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'Bama players give up cash to travel together

Man, you talk about taking one for the team.

According to multiple reports out of Alabama, Tide players had a choice when it came to exactly how they were going to get to Pasadena for the title game: either fly individually and independent of one another, or fly to Cali together as a team.

If they flew independent of their teammates, it would be permissible for them to book cheaper flights and pocket the difference from the travel stipend allotted to them by the NCAA.  Depending on their mode of transportation, that could have been a total of about $1,000 going into their pockets.

Keep in mind, these players are in an age bracket that willingly gives up their own plasma — or other bodily fluids — so they can stock their cupboards with Ramen noodles and their fridges with 30-packs of Nati Light.

So, what did they do?

The team leaders took it upon themselves to call for a vote and let the consensus decide how the team was getting to the championship game.  And, in a mildly shocking upset, the majority of players decided to give up the cash and voted to travel together as a team.

“We really just said, ‘Look, it’s a business trip.’ It’s not about money or trying to get everybody to have all these different things going on. It’s time to win this game,'” captain and All-American lineman Michael Johnson said. “I was pleased with the way everybody reacted. Everybody wanted to get a charter and stay together as a team and make sure we were all on the same page for the game.”

There is still a chance, however, that the players could receive the travel stipend.  According to head coach Nick Saban, Alabama is appealing to the NCAA on behalf of the players.

“We have an appeal into the NCAA because we think it’s very, very unfair that because of our location, our players won’t be able to receive a little bit of the extra money,” the coach said.

Incidentally, Texas players will be traveling to the game individually and will pocket the difference, as they are entitled to.

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  1. Pier588 says: Dec 20, 2009 10:36 AM

    “Natty” Light is THEE beer of college kids; not only does it taste good and keeps you from getting rocked so fast you’re out of your mind early but best of all – it is economically priced.
    At FSU it is THEE beer of the town – on draft no less – available almost every where.

  2. brasho says: Dec 20, 2009 11:11 AM

    $1000 is nothing to these kids, especially the kind of money that will end up in their pockets when they are at their next booster’s function.

  3. bbq says: Dec 20, 2009 3:05 PM

    Yahoo is reporting that not only was it a majority vote by the players, but a unanimous decision.
    Nice job. Roll Tide.

  4. DCroz says: Dec 20, 2009 3:37 PM

    Now this is the kind of story that makes me more hopeful than I have been about this game.
    Ever since we won the SEC Championship game and everyone it seems has been picking us to win in Pasadena, I’ve had visions of the ’93 and ’08 Sugar Bowls in my head: games where the “no chance in hell” underdog won and did so convincingly. In ’93, it was a Miami team that thought all they had to do to win was show up; in ’08, it was a ‘Bama team that just simply didn’t bother showing up.
    There have been questions about whether ‘Bama would get caught up in all the individual awards hoopla or left everything it had in Atlanta and would not be up for this game or would believe all the media and fan hype about it being the far-superior team, but this kind of story help to lets me know that such is not the case. This is the biggest game of the year in the college football world (even bigger than the SEC Championship game, believe it or not) and I’m happy to see the team is treating it that way.

  5. bbq says: Dec 20, 2009 4:22 PM

    Well said, DCroz.

  6. CHNSTRP says: Dec 20, 2009 6:48 PM

    Who says they do not get paid to play?Swag from the bowls,money in your pocket.Show Me The Money!!!!

  7. xacvol says: Dec 21, 2009 10:18 AM

    Do they even have airports in AL?

  8. xacvol says: Dec 21, 2009 12:22 PM

    ahh, my attempt to enter a verbal fist a cuff has been thwarted (more like ignored)…nice play.

  9. John Taylor says: Dec 21, 2009 12:25 PM

    @ xacvol: I thought it was a helluva attempt.

  10. DG0122 says: Dec 26, 2009 10:59 AM

    this is an SEC school we are talking about here- they will make the $ up real quick

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