Reuben Foster flip-flopped commitments, got tattoos, then flipped again. He endured two tough fan bases and now looks back as his wild high school saga draws to an end.
Mal Moore wanted to be a star player at Alabama, then the Crimson Tide's head coach. He wasn't either, but his legacy as athletic director might have made even more of an impact on his beloved school.
With several starters NFL-bound, Alabama has plenty of players lined up to fill the holes.
Before Saturday's win over Ole Miss, coach Nick Saban cautioned his Alabama team to stay focused and avoid the kind of surprise letdown that could ruin this year's title bid.
The time for kickoff is here, and a Week 1 matchup against Michigan will go a long way for Alabama to figure out what it will become in 2012.
The gruff, standoffish Nick Saban we grew to love is gone. For now, he's replaced by a head coach at ease with his successes.
The Crimson Tide appears to have more talent in its 2012 group of receiver recuits than it has had since 2008.