Alabama announced the signing of junior-college offensive lineman Leon Brown to a national letter of intent Wednesday to start play football beginning in the 2013 season
Brown, whom Rivals.com lists as 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, is one of three offensive linemen currently slated to play at Alabama next season, joining high school commitments Grant Hill (Huntsville) and Bradley Bozeman (Roanoke).
Editor’s note: Each day between now and Alabama's date with Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, we will review the season for a key Crimson Tide player or coach and attempt to project what’s next for him. Today we’ll look at tight end Michael Williams.
Trent Richardson would be surprised if Nick Saban followed him from Alabama to the Cleveland Browns. Saban, who will lead the Crimson Tide against Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game in Miami on Jan. 7, has been mentioned as returning to the NFL, perhaps with the Browns if second-year coach Pat Shurmur is fired at season's end. "I can't see him coming to the NFL," Richardson said Wednesday. "I would be very shocked." And Richardson knows the coach quite well. After all, he was a standout running back for Saban at Alabama before being selected in the first round by Cleveland in April. Richardson ran for 1,679 yards last season for the Crimson Tide. "How can you get tired of winning," Richardson asked. "He's got so much going there. He has no reason to leave. He gets what he needs and he treats his program like the NFL (anyway). He makes sure his players are prepared for the game and prepared for the next level when the time comes."
The SEC's national championship dominance -- and the possibility of ending it -- has been the leading storyline in college football for the past few years, and when the Discover BCS National Championship rolls around, a large contingent of people above the Mason-Dixon Line will be rooting for Notre Dame to put an end to the SEC's run when the Fighting Irish take on Alabama in Miami. But even if Alabama falls short, the SEC's postseason dominance won't just fade away. No, this conference has been cleaning up during bowl season outside of just racking up crystal. The SEC's dominance has consumed the entire postseason experience. Some people like to knock the SEC's credibility when it comes to its actual strength during the past six years. Some argue that the league is too top-heavy and that as good as the top might be, it can get very ugly at the bottom. But during the SEC's commanding run, all 12 SEC teams (excluding Missouri and Texas A&M) reached at least two bowl games and each one had at least one postseason victory. When this year's bowl season is over, five SEC teams will have been to at least five bowl games since 2008 and eight will have gone to at least six bowls since 2003, with Florida, Georgia and LSU all going to 10.
Alabama has signed junior college offensive lineman Leon Brown, who will enroll in time to begin classes in January. Brown, who is 6-foot-8 and 308 pounds, will participate in offseason conditioning and spring practice. Brown is from Riverdale, Md., but played the last two years at ASA College in New York City. The Avengers went 9-0 in the regular season before losing 47-21 to Snow College in the Carrier Dome Bowl. Brown was a second-team All-Northeast Football Conference selection in 2012 at tackle.
Alabama's Kirby Smart ranks third nationally among the highest paid assistant coaches for 2012. USA Today published a comprehensive survey of salaries, most of which included public-school data that is subject to open records requests.