Happy Tuesday! Six college football stories from around SEC Country to start your day off right.
Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer said Monday that Alabama has no weakness that he can find when preparing a game plan.
Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
NCAA meets with Heisman Trophy winner on Texas A&M's campus.
Danny Sheridan agrees with the overwhelming consensus that Alabama will win the SEC West this season, but he doesn't see the Crimson Tide getting a rematch with Georgia in the SEC championship game.
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones didn't seem to be specifically talking about starting quarterback Justin Worley during Monday afternoon's media luncheon when he discussed emotional people.
Saban's pathological drive helps explain why he's both one of the most successful coaches in American sports and, simultaneously, one of the most polarizing. He has now won four national championships—one at LSU and three over the past four years at Alabama, a coaching run unmatched in college football in more than half a century—and his Crimson Tide team is a preseason favorite to win it all again this year. In the insanely competitive SEC, Saban has been a career-wrecker for opposing coaches: Phillip Fulmer (of Tennessee) and Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik (of Auburn) all lost their jobs after beatdowns by Saban's squad. His victory over Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship Game left quarterback Tim Tebow in tears and the Gators' then head coach Urban Meyer in the hospital, complaining of chest pains.
"The thing that amazes me about him is that he doesn't let up," says retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. "People start winning, they slack off. But he just keeps jumping on 'complacency, complacency, complacency.' Most coaches don't think like that."
Saban is also among the highest-paid men on a college sideline, raking in more than $5 million a year, and he has rejected attempts to lure him back to the NFL, where he spent two seasons as coach of the Miami Dolphins and where he could easily earn more.