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A dose of Robinson’s random nuggets

Published 3:55pm Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Before I get into today’s column, let me get this out of the way: I had to submit this article before the BCS title game was over.
I know you all really wanted to read about Auburn’s victory (I am assuming AU wins 38-34). Well, I want Chick-Fil-A to be open on Sundays. We don’t always get what we want.
Anywho, here are a few random nuggets I have thrown together for your reading pleasure.
1. Can we have one game Alabama loses where I don’t hear about some fan poisoning nature or pulling a Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka into a crowd of college kids?
Yes, I know every fan base has the weirdo outliers (google “Auburn fan and kittens” if you don’t believe me), but I think I speak for all ‘Bama faithful when I say, “Please stop being a fan and/ or drinking if you take losses so hard that you throw out all common sense.”
None of us enjoy losing – especially since Nick Saban has made us so unaccustomed to it – but verbally and physically assaulting kids 20 to 25 years your junior isn’t going to stop A.J. McCarron from being sacked seven times,  people!
Besides, if losing games affected you so much, thank the good Lord you weren’t a fan during the Mike Shula era.
2.  Mark Ingram has been widely panned as an NFL bust, but he is quietly catching on for the New Orleans Saints. Ingram toted the rock 18 times for 97 yards and a touchdown Saturday in brutal conditions.
Things may get hairy for the former Heisman winner this weekend against Seattle’s tenacious defense, but it is good to see that Ingram’s career is on the uptick.
3. The Alabama basketball team was down at halftime to Robert Morris Saturday. I eagerly await the end of the Anthony Grant regime.
I don’t have a desired coach to hire; I just know that the chemistry does not appear right with this one and Alabama.
4.  Even with the ultimate defections of stars like Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Tre Mason along with Alabama’s Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Cyrus Kouandjio and (maybe) Jeffery Pagan, the Tigers and Tide should each start the 2014 poll in the top five.
Has that ever happened? I guess I should look that up.
5. So Texas went from being rumored to hire Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh to actually hiring Charlie Strong?
Strong is not a bad coach by any stretch, but how much more proven than Mack Brown is he, really? If the Longhorns wanted to take a chance on a higher ceiling, I have to wonder why Vanderbilt’s James Franklin wasn’t numero uno on their list.
Strong has done nice things at Louisville, but it is certainly a lesser conference than the SEC,  where Franklin resides.
Meanwhile, Franklin is younger, more fun, more energetic and has taken Vandy to three straight bowls.
That last fact alone is more impressive than anything Strong did at Louisville.
Robinson is a sports columnist for The Outlook.