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@NatanElias Well, yes and no.

Is it better for the kid to be committed to Alabama before he finds this out? Probably not if he wants to play/go to school in August. But, under the old rule, there's a chance the kid gets to join the class in August (if someone else is ineligible or doesn't show).

It's a tough, tough issue. That's really what I'm trying to get across.

2 years, 7 months ago on NSD 2012: The Bad News | January

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This woman clearly wants her son at LSU and will stop at nothing to make that happen. She's clearly continuing to agitate for that to happen by first bullying her son, and then alleging NCAA violations.

I'll never say that there's no chance that ANY team is violating NCAA rules in some way, shape or form. But I will say definitively that there's no chance that the Alabama staff would so egregiously and, frankly, stupidly violate NCAA rules to recruit one kid. It's just too easy to get caught, and there's no way they'd risk it.

Unless there's some proof beyond this woman's ramblings, I don't see why anyone would continue to pay her any attention (which is clearly what she wants most).

2 years, 7 months ago on Report: Recruit’s Mom Alleges Bama Offers Son’s Girlfriend A Job

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You have to admit, that'd be pretty adorable. And I'm guessing way less effective than anyone else in the LSU secondary.

2 years, 10 months ago on LSU Week | October

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@HiFiGuy1 I think you're probably right. If Bama goes to Gainesville and wins big, then they'll be up with LSU at the top of the poll. Depending on how Bama looks, IF they win convincingly, they could bump LSU to #2 in my poll.

2 years, 11 months ago on LSU Climbs the Mountaineers - and the Blogpoll | September

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@mattrp I'd like to think that both Nick Saban and I are smart and thick skinned enough to have a reasonable disagreement!

In all seriousness, I think it's certainly OK for us to have a different opinion that our leader - a few places where it isn't OK? North Korea. China. The old USSR.

Of course, it isn't the same, but my point stands. I'm not sure why I can't disagree with something Saban says. I disagree that we have 2 great quarterbacks that can get the job done; McCarron is clearly head and shoulders better.

I think you're probably right. I am lucky enough to get to go to all the games. That does make it less special than when I didn't I suppose.

I certainly didn't mean to piss off the world with this post; I thought it was a reasonable difference of opinion (and still do). But I do get (now) why some of you are so angry about, and I'm sorry if you perceive what I'm doing as taking it for granted.

2 years, 11 months ago on Open Letter to Coach Saban | September

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@brinksr Just so we're clear, you're going to stop reading this site because one of the two authors who posts here has a different opinion than you about when people should leave the game? Really?

2 years, 11 months ago on Open Letter to Coach Saban | September

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@DavidBrantley Yes, clearly I am more about tailgating - as I said I've not missed one game in Bryant Denny (due to a work emergency) in nearly 10 years. I've made trips to every stadium in the conference (with the exception of Florida, where I'm headed on Friday).

Seriously, question what you'd like about me, but I'll put my "fan credentials" up against anyone's. I attend and I'm loud (when I should be). Do I leave blowouts of FCS schools early? Yes, but it's when the game is no longer in question and I'd like to see what Alabama has coming on the schedule (ie, Auburn, LSU, Florida, etc.)

For the record, I was there cheering until after the final snap Saturday. I'll be there next Saturday, and the one after that, and the one after that...

2 years, 11 months ago on Open Letter to Coach Saban | September

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@DavidBrantley@BCRTR I agree he can say whatever he wants, but I can do whatever I want. My problem isn't even necessarily the message, but the way it's delivered.

2 years, 11 months ago on Open Letter to Coach Saban | September

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@DavidBrantley I totally, 100% respect what those kids do - but I don't owe them anything. The scholarships are provided by the folks who pay for tickets. If anything, they owe those who buy the seats! Even the walk-ons enjoy privileges other students don't - fee athletic wear, meals, tutoring, etc.

