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Assistants are fleeing LSU like rats from a ship

NCAA Football: Western Carolina at Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Brady agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers less than 24 hours after helping LSU win the national title.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the 30-year-old Brady, after one year as LSU’s passing coordinator, will return to the NFL and become the league’s youngest active offensive coordinator.

He will join former Baylor coach Matt Rhule, recently named Carolina’s fifth head coach in franchise history.

Well. There it is. We’ve all been expecting Brady to move to the pros, but its honestly amazing just how thin his resume is before getting hired by the Carolina Panthers for a top job.

So, now can LSU recapture their success next year without him, three of their offensive linemen, and Joe Burrow?

I’m not sure I’d put my money on that.

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is the Professional Football Writers of America’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the 2019 season.

After joining the Raiders from Alabama as the 24th player (and first running back) picked in the 2019 NFL Draft, Jacobs ran for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns on 242 carries and caught 20 passes for 166 yards in his first season.

Jacobs had 261 more rushing yards than any other rookie in the NFL in 2019, and he also led the league’s rookies in rushing touchdowns.

So not only did Alabama have the best running back in the pros and the biggest story in the playoffs in Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs has now won Rookie of the Year. And here I thought Alabama running backs were all busts in the NFL.

Less than a week after entering the NCAA transfer portal, a now-former Alabama running back has settled on a transfer destination.

Jerome Ford, who went into the transfer portal last Wednesday, announced Tuesday night he’s going to transfer to Cincinnati.

The writing was on the wall for the second-year running back after his fumble against Duke. Once he was passed up on the depth by the younger Keilan Robinson, he basically disappeared the rest of the season. And with Najee Harris looking likely to return to school, Trey Sanders coming back from his season-ending foot injury, and a trio of talented freshmen signing, the running back room was just too crowded and something had to give.

It's really a good move for everyone involved, I would think

Undersized linebacker Clark Griffin recorded more than 300 tackles at Mountain Brook and leaves as one of the most productive players in school history.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder linebacker will now get a shot at playing alongside some of the best players in college football.

Griffin has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Alabama, which means he’s guaranteed a roster spot but will not receive any scholarship money. He announced his decision late last week on Twitter.

Griffin is way too small for an SEC linebacker, but really aggressive and instinctive. He’ll be a huge asset in practice and scout team work.

“You better not lose the game, that’s what I know about it,” Oats said Tuesday. “Shoot, even when one team’s up and one’s down, it’s going to be a tight game, the fans are going to be into it. The fans care a little bit more about this one, I think. I was here for football, although it was at Auburn this year. But we had the whole (buildup) the whole week leading up to it. So, I got a little bit of that in that. I was a fan for that one, and now, I’m in the middle of this one.

“I think it’s kind of an important game.”

Nate Oats gets it. The game tonight is huge for the direction of this season. If he can pull off the upset and harness that momentum for the season, hooooo boy. Look out.

After playing two of its first three SEC games on the road, Alabama basketball has an SEC record of 1-2. The Crimson Tide’s overall record is just above .500 at 8-7. The next Tide game is home against Auburn. The Tigers are one of two undefeated Division One teams in the nation.

Auburn is ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll; No. 6 in the NCAA Net Ranking and No. 15 in Ken Pomeroy’s analytics. Pomeroy’s subscription site is a superb resource for serious college basketball fans. Tracking his ranking is a good way of determining the chances for Alabama basketball to make the NCAA Tournament.

Fansided has the Tide ranked 7th in the SEC. Which is actually pretty generous, considering the Tide is tied for the worst record in the conference.

“Do we play you again [in the regular season]?” Calipari asked.

“No,” Oats confirmed.

“Thank goodness,” Calipari responded, later adding in his postgame news conference, “There is no one that wants to play Alabama right now. ... If we have to play them again, that’s in the [SEC] tournament, and I’ll dread that if we have to.”

If this game doesn’t pack out Coleman Coliseum, we need new fans.

Roll Tide!