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a huge scouting department that has no on-field coaching responsibilities. It's gotten the attention of the Longhorns and the Aggies.
Interesting that an Aggie is focused on Texas in the article. Kind of like our little sister. What about A&M? What are they doing to stay abreast?
Why are A&M fans complaining about Alabama's recruiting ? They seem to be recruiting very well under Sumlin in the state of Texas and really have the upper hand right now over the Longhorns. UT is the most underachieving program in the nation. Georgia and Florida State are close behind.
guess they didn't realize that Bama already had a huge support staff. everyone else is just trying to catch up.
Aggie is complaining because they are like auburn with the little brother attitude. They are just replacing Bama for Texas.
Honest question: what is so, as one commenter in that thread stated, "obscene" about Alabama or any other program pouring money -- money generated by the football program itself, mind you -- into the non-contact side of recruiting, or any other off-field student-athlete support service?
I guess I get the competitive advantage/Yankees-of-college-football argument, except for the fact that there are many programs with equal or greater resources than Alabama at their fingertips.
But me personally, I'm concerned about the student-athlete, as I am reminded constantly must be the unshakable focus of college sports. How does this affect the apple of our collective eye, the student-athlete? Is he somehow harmed by this "army" of adults who are charged with identifying him as a potential recruit in high school, informing him of the ample athletic and academic opportunities that could await him at a place like Alabama, shepherding him through the confusing and often-surreal life of the D-1 football player/student-athlete, meeting his every non-football related emotional, academic, mental, and spiritual need?
You know, U.S. News and World Report thinks student-faculty ratio is an important indicator of educational quality. I am baffled as to why this should be any different for the student-athlete?
This post was edited by Big Jewbowski 14 months ago
15 National Championships, 23 SEC Championships, NCAA Record 60 Postseason Bowl Appearances, NCAA Record 35 Bowl Victories
aTm has resources and lots of 'em. They're just getting up to speed, since joining our conference. Don't be naive. They're going to be a force to be reckoned with, year in and year out. And, don't expect 'em to act like the Aubs, either. The Aggies are beginning to feel their oats and get cocky, too. Bama will be a better team in spite of it - because we'll have to be.
Yep. A&M right now reminds me a lot of Florida in the early stages of Spurrier's days there. A&M has the same kind of resources and talent base to draw from that Florida does. Alabama will have to be ready for a hard ass game every time we face A&M. It isn't just Bama and LSU in the west anymore.
Very good points. I saw the football budget has increased but the ROI was outstanding in revenue, obviously on the field and with the award that we won academically for graduation rate. I JUST LOVE the fact that CNS will do whatever it takes to win on and off the field and gets what he needs to make that happen from the University.
This post was edited by jjblox 14 months ago
"We don't talk about winning championships, we talk about being champions."
But now those guys can recruit and have contact with recruits.
Well they are 1-0 against us in the SEC. Just saying...
Don't be surprised if A&M goes 12-1 next year and wins the Sugar Bowl. Their east opponents are home vs. Vandy and @ Missouri. They always have to be conscious of Texas because they both recruit one of the most fertile areas in the country and where Texas tends to dominate. I thought the article was interesting look at what SEC school s a doing. A&M won't be in the Horns' shadow much longer...if at all.
The Emperor of the Dark Side reference just comes across as juvenile.
As for ... "In talking with one source about the subject this weekend, I was told, "Alabama is building an army." He wasn't kidding." .... that's someone who hasn't come to grips with the SEC sets the standard in college football, and among teams it's Alabama.
Besides, no one in college football takes advantage of rule changes than Saban.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
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