Daily Archives: October 11, 2012

Where did Saban’s glasses go?

If you’ve seen the documentary “Cleveland ’95: A Football Life” on the NFL Network recently, you might’ve noticed Alabama coach Nick Saban in clips from the early 1990s … wearing glasses.

Saban, who was the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator during 1991-94, hasn’t worn glasses at Alabama, and he said you won’t see them soon, either.

“The reason I got rid of the glasses, when I came down South — and I won’t mention the place — it was so hot I couldn’t keep them from sliding down my face,” Saban said, referring to his time at LSU in 2000-04. “Then I went to contacts, and they burned. So I got brave and had Lasik surgery.”

The documentary covers a five-year stretch with the Browns, leading up to the 1995 season, so even though Saban was at Michigan State by then, he is included and even interviewed.

A couple of others with Alabama ties are in the documentary, too: Former Alabama player Ozzie Newsome was a team executive at the time for Cleveland, and current Tide football radio analyst Phil Savage was a defensive assistant and scout for the Browns then.

Now, you probably would love for us to have a photo of Saban posted on the blog. We don’t have permission to any photos of him with glasses, but another website has posted a screenshot of him. Click here to see it.

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Saban: Tide has prepared for bad weather Saturday

Weather.com is reporting the potential for severe thunderstorms Saturday in Columbia, Mo., but Alabama coach Nick Saban said the Tide has prepared for that.

For example, Saban has the quarterbacks and wide receivers practice with a wet ball once a week.

“When we have to play in those circumstances, it won’t be so different,” Saban said tonight on his weekly radio show.

Saban said he wants to train players for “unusual circumstances,” so they’ll adapt quickly. He doesn’t want his players to become so comfortable in the routine, they can’t adapt to something new.

Also regarding the weather for Saturday, James Spann is reporting on the ABC 33/40 weather blog the skies will be nasty that day. He wrote there is the “potential for frequent lightning, high winds, and hail.” He also is reporting, “I don’t think the game will be cancelled, but a delay is a very real possibility.”

Click here for his blog posting.

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Saban: No ‘Alpha Dog’ on Tide defense

Alabama’s Quinton Dial (90), Brandon Ivory (62), C.J. Mosley (32) and Nico Johnson (35) celebrate after sacking Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes (6) earlier this season. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

Alabama is getting similar results defensively as in the past, but Tide head coach Nick Saban said his team is getting it done with a different style of leadership.

Alabama leads the country in scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense, but Saban said the group has no “Alpha Dog” like linebackers Rolando McClain in 2009 and Dont’a Hightower in 2011.

“There’s more joint leadership,” Saban said tonight on his weekly radio show. “We don’t have that one guy who says, let’s go.”

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McCarron makes final 15 for Unitas Award

AJ McCarron during practice. (Photo courtesy of Kent Gidley, University of Alabama)

Alabama’s AJ McCarron is one of the top 15 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The award goes to a quarterback, who is judged on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments. Alabama’s Jay Barker won the award in 1994.

McCarron has completed 65.8 percent of his passes and thrown 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. He hasn’t thrown an interception in 206 consecutive passes.

In other Tide news, the team practiced for 90 minutes in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts today inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

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Jesse Williams … crime fighter?

Although fans were asked not to request a posed photo from players, Crimson Tide nose tackle Jesse Williams didn’t seem to mind posing quickly for University of Alabama freshman nursing student Kaci Crumpton. (Photo courtesy of Kaci Crumpton)

Ever wondered why Alabama hasn’t had any early games this season? Maybe Twitter user @SabansStatue has the answer:

About a month ago, Alabama’s Carson Tinker started a Twitter contest, searching for the funniest tall tales about teammate Jesse Williams, the tattooed Australian noseguard who can bench press 600 pounds.

Fans apparently had so much fun with it, it’s still going, as you can see from the Twitter post above. Click here to read the original “tall tales: story on The Daily Bama Blog.

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The Coleman Coliseum floor is getting there …

The new Coleman Coliseum floor is close to finished.

The Coleman Coliseum floor is looking good as workers finish putting down the new one.

We took a trip inside the arena Wednesday afternoon to take a look. You can see for yourself in the photo above. About the only change we see is that the script “A” in the middle faces team benches rather than away from them as it did last year.

For comparison, we’re including an ESPN video below from January when Alabama fans ribbed the LSU basketball team pretty good for managing to get the ball past half-court.

Click here for a couple of photos of how it looked early in the process.

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Trent Richardson makes new fans in New Jersey

A fan posted this short video of Trent Richardson signing autographs while in New Jersey.

Apparently, the fan came away impressed. He posted this with the video: “The former Alabama star and current Browns rookie was all class when he passed through NJ for a game vs. the Giants. He signed multiples for the 4 collectors who asked.”

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