Saban: Alabama has to learn from loss to Clemson

Posted July 14, 2017

Tagovailoa starred in the spring game, where he he threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns.

Fans say Media Days is the official kick-off to the season and they're excited for football to finally return to The Capstone.

Then you lose last year's national championship game to Clemson, 35-31, on the last play of the game.

Except ... um, in 2012, didn't that "young" Alabama team win yet another national championship, devouring Notre Dame down in Miami?

During that run, four different SEC schools claimed national titles. And I think it's probably Jimbo's experience in this league that's sort of why he built his team that way.

Florida has been served up as the foil to Alabama in the last two SEC title games.

"When you lose a big game like that, you definitely come into the next season with a chip on your shoulder", Ridley said. Take out Ole Miss, which beat Alabama in "14 and '15 and which pushed the Tide in a five-point Alabama win a year ago, and the number jumps to 20.8".

"You know what you have to do to get to Atlanta, in our situation", Sumlin said.

The Wildcats have seven home games this season, including league encounters against East rivals Tennessee and Florida. And you can win a lot of games in the West, and that one can take its toll on you.

For Finebaum, the difference comes down to the head coaches.

Stoops said he understood his brother's reasons but finds it hard to accept he won't be coaching.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey gets philosophical when asked whether the league has slipped, even quoting a longtime manager of Manchester United.

"No", he said. "They were always that standard team, just like the Patriots were that standard team of the NFL".

"It's great. Love having all the fans around me", said Chad Murdock who will attend the University of Alabama as a freshman this fall and become a member of the Million Dollar Band. So you accept that. "I think it will be a lot of fun to play".

"Our commitment is high, but you're in a competitive endeavor". But you can't argue that that is the mark, and that's where everybody wants to be.

The start of the college football season is less than two months away, but "talking season" for the Southeastern Conference is already under way.

Alabama has won 17 consecutive SEC games, all but three by double-digit margins.

The 65-year-old Saban certainly showed no signs of slowing down, as he was ushered into private areas where he conducted interviews with broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, and SEC Network.

"It's cool to go to Alabama", said ESPN analyst Marcus Spears, who went to LSU. I said it so that means I created something that makes everybody panic and it creates news.

Friday, coverage will switch to SWAC Media Day as the Southern Jaguars and defending champion and arch-rival Grambling University get ready for the last ever SWAC Championship game. And hasn't the Crimson Tide stacked up No. 1 recruiting classes like gold bars at Fort Knox dating to, oh say, the dawn of the millennium?

Commissioner Greg Sankey addressed the crowd at Media Days before coaches and players began getting interviewed by expressing the quality of the conference with six national championships in various sports, conference teams playing for the national title in women's basketball (South Carolina, Mississippi State) and baseball (Florida, LSU) plus winning eight of the last 11 college football national titles.

And maybe, as a result, once again widen the gap between the SEC and other conferences. "Personally I've never seen him before".