Saban not changing A-Day anytime soon

It’s game day in Tuscaloosa. Expect regular-season coverage for today’s scrimmage. It starts with today’s print edition. Read all about it starting right here …

TUSCALOOSA — A few coaches across the country are toying with the idea of changing spring football games.

Bring in outside competition. Play it like an exhibition game, is the feeling.

Nick Saban and Alabama prefer it the way it is, though. When A-Day regularly draws north of 90,000 fans, why change it? Crowds could near last season’s record of 93,210 when the ball is kicked at 2 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The free admission isn’t changing. Neither is the format. The Crimson Tide’s first team offense will line up on the Crimson squad with the No. 1 defense wearing white.

“It’s probably the closest thing we get to a game that we have until the opening game,” Saban said. “So this is a real opportunity and we play it as close to a real game … You can play these games best against the rest, you can use a point system, you can run a draft and I’ve done it every way you can do it and we’ve settled on it here doing it this way.”

Both second teams will also face each other and fans can expect at glimpse at another quarterback. Second-team passer Phillip Sims has been limited by a throwing-shoulder injury all spring. That could mean increased action for third-teamer Phillip Ely who redshirted as a freshman last fall.

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It’ll be a different look than most visitors are used to, but Saban prefers keeping the spring action in-house.


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