Alabama Coach Nick Saban will take the podium Wednesday morning at Southeastern Conference Media Days in suburban Birmingham, and as he begins his 10th year at Alabama and 15th in the SEC (2000-04), he won’t have any problem with questions that may come at him.
There also is no doubt that Saban knows most of the questions that will come. He has answered – or declined to answer – most of them since the end of last season.
Someone may ask a question about the status of the quarterbacks as the Crimson Tide will have a first-year starter at the position for the third consecutive year. Saban has pointed out in the past that he doesn’t choose the quarterback, that the players – fourth-year junior Cooper Bateman, third-year sophomore David Cornwell, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, and true freshman Jalen Hurts – will determine the depth chart prior to (or perhaps during) the 2016 season.
Although he has been consistent in his coaching career in handling discipline internally and without announcement, he may be asked to address the status of two players arrested over the summer. Star left tackle Cam Robinson and backup safety Hootie Jones were arrested in their hometown of Monroe, La., on drugs and guns charges. Those charges were dropped by the district attorney. Both have been involved in rehabilitation and community service since the incident, but both were suspended from the team during the summer.
Alabama has had three players announce intentions to transfer from the team, linebacker Adonis Thomas and safeties Shawn Burgess-Becker and Maurice Smith (there are rumors that Smith may have had a change of heart). The issue of players quitting may be a question.
He may be asked about a couple of situations that arose in the spring and in which he was prominent in the national conversation – satellite camps for recruiting and his suggestion that college football needs a commissioner.
A popular question for all coaches has centered on the problem of athletes involved in sexual assaults on women.
The issue of player safety, particularly concussions, is a huge one in football, and he may be asked to address that.
SEC Supervior of Officials Steve Shaw discussed the added level of video replay officials with a collaborative process involving a second replay crew that will be able to watch all games from Birmingham.
Although there seems to be no movement towards expansion of the College Football Playoff, it remains a popular topic in some media platforms. Saban and Alabama have been in both of the first two playoffs, including winning the 2015 national championship game in 2015. The teams that played in the championship game have had 15-game seasons.
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