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Saban, Alabama going through December traditions


Posted on Dec. 18, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It must be December because Alabama is preparing for a national title game and Nick Saban’s future is a popular topic.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide started practicing Tuesday for the BCS championship game Jan. 7 against No. 1 Notre Dame with All-America center Barrett Jones on the mend and Saban laughing off NFL rumors.

Saban says his family is “really, really pleased and happy to be here.” But he adds that nobody believes him whatever he says “so it’s kind of funny to me.”

What is certain is the former Miami Dolphins coach is preparing Alabama to play for the national title for the third time in four years.

Jones won’t practice until after Christmas with a sprained left foot. Receiver Kenny Bell (broken leg) has been cleared to get back to work.




 Michigan defensive end Brennen Beyer (97), defensive back Delonte Hollowell (24), and running back De'Veon Smith (4) celebrate in the stands with student fans after beating Appalachian State 52-14 in an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Updated on Aug. 31, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.
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