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Jumbo Package: Dabo doesn’t want to hear about the “Alabama Factor.”

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Happy Friday, everyone. The Gym Tide are in Fayetteville tonight for a 7pm start against #22 Arkansas, which can be found online only at SEC Network+. This will be a “pink” meet for breast cancer awareness.

You read yesterday about Saban’s “Alabama Factor” comments. As Christopher Walsh succinctly puts it, Saban is pissed, which should be a good thing going forward. Somebody asked Dabo about Saban’s comments, though, and he wasn’t having it.

“Everyone wants to explain what happened to Alabama,” Swinney told reporters Wednesday, per Grace Raynor of the Post and Courier. “How abut Clemson just had the better team?”

There is a growing confidence around the Clemson program. And why not? The Tigers have won two of the last three national championships.

“Obviously Alabama is an unbelievable program, but we’re the best one right now,” Clemson recruiting coordinator and quarterback coach Brandon Streeter told reporters Wednesday, per Matt Connolly of The State.

That’s exactly what we want to hear. Scoreboard aside, Alabama had the better roster by a fair margin, and that margin only increased in this recruiting cycle. Lap up that rat poison, Tigers.

If there were players out there who were more interested in protecting themselves than playing winning football, then good riddance to them. Personally, I think that he was talking about coaches as much as players. He unloaded on those guys after the game and some of them probably didn’t take it very well. Say what you will about the staff he has assembled for 2019, but there are a bunch of grown football men in the room to go with young up-and-comers in Pete Golding , Holmon Wiggins and Karl Scott. He may have taken the youth movement a bit too far last season, particularly on the defensive side.

The last piece to the coaching staff puzzle fell into place as Joe Pannunzio found a home.

Joe is going back to where we found him. As we say in he South, Saban just needed to borry him for a little bit.

The Tide performed well in the classroom again.

A total of 34 members of Alabama’s SEC champion football team earned a place on the honor roll. Among those earning the academic accolades are All-Americans Ross Pierschbacher and Jonah Williams, CoSIDA Academic All-American Keaton Anderson and CoSIDA All-District honoree Jedrick Wills Jr. The Tide’s total is third among the 14 SEC football squads.

Great job, folks.

Last, SB Nation calls us winners, and for that you should feel good.

Winner: Alabama

Oh, right. Bama finished with the No. 1 class, getting back to a perch it occupied seven years in a row before slipping slightly in 2018. The Tide lost two blue-chip commitments on Wednesday, and it didn’t come close to taking them out of the No. 1 ranking.

Whatever. Get to work, men.

Yeah, it’s a little slow out there so that’s about it for now. Have a great weekend.

Roll Tide.