Saban talks spring, broken trophy as Crimson Caravan starts
by Michael Casagrande
mcasagrande@annistonstar.com
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HUNTSVILLE — Hey, accidents happen.

That was Nick Saban’s response to the shattered crystal football heard around the world. With news of Alabama’s broken BCS trophy going viral Tuesday, the Crimson Tide coach added perspective to the story. He touched on a number of issues before the first of nine Crimson Caravan stops in Huntsville, but the Waterford wipeout was the hot topic.

The parent of a player accidently bumped the trophy from its pedestal Saturday. It made headlines Monday evening and spread further Tuesday.

“Breaking the crystal ball, even though it’s very meaningful, nobody got hurt,” Saban said. “Nobody meant to do any harm and I’m sure we can replace it. It’s (not as) bad as everyone’s making it out to be and I don’t want the parent of the player who had the mishap to feel bad about what happened.”

Saban also reflected upon the 15-date spring practice schedule that also ended Saturday.

On the topic of the A-Day scrimmage, Saban said one stat mattered most.

“The team that turned the ball over four times lost,” he said. “One of the most significant statistics in football about winning and losing is turning the ball over. So I hope that’s one of the things our players really take from this. If you turn the ball over, you don’t really have a good chance of being successful.”

Finding playmakers remains the challenge entering the quiet months before preseason practice fires up in August. Saban said the A-Day game wasn’t designed to showcase those individual talents

“You can only do so much,” quarterback AJ McCarron said Saturday. “We ran the same play on one drive, I think, nine times. It’s just hard, but I mean we definitely have room for improvement.”

A few mysteries remain in the search for McCarron’s passing targets. Three receivers including junior college transfer Duron Carter remain suspended and Saban didn’t have a timeframe for their return.

“I don’t anticipate anything,” Saban said. “It is what it is. It’s not up to me. It’s up to them. So I don’t really need to spend time speculating on what they’re going to do. I have two adolescents at home and I don’t know what they’re going to do, so how I am I going to predict what these guys are going to do. If they do what they’re supposed to do, they can play on our team. Aight, if they don’t, they won’t.”

Receivers Ronald Carswell and Michael Bowman have also been suspended indefinitely since the fall.

But on the topic of the day, Saban joked with reporters about the media’s role in fueling the broken trophy story.

“Nothing you all do surprises me,” he said. “You stop nothing short of creating some news. I respect you, I love you and all that, but that’s a fact. Is it not?”

Asked if he’d ever had an oops moment like that, Saban flashed back to a lake incident seven or eight years ago.

“I fell off my boat and about killed myself once,” he said with a smile. “I was cleaning up after the kids went wakeboarding. That could have been real disastrous.”

After “sitting at the bottom of the lake,” a broken trophy didn’t seem as serious, Saban said.

Michael Casagrande covers University of Alabama sports for The Star. Follow him on Twitter @UARollTide_Star

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