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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Alabama will head into spring drills with SEVEN new assistant coaches. In what has
    become an annual event, Saban has to essentially rebuild his coaching staff. Here's
    a look at the new Tide staff.

    OC/QBs - Steve Sarkisian (OC Atlanta Falcons)
    DC/LBs - Pete Golding (Alabama)
    ST/TEs - Jeff Banks (Alabama)
    RBs - Charles Huff (RBs Mississippi State)
    WRs - Holman Wiggins (WRs Virginia Tech)
    OL - Kyle Flood - (OL Atlanta Falcons)
    DL - Brian Baker (DL Mississippi State)
    LBs - Sal Sunseri (DL Florida)
    CBs - Karl Scott (Alabama)
    Ss - Charles Kelly (DC Florida State)

    Spring practice starts next month so these new guys will have to hit the field
    running. You can bet they are putting in a lot of hours now getting ready.

    Truly remarkable how Saban continues success with the turnover he has annually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albatross View Post
    Truly remarkable how Saban continues success with the turnover he has annually.
    I agree. Also amazing is the number of coaches who want to come to Bama as anaylyst.
    It's almost like a school for coaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    I agree. Also amazing is the number of coaches who want to come to Bama as anaylyst.
    It's almost like a school for coaches.
    Would you consider Sark as a failure with his time at Bama ?..
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    *Since Kirby Smart became the coach of the Dawgs in 2016, Georgia has signed 18 5-star
    prospects. During the same time, Alabama has signed 14 5-star prospects. The lesson here
    is Kirby Smart is a heck of a recruiter.

    *Since David Shaw took over for Jim Harbaugh as Stanford's head coach, he has averaged
    10.2 wins per season. In my book, he is one of the most underrated coaches in college football.
    The entrance standards for Stanford are difficult.

    *Virginia Tech added a quarterback Saturday, announcing that Braxton Burmeister intends to
    transfer from Oregon. Burmeister, a sophomore, saw limited action behind Justin Herbert and
    when Herbert elected to come back for his senior year, decided to transfer. Virginia Tech was
    down a quarterback after former starter Josh Jackson decided to transfer to Maryland.

    *Former No. 1 recruit Jaelan Phillips will transfer from UCLA to Miami. The former 5-star line-
    backer was the nations overall top dog in the class of 2017. Phillips played in only ten games
    in two seasons with the Bruins. He has a history of concussion problems.

    *Twelve teams won two or fewer games last fall. I will predict a major turnaround for two
    of those teams. I see North Carolina and Arkansas as two teams that will make major im-
    provements. Winning seasons may be a stretch but they will be greatly improved.

    *All this Texas HYPE is off the charts since winning their bowl game. A bit optimistic in my
    humble opinion.

    As always, welcome your opinions...……………………………...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RED EYE View Post
    Would you consider Sark as a failure with his time at Bama ?..
    No, because Saban brought him back.

    I and many other Bama fans reserve judgement on our new offensive coordinator. He certainly has
    the horses to work with, knowing the quarterback, running back and receivers are all above the norm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    No, because Saban brought him back.

    I and many other Bama fans reserve judgement on our new offensive coordinator. He certainly has
    the horses to work with, knowing the quarterback, running back and receivers are all above the norm.
    whether it was USC , or the Falcons , just think the guy is overrated ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RED EYE View Post
    whether it was USC , or the Falcons , just think the guy is overrated ...
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    Oregon is hiring Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos as its new DC.
    Avalos has spent the past four years at Boise and will now replace Jim Leavitt
    who was ask to leave.
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    Northwestern: Hunter Johnson, a quarterback transfer from Clemson will battle for a starting
    job this spring. The 6-2, 210 pounder was the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 30 player
    overall prospect in the Class of 2017. The 5-starrecruit was rated higher than Georgia's Jake
    Fromm coming out of high school. He ran the scout team last year and should be the starter
    this season. NW's coaches were impressed with his talent level.

    Vanderbilt: The Commodores took the field Wednesday for the first day of spring practice with
    six quarterbacks in camp competing to replace four year starter Kyle Shurmur. Reports are that
    redshirt junior Deuce Wallace and Ball State grad transfer Riley Neal are leading the pack.

    Illinois: I just can't understand how Lovie Smith got a contract extension. He is 9-27 with a
    defense that has gotten worse each year under his leadership (61st, 86th, 128th). Also getting
    worse is fans attending games and this merits a contract extension. Good grief athletic director!
    When Smith is fired after the 2019 season, they should send the AD packing with him.

    Spring drills will be going balls to the walls this month. Would love information about your
    favorite team as news develops.
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    NOTRE DAME will start spring practice today trying to have its third double-digit win
    season in a row for the first time since the 1991, 1992 and 1993 stretch. During those
    three years, the Irish were 31-5-1 with three major bowl wins. Spring practice will
    include 14 practice sessions and the annual Blue-Gold Game on April 13. Offensively,
    finding replacements at receiver and running back will be a priority. On defense, re-
    building the middle of the defense, especially linebacker will get full attention.

