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Being in State College for Paterno’s death was déjà vu for Tide coach

The small Pennsylvania town of State College was the center of the sporting world Saturday night. It also happened to be the site of a quad gymnastics meet involving defending national champion Alabama.

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So when rumors of Joe Paterno’s death swirled through the arena, memories came flooding back for Crimson Tide coach Sarah Paterson.

She called it “an eerie feeling.”

Suddenly she was taken back to January of 1983. Patterson was driving her fourth Alabama gymnastics team to Penn State from the Pittsburgh airport in a couple of station wagons.

“And it came over the news that coach Bryant had died,” Patterson said. “And so I pulled the station wagon over. I called the university and I just said “OK, here I am. I’m an hour outside of State College.’

“I was so young. I was like ‘what do you want me to do?’

Go and compete, was the response from Tuscaloosa.

And they won.

By the time they arrived back on campus, all the hoopla had passed and the funeral was over.

“Then to be leaving State College and hear the same thing about coach Paterno, I just thought that was really ironic,” Patterson said. “Here I was coming in when one passed away and I was leaving when the other one passed away — both immediately after the end of their coaching careers.”

Again, Alabama won the meet at Penn State. After doing her post-meet radio show Saturday night, the gravity of the moment struck Patterson.

“As I was coming down, I ran into numerous students, adults just in tears — distraught,” Patterson said. “I’m not even sure it had happened at that time, but the news of it … your heart when out to it because you saw how it affected people here years ago.

“Bet you don’t know anybody else who had that happen to them.”


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A few new panoramic photos for gallery

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For those of you new to this little site, you’re not familiar with my love of panoramic photography. The wonders of the iPhone makes it possible for complete amateurs like me to take a few suitable for public consumption. Enjoy.

I added a few new panoramics to the gallery below like the free sample you see above. They gallery goes back a year with all kinds of cool places captured.

Panoramic photos updated Sept. 10, 2011


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SEC says Alabama defender had top performance

Barron (4) celebrates interception with Nico Johnson at Penn State (AP photo by Keith Srakocic)

The weekly SEC honors have been announced and a certain opportunistic Alabama safety heard his name called.

Senior Mark Barron was named defensive player of the week after intercepting a pass, recovering a fumble and making seven tackles in the 27-11 win up at Penn State. Both turnovers came in Alabama territory with the interception at the 9-yard line. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray earned offensive player of the week honors.

Linebacker Trey DePriest was co-freshman of the week last Monday after leading the Tide in tackles against Kent State.

Nick Saban addresses the masses coming up at noon. Check back after that for full coverage.


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Time lapse of Penn State student section, stadium filling

Watch this warp-speed look at the student section filling at Beaver Stadium before Alabama beat Penn State 27-11. Good seats, you can see, go fast.

 


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Photos from Penn State

Take a look at the gallery below for a few moments from the weekend in Happy Valley. A comprehensive video is coming soon.

Alabama at Penn State 2011


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Video of Rammer Jammer after Penn State win

From the field Saturday evening, here’s the postgame celebration after Alabama beat Penn State 27-11 in State College. Yes, an abbreviated version of the Alabama marching band made the trip too. Much more video to come later on. Don’t close this tab in your browser. You’ll be using it again in a little bit.

 


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The front page in Harrisburg tells tale

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I think the headline says plenty from yesterday’s 27-11 Alabama win over Penn State.

Check back later for much more to chew on from Saturday’s win. Lots of travel to fill my Sunday.


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Alabama beats Penn State

Hey, you knew that already, but I felt irresponsible not posting some sort of update in the wake of this one.

Alabama 27, Penn State 11.

Raise your hand if you hit that one on the head. Either way, you’ll get comprehensive coverage in print tomorrow along with all kinds of cool video footage from the pregame scene, postgame celebration and Nick Saban’s news conference. See you then.

Welcome back to Beaver Stadium

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We’re back in Beaver Stadium with less than two hours left before kickoff in steamy Happy Valley. The sun has poked out a few times and the early rains makes for humid conditions.

Looking at the fans, there’s way more than allotted 5,000 Alabama tickets holders on hand wearing crimson. Tide fans are everywhere.

The Penn State students who camped out all week just made it inside and the Alabama special teamers are warming up.

Plenty more to follow. Stay tuned.

Duron Carter not playing today

The twisting road for Duron Carter did not lead him back to State College today.

Alabama just released a statement confirming earlier reports indicating the JUCO transfer will not play today and did not make the trip north with the team.

