April 29, 2013

SEC spring rewind: Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama coach Nick Saban's message to his team when spring drills began was, in essence, no different than the one he delivered to the 2010 and 2012 Crimson Tide teams that followed national championship seasons: 'You are no longer national champions. That team is gone. Your team hasn't accomplished win one yet.'

It was Saban's attempt to prevent the two things he hates to associate with his teams the most - complacency and entitlement. That message didn't sink in well with the 2010 team that lost three games. It sank in more properly last year, when the Crimson Tide followed one national title with another.
So how did this year's team handle that message in spring practice?

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