Alabama football: Two Saban proteges take the stage at SEC Media Days
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at the long shadow cast by Nick Saban on the SEC.
Nick Saban hasn’t taken the podium at SEC Media Days yet – that comes Wednesday – but his influence has certainly been felt.
Jim McElwain of Florida and Kirby Smart of Georgia led the day in Hoover, Ala., on Tuesday, two former Saban coordinators (along with Will Muschamp) turned competitors for the SEC East. Smart, in his second year as his alma mater’s head coach, acknowledged that he and everyone in the conference are playing catchup to his old boss:
Smart, McElwain and Muschamp cast Saban’s shadow in one way, the rest of the conference in another. As Joe Goodman of AL.com points out, the only coach with more than one victory against Saban in the conference is Hugh Freeze, who may have to vacate those wins thanks to NCAA violations. The two remaining coaches who have beaten Saban with transcendent quarterbacks at the helm, Kevin Sumlin and Gus Malzahn, have found themselves impotently quarterback-less and could relatedly soon be jobless.
It all reminds me of the Les Miles firing. If you’re getting fired for not being able to beat possibly the greatest college football coach of all time consistently, who could possibly replace you?
- Saban takes the stage Wednesday at SEC Media Days. Charlie Potter has five burning questions for him. He’ll probably only get to ask one, at most.
- Marq Burnett compiled everything ‘they’ said about Alabama on Tuesday.
- Director of officials Steve Shaw has heard your cries of anguish, Alabama fans, and turns away, stonefaced, uncaring.
- Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason said he’s ‘not scared’ of Alabama, even though ‘there’s nobody right now doing it better’ than Saban.
- TideSports compiled the silliest moments of the day, including bear and shark stories from McElwain.
- ESPN is auctioning off a gameday with Saban to benefit the Jimmy V Foundation.
- And RollBamaRoll’s Countdown-turned-history lesson turns its attention to Kenny ‘Snake’ Stabler’s “Run in the Mud.”
Built by Bama
Former Alabama All-SEC golfer and all-time-great-name-haver Gator Todd was named the assistant coach at Vanderbilt. A four-year letterman at Alabama, Todd played in 43 tournaments during his Crimson Tide career with a 73.55 scoring average. As a senior in 2008, he helped lead Alabama to its first No. 1 ranking in program history.
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