Perhaps sensing that he’s going to have more time on his hands in his new Alabama AD job (since management of the football program boils down to “anything else you need, Nick?”), Greg Byrne has big plans elsewhere.
“I have always paid attention to things Coach Saban has said from afar because they are always well thought out,” Byrne said. “Before I knew this opportunity was going to come along, I would always listen to what he had to say. I think he cares very much about the University of Alabama, but he also cares very much about the game of football. So, as an athletic director in an evolving time, I think the platform you have here that you can have a voice in how college athletics is shaped for the future.”
Byrne seems eager to use his. In the SEC, he has established relationships with several athletic directors, including Mitch Barnhart at Kentucky, Florida’s Scott Stricklin, Mississippi State’s John Cohen and Jeff Long at Arkansas. He’s also close to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. With a background in fundraising, Byrne knows how to lobby — a skill that could come in handy if he, Saban and the university attempt to advance a particular cause.
“The stage here at Alabama allows you that,” Byrne said.
Greg McGarity smiles and nods knowingly. Those Open Records laws don’t re-write themselves, you know.
In the cold light of day, will ‘Bama fans blame the loss on Lane Kiffin?
Hell, in his mind, you know Junior’s already taking credit for it.
… that shit… er, Lane Kiffin.
Saban wouldn’t elaborate on further questioning about the situation. Kiffin said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” that the “press box would be ideal” when asked whether he would be on the sideline for the game against Clemson. Saban, however, dismissed that notion.
“That’s really not even possible from a legal standpoint for him to do those things,” Saban said. “So that’s not something we’re interested in pursuing.”
Shouldn’t give people ideas, Coach. What are the odds that some Alabama fanatic is out there right now scrambling to get a motion filed asking a court to issue an injunction against Junior attending the national title game?
Personally, I think the Laner would make an excellent addition to ESPN’s pre-game show.
A few scraps rounded up for the buffet line…
Say what you will about the bathrooms at Sanford Stadium, we’ve never heard a PA announcement like this:
Time for a little college football nosh.
- Sam Cunningham reminisces about Southern Cal’s 1970 win over Alabama.
- The death of rivalries: “Know what? The people counting the viewers and signing the massive network television deals could not care less.” True dat.
- Ole Miss bans ‘Dixie’ at home football games.
- “Before the injury, Chubb had averaged 149 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game through five games, and that includes a 146 yards and a 7.3 yards per carry performance against Alabama. If you extrapolate those numbers across a 13-game season, Chubb finishes 2015 with 1,937 yards and 18 touchdowns.”
- Today, in Baylor, part one.
- Today, in Baylor, part two. (Friend of the blog Ed Kilgore ponders what Starr could do, now that he has some spare time on his hands.)
- If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to plan your SEC game of the week watching around matching recipes, Southern Living is there for you.
Nick Saban has time for this shit:
Across the street from the Alabama practice fields are several apartment complexes, the upper units with porches high enough to provide a good view of the practice fields. Alabama has an agreement with one of the complexes that they will write into people’s leases that they not stand outside and watch football practice.
That would be a fun eviction hearing to watch.