“The University of Alabama is awaiting documents necessary for Carter to be certified,” the statement read. Until those documents are received, Carter may continue practicing with the team, but he cannot compete in a game.”


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Welcome to Beaver Stadium

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We’ve made it to State College where traffic near the stadium is thick. We’re still seven hours from kickoff.

The town of State College is right out of a Norman Rockwell on a game day morning.

Tagging along with a few big name writers from Birmingham, it’s time for breakfast downtown.

Check back for more after that.

Made it to Harrisburg, ready for football

The flight into Harrisburg was full of Alabama fans and stunning views. The flooding on final approach was staggering. No pictures, but entire neighborhoods were completely under water. Very sad to see.

Judging from the flight and crowd at the local restaurant, there’s an incredible amount of Alabama fans in town. And we’re about 100 miles away from State College here in the state capital.

Turning in early tonight. I’m carpooling with a few other reporters and we’re leaving way before my traditional wake-up call.

Be ready for all kinds of gameday coverage starting in the morning.


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Video tour of Alabama/Penn State rivalry

Kickoff is just a day away and it’s a travel day for this sports writer. So, as I navigate the transportation grid of the eastern portion of our country, let’s take a look back at some of the classic games played by Alabama and Kent State over the years.

Why not start with one of the most famous moments in Alabama history — the goal line situation in the 1979 Sugar Bowl.

Now we can go backward through the years starting with last season’s 24-3 for Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The last meeting before that came way back in 1990, but I can’t find footage of that game. So let’s go to 1989 when a blocked field goal ended the Tide’s last trip to Happy Valley.

Again, no film from 1988, but here’s a wild two-point conversion in Alabama’s 24-13 win over the defending national champions in 1987.

Next up, see Penn State beat Alabama 24-3 in a much more intimate Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1986. Keith Jackson has the call.

It was a bit closer in 1985. See the end of the 19-17 Nittany Lion win right here.

No tape from 1984, but I can tell you Alabama won 6-0 in Ray Perkins first game.

Moving back to 1983 reveals a video some of you might not want to watch. It’s the famous disallowed touchdown from the final seconds of Alabama’s 34-28 loss after a wild comeback. Here it is anyway.

A year earlier, Alabama sent Penn State home from Legion Field with a 42-21 loss.

There was another goal-line stand in 1981. See it here from the 31-16 Alabama win.

Jumping back a few more years and skipping the 1979 game, here’s the fourth quarter from the 1975 Sugar Bowl won by the Tide 13-6.

There was nothing on the web from the 1959 Liberty Bowl where Penn State beat the Tide 7-0 when it was still played in Philadelphia.

I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. More from the here and now in Pennsylvania later today.


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Updating travel situation for Penn State

It’s almost time to leave Tuscaloosa and begin the hopefully smooth trek north to Pennsylvania. For those making the same trip, there’s plenty to digest and state road names to memorize. Here’s a list of stories from local Pennsylvania newspapers to help you navigate the water-logged region.

Check back later for any updates to the plan.

 


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Blogging live: The Nick Saban radio show

It’s time for the second edition of the Nick Saban radio show this season. The potential for big news is there since Saban said a decision on the quarterbacks could come today. Here’s the rundown:

  • They’ve danced around the quarterback issue in the first 15 minutes, but nobody is asking the simple question.
  • Saban said they approached the Kent State game like an NFL exhibition game, though he didn’t want to make it sound like they took them lightly.
  • Saban said freshmen Vinnie Sunseri and Trey DePriest played “like a couple demons” on special teams against Kent State.
  • Offensive line was disappointed with the Kent State game saying there was some anxiety among new players.
  • The “results-oriented society” speech made a cameo.
  • Still no QB starter question midway through the show. You think people are scared to get yelled at for asking about a starter?
  • Ball security was an issue for Marquis Maze in the past, but no longer, Saban said.
  • A foot injury limited Maze in the two weeks before Kent State game.
  • The offense needs more leadership among skilled position players on offense, Saban said. William Vlachos and Barrett Jones are the vocal players on the line.
  • We’ve had a caller from Hartselle and Decatur in a Morgan County night over the air.
  • Play defense first in overtime if you win the toss, Saban said.
  • Offense doesn’t deviate with either QB. Swapping out passers shouldn’t hurt continuity on offense, Saban said.
  • Turn down your radio if you call in. That echo comes won’t happen.
  • Tide will walk through 50 plays in 20 minutes Friday before leaving for Pennsylvania.
  • It will be “us against the world” this Saturday in State College.
  • No QB name. Never asked.
  • More to come.


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