TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama on Saturday celebrated its third BCS National Championship in four years in front of thousands of crimson- and white-clad fans.
The day began with a parade down University Boulevard that concluded at the walk of champions outside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Players, coaches and support staff walked through the plaza, which honors every national championship and SEC championship team in the Crimson Tide’s illustrious history, up to a stage set up outside the stadium.
Head coach Nick Saban addressed the crowd on the sunny day, along with Alabama president Judy Bonner, director of athletics Mal Moore and BCS executive director Bill Hancock.
“(Saban) is the best coach, in my opinion, in the United States,” Moore said. “Thank God he’s on our side.”
A “2012” etching was unveiled at the base of Saban’s statue Saturday, which already had inscriptions from his previous BCS championships won in 2009 and 2011 at the school.
TEXAS A&M: Has agreed in principle to give coach Kevin Sumlin a contract extension and a raise after he led the Aggies to 11 wins in his first season with the team.
Sumlin, who was hired from Houston after Mike Sherman was fired, recently completed the first year of a five-year contract worth $2 million a year.
Terms of the deal were not released.
EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME
WEST 28, EAST 13
In St. Petersburg, Fla., former Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne had a fumble recovery to set up a touchdown and an interception in the second half to help the West defeat the East.
Former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein started for the East and completed just 5 of 13 passes for 43 yards and a pick.
RAYCOM ALL-STAR CLASSIC
STRIPES 31, STARS 3
In Montgomery, Ala., Missouri Western running back Michael Hill outplayed many of his big-school counterparts in the inaugural game.
Hill rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the Stripes to a victory over the Stars at Cramton Bowl, long home to the now-defunct Blue-Gray game.