Thursday, February 15, 2007  
Football news in middle February
John Pruett's column today included a brief Q & A with Tom Luginbill from ESPNU regarding Alabama and Auburn recruting. He said Saban "rattled enough cages and got into enough people's minds that they made an impact on the 2008 class. That was a big part of the plan."

The NCAA has proposed some rule changes that would go into effect this coming year. All of the time saving procedures from last year will be gone, being replaced by shorter timeouts, kickoffs from the 30 instead of the 35, among others. Sounds like a much better plan to me.

We only have 37 days left until spring practice starts. Workouts started a short time ago. Strength and Conditioning is going to be a BIG part of Saban's process.

Thomas Murphy reports that Saban is "ready to get booed."

Ray Melick's column on Monday discussed how difficult it is to be an assistant coach for Coach Saban. He is a hard ass that expects everyone to conform to his way or the high way. There were only 2 assistant coaches that stayed the entire tenure with him at Michigan State. Sounds good to me. This is probably why Alabama hired him. He doesn't take crap.

Lindy's chimes in on Les Miles's outburst towards Alabama. Is he scared?

Finebaum thinks so. In his latest article, he states that rivals are fearful of Saban. As well they should be. This man is on a mission.

And now, finally, in Melick's latest column, he goes into detail about how childish it is for the Big 10 commissioner to post an article on the conference's official website stating why the Big 10 is better than the SEC. They're scared now too. 41-14 and a beating on National Signing Day can do that to a man.

Comments: Finebaum thinks a lot of things that aren't true.

I doubt any coach of a successful, upper tier program is scared of Saban. It's not fear, it's frustration at the personality and tactics.

11 other coached are on the same mission as Saban. He can't will the power in the SEC away, no matter how few hours of sleep he actually gets.

This "obcenity deleted" has taken on a life of it's own. There is no proof that is what he said. A majority of first-hand witnesees think he said something not nearly as naughty. Given that there were kids there and his wife and HIS kids were standing right behind him, I doubt he would have said that, even given his lack of verbal skills and penchant for outbursts. It just doesn't add up, much like the comments Saban made in 2002 about Alabama (that were subsequently proven false).
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