What We Learned From Media Days SEC Media Daze have come and gone. The annual run up to the SEC football season was, as usual, long on style and short on substance. Nick Saban ranted and I, for one, missed the humor and bombast of Steve Spurrier, Bret Bielema tried, but . . . .
This weekend marked the first time this season that the majority of Alabama's commitments were in action . . . 247Sports
Saban has long said that as long he's healthy and still enjoying coaching, he'll keep plugging away . . . Bleacher Report
"My No. 1 goal for the players in our program, is that they can be more successful in life because they were involved in the program," Saban said. "And when they commit, I tell them I don't really want you to commit to Alabama; I want you to commit to all the things we're going to do to help you be successful . . . 247Sports
Of course, there remain unresolved situations even as USC preparation continues. Like, say, quarterback. That remains a mystery . . . Birmingham News
No program in the sport's history has maintained this level of excellence against this level of competition for this length of time . . . Mobile Press-Register
David Pollack said the Crimson Tide's stockpile of talent will prevail and Alabama's potential quarterback controversy isn't as big a deal as it is for other teams . . . 247Sports
Less than a week until their opener against Southern California on Saturday, Alabama players are anxiously awaiting the chance to go up against someone other than themselves . . . Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
"We're going to have to pick the guys we're going to have to get ready to play the game," Saban said, "and how we rep them and how we get guys to have roles, whether it's on special teams, offense or defense . . . Huntsville Times
(Video) Do SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy and Clint Stoerner expect an unbeaten regular season from Alabama this fall? . . . 247Sports
The Southeastern Conference was hesitant to fully embrace the movement, but even that changed: Alabama, among others, embraced a quicker style, needing a more potent offensive attack to maintain its perch atop the sport . . . USA Today
USC's opening game against Alabama: the schools and their marching bands are tiffing over "Tusk," the top-10 Fleetwood Mac hit . . . Los Angeles Times
Three teams could give them trouble, however, impeding the Tide's run to the program's fifth national championship of the past decade . . . Washington Post
All transfers are unique. Playing time concerns, disciplinary issues, loss of that desire -- each have explained most of the departures from the Alabama football program in Nick Saban's tenure . . . Mobile Press-Register
Soccer overcomes deficit with four second half goals . . . Crimson White
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