Ole Miss fans spent last night celebrating their upset win over Alabama by dragging the goalposts out of the stadium & all over town. So… Where are they now?
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Andre Smith runs at the 2009 NFL Combine. The 335-pound offensive tackle had a standout career at Alabama and entered the 2009 NFL Draft as one of the top run-blocking tackles and a potential No. 1 pick. However, Smith showed up at the combine that year appearing rather out of shape; furthermore, he ducked out of the combine workouts early, claiming he wanted to prepare for Alabama’s Pro Day. He was eventually drafted sixth overall by the Bengals, who put a clause in his contract mandating that he stay below 350 pounds. Smith became a free agent after the 2012 season, and he has yet to land a new contract. (Bob Rosato/SI)
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Alabama OL Barrett Jones (6-foot-5) gets water from athletic training student Ashley Leggett (4-9) during pregame warmups before a Nov. 2012 game against LSU. (Simon Bruty/SI)
Nick Saban gets a Gatorade bath after leading Alabama to its second consecutive national championship (and three of the last four) with a 42-14 victory over Notre Dame. (Gary Bogdon/SI)
Crimson Tide DL Quinton Dial celebrates with the Alabama flag after winning the SEC championship game. (Pouya Dianet/SI)
Alabama cheerleaders and a mascot celebrate the team’s mascot, Big Al, celebrate after the Crimson Tide defeated Georgia to secure a berth in the BCS Championship game against Notre Dame.
Alabama quarterback Joe Namath (12) and his teammates sit on the bench during a 1962 game against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. (Neil Leifer/SI)
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Alabama may have delivered a win — and a drive — for the ages. Down 17-14 with fewer than two minutes remaining, ‘Bama gained possession on its own 28-yard line following a missed Drew Alleman field goal. AJ McCarron, who appeared rattled for most of the second half, completed three consecutive passes to junior wideout Kevin Norwood. Then the Tide completed the comeback: McCarron hooked up with freshman back T.J. Yeldon (pictured), who deked a defender and raced 28 yards to the end zone. Nick Saban’s squad improved to 9-0, while LSU’s Zach Mettenberger silenced many critics in defeat. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. (AP)
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Alabama quarterback Joe Namath and coach Bear Bryant stand on the sideline during a 1962 game against Tennessee. During his three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record and a national championship in 1964. This year’s Alabama squad, which is ranked No. 1 in Andy Staples’ latest Power Rankings, is in position to win another championship if they keep up their dominant play.
Legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant talks to a player during a 1966 game. Bryant won 232 games and six national championships during his 25 years coaching the Crimson Tide. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)
Eddie Lacy and the rest of the Alabama football squad stool tall against Arkansas in a 52-0 blowout victory on Saturday. Lacy ran for three touchdowns for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, who gained a total of 441 yards on offense. (AP)
It’s college football season and SI has five regional covers to preview the upcoming season. Among those featured are Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, USC’s Matt Barkley, West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Alabama’s AJ McCarron. (Lon Horwedel/Icon SMI - Michigan; Matthew Emmons/US Presswire - Oklahoma; Peter Read Miller/SI - USC; Andrew Weber/US Presswire - WVU; Damian Strohmeyer/SI - Alabama)
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SI photographer Bob Rosato captures an aerial view of Auburn’s Chris Porter taking a charge on Alabama’s Jeremy Hays during a 1999 game between the SEC rivals. (Bob Rosato/SI)
Former Crimson Tide football star Javier Arenas surveys whats left of the street where he lives after tornadoes swept through Tuscaloosa in April 2011. The tornadoes killed 50 people, including six Alabama students. A year later, the people are still recovering emotionally and physically, says SI’s Lars Anderson.
CREDIT: Simon Bruty