Talking Points for 5/21/10:
- Still no news on Bryce Brown. Everyone in the know seems to be assuming that his departure is inevitable. Yet, word is he hasn't left yet.
- Derek Dooley on working for Nick Saban ($?):
The ones that couldn't keep up perished and the ones that could thrived. I thrived in it. I really enjoyed being in his system. That's not to say I was happy all the time. I wasn't. It was tough. But I knew two things: One, I was going to be a better coach and, two, we were going to win. Because of that, I stayed with him for a long time.Dooley's one tough hombre. Working in a law firm for two years and under Saban for seven would kill most other hombres.
Even if last year's team was returning almost entirely intact, a la Florida's 2008 championship squad before last season, the law of averages almost commands a slight step back: The Tide have won 24 straight regular season games, 16 straight in the SEC, an absurd run in a league that hasn't had a repeat champion since 1997-98. This isn't a strong year for the conference, and there certainly isn't another team that looks poised to make a run at 'Bama as the resident frontrunner. When it comes to running the table for the third year in a row, though, the turnover on defense is too steep and too many potential snipers on the schedule to warrant the benefit of the doubt. If a return trip to the BCS Championship is in order, it's probably going to require a little help from somewhere else at the top of the polls to get there.Thoughts on that, Vol fans?