Ray Melick talked with Coach Stallings for a little while. He's warning us - Coach Saban is a good coach, and he'll turn it around, but it might take a little while. So don't get impatient with him in the first season.
DJ Hall and BJ Stabler both had successful surgeries at the beginning of this week. They both wanted to wait until after spring practice was done to have them. They'll be back in plenty of time for fall practice.
We told you on Monday that John Michael Boswell, OL from Tuscaloosa County, had committed to Alabama. Tidesports tells us a little more about him.
Tidefans.com's message board has pointed out that, contrary to what the Athletic Office is saying about there being no plans to expand the south endzone, the University's Construction Administration Projects report says differently. Now, they're only doing studies to see what it would take at the moment, but it is part of the plan. Check out this link - and if you need login info, use "guest" and "guest" for the login and password. Scroll down to where you see Bryant-Denny Stadium. It says "Davis Architects performing study. No Change." We'll just have to wait and see if it can be done, I guess.
CBS Sportsline's Claynation chimes in about Bama's 92K+ for a spring game. He's good at poking fun at us, but he's got some great lines in there - like "I was a bit disappointed that Nick Saban didn't bring out Mike Shula to announce that henceforth, in Shula's honor, all field goals from inside of 10 yards were going to be referred to as Shulas in the Alabama record book."
THE MIKE DUBOSE ERA
#22: Arkansas 17 - Alabama 16: Sept. 20th, 1997 in Tuscaloosa, AL
I remember this game because it was the first loss under Coach DuBose. Danny Ford's Arkansas Razorbacks won for the 2nd straight time in Bryant Denny, and I was ready to kill Mike.
I remember watching Anthony Eubanks run free in the endzone and Clint Stoerner finding him for the game winning score with only 1:45 left. My dad and I used to go to every home game, and this one nearly ripped my heart out.
It was a running back by committee type of day, and we saw Dennis Riddle, Curtis Alexander, and Shaun Alexander all give subpar performances. The offensive line was atrocious all day, and the whole team didn't look prepared to play at all. This was one of those 11:30am JP games that we hated, so it was even tougher because we had been up since 4am.
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