It’s been 235 days since my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide took the field against the Clemson Tigers and defeated them to garner their 16th National Championship.
Tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX the quest for No. 17 begins in earnest. The Crimson Tide's last two national championships started at AT&T Stadium. Tonight the 20th-ranked USC Trojans will do battle with an SEC team for the first time in 20 years.
Head Coach Nick Saban has never lost a season opener, in fact, he’s defeated six Power Five opponents by double digits.
The marquee game of college football’s opening weekend will see offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin exact some revenge against his former team. For those unfamiliar with the saga, Kiffin was USC’s head coach from 2010 to 2013. After a 62-41 trouncing by Arizona State he was called off the team bus and fired in the LAX airport waiting room. He still believes he was the fall guy for an athletic program that was stripped bare by NCAA sanctions.
The man who fired him that day, Athletic Director Pat Haden, was forced to step down on June 30, 2016 after revelations that he used his position as board member of the George Henry Mayr Foundation to enrich himself and his family while he also funneled a vast majority of scholarship money towards USC and away from other schools. The Los Angeles Times investigation exposed Haden’s scheme to collect nearly $2.4 million from the foundation for part-time roles involving as little as one hour of work per week according to the foundation’s federal tax returns from 1999 to 2014.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Kiffin, who coached 19 members of the current team, is quite familiar with the Trojans. Is revenge a science or an art? Tonight that question will be answered.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
And since no football post would be complete without some lovely cheerleaders, enjoy this photo of one of Alabama’s Crimsonettes posing with Big Al, the school’s mascot.
@AlabamaFTBL @USC_Athletics @Jayruff7 When Alabama stomps someone they do it fair and square. #RollTide #USCvsBAMA pic.twitter.com/0JWxNwF0WS— PoliticalClownParade (@Carry_That_Load) September 4, 2016
mattclapp: Oh, so that's why he was thrown out of the game. ABC College Football: Southern … https://t.co/XOH0bmlIQk pic.twitter.com/Kq4d28GJcu— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) September 4, 2016