Tuesday’s football headlines: Saban-icity

One of these guys is the coach of Alabama.
Roll Tide Roll, NASCAR, and Talladega Speedway. Now that’s America.

So no one should be surprised by the photo of an Alabama fan spotted at Sunday’s NASCAR race at Talladega (Ala.) Speedway with an elaborate portrait of Nick Saban — as well as a list of the years of the the Tide’s national championships.

The photo was sent to Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, who then posted it on Twitter.

Art of Tide

The undying loyalty to Saban and the Tide has been well-documented. I mean, who could forget this art work, one I like to call “Nude at Mobile Home Park” …

Regarding the Talladega Tattoo, I have to say that the artist rendering of the Alabama head coach is a little scary. Saban looks like the crypt-keeper or, worse, Al Davis.

But I don’t see no Iowa State tattoos: From a report from The Spun at aol.com (oh yeah, aol is still around), Iowa State’s fan base was ranked by a Reddit survey as the most loyal. Loyalty was based on total attendance vs. number of victories. The Cyclones had only two Big 12 victories and only three overall in 2016. With six wins over the past two seasons, Iowa State had a ratio of 178,732 fans per victory.

In case you were wondering, Alabama finished No. 23. Tide will need to lose a lot more games if it wants get to the top of this poll.

Merry Signing Period!

A Christmas Wish came true for many recruiters — and perhaps some prospects — Monday when the Collegiate Commissioners Association approved of a 72-hour signing period between Dec. 20-22 (running concurrently with the junior college signing period).

That certainly will put a kick in the old Christmas stocking, not to mention the bowl preparations for some teams. It could be a goood thing that players and recruiters can get the process done earlier. It could be a bad thing for any schools wanting to fire a coach (most seasons end 3-4 weeks before this date). If a school is going to pull the trigger on a firing, they better have a replacement ready to go or some prospects could look elsewhere.

Or, as CBSSports.com has in its rundown on the things to know about the early signing period, more players could be subjected to a coaching change after signing a National Letter of Intent.

Speaking of rule changes …

In the wake of players like Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey sitting out the bowl game to protect their NFL futures, SBNation cites a FoxSports report that a new rule is being proposed to the NCAA by the American Football Coaches Association that allow players to play in up to four games during a season without burning their redshirt year. That could enable coaches to play the protected signees in bowl game and note burn the redshirt.

Rawleigh retirement

Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams’ retirement because of a neck injury during the Razorbacks’ spring game comes as a surprise and a blow to the team’s running game. Williams rushed for 1,360 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016. Sophomore Devwah Whaley will be expected to shoulder most of the load for Arkansas.


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