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SEC 2006: Questions at Bama

John Parker Wilson is likely quarterback

Theorizing that a strong college football team one season is likely to be strong again the next, one might conclude that Alabama will be reloading, not rebuilding, in 2006. After all, the Crimson Tide posted a 10-2 record and finished ranked eighth in the nation last season. For a number of reasons, however, it is not realistic to postulate this year's Crimson Tide as a championship contender.

Mike Shula is in his fourth season as Alabama head football coach, but the former Crimson Tide quarterback does not yet have a full stable of football horses. That relates primarily to NCAA sanctions that stripped Bama of 21 scholarships and left the Crimson Tide thin at a number of positions. While Alabama will be near the 85 limit in scholarshipped players this season, nearly 75 per cent will...

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