Merry Christmas To All

Nick Saban’s gift to Alabama fans this Christmas season – as if anything more than he gives with Crimson Tide football season after Crimson Tide football season is needed – came in response to the question that keeps on giving…giving exasperation. In an interview with, Saban affirmed his intention to finish his coaching career in Tuscaloosa.

Ah, but if only we could give our loyal readers and contributors such joyous tidings. The best we can do is pledge to continue to cover Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the pursuit of national championships, which truly is a labor of love.

This is also a time when we want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (and also a comforting New Year’s Eve from Dallas, followed by a gratifying 16th national championship on Jan. 11 from Phoenix).

In this very special season for giving, all of us at share our hope that your Christmas is the most wonderful time.

Certainly, it is a good time for Alabama followers. While the Crimson Tide football team is in search of its fourth national championship under Nick Saban, there is also great excitement in the performance of the Alabama basketball team under new coach Avery Johnson, and excitement as we see the completion of Sewell-Thomas Baseball Stadium drawing near. And so it goes through all Bama athletics under Bill Battle.

We send our merry greetings to all in the media relations department at Alabama, headed by Doug Walker and including (particularly) Josh Maxon in football, Aaron Jordan in men’s basketball, and photographer Kent Gidley, who we bother on an almost daily basis. Our resources also include the incredible staff in the Bryant Museum, director Ken Gaddy and Taylor Watson and Brad Green in the research area.

It has been another wonderful year for us at, working with Recruiting Expert John Garcia, Jr., and reporters Cary L. Clark and A.P. Steadham, along with exceptional photography from Stuart McNair.

Stuart is my son, and it is a special gift to be able to have so much time with him in our coverage of Alabama. It will be a delight to spend Christmas day with him and his family, Tracy, and children Roeder and Jordan; and with our daughter, Julia, and her husband, Michael Allsup, and son Henry.

Most certainly couldn’t do what I do without the loving support of my wife, Lynne.

All of us are grateful for the hundreds in our Scout organization, from my longtime friend, Jim Heckman, who runs the company, to the upper management of Joel Cox, Ben Beachler, Scott Kennedy, and Jay Torrell, and through the ranks of video producers, analysts, and reporters and my fellow publishers, who are universally professional and helpful.

But it all goes back to you, our readers. We appreciate you more than you can know, and I hope you continue to join us in following the Crimson Tide through this season and all the sports seasons for years to come.

Merry Christmas!


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