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Alabama’s Fitzpatrick Presents Options in Secondary

By Jon Sauber | @JonSauber

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS – Versatility has grown in importance in the National Football League, especially in the defensive secondary. Defensive backs are asked to roll down into the box and defend the run, play deep as a centerfielder and play man coverage on the outside and in the […]

Weekly Roundup: January 16 – January 22

Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) of the Los Angeles Times examines how increasing ticket prices are making life difficult for Los Angeles Dodgers fans.

Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) of Sports Illustrated chronicles the relationship between Bill Belichick and Nick Saban and how their mutual respect for each other has benefitted them.

Brendan Savage (@BrendanSavage) of MLive.com eulogizes Phil […]

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 […]

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, […]