Of the many ties Nick Saban has in the coaching world, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter isn’t one of them.

The two have never worked together and have met on the field only once — a 1995 game between Michigan State and Boston College, as Saban served in his first year as head coach of the Spartans while Koetter was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles. (In case you're wondering, Saban came out on top, 25-21.)

That being said, it's easy to see how the Alabama head coach could relate with his Tampa Bay counterpart.

Some things never change.

As Alabama opened up its fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 3, the inevitable ensued. Head coach Nick Saban started his first news conference by stating the importance of accountability, both on and off the field. He recited his annual speech about self-assessment, using the familiar buzz words such as “work ethic,” “perseverance” and “discipline.”

On the field, the Crimson Tide players donned shorts and shells under the same 90-degree heat they will become accustomed to over the next month. Five-star freshmen began their battle to earn early playing time, while their veteran teammates took their first steps toward establishing newfound leadership roles. Coaches screamed and whistles blared, the same as they always have — rinse, wash, repeat.

The words out of Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman’s mouth couldn’t have sounded better to Crimson Tide fans tiring of wide receivers whipping across the field rather than down it. When asked if Alabama has used jet sweeps this offseason under first-year offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Bozeman’s answer was short and, depending on who you ask, pretty sweet, too.

“Not so far,” Bozeman told SEC Network sideline analyst Cole Cubelic during SEC Media Days.

Fans attending the 2016 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 31 are encouraged to arrive early to the stadium and not to bring bags into the Georgia Dome or any game day event location. If bags must be carried into the stadium, fans will be asked to adhere to a clear bag policy.

The enhanced security measures will also be in effect at Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl FanFest presented by Tyson in the Georgia World Congress Center prior to the game.
Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at FanFest, stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

The City of Tuscaloosa’s 311 non-emergency call center will open two hours prior to kickoff for all University of Alabama home football games.

Starting this Saturday for Alabama’s game against Western Kentucky, the call center will open at 12:30 p.m. and will close at the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

For fans of Nick Saban's University of Alabama football team, preseason hype has already translated into good news, as many scribes and gridiron seers are already forecasting the Crimson Tide to repeat as Southeastern Conference champs and successfully defend its 2015 national championship.  

The following five items, however, will be key areas to watch as Alabama seeks to reign supreme as champions of the SEC once again, and to also gain its 17th national title in 2016.  

By Tori Linville


The South’s fifth season is approaching: football season. Do you have the right tailgating gear? We’ve found the best tailgating coolers for you to add to your arsenal before it’s too late.


Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme Wheeled Cooler, $50

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This puppy can carry all the essentials and then some. Get it on the ground and see it fly with you on your way to keep your tailgating spot on the quad. The wheels make the cooler easy to move before and after the tailgating events. Complete with extended handle and cupholders, there’s no real reason not to invest in this tailgating must.


Cooladio Cart, $112


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If you’re really serious about tailgating with some tunes, the Cooladio Cart might be something for you to check out. It’s price pays for the quality speakers that keep  a party going long after your tailgate DJ has checked out. Throw in some beer or soda, add some football and you’ve pretty much got it made.


Picnic Time Collegiate Vulcan BBQ Grill, $300

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For the grill master in your family, this cooler will check all the boxes. The insulated cooler comes with a propane grill, along with a three piece barbeque set. Throw in some extra pockets, and you’ve got a small tailgate already going on with just one piece of equipment.


Yeti Tundra 45 quart cooler, $350

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This line of cooler has long been lauded as THE tailgating cooler, so it’s a no-brainer for our list. With a  dry goods rack and dry ice compatibility, the Yeti cooler offers tons of insulation for all your tailgating hydration needs.


Wagan 10.5 Liter Personal Thermo-Fridge/Warmer


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If a cooler just doesn’t cut it for you, a personal fridge could be another option for your tailgating needs. It keeps things cold in the summer and warm in the winter, added jealousy from friends at no extra charge.


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Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.


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