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Alabama hires Battle as athletic director
It dawned on me when some trustees and leaders of the university said, `We really want you to do this. This is a special time at the university, Battle said at his introductory news conference on Friday. I thought to myself, if I didnt do this, I would regret it for the rest of my life. Because its an opportunity to pay back the university, if I can, a great debt that I owed the university. If I dont do it, it would be a big mistake.
Im here as a labor of love to try to help any way I can. I know I have time. Im rested, Im not tired. I look forward to this challenge.
If Battle didnt necessarily run to the job, the silver-haired 71-year-old ultimately agreed to replace former Tide teammate Mal Moore, who is moving to a job as special assistant to President Judy Bonner because of health problems.
Trustees, including Paul Bryant Jr., lined seats next to the podium while football coach Nick Saban and wife Terry sat in the front row. Saban was the only coach to take a turn at the podium.
It wasnt just symbolic, either.
Saban has led the Tide to three of the last four BCS titles and the program hasnt given signs of retreating from regular national title contention any time soon.
Battle can appreciate that level of sustained success since he spent seven mostly successful seasons as Tennessees head coach in the 1970s and is the son of a coach and athletic director who grew up less than an hour away in Birmingham. He and Moore were part of Paul Bear Bryants 1961 national championship team.
Coach Saban is important, Battle said. What hes done in football, not many people have done in college sports. Hes gotten ahead of the field. We want to be supportive as we can be to his needs and his teams needs, give him the best chance to give his players the best chance to compete as we want to do with all of our coaches. Thats a critical relationship, but at the same time I want to learn from that guy. Hes good. Hes really good. Theres a lot of lessons that he teaches in his program that could be applicable to all of our lives and certainly to our athletic department.
Battle said he had only had brief conversations with Saban before sitting down with him in recent weeks.
Saban called him an outstanding choice and then invited him to attend practice, something he noted Moore and Bryant have often done.
Hes been a very successful player here, he was a very successful coach, hes been a very successful leader in the business world, Saban said. Certainly a first-class individual who is well respected by just about everybody that you ever can meet that know him. I was able to spend a significant amount of time with Bill in this process and in my experience here at the University of Alabama over the last six years.
Even though we lost a valuable statesman for the university in Mal Moore, he will continue to be with us a part of the university. But weve also added a gentleman that is going to be a first class person and a leader in our community as well as our university and our athletic department.
Battle founded Collegiate Licensing Company in 1981 and spent 21 years as president and CEO before selling the company in 2007.
He said the company employed some 150 people and generated more than $1 billion in revenue for universities over 26 years. Battle said he plans to spend his first six weeks on the job on a listening tour learning the task of overseeing the department, a job he acknowledged is out of his comfort zone.
Battle said one athletic director friend, whos not in the Southeastern Conference, said there are more cons than pros to the job.
Its a difficult job. I didnt take it to have fun, he said. That isnt why Im here. Its fun when you are in Miami and on the field celebrating the BCS championship. The fun is seeing people like [former Tide center] Barrett Jones and people like those merit scholars and the products of this university. But the job is never-ending and difficult.
Battle inherits the program at a time when college football is preparing to switch to a four-team playoff, though he cites regular season attendance levels as evidence basketballs regular season needs a boost. He said hes a supporter of the BCS but thinks the new method of choosing football national champions will work, too.
Theres nothing in the United States sports thats more important than the regular season of college football, Battle said. That has gotten to be a whole lot less of a situation in basketball. The NCAA tournament is magnificent. Its one of the great sports tournaments in the world, but the regular season needs help.
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Boise State Kicker facing threats
The Boise State Broncos were ranked number three in the BCS rankings on Friday. On Saturday, their untarnished record of 11-0 was crushed as well as their number three ranking as Nevada beat the Broncos 34-31 in over time. To the shock of NCAA Football betting everywhere, as the Broncos were heavily favored.
This was a tough loss, especially for Broncos’ kicker Kyle Brotzman, who missed two field goals in the game. The first being a 26 yard kick to win the game with two seconds left, and the second misfire came on an overtime kick from 24 yards.
Understandably, fans were unhappy with Brotzman’s mistakes, and decided to let him know about it. Within hours of the Broncos’ loss, the Ada County Sheriff Department received a report about a woman thought to be associated with the Brotzman family receiving obnoxious, harassing calls.
Soon the obnoxious calls transformed into Facebook pages filled with name-calling, insults, threats, and taunts. On a positive note, the supportive crowd for Brotzman appeared just as fast as the negative bunch, starting groups with names such as “Bronco Nation Loves Kyle Brotzman” and “We Still Love Kyle Brotzman.” Thousands of fans began to leave supportive messages for Brotzman on these groups, and as of Monday afternoon, 27,600 people had clicked the “Like” button for these groups.
Boise State Head Coach Chris Peterson didn’t blame the Broncos’ loss solely on Brotzman by saying that not just one single person is responsible for the loss and that there’s enough blame to go around for everyone: “Including myself. “There were a lot of other chances to win the game. That was just one of them. That's one that 99 out of 100 times he’s going to make.”
The loss drops Boise State out of any running they once had of playing in a BCS game, or possibly a national championship, and they now have to settle for a non-BCS bowl. The game was a tough break for NCAA Football betting fans, but the season it’s over yet. Are you ready to get into the action? Head over to www.sportsbook.com the home of NCAA Football betting.