The guys over at 'BamaOnline have a free photo gallery up with a few recent BDS expansion photos, and I must say it looks great. And, for the record, it's grass...
"The University of Alabama still hopes to unveil a statue of Alabama football coach Nick Saban before the season, but that likely won't happen, says the man overseeing the project."
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But Saban does support another proposal from the Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet, which wants to delay scholarship offers. It wants to prohibit scholarship offers earlier than July 1 between a player's junior and senior years. Alabama already has commitments from 14 players for its 2011 signing class, though signing day is more than seven months away. "I really do think we need to control the timetable with recruiting," Saban said. "Guys get offered so early now, you really don't have a chance to evaluate them. That's not really fair to the young man or the institution, because if they early commit and they aren't what you thought they were, whether it's personally, academically or athletically, it can be a potentially tough situation for either side."Don Kausler Jr.: Saban doesn't support NCAA proposal to limit support staffs Saban makes an interesting point about the very short time for evaluations and what it can entail. Coaches are effectively swamped with the season and the following year's recruiting class through about January, and with a lot of kids in the next class wanting to commit very early (March-May) that leaves coaches with very little time to evaluate lots of kids and very little information to do it with. We've seen some issues the past couple of years where we get some early commitments and then later beyond they go elsewhere after it seems like we really have not made them a priority, and perhaps the root issue in those cases is simply a lack of time to properly do the evaluation in the first place.
Mark Ingram has been named the SEC male athlete of the year. Well done sir!!!
After reading Bama Hawkeye's link on Chris Henry. I was reminded of this piece in the New Yorker. Its by Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers)
The stat-lovin geeks over at Football Outsiders have come up with a list of the 100 Most Dominant football programs in the last century. But this ain't one of those usual lists based on the writer's preference, they are using one of their high-falutin' statistical measurements I can barely wrap my head around much less explain. But basically it means they are using MATHS! So it has to be true. Right? Which is all well and good but where the hell is Alabama, you ask? Turns out the first installment of this series is covering No. 100 through 81 and no less than three Crimson Tide teams are in evidence: Frank Thomas' 1945 (No. 97) and 1936 (No. 88) squads and as well as the 1992 National Championship team (No. 83). The next twenty teams will be announced next Tuesday.
This has nothing to do with Alabama. It's not about one of our players. It's not about our program. But, it will be the most important thing that you read about football this summer. Take a moment and understand why Chris Henry's death should be (is?) a potential harbinger for changes to the game of football. To quote Mr. Jacobi: There's an old phrase about Bernese Mountain Dogs: "3 years a young dog, 3 years a good dog, 3 years an old dog; the rest is a gift from God." This news about Chris Henry might mean career football players are something close to the same: "20 years a young man, 20 years an athletic man, 20 years an old man; the rest is a gift from God." As an avowed and diehard football fan, I hope so much that, in the face of the evidence unfolding in front of us every day, it's not true.
The gap between Bryant-Denny and Jordan-Hare hasn’t been this large, in Alabama’s favor, since 1969. The next year, Auburn expanded its stadium to make it bigger than Alabama’s. Both schools expanded more than once in the interim, but from 1970 until 2006, Auburn owned the largest on-campus football stadium in the state. Clearly, those days are over.Kevin Scarbinsky: Alabama gets another leg up on Auburn in the arms race Why not expand? Simple, Auburn cannot consistently fill the 87,451 seat capacity Jordan-Hare Stadium now. The only games they can consistently get to capacity with is the Iron Bowl and the Georgia game, and there are routinely thousands of empty seats for "lesser" conference games (Ole Miss, Arkansas, MSU, etc.). At some point, you can build it all you want, but they still have to come.