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Alabama Crimson Tide's Busy Offseason: Reaping the Rewards
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Winning a National Championship isn't everything.  But everything quickly follows. 

From recruiting to award watch lists, a team that wins it all will prosper after bringing home The Coaches' Trophy.

In 2010 the University of Alabama has found itself in familiar, albeit preterite territory after winning its 13th national title.  As the national spotlight shines on the Crimson Tide, we find the benefits just keep rolling in.

Right guard Barrett Jones' spring break trip to Pignom, Haiti garnered some press.  Jones and fellow teammate Hardie Buck, along with friend James Gannon, flew to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, took a three hour taxi ride followed by a seven hour ride in the back of a truck with four others and nine pieces of baggage to reach their destination.

While there the three installed the plumbing necessary for new showers in a camp overrun with orphaned children.

Nick Saban stayed busy with charity golf events, travelling with the Crimson Caravan, throwing out the first pitch of an Alabama baseball game, talking with the women's gymnastics team and visiting the Alabama Gulf Coast to encourage the oil spill cleanup effort. 

Coach Saban also made himself available to fans and media more than usual. 

The NFL Draft has once again become an Alabama recruiting tool.  Rolando Mclain and Kareem Jackson both went in the first round to the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans respectively.

In the second round Javier Arenas went the the Kansas City Chiefs while Terrence Cody found himself in Baltimore with the Ravens.

Mike Johnson became a Falcon in the third round while in the seventh round Marquise Johnson went to the St. Louis Rams and Brandon Deaderick put on a Patriots uniform.

Corey Reamer got a free-agent deal with the New York Jets and immediately impressed the coaching staff:

"He's going to replace [defensive coordinator Mike] Pettine and there's no question we can do that," Ryan said. "I believe that with this young man."

Six Alabama players were named Sporting News Preseason All-Americans. 

Mark Ingram was a first team selection while Julio Jones, Marcell Dareus, Dont’a Hightower and Mark Barron were named to the second team and Barrett Jones garnered third-team recognition.

The preseason honors continued to pour in as Mark Ingram and Julio Jones were named as Playboy Preseason All-Americans and Greg McElroy was named an Anson Mount Scholar.

Five Crimson Tide players have been added to the Outland and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.

Saftey Mark Barron, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus and linebacker Dont'a Hightower find themselves in contention for the Nagurski Trophy while offensive linemen James Carpenter and Barrett Jones were selected to the Outland Trophy.

The bill for the Bryant-Denny Stadium expansion became easier to pay as Alabama collected a $17 million dollar check from the SEC's lucrative television deals with ESPN and CBS.

After Mark Ingram showed off his Nike gloves during the nationally televised BCS Championship Game, Nike ponied up an additional $30 million and extended their contract with the University of Alabama for another eight years.

Recruiting for the 2011 class went through the roof following the BCS Championship.

Alabama's 2011 class ranks No. 1 in the SEC right now with 14 verbals, including a five-star, seven four-stars and five players from ESPNU's 150.

The Tide still has offers extended to eight other five-star recruits.

Yes, the rich just keep on getting richer.  Nick Saban's $4 million dollar a year contract has turned out to be one of the smartest business moves in NCAA history.

If Alabama repeats in 2010 then Crimson Tide fans will find yet another offseason filled with entertaining news stories to keep them occupied until the 2011 kickoff.

This is a dynasty in the making.

 

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