TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The road to the interstate hasn't yet been blocked. Flights still leave the airport daily. Gas stations regularly pump unleaded for around $3 a gallon. And the grocery stores here remained stocked with canned goods and water. If a disaster is about to occur at the University of Alabama -- and Nick Saban leaving for Texas would qualify -- you wouldn't know it in the sober expression of the town the school inhabits. The campus is quiet.
The SEC awards for 2013 were announced on Wednesday, and Auburn running back Tre Mason was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. The awards were voted on by the league's 14 head coaches, and they weren't allowed to vote for their own players. In a league that houses Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray, Mason stood above the rest after his record-setting, MVP performance in Auburn's SEC title game win over Missouri. Mason, a junior, ran for a title game-record 304 yards and four touchdowns in Auburn's 59-42 victory over Mizzou.
AUBURN, Ala. -- In last Saturday’s SEC championship game, the Auburn coaches kept giving the ball to running back Tre Mason, knowing their next game wouldn’t come for at least another three weeks. Mason delivered with 304 yards and four touchdowns against Missouri, but it didn’t come without some consequence to his body. “Of course, you know I'm feeling a little sore after however many carries I had, 46 or something like that,” Mason said.
Nick Saban's name is sure to come up in every high-profile coaching job that opens until he decides to retire. That's just the nature of the business when you've had the kind of success Saban has had with four national championships in the last 11 years. He won't be playing for a national title this season, but one of his protÃ©gÃ©s will -- Florida State's Jimbo Fisher. In fact, it's been an eventful season all the way around for the Saban coaching tree.
There are no games scheduled for today.