By Stan J. Griffin

In what was noticeably a much more serene Monday press conference for University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, Saban noted during his remarks that while he was certainly pleased with his team's performance in a big 59-0 shutout over Texas A&M Saturday, it is time for his team to turn its focus toward this week's contest against traditional rival Tennessee.

"When you look at the film, you know you always find things you can improve on, and areas we can execute better, but the effort in this last game, and the toughness that we played with and the physical nature of the way we ran to the ball and gang tackled, all those things are real positive, energy-type things that we really want to build on," he said. "But it's really kind of time to, you know, turn the page from this last game and turn our attention to Tennessee and what we need to do to prepare to play our best football against a very good team."

By Stan J. Griffin

The defensive prowess of University of Alabama junior goalkeeper Emily Rusk, a native of Charlotte, N.C., has been a key to Todd Bramble's Crimson Tide soccer team gaining tremendous improvement this season, especially defensively, and rolling to a solid record of 9-4-3 thus far on the season.

This record includes a 4-2-2 mark in the Southeastern Conference and a record of 5-0-1 on the road. The Tide also has an 8-3-2 mark when Rusk is in net.

Rusk also came up big in helping the Tide go undefeated this past weekend, earning a 0-0 tie with Arkansas Friday at the Alabama Soccer Complex before gaining a 1-0 win at Missouri on Sunday.

On Monday, Rusk was honored by the SEC as its Defensive Player of the Week, the second time this season that Rusk has been given that award by the conference.


By Stan J. Griffin

The sporting landscape this past weekend in Tuscaloosa was no doubt highlighted by the No. 4 University of Alabama football team's thorough beatdown of the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

But for those people who truly bleed crimson, football was just one option, albeit a very large one, in a very packed weekend where a host of Crimson Tide sports were on display.

During the weekend, Tide fans were able to of course cheer on Nick Saban's football team, but also UA cross country track, softball, soccer, volleyball and basketball squads, and several of those teams scored big in terms of success and fan interest during the past three days.

By Stan J. Griffin

George Husack's University of Alabama men's tennis team had a big weekend on The Plains, as the Crimson Tide gained a host of wins at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, hosted by Auburn University.

On Sunday, at the final day of the event, Tide sophomore Sean Donohue, a native of Louisville, KY., captured two victories, and the Crimson Tide overall gained 17 match wins during the four-day tournament.

By Stan J. Griffin

The University of Alabama football team entered Saturday's contest against fellow SEC West foe Texas A&M as the subject of much critical analysis, and also debate and speculation about whether Nick Saban's Crimson Tide dynasty had reached its nadir.

Following the Crimson Tide's throughly dominating 59-0 trouncing of Kevin Sumlin's Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium, expect a return to conversation about whether an Alabama team that played very much like a team with a chip on its shoulder is still perhaps one of the top three to four teams in the country. And perhaps it is still a team that could still make a national title run yet despite its recent struggles leading up to the showdown with the Aggies.