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ATLANTA -- As is now tradition every July, the media horde swarmed Hoover, Ala., this past week to cover the ins and outs of the biggest names in the sport's most dominant conference. The storylines were endless once again.
From covering off-the-field exploits of Johnny Manziel to Nick Saban's usual Alabama adulation to the back-and-forth between two of the conference's new head coaches, SEC Media Days dominated national headlines. Can the SEC crown another national champion? Does the balance of power in college football show any sign of shifting.
So, with the conference's re-introduction in the books, our writers -- Cory McCartney, Jay Clemons and Zach Dillard -- discuss the week that was in Hoover. Here are a few of the highlights:
-- Is Nick Saban the voice of college football? Instead of being asked the ordinary questions of strategy and player personnel, Alabama's coach was primarily asked to weigh in on the overarching issues surrounding the sport. Has he embraced his new role?
-- Was the Bielema-versus-Malzahn podium battle the highlight of the week?
-- Should Georgia and Alabama be the presumed favorites in the East and West divisions, respectively?
-- How does Jeremy Hill's legal issues affect the West race?
-- Highlighted by Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray, is this the greatest quarterback conference in the conference? Better yet, has there been a deeper QB class in recent memory?
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HOOVER, Ala. -- Nick Saban has won two consecutive national championships at Alabama and three overall in his first six seasons. It took Bear Bryant eight years to get that many titles.
But Saban stressed at Thursday's SEC Media Days that there's no comparing him to the Hall of Famer.
"I don't think I have any reason that anybody should do that," he said....
They slip him in the back like Elvis, surrounded by an entourage of serious-looking men in dark suits and red ties.
Nick Saban entered the Wynfrey Hotel through a service elevator that went straight from a parking deck to a kitchen on the second floor. When he finally entered the hallway for his SEC Media Days obligations, the circus began.
Saban showed no hint of surprise when...
Roll Tide, indeed. After photos began to surface early in the day, the interwebs have been abuzz on Thursday over the phenomenal hat sported by an Alabama Crimson Tide fan at the SEC Media Days function. And as things often go in situations like these, the young man with the blingy cranium-capper has been identified, [...]The post Alabama fan’s National Title Ring Hat is fantastic...
Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't interested in comparisons to Bear Bryant.
Speaking at Southeastern Conference media days Thursday, Saban says he sees no reason ''anybody should do that. I think Bear Bryant is probably the greatest coach ever in college football.''
Saban cited Bryant's accomplishments and consistency over a long period of time. He led the...
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Alabama's coach has his fair share of detractors. And for the most part, they're well-earned. Along with all the hate that comes with winning three national championships in four seasons, the haters come out when you act like this:
Or when your name rhymes with this guy's:
But during SEC Media Days on Thursday, it was a Nick Saban fan who turned a compliment into morst...
Here is a transcript of Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban’s address and question and answer period before the print journalists at Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover on Thursday:
Davion Hall earned his Alabama offer in May, well after pledging to the home-state Baylor Bears. But after Alabama's camp this week, the five-star wide receiver checked out Tuscaloosa and met Nick Saban in person for the first time.
HOOVER, Ala. -- As per usual at SEC Media Days, the Alabama fan contingent reflected the preseason media polls on Thursday as Nick Saban and company took to the stage. BamaMag.com was there with cameras rolling...
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College football is just around the corner. Bring on SEC media days!
In case you don’t know, SEC media days is a chance for media and fans alike to flock to Hoover, Alabama’s Wynfrey Hotel for a chance to interview and meet some of the Southeastern Conference’s best players and coaches.
On Thursday afternoon, BCS defending championships, the Alabama Crimson...
Those who were fortunate enough to have been involved with Alabama football during the Paul Bryant era frequently think about those times in the 1960s and 70s (actually, 1958-82). It is likely those who are a part of the Nick Saban era of Crimson Tide football (2007 and counting) will have similar memories. That’s because the two coaching giants share many of the same, positive characteristics.
Today was the banner day for the SEC Media Days, with three of the biggest coaches in the conference - and college football taking the podium. Sorry, James Franklin of Vanderbilt, we're talking about Alabama's Nick Saban, Georgia's Mark Richt, and the ever-quotable Les Miles of LSU (if he needs further introduction). In an effort to kick things off with a bang, we'...
Over the past five years at Alabama, Coach Nick Saban’s relationship with quarterback AJ McCarron has flourished, and he’s understandably happy to have a fifth-year senior quarterback at the helm. “We have a wonderful quarterback who has developed and become a very good leader on our team,” Saban said at SEC Media Days in Hoover Thursday. added that McCarron’s role could expand.
For the past few months, bits and pieces of the new Alabama Crimson Tide football facilities have been leaking out and now, Alabama posted a full tour courtesy of Tide TV of the finished $9 Million facility.
Some of the features include:
Player lounge with arcade, TV lounge, pool tables, nutrition bar.
A hallway filled with jerseys of Crimson Tide first round picks under Nick Saban...
Texas A&M star QB Johnny Manziel was the spotlight of this year's SEC Media Days. With his recent off the field accolades and early departure from the Manning camp, Manziel had plenty of questions to answer, but he dodged and waffled around most of them. Johnny Football claims that he's just a "20 year old college kid" and hasn't changed since he won the...