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While listening to the Paul Finebaum Radio Show earlier this week he had Mal Moore as one of his guests. Mal is the long time Alabama assistant coach under Bear Bryant and recently ex Alabama athletic director. He hired Nick Saban and recently attended something similar to a fireside chat with coach Saban as the honored guest. Mr. Moore stated that their was no media in attendance and coach Saban was very relaxed and open. When talking about the Michigan game Mr. Moore said coach Saban referenced the time clocks Michigan keeps in their locker room as a form of motivation towards certain rivals. Coach Saban told the audience that technique is not necessary if you truly get your team to buy into the team. The team is all all a player should need for motivation and that Alabama is going to teach Michigan a lesson about that in September.
He's just bitter from his time in East Lansing
I agree and I've always thought Countdown Clocks were kind of gimmicky and play just as much to the fanbase as they do to the players. And to be honest, when Hoke was brought in he needed to do as much work uniting the fanbase as he did uniting the team. I would give Hoke an A for doing that so far, and if the Countdown Clocks helped with that, then I think they're A-OKAY!
Honestly, I sort of agree. We really shouldn't need countdown clocks for osu, msu, nd. When guys look at the schedule, they should automatically make those games red letter dates.
At the same time, I don't think countdown clocks really affect a team's motivation or preparation for those games.
We were underdogs when we played Bama in the 2000 Orange Bowl. And we were big underdogs when we played UF in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. The dumbest thing Bama can do is walk into the JerryWorld game overconfident, but that's the funny thing about being overconfident - you never see it until it's too late.
There are so many different coaching techniques, and each one has its own time and place where it's most effective. If what Saban meant is that he didn't think it'd benefit his team, then I respect that, but I'm not sure it was necessary to knock another coach's approach.
I think the clocks could be gotten rid of after a couple of good years. Under Rich Rod the culture was that of a losing team, and the clocks are helping turn that around. Once Michigan becomes successful again and winning is expected then the clocks won't be needed imo.
Good stuff. Whatever Hoke is doing seems to be working and that's good enough for me. I also like to hear Michigan on their program since it is dominated by Alabama fans. Go Blue!
Agree. Hoke is a defense-first coach, which is what it takes to win championships. He took the same exact players RR had and turned an absolute joke of a defense into one of the best in the B10 in less than 12 months. What more is there to say?
And as far as all this talk about how Saban went easy on Dantonio and JoePa but is going to drop the hammer on us, wow. IMO it would be humiliating to know that good teams are going easy on you because they are afraid of embarrassing you. You might as well shut down the program at that point. I hope Bama and Saban bring their A game. That's the point of playing them in the first place. And win or lose, I guarantee UM will come out of that game with our self respect intact.
This post was edited by MrWoodson 23 months ago
Nothing wrong with a countdown clock. Most organizations have mission statements, because when you get a large group together, you need visible reminders of things that we all know are important. Hoke felt we needed to refocus our group on beating OSU, he put up a clock, and guess what, we won the game.
I don't know how you could question Hoke's ability to bring a team together. In press conferences, the players deflect all praise to other teammates/coaches, and Hoke likewise gives it all to his players and staff. That's a team.
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I think this is a little over the top. What he said was that he didn't use a technique like that. No dis to what UM is doing. He also did not say that Bama would teach UM a lesson.
That's how it was brought to light on the Finebaum Show by Mal Moore. Countdown clocks are not necessary if your team is bought into the team and they are going to teach Michigan that lesson. The shows are podcast if you care to look it up. Air date 5/10. Saban was at MSU for nine years in two seperate stints, anyone know the record vs Michigan in those years?
First of all let me state that I think you will find that most Bama fans have a tremendous amount of respect for UM, their tradition and success they have had on the football field, plus it is a great academic institution. The thing that struck me regarding your comments is that the comments attributed to Coach Moore and Saban seem so out of character for both of them. So I went back and re-listened to the Podcast you mentioned above. It was actually on 5/11. Nowhere in the interview is UM mentioned. There is no Coach Moore interview on the Pod cast that i can find. I don't know if you listened or if you are repeating what someone else told you was said. Regardless, it will be a great game. Both teams will be motivated and ready to play. Hopefully fans on both sides will show the other team the respect that they truly deserve.
Just to clarify, Mal Moore is still Alabama's athletic director.
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I find it strange that you admit he said something about the clocks, and now he wasn't even interviewed? I listen to the Finbaum show when I get a chance usually catching large portions of the show on Thursdays and Fridays. I think Paul is a wonderful person and has a very entertaining caller base. My personal favorite is Robert from Waterloo, Iowa. I shouldn't have directed you to the podcast since I have never listened to one nor have any idea what they podcast. I do know that Mal Moore was interviewed last week and that Michigan, count down clocks and lesson were all discussed. I have reason to believe that interview would not be podcast due to Paul's relationship with coach Saban, and the fact that Mr. Moore reiterated that their was not media present. I do not follow Alabama football close enough to know who, when, or where their athletic director is. I do know that after the interview some of the Alabama fans called in to verify some of the other coaches he had hired before Saban. Shula, Dubose, and Price were all mentioned at which time Paul remarked Mal needed a good hire to possibly save his job. I realize anytime anyone outside of an Alabama fan says the name Alabama it is most times considered disrepectful, by listening to the college sports channel on satellite radio. I meant no disrespect I was merely relaying some information I heard on a radio program to some people who might appreciate it here on WOLVERINE 247 just in case you were lost.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Amazinglyblue78 23 months ago
I know this may come as a shock but not everyone who follows college football keeps up with everything Alabama related. I don't know about Alabama's athletic director present, or past. The way Paul was talking to Mr. Moore it seemed he had relinquished his duties. Do you know who Jack Weidenbach or Joe Roberson are?
This post was edited by Amazinglyblue78 23 months ago
You're taking my comment wrong. I was just clarifying that he still the athletic director. Wasn't trying to smart or anything. That's why I said the word "clarify."
I apologize. I was impressed with Mr. Moore, seemed like a genuine person probably why I was listening so intently. I enjoyed the story he told about his playing career with Joe Namath beating him out when Namath was a sophomore. The fact that he stuck with Alabama and coach Bryant for many years after that shows a great deal of character imo.
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