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Happy Monday, everyone. We’ll open with Cecil, who as usual has his finger on the pulse. Time for silly talk is over, and with a couple of weeks to go before fall camp begins (no date has been released from what I can tell, but it will be sometime in the first week of August), Saban and squad can start focusing on the season.

So Saban talks in terms relevant to his own team’s areas of improvement — better preparation, better focus, better chemistry — because that is how you approach the next game. And his job is to beat the next opponent, not discuss how great the last opponent was.

Deep down, Saban loves all of the reminders about the most recent failure. He will use it as motivation to ensure that his guys do what they need to do to hone their crafts.

Meanwhile, the local media in South Carolina have already crowned Clemson back-to-back national champions.

“I also told the players that sometimes we learn more when things don’t go well, when we lose,” Saban said in Santa Clara. “You have to learn how to lose as well as how you win. And there’s a lot of lessons for us to learn from the experience that we had in this game, whether you’re a senior who’s leaving or whether you’re a player who’s coming back and you see that we have work to do.”

The really interesting takes will come in six months when Saban talks about the value of another loss to Clemson.

Lap it up, boys.

ICYMI, some nobody reporter out of Montgomery decided to rile up Muschamp last week, and it was rather amusing.

Coach Boom is the Andy Bernard of the SEC, for those who remember Ed Helms’ character from “The Office.”

Julio Jones understandably wants a new contract extension, but he isn’t holding out.

“Mr. Blank gave us his word,” Jones said. “That’s golden. ... [Blank’s] word is that it’s going to get done. ... There’s no stress on my end. I’m not thinking about it.”

Jones has two years left on his contract worth $9.6 million and $11.426 million, respectively.

They will get it done.

Saban spoke about Derrick Henry with Tennessee Titans local radio.

Derrick Henry, when he gets the ball, the more he gets it, the better he runs it,” his college coach, Alabama’s Nick Saban, said during his appearance on 102.5 The Game’s “Darren and Daunic” on Wednesday. “I don’t know if it’s a confidence thing with him, I don’t know if it’s because he’s so big, strong and physical that it just wears the other guys down. I really can’t explain it, but he was the same way with us.”

I think it’s the latter. Teams are all fired up to gang tackle that big monster early in the game, but as the bruises mount up that motivation tends to wane. I think we have a saying around that, “causing opponents’ derrieres to stop” or something to that effect.

Jalen Hurts is always going to be Jalen Hurts.

What a dude.

Greg McElroy admits that it was personal when he played Florida and Tim Tebow.

“He was the guy that Alabama had recruited and prioritized in recruiting,” McElroy said. “I was the backup plan.

“So all I wanted my entire career was a chance, the chance to play against a team that he was leading. To play the way we did in that game, to play for each other the way we did in that game was really special.”

That was the game of his life, and we thank him for it.

Last, LSU got some fancy new locker room upgrades, but...

Oh, Corndogs. The renovation is fabulous, but who the hell approved this tweet? That right there is the reason you go to LSU? Not for the coaching, or winning, or graduating, or developing yourself as a player... you go to LSU so you can sleep in the locker room.

Considering the on field results, maybe they’re right.

That’s about it for today. Have a great week.

Roll Tide.