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A light-hearted Nick Saban took the media to task and praised several defensive players at his Wednesday press conference.

Alabama football: Fired-up Nick Saban praises defensive star; Alabama in talks with Miami

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Hurricane Season

According to a report from Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News, Alabama is negotiating to play Miami in 2021 in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game–the same event that will open this season for the Crimson Tide. The two teams would meet more than 18 years after the 1993 Sugar Bowl that gave Alabama its 12th national championship.

In other Alabama football headlines:

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Nick Saban says

Nick Saban was in an animated mood on Wednesday evening, excoriating the media for hot-take predictions, praising Minkah Fitzpatrick and tossing around the odd expletive. Compared to many of his tirades, this one was clearly light-hearted (as many of them are).

Saban also divulged that vocal former Auburn star Charles Barkley spoke to the team last week. 

Countdown to kickoff

Wednesday marked 17 days until Alabama kicks off against Florida State. To mark the occasion, AL.com named former Alabama star Riley Smith the best No. 17 in SEC history. Smith, a College Football Hall of Fame member who played for the Crimson Tide in the 1930s, was the second player picked in the inaugural NFL draft in 1936 behind Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger.

He was later one of the first two inductees to the Mobile (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame, alongside Hank Aaron.

Built by Bama

In the Majors:

  • Adam Morgan pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings as the Philadelphia Phillies lost 3-1 to the San Diego Padres.
  • Jimmy Nelson got no decision in 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-6.
  • David Robertson got his 14th save of the season with a scoreless inning in a 5-3 New York Yankees win over the Mets.

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