    ALABAMA announced on Friday that spring football will be beginning next Friday, March
    8 before taking off for spring break. Practice will resume Monday, March 18, with the
    conclusion of spring practice coming Saturday, April 13 with the annual A-Day Game,
    which will take place at 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Bama is breaking
    in seven new assistant coaches along with trying to get the players ready for the coming.
    season.

    MISSOURI starts spring practice Sunday (tomorrow) and head coach Barry Odom has
    already named his starting quarterback. Kelly Bryant, who transferred from Clemson will
    take over for four-year starter Drew Lock even before going through one practice. One
    dark shadow hanging over the program as spring drills begins are NCAA sanctions. The
    school is in the process of appealing the postseason ban and other penalties on the foot-
    ball, baseball and softball teams. Making matters worse, other schools are allowed to re-
    cruit Missouri seniors until the first day of fall classes in August.
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    TEXAS A&M - The Aggies may have difficulty duplicating their 2018 9-4 record this season
    because of a very tough schedule that includes road games at Clemson, LSU and Georgia
    (the latter two in back-to-back weeks to end the regular season). Add Alabama to the
    mix and one could easily see four loses to match last year. On paper, eight wins seems
    realistic but with a road win here or there, the Aggies could turn 2019 into a very productive
    season.

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    UTSA...South Carolina...@Georgia...@LSU
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    CLEMSON - According to coach Dabo Swinney, the potty training continues this spring for
    his defensive linemen. Clemson's young defensive front are receiving instruction on how to
    avoid messes during spring drills. The springtime crash course has been born of necessity
    as the entire starting front four across the defense are gone as well as primary backup Albert
    Huggins. Anticipated starters Nyles Pinckney and Jordon Williams are missing spring practice
    while recovering from surgeries, leaving an inexperienced front four and quite a teaching job
    for Tiger coaches.
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    PITTSBURGH - The Panthers surprised some folks last year by winning the ACC Coastal
    Division while going 7-7 overall, then posting a 6-2 record in conference play. Could Pitt
    repeat in 2019? Not likely but the Coastal Division is wide open with Virginia Tech, Miami
    and Virginia in the mix as favorites. This is a division to keep an eye on if these teams
    start beating up on each other.

    UTAH - The Utes won the Pac 12 South last season while going 9-5 overall and 6-3 in
    conference play. In a division that seems to have plenty of parity, Utah may just make
    a run for a repeat. Playing on the road against USC and Washington won't be easy but
    Kyle Whittingham (112-55) who is entering his 15th season with the Utes may just get
    the job done again.

    TENNESSEE - Don't sleep on the Vols this season...they will be much better than 2018.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    The FLORIDA Gators seem to be ahead of schedule under Dan Mullen, and they capitalized
    on that momentum with a top-10 recruiting class in 2019. This is also a nod that Florida is
    in the best shape among the "big three" programs in the state.
    Is anybody really surprised that Mullen has things going in the right direction? Most people thought that was a good hire, and the only question is how far he can take them.
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    Quick Hits:

    *Nebraska lost 5 games by 5 points or fewer last year.

    *Cincinnati won 11 games during 2018 with a freshman quarterback.

    *Kentucky loses studs Josh Allen and Benny Snell to the NFL but have enough talent to challenge
    as a top tier East Division team.

    *Notre Dame (12-1) has road games this season at Georgia and Michigan.

    *Syracuse (10-3) averaged over 40 ppg last year and may just have the fire power to do it again
    this season.

    *Washington's Chris Peterson has established a winning program in Seattle and with Georgia transfer
    Jacob Eason stepping in as QB, the trend will continue.

    *Georgia's 3 straight Top 10 recruiting classes have Kirby Smart's program in reload mode.

    *Texas has been piling up talented recruiting classes and will need them with an early season battle
    with LSU.

    *Oregon seems to be a team on the come in Mario Christobal's first year. Three of its 4 losses came
    on the road.

    *Texas A&M lost a lot of talent for 2019 and the schedule is a bear.

    *Washington State loses its QB but 4 offensive linemen and 9 of the teams top receivers return.
    Also, hotshot QB transfer now on campus.

    *Wisconsin was a disappointment in 2018 losing 5 games but should bounce back with 15 or so
    starters returning this season.

    *Army proved 2017 (10-3) was no fluke by winning 11 last year.

    *Did Florida arrive perhaps earlier than expected under Dan Mullen? Will be interesting to see how
    2019 plays out.

    *Penn State (9-4) disappointed in 2018 and will face a tougher schedule this season.

    *Clemson has now won 2 of the last 3 NC but must replace a ton of talent on defense.

    *Oklahoma's defense has to improve if the Sooners' are going to remain a national
    contender.

    *Will Ohio State's Ryan Day be this year's Lincoln Riley, stepping in for a retiring legend?

    *Alabama's decisive title-game loss notwithstanding, don't expect much drop-off from the
    Tide in 2019.

    *UAB had its greatest season in program history last year by winning 11 games. Now the
    program must replace 35 seniors...15 of them starters. Ouch!
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