Maintaining morale

Like a boxer reeling from one too many overhand rights to the head, Alabama is now a team on the ropes. Injuries are obviously a huge concern. But as much as anything else Tide Head Coach Mike Shula must deal with team morale. <br><br>"I'd be lying if I said the spirits weren't down," Shula said. "But we've got to make a difference."
October 6, 2003

Shula Has Expectations For Tide

When Alabama plays its first football game under Head Coach Mike Shula Saturday, the Crimson Tide players won't be expected to do too much. But that doesn't mean they won't be expected to do a great deal.
August 28, 2003

Defensive skill starters set

Alabama's starting linebackers are an impressive mixture of experience and young talent. In the secondary, only one full-time starter returns, but the Tide's coaches believe the unit can be special.
August 28, 2003

Secondary status report

Some coaches are able to ease into the season slowly, with their players not really being tested until the start of conference play. But Tide Defensive Backs Coach Chris Ball won't have that luxury. <br><br>"We're really going to find out how good we are right off the bat," he said.
August 22, 2003

Photo report: Fall camp ends

The Tide squad had a lot to do and only a short time to do it in, but all indications are that Head Coach Mike Shula accomplished all his goals during fall camp. <br><br>Some injuries will have to be dealt with, but optimism abounds as Alabama begins specific preparations for its season opener.
August 22, 2003

Win one for the Joneser?

Besides playing for their team and The University of Alabama, Chris Ball and his secondary unit have a personal motivation this year. <br><br>"As a group we want to send Charles Jones out on a winning note," Ball said.
August 21, 2003