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Saban resigned to facing slew of open-date opponents

This season, Alabama will face six schools who will be coming off their bye weeks, a total that is far and away tops in the SEC.

The school’s been traveling down various avenues in an attempt to somewhat alleviate what is an inequitable scheduling situation, whether it be through the SEC itself or working with their opponents.  Thus far, they have swung and missed at every attempt, leaving head coach Nick Saban resigned to the fact that half the schools on deck for the season will seemingly have the advantage of two weeks to prepare for the defending national champs.

I don’t see any changes right now that are going to affect it in any way,” Saban told the Mobile Press-Register during a stop on the Crimson Caravan Tuesday. “It is what it is.”

While Saban was not ready to admit five of the schools would have an advantage — “nobody knows for sure if a bye week helps your team or not.” — he once again reiterated his desire to rectify the situation leading up to this year’s Iron Bowl.

The Tide will face Georgia State on a Saturday, then turn around and face the Tigers the following Thursday.  Meanwhile, Auburn will have an open date the weekend before the bitter in-state tussle.

Some have viewed the Tide’s game with Georgia State — a Div. 1-AA program in their first year of existence — as nothing more than a glorified scrimmage.  That may be the case to those on the outside, but Saban’s not looking at it through the same pair of glasses.

“We would definitely like to have a full week to prepare against every team that we play. Right now we have one team that we play on a short week (Auburn), and we’d like to get our schedule fixed around so that’s not an issue for us,” Saban said.

‘Bama officials have reportedly undertaken internal discussions in regard to moving their game with GSU but, as of a couple weeks ago, had not spoken to officials at the school about such a move.

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21 Responses to “Saban resigned to facing slew of open-date opponents”
  1. simon says: May 19, 2010 10:54 AM

    Another example of hyping by use of ambiguous headers or poor sentences…I only look at this site once a week because of this kind of thing.
    On first glance, it looks as though the intent here was to put ‘Saban resigned’ as if he had ACTUALLY done that…just to stir up a story?
    Why can’t you just say ALABAMA faces a slew of open-date opponents?

  2. John Taylor says: May 19, 2010 10:56 AM

    People will never cease to amaze me. Ever.

  3. Gatorfan1 says: May 19, 2010 11:02 AM

    @John Taylor:
    America’s public school system at it’s finest and on display!!!

  4. John Taylor says: May 19, 2010 11:04 AM

    @ Gatorfan1: Hey, you shouldn’t be conversing with me. After all, I’m a Gator hater because I dared to mention how much UF assistants are pulling in this year.
    (Shakes head sadly, walks away…)

  5. SoFlaTrojan says: May 19, 2010 11:15 AM

    So let me get this straight Saban doesnt want to face St. Francis Sisters if the Poor and then play Auburn 5 days later.
    John,
    I love when people from UF discuss education. I think Corrine Brown showed everyone what it takes to graduate from UF.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N2uQ7Fg_Uk

  6. Gatorfan1 says: May 19, 2010 11:27 AM

    @John Taylor: You know it goes with the territory, everyone wants to kill the messenger…especially if it’s “perceived” that you go after someone’s beloved school… you then become the infidel….lol….

  7. Gatorfan1 says: May 19, 2010 11:39 AM

    SoFlaTrojan:
    That’s the best you can do on a SPORTS forum?

  8. John Taylor says: May 19, 2010 11:50 AM

    @ SoFlaTrojans: Much like with the topics of religion and politics, I don’t feel the need to discuss the academic reputations of any schools. :-)
    @Gatorfan1: Very true, but it still boggles the mind sometimes. In the year and a half I’ve been with CFT, I think I’ve been accused of being a fan/hater of every single SEC school. Well, with the exception of Vanderbilt because, well, they’re Vandy.

  9. SoFlaTrojan says: May 19, 2010 12:02 PM

    Sorry Gatorfan that was the best I have…. I’ve been in Florida for 8 years now so I guess I have been dumbed down a little bit by hanging out with all the UF Alums.

  10. mikehoncho says: May 19, 2010 12:07 PM

    Saban your not the god of the SEC. Geaux “F” yourself.

  11. Bious says: May 19, 2010 3:37 PM

    Never know…most thought the ULM game would be a practice-game too

  12. Gatorfan1 says: May 19, 2010 4:15 PM

    SoFlaTrojan:
    Oh, don’t kid yourself, saying that you were “dumbed down” implies that you were once intelligent.
    Let’s not get crazy here, I’m sure you were “dumbed down” long before reaching Florida!! No doubt your years and age match…lol…

  13. burntorangehorn says: May 19, 2010 4:29 PM

    simon says:
    May 19, 2010 10:54 AM ET
    Another example of hyping by use of ambiguous headers or poor sentences…I only look at this site once a week because of this kind of thing.
    On first glance, it looks as though the intent here was to put ‘Saban resigned’ as if he had ACTUALLY done that…just to stir up a story?
    Why can’t you just say ALABAMA faces a slew of open-date opponents?
    ======================
    How is that ambiguous or a poor sentence? It doesn’t take a particularly strong command of the English language to know what the headline means.
    ======================
    ======================
    Gatorfan1 says:
    May 19, 2010 11:02 AM ET
    @John Taylor:
    America’s public school system at it’s finest and on display!!!
    ======================
    Gatorfan, do you know the definition of the word “irony”?

  14. rolltide says: May 19, 2010 5:47 PM

    SoFlaTrojan,
    The proper thing to do would have been to make a jean short/orange croc comment.

  15. SoFlaTrojan says: May 19, 2010 6:01 PM

    Rolltide,
    I see you have been to the Swamp.

  16. Gatorfan1 says: May 19, 2010 6:31 PM

    rolltide:
    Yeah…because after the fifthteenth Billionth time that someone has made that same reference…you Alabama fans still roll on the floor laughing…
    And of course, is there a fan base anywhere that has a more stereotypical image than Alabama fans???
    Please….just a little original thinking…it really isn’t hard…just try Forest…

  17. Gatorfan1 says: May 19, 2010 7:03 PM

    SoFlaTrojan:
    That is a very interesting alias for you, too bad your mom & dad didn’t use one.
    If they had, 1 less person would be draining our country’s resources through the welfare system.

  18. DCroz says: May 19, 2010 10:44 PM

    mikehoncho:
    No, Saban is not the god of the SEC. That would be Bear Bryant; Saban is merely Bear’s vicar on earth.
    Bious:
    Touche.

  19. Deb says: May 19, 2010 11:22 PM

    My, my … hasn’t this been an interesting little thread?
    Simple Simon, please don’t blame John Taylor because you can’t understand a clearly worded headline. Perhaps if you weren’t so irrationally fixated on unfounded speculation about Nick Saban’s employment plans, you wouldn’t see things that aren’t there.
    @mikehoncho …
    Assuming that “geaux” means you’re a bitter cajun … the only thing you Loozeanna Tigers should do at the mention of Nick Saban’s name is bow and say “Thank you, Obi Wan.” You have two National Championships that you owe completely to his coaching and/or recruiting expertise. You should be grateful instead of raging like spoiled children. Grow up.
    No team would want to play half its schedule against teams coming off byes–and I don’t recall any other team being expected to do so. No team would want to play its arch-rival coming off a short week while that team is coming off a bye. No team would want that schedule while defending a National Championship. No team. Saban doesn’t think he’s God, you sad little twit. He thinks he’s been dealt a bad hand and is trying to toss out a couple and get some better cards–as any good player would. But it looks like he’s just gonna have to stand pat. If that’s the case, we’ll manage … and leave the whining to LSU. After all, you’re so good at it.
    ROLL TIDE!!

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