FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — We landed in South Florida this evening, ready to cover Alabama’s arrival Wednesday and the Crimson Tide’s week leading up to the BCS National Championship Game.
The Alabama team will arrive at the Miami International Airport on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Central time, and minutes after the Crimson Tide gets off the plane, Nick Saban and several players will meet with reporters. Notre Dame gets in Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Central time at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The news conference begin Thursday morning, as offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, quarterback AJ McCarron, center Barrett Jones, guard Chance Warmack, receiver Kevin Norwood, and running back Eddie Lacy will speak with reporters.
Warmack, in particular, has a warm personality, and it should be fun to see the non-Alabama reporters get a chance to hear from him. I would think they’ll like him a lot. The other four are great, too, which is why the Crimson Tide staff selected them to come, but Warmack just has an easy, relaxed way about him that seems to make him pleasant to interview.
Nussmeier hasn’t spoken to reporters since August. Saban doesn’t allow his assistant coaches to address the media except in rare circumstances. The BCS National Championship Game organizers require the teams to make their the offensive and defensive coordinators available to reporters.
Here is his opening statement from when he spoke to reporters Aug. 5:
“Just want to say how fortunate I feel to be here, be a part of the Alabama history and tradition. This is a special place. When I had the opportunity to come here, we sat down and talked about it as a family, it really was a great, great opportunity. An opportunity to get back in the South, where my wife’s from. We spent quite a bit of time in New Orleans, so to get back and see family and friends it’s been great. To get the opportunity to work with this coaching staff, especially Coach Saban, this offensive staff, it’s been a great opportunity. I’m really looking forward to the season.”