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The Jumbo Package │10.24.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide related links and quotes

Was Nick Saban's Wife House Shopping In Austin? Reports Say: Yes. - Burnt Orange Nation

The connections between the Texas Longhorns and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban just won't go away. Head inside to get the latest news that supports those who believe Saban could be the next coach at Texas.

I'm sure y'all have heard about these rumors by now but by the off chance you haven't, go get yourself a good laugh. Apparently, Terry Saban was in Austin, TX (with her daughter in law) this past weekend house shopping. That's right, our head coaches wife was shopping for a house and that automatically leads the Tejas fans to believe he'll be their next head coach. BTW, I wasn't aware that Mack Brown had been fired yet...weird.

Some Longhorns aren't convinced that he'd be successful at Texas anyhow. Y'all have to see this comment and the subsequent conversation. Apparently, not only are Texas fans extremely desperate, they are also insanely stupid.

Saban to Alabama fans: Stay the full game or give tickets to someone who will |

"I've talked about players playing for 60 minutes in the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game," Saban said. "And, in some kind of way, everybody that choses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game." He also had a solution to the issue. "Maybe if you're not interested in doing that, you should let someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go," Saban said.

There you have it. We talked about this yesterday and I really appreciate Coach Saban reading RBR and clearing up any arguments we had. Now..STAY THE WHOLE GAME.

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he hasn't smoked a cigar after any of his 6 straight wins vs. Tennessee |

"I know it's something that a lot of people really enjoy," he said. "It's not a tradition I started. It's a tradition that was here that the players have continued. I think it's something they have fun with. I'm happy that they do. Not really something that I'm interested in."

It's nice to know our coach is so health conscious, you guys.

Alabama football: Rivalry with Vols yet to enthrall all parties involved | The Montgomery Advertiser

"This game with Tennessee is a very special rivalry for a lot of people, a lot of our folks at Alabama, especially for our team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "It’s been one of the best rivalries in college football for a long, long time." "I think that until you really get to a place and feel it — from the supporters and the fans and the players and everybody that’s involved in the organization — (then) you really don’t get a true sense of what the game means to everyone," Saban said.

Go suck a tailpipe, or better yet a corn dog, LSU. This game means something and just cause you don't have a natural rival doesn't mean the rest of us with a long tradition of winning football have to throw our actual traditions aside to make you feel better...

Tennessee Vols vs. Alabama Crimson Tide: statistical game preview - Rocky Top Talk

When Alabama runs the ball: We're holding teams to just over 180 rushing yards per game. The Tide are getting just over 210. This is just about in the middle of South Carolina (who's a bit better) and Western Kentucky (who's a bit worse), and those teams rushed for 218 and 171 against us respectively. From Alabama's perspective, the result is 277. I'm going with 220 for the Tide on the ground against Tennessee.

So, what RTT is telling us is that Alabama will win by 100? Cause if we run for 220 (more than our average) this game will be over by half-time.

INSIDER REPORT: Alabama's discipline issue |

Fanning is the sixth UA player suspended this season, after Malcolm Faciane, Trey DePriest, Geno Smith, Kenyan Drake and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Junior tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said most of the players do the right things. "It’s impossible to not have problems, but out of those 100 kids, 95, 96, 97 are doing what we’re supposed to," Kouandjio said. "I don’t think that’s a problem. I think the majority of us know what we’re supposed to, and we’re doing things right."

He may be right that most of the players are doing it right but I have to disagree with CyKo on this one. Unless Saban has become over the top with rules and what would constitute a suspension, having six players suspended in one season, all of whom were expected to be a starter, are current starters or at the very least role players, is a sign of a discipline problem.

Now, what has been shown is that the coaching staff isn't afraid to suspend anyone...Let's just hope this is the last one of the season.

Alabama reserve defensive end LaMichael Fanning indefinitely suspended |

"He's not around," Saban said.

'Nough said, 'aight.

Trevor Releford on Bob Cousy Award watch list |

For the second consecutive year, University of Alabama senior guard Trevor Releford was named to the watch list of candidates for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The list was released on Tuesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Better Know an Opponent: Alabama - Rocky Top Talk

Because nothing in life is fair, the possession receiver Christion Jones is the chief return threat and has returned both a punt and a kickoff back for a TD. (Thanks, Beamerball.) Also, Cody Mandell is one of the best punters in the nation, because again, not fair. Want to know Alabama's weakness? Here it is:

This is actually a pretty funny read and shows at least how realistic UT fans are about this game...