Friday, August 15, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama football will be the featured attraction on Sunday's (8/17, 9 p.m. CDT) SOUTHERN SPORTS REPORT on Fox Sports Net. The piece, by college football reporter Paul Crane, addresses Mike Shula's challenge in getting the Tide ready for the season.
The Bama piece has sound from Shula, linebacker Cornelius Wortham and tailback Shaud Williams. Shula talks about the importance of developing relationships with his players; the shortage of time in getting his troops prepared for the season and his strategy of trying to cover the "main things" with his players, given that time shortage; and, the newness of everything for his staff and the players.
Wortham discusses how the team and the coaching staff are "the only people who believe we can be real great," and how he believes Shula did the right thing by closing practice sessions. Williams addresses how learning a new offense won't be nearly as difficult as everything the team has endured in the last few months.
The segment also includes comments about the Bama program, from Don Shula and from the likes of former Alabama greats Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Kenny Stabler.