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Postcard from Atlanta: A Journey Ends, Another Begins

“How did I get here?”

The thought kept crossing my mind as the streamers fell and confetti pelted me from all sides. I was standing on the sideline as Alabama players celebrated following Tua Tagovailoa’s 41-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith in overtime of the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Alabama players and coaches […]

After a Decade of Alabama Frustration, Saban Creates a Dynasty

By Joe Spears | @joe_spears7

Sports Capital Journalism Program

ATLANTA — Nick Saban walked off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the coach of a national champion for the sixth time.

Before Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide completed their come-from-behind, 26-23 overtime victory over the Georgia Bulldogs, only one coach in the modern history of college […]

How Saban’s Risk Became Alabama’s Reward

By Jon Sauber | @JonSauber

Sports Capital Journalism Program

ATLANTA – With his Alabama Crimson Tide trailing, 13-0, at halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship and the Georgia Bulldogs in position to take control of the game, many successful college coaches would not have had the conviction to make the decision that Alabama’s […]

An Unlikely Star Leads an Unforgettable Comeback

By Jon Sauber | @JonSauber

Sports Capital Journalism Program

ATLANTA — DeVonta Smith hauled in a 41-yard strike from Tua Tagovailoa, just before his body crossed the goal line, to complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Smith threw a hand in the air as he sprinted, […]

For Ridleys, Tears and Congratulations

By Joe Spears | @joe_spears7

Sports Capital Journalism Program

ATLANTA — Riley Ridley sat in his locker in quiet disbelief.

The sophomore receiver had just played the best game of his young career at the University of Georgia. Coming into the College Football Playoff National Championship, Ridley had eight receptions for 136 yards this season, […]