Arenas Wondered If He Was Alone

Javier Arenas thought he was the only one who had seen it. With Alabama having a bye week, Crimson Tide players took the opportunity to head home. Football players and football coaches seemed to do the same thing as football fans with an open date.

Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas was watching the Florida win over Georgia on television. "I thouht I was the only one who had seen it," Arenas said Monday as the Tide returned to begin preparations for LSU this week.

What Arenas had seen was Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes attempting to gouge the eyes of a Georgia player in a pile-up during last Saturday's game at Jacksonville. The infraction wasn't caught by officials, but video of it made the rounds on the internet.

When Arenas was asked about it Monday he said, "Until you asked, I hadn't heard a word about it."

He said he wasn't aware of anything like that going on. "We sure don't do it," he said.

"The only thing I worry about is people trying to twist my ankle in a pile, but I've got a technique to combat that," Arenas said. He said he rolls with the twist.

Alabmaa offensive guard Mike Johnson said he had seen the play by Spikes. "I'm not going to comment on that," he said.

Monday afternoon, it was announced that the Southeastern Conference had "reviewed and accepted the disciplinary actions taken by the University of Florida regarding football student-athlete Brandon Spikes. The university suspended Spikes for the first half of its next game (vs. Vanderbilt, Nov. 7) for an unsportsmanlike act during the Gators' last game (vs. Georgia, Oct. 31)."

Alabama Coach Nick Saban wasn't asked about that play, but was asked whether he had gotten away from the office during the bye week.

The Crimson Tide coach said he did get away for a few days, but took his computer and some tape to watch. On Saturday (he didn't mention it, but it was his birthday), Saban did what fans do. He watched college football games ("switching back and forth between about four games") and the World Series.

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