Alabama Moves Indoors as the Heat Rises Outside and in the News
Alabama moved in-doors today wearing helmet, shoulder pads and shorts. While the temperature and the latest breaking news outside is searing hot, Head Coach Nick Saban didn’t seem too distracted by it.
He was in the same place as he usually is at this point in the practice, with the defensive backs. He did turn his attention to the offense some just before the period ended. Coach Saban will address the media at his usual Wednesday press conference. I am sure he already has a statement prepared and odds are they might just get the “Saban Look” if the question surrounding D.J. Fluker is asked in the wrong manner or context.
The story broke this morning as Alabama and the NCAA were notified regarding Five Southeastern Conference football stars who violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits prior to completing their collegiate careers. One of these alleged players is former All-American and NFL first rounder (San Diego Chargers) D.J. Fluker. Neither the NCAA or Alabama had an immediate comment.
Saban’s comments will likely follow suit with AD Bill Battle who just released a statement regarding the allegations:
“We have been aware of some of the allegations in today’s story and our compliance department was looking into this situation prior to being notified that this story was actually going to be published. Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so.”
Bill Battle, Director of Athletics, University of Alabama
Now Back to Practice:
DE Ed Stinson, who was mentioned in the Yahoo! report regarding a meeting in Gulf Shores but was not specifically implicated of any wrongdoing, participated in practice today.
As Saturday gets closer Alabama may have moved inside for a few reasons but one of these is to more than likely simulate the crowd noise. Coaches can crank the noise fairly loud inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility vs. being outside and disturbing the peace.
Another note from practice is that the offense seemed to be working at a little faster pace during passing drills. The receivers were more up-tempo and so were the lineman. Part of Alabama’s identity from an offensive standpoint is to control the tempo of the game. This may be something to throw off the Aggies a little or maybe it’s just to help the offense focus more. Either way it was a little quicker pace than what we normally see.
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