He seems awfully upbeat for a guy who will be coaching somewhere else in about three weeks. But then again, Kines is a professional. He wore the interim tag at Arkansas and he's wearing it now.
Alabama lost its defensive line coach on Thursday. Yet, Alabama may be better in the I-Bowl that it was during a 6-6 season. And here's why:
1) Kines says the team is healthy
2) Dave Rader, not Mike Shula, will be calling plays
3) Kines says the bowl - and the near-miss by Bama - gives the players motivation.
It's way too early to tell about the bowl game, but for a bad situation, Alabama seems to be making the best of it.