dayton bench to make 3 of 5 3-pointers and score 17 points. Dillard added 14 and Josh Benson 11.
The SEC announced Wednesday its individual awards with two Alabama players recognized by the league. Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. Offensive lineman Barrett Jones earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, and was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
So when the executive director of the BCS says, "Once again, the BCS has delivered," well, what's he supposed to say? By the BCS's standards, the BCS has delivered: For the 14th consecutive season, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the final BCS standings are scheduled to play in the BCS Championship Game. Once again. When the question is rigged, the answer is never wrong. I also feel a little sorry for Alabama, which has to hear repeatedly that it doesn't deserve its ticket to redemption against LSU — that LSU is so obviously superior — just because it missed a couple field goals the first time around. The Crimson Tide don't make the rules, either. You may think Nick Saban comes across as kind of a jerk, but he doesn't make the rules. They just play the games, crush everything in their path and hope for the best like everyone else.
"It's a crazy time," Richardson said. "Coming from a town like Pensacola, and now standing where I am, for me to make it to age 18 and graduate (high school) was just something - to not be dead, to not be shot, to not be in the drug game or not to be in jail was a big accomplishment for me. It made my momma so proud."
Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino is returning to Arkansas to coach with his brother. Petrino will serve as the Razorbacks' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, the schools announced Tuesday. He will replace Garrick McGee, who has been hired as the head coach at Alabama-Birmingham.
Willy Robinson will not return next season as Arkansas' defensive coordinator, the school said Tuesday. "I want to thank Willy Robinson for his role in helping our defense, which he leaves in better shape than when he arrived," coach Bobby Petrino said in a prepared statement. "I have the utmost respect for Willy Robinson as an individual who wants the best for the young men he coaches. I give Willy credit for his part in the building process the last four years and wish him future success."
New Washington State coach Mike Leach said Tuesday that some people have been asking him why he wanted to take over a downtrodden program in a remote town in the Pacific Northwest. His response? "I think that's a stupid question," Leach said, drawing a roar from about 1,000 fans, players and marching band members at a rally where he was introduced on Tuesday. "You can win here and win big, I believe."
Ideally, Kansas University needs to hire a football coach who has won a national championship, has Bill Self’s personality and Bill Snyder’s attention to every detail of a football program. Impossible, right? Nobody who fits that description would be interested in one of the tougher coaching challenges in the BCS, right? Wrong and wrong. Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is ready, willing and able to whip this fractured football program into shape, according to a Lawrence man who shared a four-bedroom Wichita duplex with Fulmer and two other young men in 1974.
Four years ago, University of Florida graduate Jen Wiley named her son after her two favorite coaches. And so, Spurrier Urban Wiley was brought into the world. But now Urban Meyer has moved on to Ohio State, and Mrs. Wiley feels betrayed — so much so that she wants to change her son’s middle name. What will she change it to? You’re not going to believe this. How about Tim … after Tim Tebow?
Junior college defensive tackle Brandon Moore (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi Community College) had been linked to Texas since he took his official visit on Nov. 19. His phone wouldn't stop ringing with people asking if he was already committed to the Longhorns. Moore's and Davis' friendship began back when Moore was a highly regarded recruit from Montgomery (Ala.) Carver. Davis was then a member of Alabama's coaching staff, which got Moore to commit to the Crimson Tide.