National sportswriter apologizes to Nick Saban after saying Alabama dynasty was dead
FoxSports.com writer Aaron Torres was one of several journalists who prematurely wrote off Alabama in September.
“Alabama’s dynasty is over,” Torres wrote after the Tide lost to Ole Miss at home. “No, they’re not going to go 4-8 this season and fall completely off the map. But they also aren’t an 11-1 juggernaut and guaranteed National Championship contender either.”
Well, as things stand now, Alabama is well within reach of 11-1, the SEC title game and a national championship after dismantling No. 2 LSU, 30-16, on Saturday night.
So Torres decided to issue coach Nick Saban an apology on Monday.
Here’s an excerpt, in which Torres notes that an Oct. 3 win at Georgia was the turning point:
But in all honesty, I really do think that all that rain and mud and muck brought something out of your team and your program that day that had long been dormant. You guys got back to your roots. You got away from all the glamour and locker room waterfalls and just played football. To quote Dabo Swinney (who I have no doubt you will soon demolish in the playoff), it was a “BYOG game.” Well coach, you brought your own guts that day.
The Tide travel to Mississippi State this weekend to take on the No. 20 Bulldogs (3:30 pm ET, CBS).
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