Alabama football: Nick Saban blows through SEC Media Days with motivated Crimson Tide
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Nick Saban’s appearance at SEC Media Days.
Have y’all season Gatorade’s latest commercial? “The secret to victory?”
For those of you who won’t watch a minute-long video, it’s all about how the worst moments of an athlete’s career serve as the motivation for their preparation going forward. It’s got Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, T.J. Watt, the Mannings and Matt Ryan, among others.
Add Nick Saban, Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Crimson Tide to that roster.
Saban and the leader of his defense made it clear at their SEC Media Days appearance on Thursday that the national championship lost hasn’t been forgotten. Saban said he hopes his team “won’t waste” the loss, and Fitzpatrick said the team is more focused now than ever before. Given the absurd single-mindedness most Alabama teams have, that’s difficult to imagine.
Saban is the master of the 24-hour rule, but big losses have always hung around the Alabama complex, whether to Auburn or to Ole Miss. Strength coach Scott Cochran especially loves to seize on them during his weight training program, and Saban knows how to use them to solicit focus. Given the pain of coming so close and falling short last season, this loss could be the most useful of all.
For the full rundown from Saban’s appearance, read Marq Burnett’s full account of Saban’s whirlwind path at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.
- Miss any of Alabama’s appearance at SEC Media Days? Let our digest catch you up.
- TideSports compiled the weirdest moments of the day.
- Jalen Hurts is definitely the starter, but Tua Tagovailoa will play.
Nick Saban looking at Jalen Hurts like… pic.twitter.com/kNsXU4FH8G
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) July 12, 2017
- RB Bo Scarbrough and LB Shaun Dion Hamilton are apparently fully healthy. Whether or not they stay that way will be a key variable in Alabama’s season.
- Minkah Fitzpatrick called LSU ‘Alabama’s biggest rival.’ Related: recency bias.
- JK Scott named to the Ray Guy Award watchlist.
- Alabama’s got a young defense. How much of a problem will that be?
- Alabama is deep at inside linebacker.
- AL.com’s countdown of the best in the SEC continued with the best No. 52, an underrated Alabama legend who was the team’s only No. 1 overall pick.
- RollBamaRoll’s countdown continues with a tribute to “the greatest pass rusher in college football history.”
- Saban stands head and shoulders above the rest of the SEC, according to Kevin Scarbinsky. Not literally, of course.
- A new guideline prevents coaches from coming onto the field of play to berate officials. That could be trouble for Saban and other SEC coaches.
- Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will blend pro-style elements with spread elements, not unlike Lane Kiffin.
Built by Bama
Landon Collins and HaHa Clinton-Dix are attempting to set the standard for NFL safeties:
Maybe a Tie. https://t.co/iEct7kKJxp
— Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (@haha_cd6) July 12, 2017
Around the Capstone
FloGymnastics has an excellent breakdown of Alabama gymnastics’ recruiting class. It’s a rebuilding year, somewhat, for Alabama, with as many as 16 consistent routines out the door, including three out of four leadoffs. But Kiana Winston is still there, and incoming star Baillie Key could be the next great Alabama all-arounder.
The adapted athletics program made a pair of hires on Wednesday. Evan Enquist, who was a graduate student and part-time coach for the men’s tennis program, moves into that job full-time. The team won two national titles under his guidance since 2014. The program also hired Will Wright, a former LSU football assistant strength coach, to become the director of strength and conditioning for the whole program. He’ll have hands-on input in the design of Alabama’s state-of-the-art adapted athletics facility.
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