PSG advanced to the Champions League Final for the first in club history. But tonight we won’t be chatting PSG. We’re heading towards the SouthEast, a sacred part when it comes to college football.
Alabama limiting attendance at Bryant-Denny Stadium to 20% during 2020 college football season.
Alabama has limited capacity at Bryant-Denny Stadium to 20% in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health guidelines, the school announced on Tuesday. The new policy will stay in place throughout the 2020 football season.
All fans and staff will have to undergo a health check in order to obtain a “passport” prior to entering the stadium. That “passport” will be obtained via a website after individuals complete a health check questionnaire that requests a temperature reading, possible symptoms and potential contact with infected individuals. The school has moved to mobile-only ticketing and fans will have to wear a mask upon entering the stadium. Working staff at the stadium must wear a mask at all times.
The 2020 season may be limited to conference-only games. One thing that is not limited is the menu of Rama Jama’s. Come buy during the week to choose from any of their championship-caliber menu items. Wear your mask and bring your appetite! Rama Jama’s…one of the greatest traditions in the South!
Mike McCoy Intro:
-2009 SEC Champion
-2009 National Champion
-Owner of the Warehouse Performance Institute
-Played at Northwest Rankin High School (my high school) in Mississippi
-His head coach, David Coates, was my head coach
- First offer was from The University of Southern Mississippi during his sophomore year
-Alabama offered him a scholarship his junior year
-Finished 12-2 his senior year
-His top schools were Alabama, Auburn, and LSU
-Had no desire to go to Ole Miss or USM
-Chose Alabama because of Mike Shula and assistant coach Charlie Harbison
- You entered Alabama during a very interesting time. The team was seeming turning the corner with Coach Shula coming of a 10-win season in 2005. It seemed like that success would continue with a lot of important pieces returning. What was the atmosphere like at that time and what were your goals?
-Alabama finished 6-7 with losses to Auburn and Oklahoma State at the end
-Mike Shula was fired after the Auburn game in 2006
- The 2006 season didn’t pan out the way many had hoped. We finished 6-7 with losses to Auburn and Oklahoma State at the end. Coach Shula was fired after the Iron Bowl. What led to the disappointed season and was departing from Shula at that time the right move?
-Alabama departed from Mike Shula and did the unthinkable, they hired Nick Saban
- Mike Shula was out and Nick Saban was in. What was that transition like for you as a player in year 2 and the team as a whole? Did everyone buy in?
- What were the major differences early on in the Saban era?
-worked his way into the starting rotation
-caught his first touchdown against Houston
- The 2007 season was full of highs and lows. We experienced a thrilling victories against Arkansas & Tennessee, but had narrow losses to Georgia and LSU with an embarrassing defeat from Louisiana Monroe. We did bounce back to defeat Colorado in the bowl game. What were your main takeaways from that season and how did you grade yourself?
- Approaching the 2008 season, not many were expecting much out of Alabama. As the first game against Clemson drew near, no one was giving us chance. We shocked the world and demolished the Tigers 34-10. In the post-game, Kirk Herbstreit was at a loss for words. Can you guide us through what happened during that off season that led to this big victory?
- We had quite the WR squad coming into that season: you, Julio Jones, Marquise Maze, and Nikita Stover. What were your goals as a unit and you personally?
-Alabama shocked the world again against No. 3 Georgia in Athens in the famous “blackout” game.
- We defeated the No. 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs 41-30 in Athens in the famous “blackout” game. What kind of formula were you guys putting together that placed Alabama back atop the college football world so early?
-Had a touchdown vs Ole Miss
- It seems that every time the media called you guys out for “prove it” games, Alabama showed up. This was no different in Baton Rouge that season. We won a thriller in overtime 27-21 to capture the SEC West Title. Usually, a team that hasn’t been used to that type of success folds during pressure games. What was different about y’all?
-No. 1 Alabama wouldn’t disappoint in their next big contest against No. 16 LSU in Baton Rouge. They defeated the Tigers 27-21 in overtime to capture the SEC Western Division Title for the first time since 1999.
- Going into the 2009 season, what was the atmosphere like? When did y’all know that this team could win it all?
- This was your senior season and you had the chance to do something special. What were your goals going into that season?
-Had a career high 5 catches for 100 yards and a TD vs FIU
-Alabama avenged their loss to Florida in the previous SEC Championship Game and throttled the Gators to win their first SEC Championship since 1999
-Alabama finished the season undefeated with a win over Texas in the Rose Bowl
-Won their first national championship since 1992
- You were a part of something Alabama hadn’t seen since 1992, a national championship. What did that mean to you and what was your mindset going into that game?
-Started 3 out of 4 years with Nick Saban
-Won the BCS National Championship Game in 2009
- What were the NFL Scouts telling you leading up to the 2010 NFL Draft?
- How did you perform on your Pro Day?
-Had an opportunity with the Green Bay Packers
-Had offers to play in the CFL, but chose Arena Football instead
-Played 2 years in the AFL
-Played for the Green Bay Blizzard and Reading (PA) Express
Training (Warehouse Performance Institute):
-Wasn’t sure what to do post-football
-“My mom told me to tell God my plan and to let Him tell me what to do next, it’s amazing how God works. I then realized that I had a natural talent to train people.” – Mike McCoy
- Football was done. You were now at a crossroads, not sure of what to do next. Your mom advised you tell God your plan and let Him tell you what to do next. Then, you reached out to former strength coach Scott Cochran. Can you walk us through what happened next?
-Got in touch with former Alabama Strength & Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran
-Cochran set up an internship for him at IMG Academy
-Met business partner Ryan Romano
-Started out training athletes out of Ryan’s garage
-Had to cut grass on the side to make ends meet
-Months later, they got over 100 clients
-Signed a lease for a building to open The Warehouse Performance Institute
-Trained several pro athletes: Trent Richardson, Marcell Dareus, Don’t’a Hightower, Mohammed Sanu, Alfred Morris, Courtney Upshaw, and Blake Sims
-Helped Trent Richardson with his comeback
- We know who Mike McCoy is as a player. Who is Coach McCoy at the Warehouse Performance Institute?
- What about Nick Saban’s coaching style to you incorporate into training athletes?
- What is your next goal with The Warehouse?
- Which team did you look forward to playing the most?
- What does Mike McCoy look like in a Steve Sarkisian offense?
- Who did you want to beat the most, Auburn or Tennessee?
- Best BBQ spot in Tuscaloosa?
- What is the biggest takeaway from your career that you want this generation of athletes to know?
- Who was faster in both of your primes, you or your cousin Sedrick Horton?
who was your favorite player
has the game changed?
you think Nick Saban has evolved since his first season
Santiago Leon is the Founder and CEO of the Sports Cast. He covers almost every sport: NFL, NBA, and world soccer. He’s also founder of sleon productions, which he specializes in technology and serves clients with solutions to make their business grow.