Not the end, not the beginning

This is the story I produced from Saturday’s football national celebration in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Read it.

TUSCALOOSA — Two Januarys ago, Nick Saban stood on a stage on the 50-yard line of Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Alabama coach delivered a speech replayed countless times since, promising that a recently won national title was a beginning and not the end.

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Indeed, it wasn’t. On Saturday, he was back on the same stage under familiar circumstances.

An estimated crowd of 32,000 traveled back to Tuscaloosa for a repeat performance when the Crimson Tide commemorated its 14th national football championship — its second in three years.

Morning thunderstorms morning gave way to sunny afternoon skies when the program began at 2. Running about 20 minutes shorter than the planned hour, the succession of speeches and video look-backs was punctuated by Saban’s five-minute address.

“I just want you to know,” Saban said, his voice bouncing off the canyon of exposed concrete, “The players we have returning, the players that we’re recruiting will represent the University of Alabama in the future will continue to build a team of champions that will represent the University of Alabama in a first-class way and make each and every one of you proud.”

With that came a surprise attack.

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