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Friday, December 15, 2006

I-Bowl talk

I caught part of Alabama interim head coach Joe Kines' news conference today.

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.


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