The door does appear open, but what level of trust will there be if and when reinstatement occurs? How will the disappointed ones Grant alluded to - the teammates, the loved ones, the fans - view the players upon their return, when and if there is one?Simply for the sake of something not suspension related, here's a story about the relationship between Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph. Strangely, it appeared that Randolph looked much more aggressive Saturday night in Red Stick. If this team is going to have a shot without the Sidelined 4, Lacey has to be an integral part of that. So, ya know, c'mon Trevor.
At this point, there is still a season for Alabama. Saturday's loss didn't help things, but it was not an NCAA elimination game for the Crimson Tide, as some breathless hyperbole on the Internet surmised.
— This won't shock you, but Nick Saban is great when it comes to preparing youngsters for the pros.
— Tidesports.com has a primer about Alabama's new offensive coordinator.
— Thought this was notable: In the past four years, Alabama's recruiting budget has tripled. Also, the NCAA wants to drastically increase penalties for "major violations," whatever those are.
— That reminds us: You want a college football playoff? Thank the SEC.
— The return of freezing cold weather, by the way, can only mean that baseball season is almost back. Braves beat writer David O'Brien is the best guy to follow if you're an Atlanta fan like me.
Also, out of obligation, here's Whitney Houston at the 1991 Super Bowl.