Spontaneous moment leads to ‘Bama battle cry

Alabama football players have been talking about the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ signs posted in the locker room since this summer. One day before the Iron Bowl, there’s no better time than now to take an extra look at that:

TUSCALOOSA — Their origins are part mystery, part misery.

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Signs with the now famous “NEVER AGAIN” motto first appeared in the Alabama football locker room not long after last season’s Iron Bowl. It makes the 24-point lead blown by the Crimson Tide in the 28-27 loss to Auburn hard to forget.

But the signs?

“I don’t know exactly how it was born or why it was born. I know when,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “I think it just came from the disappointment of last year’s game. Some player said it. Somebody said it somewhere along the line. It is what it is. I don’t know that it wasn’t something spontaneous that somebody said that just kind of stuck.”

Nose guard Josh Chapman thinks it was Saban who first uttered the phrase that somehow found itself to laminated sheets of paper. Photos of the signs appeared online this summer.

They include a picture of the 28-27 scoreboard and a celebrating Cam Newton.

No. 2 Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) can take a step toward assuring the slogan sticks Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The roles have reversed once again in the rivalry, which has determined much more than a state champion the past two seasons.

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