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Nick Saban said Wednesday at SEC Media Days that Alabama is motivated by its title game loss to Clemson.

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.


Built by Bama

Landon Collins and HaHa Clinton-Dix are attempting to set the standard for NFL safeties:

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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