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Happy Tuesday, everyone. Alabama plays at South Carolina tonight on SEC Network, with a delightful 5:30 pm tipoff. As usual we will have in depth coverage a bit later, but Nate Oats had this to say about his mercurial point guard.

The second-year Alabama coach speaks highly of Quinerly’s potential in the context of his inspired play during Alabama’s 21-2 run.

“I think he’s one of the better point guards in the country,” Oats said Monday of Quinerly when he’s making smart decisions with the ball and with his shot selections.

It’s up to the coaching staff, Oats said, to put him in the right position to meet his capabilities. The Missouri game was Quinerly’s second straight in double figures scoring after netting nine total points in the three previous games. He had 22 at LSU on Jan. 19 when he nailed 6 of 7 shots from 3-point range.

Nate also says in no uncertain terms that inconsistent effort on the defensive end has been an issue for Quinerly. Hopefully he is able to get it ironed out and take the reins at point. The team really needs him to be that guy if they are going to go far.

In football news, Urban Meyer agrees that the college football world has some catching up to do.

“They’re going to enjoy the fact that they beat Clemson, but this is also the harsh reality of the Big Ten’s got to get going again. I used the word the ‘chase’ in 2012. Our conference was very average. The Big Ten Conference was not great. And then people started recruiting and pushing and started going, and the reality is the best team in the Big Ten got beat by Alabama soundly. That’s OK. Ohio State’s recruiting at a level, they’ll be back here.”

“I think it’s a challenge for everyone else in this conference to get going. I mean, the whole country saw this. And that’s not just the Big Ten — that’s the Pac-12 and the Big 12 as well. The reality is that Alabama’s on a different stratosphere right now. Go catch ’em. The one school that’s recruiting at that level is coach Day and Ohio State. So I think that this is a standup call for everybody. I can tell you there’s coaches across the country — are seeing that team that just played tonight, saying, ‘We have to go get them.’”

He is saying it correctly. Rather than whining about a lack of parity, create some parity. This isn’t Major League Baseball where some big market teams can just pay more to buy the services of free agents. There are many programs across the country who are capable of competing, they just have to do a better job. There is no good reason that schools like Michigan, Texas, USC, and several others have not been in contention on an annual basis.

We will see if Sark can Bring Texas Back. He shared some thoughts about Mac Jones on the Finebaum Show.

“In this day and age of transfers, in this day and age of kids in high school going to two or three high schools, I think there’s something to be said about a guy that perseveres, that fights through adversity, develops the mental toughness needed,” Sarkisian said. “That, to me, is probably one of the characteristics Mac Jones really embodies. He came to Alabama not as the five-star. He came in with Tua (Tagovailoa), knowing Jalen Hurts was on the roster and was just the SEC Player of the Year, but believed in himself. He didn’t just wait his time. He worked, grinded, fought through.”

Sark has a dual threat QB named Hudson Card on campus who he is apparently impressed with, but having a guy like Mac will spoil a coach.

Jalen Hurts may be getting his shot to start in Philadelphia as the Eagles are expected to trade Carson Wentz.

After Wentz is moved, all eyes will turn to Hurts, who will be the incumbent starter. The Eagles liked Hurts enough to draft him with the 53rd pick but I’m curious how they really view him. Are they convinced he’s the new franchise quarterback? Probably not to the level they were once with Wentz. And with the No. 6 pick in the draft and the incoming draft capital they’ll get from the Wentz trade, would the Eagles consider drafting another quarterback in the first round? If they’re not sold on Hurts, they probably owe it to themselves to at least do the requisite homework on those players. Heck, maybe they’ll fall in love with Trey Lance from North Dakota State and poetically begin this process again. See you back here in five years.

The Draft will indeed tell us whether they see Jalen as that type of player. The coach who reportedly asked for him has been shown the door.

Our former assistant to the head coach speaks glowingly of his old boss.

Jones relived his tenure at UA with The Tuscaloosa News, explaining how his exposure to Saban has molded his approach to the job.

“First of all, the last year, being in the role of a special assistant, the day-to-day interactions. When you’re able to be around Coach Saban on a daily basis, the overall balance that he displays in terms of being a leader of a great football program: alumni relations, donors, the media, handling the players, handling the coaching staff, setting forth the direction, setting for the energy,” Jones said. “Coach Saban sets the tone on a daily basis with his energy, with his work ethic, with his competitive drive to make everyone in the organization better.”

Last, it ain’t Gump Day yet so Kirk McNair would like to please ruin your day.

Alabama had a late lead at Auburn and faced a third down play. Make the first down and the game is over. Fail to make it and punt the ball away and it’s probably over. But the worst possible result ensued. Freddie Kitchens completed a pass to fullback Ed Scissum, but when Scissum was hit he fumbled and Auburn recovered and went on to kick a winning field goal.

Later DuBose would alibi that he didn’t know the play had been called. Arians was gone shortly afterwards and back to professional football where he has been outstanding as an assistant and coordinator and certainly as a head coach, including being named NFL Coach of the Year as interim coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.

Let’s just pretend the whole Mikes era never happened, OK?

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

Roll Tide.