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UAB football drama shows deep love of the game in Alabama

UAB football drama shows deep love of the game in Alabama

Tony Barnhart was asked to speak at a charity event in Mobile, Ala., a couple of weeks ago but faced a conflict. The veteran sportswriter from Georgia, author of "Southern Fried Football," was scheduled to be in Florida to cover the annual Southeastern Conference meetings. No problem. The folks from Mobile sent a private plane for Barnhart and provided a police escort from the airport to the event. Barnhart spoke to 800 college football fans — remember, the season was still months away — then jumped on the plane and was back in Florida by 10 p.m. "Things are different in the South," Barnhart deadpanned. Alabama being in the heart of the...

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