To listen to Alabama head coach Nick Saban, you wouldn’t know there’s a coaching hot seat in Oxford this season.
“I think Houston Nutt is one of the best coaches in our league and has done a really good job wherever he has been, and I think he’s doing a really good job with this team so far,” Saban said during his weekly press conference. (more…) (October 14, 2011, Page 7A)
More specifically, the the bulk of the questions dealt with the Tide’s lock-down defense that has Alabama (6-0 overall, 3-0 SEC) ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press and No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. (more…) (October 10, 2011)
Ole Miss returned to the practice fields Tuesday, a day after head football coach Houston Nutt dealt with several questions about his future and how to fix problems associated with a 1-2 start.
Nutt’s opening remarks following Tuesday’s practice revolved around him taking responsibility for the problems of the team and re-iterating the point that he was the one to blame, not the Ole Miss administration. (September 21, 2011, Page 6)
COLUMN: HOOVER, Ala. — College football’s unofficial start to the 2011 season gets underway today at the Wynfrey Hotel. The Southeastern Conference’s annual Media Days event is always a big draw and this year is no exception as over 900 credentials were issued to various writers, TV reporters and radio announcers. (Last year’s total was approximately 900 and that was a record that many felt couldn’t be topped.) (more…) (July 20, 2011, Page 6A)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Hello from No. 8 Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tonight’s kickoff is set for 8:10 and will be broadcast on ESPN2. (more…) (October 16, 2010)
Rested and ready for the final stretch of the Southeastern Conference schedule, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt talked about his Rebels coming off a bye week and the challenge of playing No. 8 Alabama on the road during his weekly press conference Monday.
Nutt said that the team’s lone off week did some good from a health standpoint. (October 12, 2010, Page 8)
The hiring of Nick Saban three years ago really started to pay dividends last season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. A program that is used to winning national titles under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was treated to yet another title last season when the Crimson Tide defeated Texas in the BCS Championship game.
If you ask Alabama fans about which team will win the title this year, the answer is simple, the Crimson Tide of course. But for Saban, last year’s team and what they accomplished is in the past. He’s more worried about the 2010 version and what this younger, but still talented group can accomplish. (August 23, 2010, Page 2B)
SEC MEDIA DAY NOTEBOOK — Sports agents shouldn’t expect to get a Christmas card from Alabama head coach Nick Saban this year. If Saban had it his way, agents who violate the rules by funneling money to players still in college would get a year ban from their profession.
Alabama is one of the schools that has been in the unfortunate position recently of having to deal with questions regarding agents and players. A report surfaced Wednesday at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days that Crimson Tide defensive lineman Marcel Dareus had been ruled ineligible to play this year. The school denied that claim, which was originally reported by the Tuscaloosa News, saying that no action had been taken.
But if the Crimson Tide did lose Dareus, who apparently attended a party in Miami that was funded by an agent, it would be a sizable blow to their chances of repeating as national champions.
Saban, who is not known to always be the best coach to talk about anything let alone something controversial, blasted agents that don’t do things the right way by equating them to pimps. (July 22, 2010, Page 2B)