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The Jumbo Package │12.16.13

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Tom Pennington

Nick Saban now makes more than 12 Division I departments spend including one in Alabama |

It also puts his pay up there with the top coaches in the NFL. The figure is also larger than the total expenses of 12 Division I athletics programs including Alabama A&M. Saban's 2012 pay of $5.54 million was, however, already ahead of the Huntsville school's budget of $5.51 million, according to USA Today's database of athletic spending.

Yes I know Saban is worth every penny but I'm still bothered by how much the coach of a state institution earns per year. Yeah, yeah , yeah, he's brought in 10x that amount since 2007, but I still think it sets an ugly precedent.

Think about it, Saban makes 7+ million a year.....So, where do we start with his successor? 4? 5? If It's Kirby, and his salary is already nearly 2 million, where does he start?

I just don't want us ending up like Texas, thinking we have to go get a big name, big money coach to be successful.

Oklahoma Quarterbacks | Are We Back To Square One? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Blake Bell walked off the field, for the second year in a row, as one of the Bedlam heroes. Starting the game as the third team quarterback, Bell watched Knight play the first half and then Thompson take the field to start the second half before his number was ever called. He responded by completing 10-of-16 passing attempts, including the game-winning seven yard score to Jalen Saunders.

I'd enjoy watching OU play all three of their QB's against Alabama...

OU football: Oklahoma has reasons to believe it might upend Alabama in Sugar Bowl | News OK

Alabama lost a last-second heartbreaker to archrival Auburn in its regular-season finale, while Oklahoma went to Stillwater and mounted a stunning comeback in the final minutes and stunned the No. 6 Cowboys. Alabama's loss not only cost it a shot at the SEC and national championships, it gave Auburn those opportunities. That could be a tough pill for the Crimson Tide players to swallow, and if they enter the Sugar Bowl disinterested or unmotivated, that might give OU a glimmer of hope.

Maybe OU should go watch film of the 2011 Capital One Bowl. You know, the game that followed Alabama's last loss of the regular season in heart breaking fashion....

Mack Brown's resignation, message, media, and the search. - Barking Carnival

Similarly, if we're rejected by Jim Harbaugh, deal with it.  If you think Texas should avoid going after 10s because they might say no and you prefer 6s for their easy affirmation, go burn your diploma. Get the right coach.  Do it on our own time.  Kick the tires.  Aim high.  Deal with rejection philosophically

I know people thought Alabama was crazy for even mentioning Saban's name back in 2006, so I can't say I blame Texas for going after the big name. But honestly, Harbaugh??

The difference between Saban and Harbaugh, when it comes to them leaving the NFL for a college job, is that Jim is having success in the pros, where Saban struggled from day one. Unless Texas throws Saban type money at Harbaugh, I see no reason why he'd want to leave the 49ers.

I personally believe they should throw the world at Jimbo..But that's probably wishful thinking.

And to be completely honest, what in god's name has Texas been doing the last 12 months? They had to know Mack was done after 2013. Did they really think it was Saban or bust? Why not sit Mack down in the off-season and make it clear it was his last year. At least then you can make the transition easier. This whole thing was botched from day one and in the end, I imagine Texas is left with a second tier coach.

Star recruits react to big official visit weekend at Alabama |

In one of its biggest recruiting weekends of the year, Alabama hosted ten official visitors and the star prospects posted their thoughts and photos from the big weekend on social media throughout the visit.

Decision Day: 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan set to announce Monday (poll, predictions) |

Hinesville, Georgia star Raekwon McMillan will make his announcement at 11 a.m. Central time on Monday, choosing between Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Ohio State. The unanimous five-star prospect is rated by most recruiting services as the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the nation and his 6-foot-2, 245-pound frame makes him the rare distinction of being a high school linebacker with the physical prowess to play immediately in college.

Alabama outlasts Mississippi in All-Star Game | Sports | The Sun Herald

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Rashaan Evans dealt with college coaches all week, then was the biggest star in Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.