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2002 Record:  10-3
SEC Record:  6-2
Returning Starters:  Offense 6, Defense 7, Kicker/Punter 1

Next Game:  August 30 South Florida @ Birmingham

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I can reach a kid who doesn't have
any ability as long as he doesn't know it.
Bear Bryant

2003 Forecast:


Who knows what to expect from the 2003 version of the Crimson Tide?  This team is coming off of a 10-3 year and return 6 offensive and 7 defensive starters.  Leading rusher Shaud Williams (921 yards) returns,along with leading tackler Brooks Daniels, and sacks leader Antwan Odom.  Under the direction of new head coach Mike Shula, one would expect optimism in Gumpland.
But, out of conference games against Oklahoma and Southern Miss add to a grueling SEC conference schedule that includes Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU, and Auburn. 
The offensive line is not only good-it is near great.  If the passing game struggles, there will be holes opened for the running game.  OG Justin Smiley will be one of the best in the nation.
The Tide lost 3 top defensive linemen.  Finding bodies while under scholarship reduction may be easier said than done.  Depth (or lack thereof) may play an important factor in the success of this club.
And then there is leadership.  After the Coach Fran fiasco, the Tide turned to Mike Price.  A date with Destiny quickly soured the Bama elite.  Though he leaves T-Town undefeated, his name will never be synonymous with Coach Bear Bryant.  Alabama AD Mal Moore (who hires coaches faster than french women change underwear) then turned to Coach Shula (after being turned down again by Frank Beamer, Steve Spurrier, Jimmy Johnson, Houston Nutt, and God himself if you read Tider Insider).  A respectable choice, considering the state of Alabama football today, but not one without controversy.  Jessie Jackson has now set up camp in T-Town.
It will be interesting to see how the seniors will respond to their 4th different head coach.  Before Destiny intervened, Mike Price had brought a wide open attack to Gumpland.  One would suspect that Mike Shula's offense will be more geared more to ball control and running the football.
Sophomore quarterback Brodie Croyle will lead the Tide attack.
Not eligible for the conference title or bowl game, the Tide will close the year with  their 2nd consecutive Bama bowl against Hawaii (take that, NCAA).
Predicted finish:  9-4 Overall.  5-3 SEC.


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CFN 2003 Alabama Crimson Tide Preview

8-21 Seeking to be special

8-20 Fullback is back at Bama

8-20 Mood turns gloomy at Alabama

8-19 Injuries continue to mount for Tide

8-19 Thin red line

8-18 Croyle throws four TDs in Tide's second scrimmage

8-16 Alabama Tries To Erase Memories Of Difficult Year

8-10 Cuts hurt but don't bleed Crimson Tide

8-10 Lee impressive in early practices

8-10 UA's first contract offer went to Leavitt

8-10 Alabama's Odom hospitalized

8-9 Tide trying to pick up the pace

8-7 UA offensive line speaking out

8-7 Alabama defender overcomes illness

8-7 State's top recruit commits to Tide

8-6 `He's intense'

8-6 LBs Ryans, Garth set for opportunity

8-6 O line to be key for Tide

8-5 Alabama offensive hopes rest largely on line

8-4 University is claiming it, president are immune

8-4 Linebacker was preseason All-SEC selection

7-31 Center stage

7-30 Shula admits to nerves as he gets intro to SEC media

7-30 His lips are sealed

7-29 Alabama's honest coach

7-25 Judge sides with Alabama in Ellis Johnson suit

7-25 Tide hangs cloak

7-24 Shula's first act with Tide? Closing practice to public

7-20 Players left with decisions after Moore denies release

7-20 Mystery surrounds UA basketball

7-18 Gallion needs to wake up and smell the Orange

7-18 Gottfried: Questions abound in Tuscaloosa

7-17 Tide's ebb and flow

7-15 Hearing set in Cottrell lawsuit

7-11 Shula's big secret

7-10 Williams joins legal fight

7-9 Alabama building new foundation

7-9 UA-MSU may play on a Thursday

7-6 Shula's return is under microscope

7-3 Utah State? A sad state of affairs

7-3 Shula moving into predecessors' neighborhood

7-3 Council clamps down on Price's right to appeal

7-2 Alabama council cuts short Price appeal of his firing

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SEC Sports Smack note:  The University of Alabama has made strides in polishing its' tarnished image.  I think Coach Shula was a great hire for them.  The Shula name brings stability and integrity to Alabama football.
Tide fans may disagree, but I think 2003 is a very important year for Alabama football.  Depleting numbers and depth (due to NCAA sanctions) will make it difficult to win and recruit in T-Town in future years.  This is the year for the Tide to roll. 

Bryant-Denny Stadium (83,818), Legion Field (83,091)
National Championships 1925, 26, 30, 61, 64, 65, 73, 78, 79, 92.
SEC Championships:  1933, 34,37, 45, 53, 61, 64, 65, 66, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 79, 81, 89, 92, 99.
Alltime Record:  754-284-43
Bowl Record:  29-19-3

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