Tide staying indoors for BCS preparations

Why not take a read over my print story that ran in today’s newspaper about the Alabama football practice routine?

TUSCALOOSA — It’s been a long three weeks without helmets and shoulder pads in Tuscaloosa.

The layoff between the Iron Bowl and BCS practices ended Monday, and the effects will be felt this morning. Instead of jumping straight into game planning for LSU, the Crimson Tide went back in time for its workout.

The routine was identical to the first practice of August, heavy on the little things that seem basic for the second-ranked team in the nation.

“Let’s just say we’ll be a little bit sore,” Tide receiver Brandon Gibson said.

The senior said the artificial surface of the indoor practice facility likely will add to the aches and pains. Alabama kept it inside Monday and will do so for the rest of the practice schedule.

It’s not as much about the weather. The indoor facility is just a better fit, as the Jan. 9 BCS National Championship Game will be played in the Louisiana Superdome.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban borrowed the philosophy of former Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes when charting that course of action.

“If you’re going to fight in the North Atlantic, you’ve got to train in the North Atlantic,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “That’s what Woody always used to say. I guess we can go outside and put our long johns on and worry about wind conditions and all that stuff and then go play in the Dome.

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