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Jumbo Package: Saban not interested in running for office, but calls Tuberville a “really good friend”

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NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Alabama The Tuscaloosa News-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thursday, everyone. As you might imagine, news is a tad light on the bye week, but Saban held his Wednesday press conference just the same.

“Everybody that I know that is a really, really good player always makes reference to having a good coach. They welcome the critical eye — people watching them, correcting them, and I think there’s some ingredients that are important in that. And the first thing is you’ve gotta have humility. So, you’ve gotta be committed to wanting to be a much better player and you’ve gotta have self-awareness and willingness to know that there are things that you can do to get better so you welcome the fact that somebody’s there to help you do and make corrections so that you can learn and grow and get better. A lot of guys fall into that category this week.

“And then it gives us some opportunity to look at what we’ve got coming up that is a little different maybe than what we’ve done so the week of the game, that stuff won’t be quite as new as it might’ve been. Those are really the goals and objectives of what we’re doing this week.

The team is playing well. Hopefully this week will give them the opportunity to shore up some minor things and dominate the last half.

Saban likes Tommy Tuberville, but he ain’t following in his footsteps.

Participating in the weekly SEC media teleconference, the Alabama football coach was asked about any thoughts of jumping into politics. It came in the wake of former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville winning a seat in the U.S. Senate.

So, how about dipping a toe in the political pool?

“I can answer that part real quick,” a chuckling Saban said. “No.”

That’s OK, Coach. You are already Our President.

Herbie has a take.

The SEC Championship race is a competitive two-team fight, per ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who previewed Saturday’s Florida-Georgia game on Tuesday night and was direct with his opinion on the Gators’ title hopes. Florida is ranked No. 8 this week and has lost three straight to the fifth-ranked Bulldogs.

“I don’t think Florida can play with Alabama, but I do think Georgia can,” Herbstreit said during ESPN’s College Football Playoff show. “So they’ve got to find a way to get it going this weekend.”

Not so sure about this one. Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts have a much better chance at keeping up with Alabama’s offense in my view.

A recent photo of Alabama’s 2021 LB commit out of Texas.

Dallas can have him with the #1 overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft, Clarence.

Last, we need to thank SEC Network for the recruiting boost.

So many other names could be listed as well.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.