College Football

Alabama coach Nick Saban talks during SEC Media Days on Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.

Simply put there is no rest for the weary, especially in the Southeastern Conference. Just ask Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide, who thanks to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks, are no longer carrying the number one ranking with them.
The Tide suffering a two touchdown defeat in Columbia Saturday afternoon, and it certainly was no fluke, South Carolina simply played better the entire game. Nick Saban's not about to make any excuses, other than to say he's worked since Spring to pound into his players that they were no longer champions, they were playing for a whole new set of goals, and working minute by minute to live up to the rather high standards they set for themselves.

Nick Saban
Alabama Head Coach

"So everybody has to be accountable to a standard, and the question is what is everyone doing to impact the success, what is everybody doing to impact the standard, individually and collectively. And that starts at the top with me you know, all the way down. You know we need to continue to work on getting better, playing with more maturity, being more consistent with what we do."

Saban went on to say the Tide may be without star receiver Julio Jones for the time being, he suffered a broken left hand at some point in Saturday's game, had to have a plate and some screws surgically inserted into the hand yesterday. Saban says as long as Jones can tolerate the pain he's cleared to play so for now, he's a big question mark heading into the Ole Miss game.

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