Alabama basketball: Nick Saban torches Mustang driver in street race, defends protests, previews Ole Miss
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Need for speed
Nick Saban grew up around cars — working on them, cleaning them, polishing them in his father’s service station. Now, he own a Mercedes-Benz dealership and has access to some of the best-performing consumer cars in the world. On Wednesday night, when he came across a “hot tamale Mustang” driver, that paid off.
“I mean, the competitor in me,” Saban said on his Thursday radio show. “It was over.”
Saban closed his show with something a bit more serious: a response to a question from a veteran asking if he would welcome back alumni who used their positions in the NFL to protest during the national anthem. He was diplomatic in his response.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 29, 2017
In other Alabama headlines …
- What should Alabama’s defense be worried about and more questions for Saturday in Marq Burnett’s mailbag.?
- So, why is the FBI involved in the investigation that brought down an Alabama basketball assistant?
- Watch a film breakdown of Alabama’s versatile defensive front.
Run the ball
Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News went way inside the still-nascent Brian Daboll offense, and, you’ll be happy to hear him report, “The power running game is back.” Daboll calls run plays two-thirds of the time and relies primarily on pre-snap motion to misdirect a defense while producing regular and efficient gains.
You can watch former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson break down the offensive line play below:
Built by Bama
In MLB …
- Alex Avila went 1 for 4 with a single and a walk as the Cubs beat St. Louis, 2-1, in 11 innings, ending St. Louis’ playoff hopes.
- Tommy Hunter pitched an inning and gave up 1 run on 1 hit and 1 walk as the Rays beat the Yankees, 9-6.
In the President’s Cup, Justin Thomas paired with Rickie Fowler to win the first match of the day, crushing Charl Schwartzel and Hideki Matsuyama, 6 & 4. Thomas will pair with Fowler again when they take on Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace at 10:50 CT on Friday morning.
When mama calls
Dabo Swinney was asked, and not for the first time, about leaving his position at Clemson to take the job at Alabama after Saban retires. Not entirely surprisingly for a Birmingham boy and Alabama alumus, he wouldn’t rule out the possibility.
- Our staff doesn’t think Ole Miss can recapture the magic from its last trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium.
- Bill Connelly’s S&P+ likes Ole Miss to cover the gigantic 4-touchdown spread.
- Bleacher Report’s Josh Martin doesn’t agree.
- And watch the AL.com crew’s predictions below:
Around the Capstone
- The tennis teams will open their facilities for a community-wide “play day” on Friday evening.
- Meanwhile, the men’s tennis team will travel to Nashville for the Commodore Scramble.
- The cross country team is headed Notre Dame for the Joe Piane Invitational.
- And the soccer team lost to Tennessee after a lackluster first half gifted the Volunteers a 2-0 halftime lead that never changed. The team will travel to Texas A&M on Oct. 5.
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