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Alabama head coach Nick Saban
Alabama head coach Nick Saban
Posted Apr 29, 2009

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* Texas coach Mack Brown says Oklahoma edging out his team for a national title bid won't change the way he operates: "Our goals are to win the opening game, win the Big 12 South, win the conference championship and win a bowl game every year, and hopefully that would be the national championship." In other words, as far as 2008 goes, two out of five ain't bad.

* Former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet is reportedly planning to transfer to Arizona State, and former LSU cornerback Phelon Jones is reportedly planning to transfer to Alabama. Actually, only Threet is transferring; in the SEC, going from Baton Rouge to Tuscaloosa is more like "defecting."
* Speaking of Alabama, they have signed a contract for a home-and-home series with Michigan State in 2016 and 2017. That should be interesting: Nick Saban taking on the program with whom he rose to prominence. Then again, 2016 is a long time from now: by then Saban could be coaching the Spartans again.

* Still sorting through the aftermath of the 2009 NFL Draftpocalypse, and one of the historical footnotes is that Miami saw its fourteen-year streak of having at least one player drafted in the first round come to an end. Here's a possible silver lining: maybe some of those potential future first rounders just really like Coral Gables and have decided to stick around on campus a little longer.

* One program that is filling Miami's NFL void is USC, which led all schools with 11 players chosen. That follows last season's NFL haul of 10 Trojans drafted. Pete Carroll said, "It was a great two days for the guys. It's an awesome representation of how hard they work." In a related story, Carroll thinks lots of things are awesome.

* Speaking of awesome, Ohio State set a new record for spring game attendance: 95,722 fans came out to see Terrelle Pryor lead the Gray over the Scarlet. That game broke Alabama's record of 92,138 of 2007, which happened to be Nick Saban's debut. Who says Ohio State can't beat the SEC?

* Not sure you heard about this, because it was a little under the radar, but the NFL held its annual draft this past weekend. And Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was still fuming about rumors that a meeting between his former All-American wide receiver Michael Crabtree and the Cleveland Browns didn't go well. He directed some of his ire at Browns coach Eric Mangini: "Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy has a coach at this point."  And although Leach has been pretty darned good as a coach, he's probably been more successful as a quote machine at this point.

* Aaron Corp was doubly excited about Saturday's draft outcome, both because he was happy for former teammate Mark Sanchez and because Sanchez's departure paved the way for him to start this season at USC. And Corp no doubt is looking forward to his own spectacular season, followed by his own awkward NFL sending-off by Pete Carroll.

* Our not-so-long national nightmare is over (or maybe it's just beginning, depending on your point of view): the Apple Cup, Washington vs. Washington State, will not be played at Qwest Field after all.

* North Carolina starting QB T.J. Yates sprained his thumb on his throwing hand while playing frisbee during a recent team picnic. Man, Butch Davis is so intense, even his team PICNICS are brutal.

123 days and counting...

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