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SHREVEPORT, La. Most of the Crimson Tide football players arent accustomed to spending the holidays this far from home.

On Christmas Eve, the team had dinner together in Shreveport, La., and the players planned on having an informal holiday-type dinner on Christmas day with the coaches and family members.

The one caveat as that the team is staying in Sams Town Casino, which brings up an interesting moral dilemma.

A casino on Christmas day? After a long continuous laugh, wide receiver Keith Brown who is 21 and legal to play the games said,

Its fun I guess. Im in the hotel room with my teammates and my other family.

Position changes?: Interim head coach Joe Kines did not say what would happen with the embattled right-tackle position.

Currently it will be either Kyle Tatum or Chris Capps starting, both of whom have had their issues throughout the year.

Weve got one more day to practice, Kines said. Dave (Rader) and them well handle all that. Were still moving guys around.

Game time: Alabama has had almost a month to prepare for Oklahoma State, so it knows exactly what the Cowboys will throw at them. Right?

I feel real comfortable right now with them, said quarterback John Parker Wilson. We just kind of took it easy leading up to this week. Its like a game week now. We have such a good pace with what were doing.

Still, the most important thing for the Tide is the bowl practice schedule and getting the team ready to what being in a bowl is like, something it understands.

I dont care if we go to the toilet bowl, as long as we go to a bowl game, said fullback LeRon McClain.

A lot of teams would be happy to be in our place right now.




Arizona running backs coach Kasey Dunn has been hired as special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach at Baylor.

Dunn, who begins his new job Jan. 2, replaces Harold Jackson, who resigned earlier this month to pursue other interests.

Dunn has coached running backs at Arizona the past three years.

He also has been an assistant at TCU, Alabama, Washington State, New Mexico, Idaho and the University of San Diego during his 14-year coaching career.

Dunn played in the Canadian Football League after his collegiate career at Idaho.


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