Even now, Bear’s shadow is larger than Saban’s

January 8, 2018 Alabama

Monday, 3 a.m. He was not the tallest man I’ve ever encountered. And he was not the heaviest. Somehow, however, Paul Bryant left the biggest shadow. He was all leather and sinew, as if he had been cut from a saddle. His voice came from deep down inside of him, and by the time it […]

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Random Thoughts: Gruden would have cost a lot

December 31, 2017 Alabama

Sunday, 3 a.m. Jon Gruden is the most famous player of chase in history. The guy loves to be rumored to be a target, doesn’t he? – Do you think Gruden read about Dirk Koetter in the paper? Or do you think the price tag of everything Gruden — salary, free agents, assistant coaches, length […]

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Random thoughts: Surviving Fisher, who got away

December 3, 2017 Alabama

Sunday, 3 a.m. Jameis Winston threw it. Kelvin Benjamin caught it. It was two-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to go in January of 2014. And without it, Jimbo Fisher has no national title against Auburn, and Texas A&M is paying him a lot less. Think about it. – Just asking: Which college coach would […]

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Clemson’s Watson just too good for Alabama

January 10, 2017 Alabama

    Tuesday, 4 a.m. In the back offices of Penn State, someone smiles. On the practice fields of Texas A&M, someone nods. In the recruiting offices of Oklahoma, someone told someone else so. There is a new hope everywhere, from the fields of Auburn to the offices of FSU, from the dorms at Colorado […]

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Even after Saban, Bryant lives in memories

January 9, 2017 Alabama

Monday, 4 a.m. He looked as if he was cut out of leather. He sounded as if his voice was being dragged across the rocks. When he stared at you, you would swear he saw clear to the other side. He was Bear Bryant. And he still matters. The years have not been kind to […]

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