Saban: Football season will provide 'escape'

By: AP
By: AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama coach Nick Saban is hoping
football will help Tuscaloosa cope.

Saban said Monday night the season "will be an escape for a lot
of people who have had a lot of heartbreak." He participated in a
two-hour radio show "Hey Coach ... Helping Out" at Bryant-Denny
Stadium to raise money for the UA's Acts of Kindness Fund and other
organizations involved in relief from the April 27 tornado.

In addition to Saban, more than 30 players and several other
Crimson Tide coaches and school officials attended the memorial
service for offensive tackle Aaron Douglas in Knoxville, Tenn.,
Sunday. Douglas was found dead last Thursday in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Also on the show were Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox, men's
basketball coach Anthony Grant and gymnastics coach Sarah
Patterson.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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