By: Ned Reynolds
In viewing the college football National Championship game on the evening of January 11th, it was clearly evident that the University of Alabama’s grid program had attained a level of superiority not even closely matched by any other collegiate team in the nation. The Crimson Tide’s abilities at operating an offensive juggernaut, so efficiently engineered as to leave little doubt that scoring would result at every turn, was awe inspiring.
Even when a rare mistake (an Alabama fumble turned into a tying score) occurred, the Tide immediately responded with a rapid fire march down field and a touchdown thus regaining a led they’d never again surrender in a 52-24 victory over a good, byt outmanned Ohio State team.
So, this reporter is reading a treatise in a national news publication in which the writer suggests that college football’s hierarchy should employ some legislation akin to the “trust busting” regulations of the 1890’s because Alabama had built a monopoly that might create harm to the sport.
The suggestions included reducing the numbers of football scholarships so that “other players” might have a greater selection of schools from which to choose.
Isn’t that typical of the “everyone should get a trophy” mentality in this country? I have my own suggestion. How about attempting to better yourselves. That last I checked, colleges in Alabama’s division, FBS, all permitted a total of 85 football scholarships per team. And the Tide received no more no less than any other school.
So, why is that program of championship proportions nearly every year? Because the coaching staff works very diligently at securing the specific talents which blend into Coach Nick Saban’s obvious winning formula. And those talents include athletes who possess speed, quickness and smarts.
That’s the advantage. Diligence, patience, selectivity and salesmanship. Hard work at creating success (also known as winning).