I'm not saying that these kids don't deserve all that they get. I'm just saying I don't "OWE" them anything. I respect them, but asking me to shout like a crazy person as our 4th string defensive end chases Kent State's quarterback at the end of a 30 point game, I'm not about to do it. It's crazy, and borderline disrespectful to the other team.

2 years, 11 months ago on Open Letter to Coach Saban | September

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@DavidBrantley Seriously, I think Jalston Fowler is awesome. Really. But, realistically, next year he's in line behind Lacy (and Richardson if he comes back), plus Dee Hart, plus whoever we sign this year. Watching him run against a decimated, demoralized and probably destroyed defense doesn't do much to inform or entertain me.

The guys who play in extreme garbage time have my utmost respect.Typically, these are the guys who are on the scout team and make the Tide as prepared as they are.

But when my choice is to watch that or try and make it back to the tailgate to see the end of a competitive game - particularly if it's Auburn about to get upset by Utah State or something similarly hilarious - I'm headed for the exits.

2 years, 11 months ago on Open Letter to Coach Saban | September

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I did leave early. Both of them this year. I watched and enjoyed every competitive minute of those games.

The last time I missed a game at home was because of a work emergency in 2009. Before that, you'd have to go back to 2001 or 2000. I'm honestly not sure.

I've missed a total of 4 road games in 3 years - bowl games included.

There's very little interesting about watching us milk clock and play out the string against Kent State or North Texas. If you're excited about watching Jalston Fowler (who won't ever play meaningful snaps here) take handoffs from a walk-on (who won't ever play meaningful snaps here), you're either a better person than me or pathological.

I've got no shame about it, and calling into question my fandom won't play with me either.

Beef up the schedule, and I'll be there til the bitter end. But there's no joy in watching our reserves mop the field with overmatched kids from North Texas. Sorry.

2 years, 11 months ago on Open Letter to Coach Saban | September

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"Hopefully we'll see the Bama fans, especially the block seating student section, hang around past half time this week." hahahaha

2 years, 11 months ago on Practice Report: Game Week 3 | September

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@Rogue Elephant Sorry to hear you're not digging the new commenting system. Should get better as you use it

3 years ago on Practice Report: August 10 - Practice 1 | August

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I thought the general consensus was the Duron Carter would walk on, and not impact the numbers.

3 years, 2 months ago on Scholarship Numbers - 6/13/11 | June

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We're trying to write more - it's been a busy time for both me and nxojkt.

The problem, @CRIMSON HAMMAH , is that there's no "formal" commitment process. It's nearly impossible to track official commitments from and NCAA perspective.

I think that the best bet might to make formal offers from the school include greyshirt possibilities or something like that. It's so hard to regulate this whole mess because so much of it is informal and outside what the NCAA regulates.

Really, more honesty and openness in this process is never a bad thing - that's where Nick Saban and I disagree (maybe the only place, actually).

3 years, 3 months ago on My Oversigning Twitter Debate Summarized | June

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Thanks for the kind words. We were awfully flattered to get this chance, and if only the recording had worked better, we could have streamed the whole thing... darn my sound board skills!

3 years, 4 months ago on The BSR Julio Jones Interview | April

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Well, @randomgirlsname , I agree... sort of. I felt exactly the same way in 2009.

3 years, 4 months ago on Observations from A-Day | April

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Again, I'm not throwing any stones here. I don't pretend to know what Goodwin's motives are, and there are no credible allegations that he's done anything wrong.

Goodwin has acted a little too much like a spurned lover, and that's certainly odd. Calloway says he won't speak to him either. Who knows what's up, but certainly the coach should act more professionally.

3 years, 4 months ago on Spring Mudslinging: Brent Calloway | April

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Well, they certainly don't "have to", but the threats/general attitude from Goodwin is baffling at the least and potentially unprofessional. His reaction has been bizarre.

3 years, 4 months ago on Spring Mudslinging: Brent Calloway | April

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