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Stan J Griffin

Stan J Griffin

I am a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I currently reside and work. I am doing regular sports and feature writing for the Tuscaloosa-based Druid City Living and also am the Alabama beat writer for Crimson Magazine. I am a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama, where I wrote for The Crimson White. I have an extensive background in newspaper journalism, having served as a sports editor and reporter for the Delta Democrat Times, St. Clair News-Aegis, Andalusia Star-News and the St. Clair County News.

I also have my own sports blog site, The Sports Connection, which I partner on with a friend of mine, and we began this site in November of 2012. I write blog on a variety of sports subject, and have also had guest contributors write their own blogs for the site. I have interviewed prominent sports figures for the site, including Paul Finebaum of the new SEC Network.

The University of Alabama football team's fall camp is down to a short polish-up session set for Thursday, and then it's officially time for the No. 1 Crimson Tide to take the field for the first time on Saturday as it opens the 2016 season against Southern Cal at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The college football magazines have all been read, the various polls and watch lists have all been announced and a long, dry summer of waiting for the sport to return is finally, mercifully, over.  

Most importantly for Nick Saban's University of Alabama football team, a fall camp which Saban, the 10th-year Crimson Tide head coach, has called a very productive one is now complete, and game time has arrived for the defending Southeastern Conference champions and the reigning College Football Playoff national champs.  

It is now two weeks before Nick Saban's Alabama football team, the reigning SEC and College Football Playoff national champions, opens up the 2016 season against the Southern Cal Trojans in Arlington, Texas.

Since its opening in 2000, John and Ann Rhoads Stadium, also known as the home of the tradition-rich University of Alabama softball team, has served as a true mecca for the continuously growing fast pitch game.

For fans of Nick Saban's University of Alabama football team, preseason hype has already translated into good news, as many scribes and gridiron seers are already forecasting the Crimson Tide to repeat as Southeastern Conference champs and successfully defend its 2015 national championship.  

The following five items, however, will be key areas to watch as Alabama seeks to reign supreme as champions of the SEC once again, and to also gain its 17th national title in 2016.  

With proceeds benefiting the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance, in an effort to support both children and adults relative to the challenges associated with mental illness, the ever-growing cycling event known as the Hot Hundred enjoyed another huge response in 2015 in terms of participation and support from volunteers and various businesses and organizations.  

And now, the planning stage is continuing for what should be yet another “epic ride” in 2016.  

The legend of the late former University of Alabama football coach Paul William "Bear" Bryant is an enduring force, especially in the men that he coached, mentored, and motivated to be extraordinary, not only on the field but also in life.  

Alberta Baptist Church co-pastor Keith Pugh, a 58-year-old native of Evergreen, is one of those men personally impacted by the coaching icon, as he attended UA from 1975-1980 and played on Alabama teams that won national championships in 1978 and 1979 while also capturing three Southeastern Conference titles from 1977-79.  

By Stan J. Griffin: July 7, 2016

There is no doubt that most of the focus for University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is devoted to the upcoming 2016 Crimson Tide season, which is less than two months away.
But Saban knows as well as anyone, however, that helping those in need is a life priority that is way more important than wins and losses on a football field, especially when it involves those who are struggling in his own home state.
Saban, a native of Fairmont, West Virginia, is asking that football coaches from across Alabama come together to help the football teams in the communities of that state devastated by recent flooding.
Saban, along with the Alabama High School Athletics Directors and Coaches Association, is asking high schools from across the state of Alabama to do their small part to help so many high school football programs affected by this tragedy by donating a full uniform. Many of these high schools will not be able to field football teams this fall without help.

By Stan J. Griffin: July 5, 2016

Author's Note:  This is the first installment of a multi-part series, detailing the position groups for the 2016 Alabama football team. The first part will discuss the still-ongoing Crimson Tide quarterback battle.

As has been the case entering the last two years, Nick Saban's University of Alabama team will enter the 2016 season with a largely unproven individual behind center at the always-critical quarterback position.
And while that has caused sheer pandemonium and myriad conniption fits with Alabama fans in the past, I really am not sensing much of that with the Crimson Tide Nation as we inch closer to SEC Media Days and the start of fall practice.
Part of that is due to the wizardry of Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and the amazing work he did with first-year starters Blake Sims and Jake Coker the last two seasons. The success of those two signal callers is a big reason why Alabama won 26 games the last two years, including back-to back SEC titles, made two trips to the College Football Playoffs and captured its 16th national championship last season.
Another reason for the absence of teeth gnashing is the fact that the 2016 Alabama team will most likely have another very strong defense, as well as a solid ground game at the very least, once again, meaning that whoever earns the starting quarterback position will not have to be especially prolific in terms of his stats. As Saban has stated numerous time over the past three seasons in regards to his starter, that individual simply needs to "win the team," be an efficient game manager and he needs to avoid making the pivotal mistakes.

By Stan J. Griffin: July 1, 2016

Photo by Stan J. Griffin

New University of Alabama baseball coach Greg Goff is quite busy these days, as he seeks to put together his first Crimson Tide coaching staff, recruit new players, solidify and study the UA roster and put his own unique stamp on the tradition-rich Alabama program.
But on Friday, the 31st Crimson Tide baseball coach was honored for the good work that he did at his last coaching stop, prior to arriving in Tuscaloosa.
Goff was selected as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Diamond 2016 South Central Region Coach of the Year, the organization announced on Friday morning.

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