If he licks the stamp today (Monday) Nick Saban’s thank you note should reach Rankman by Wednesday, a full three days before Alabama’s opener against USC.

We would expect Saban to start by recanting what he says about the press every year at SEC Media Days in July. “…Even though I get sort of blasted sometimes for how I sort of view the press, that’s not really the case. I really appreciate what you do, because you promote our game. You promote our student-athletes. You create a lot of interest for these young men, which I think inspires a lot of them to really want to play even at younger ages.”  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.