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Tide rolls on despite postseason ban

Alabama Crimson Tide

Originally Published: August 19, 2002
By Pat Forde | Special to ESPN.com

Alabama Crimson Tide 2001 record: 7-5 (4-4, tied for third in SEC West) Coach: Dennis Franchione (2nd season, 7-5) Starters returning: 7 offense, 8 defense, 1 kicker Outlook: A season-ending four-game winning streak and the willingness to ride out a wicked NCAA probation hit have made second-year coach Dennis Franchione an immediate state treasure. He's suddenly so valuable that media reports say 'Bama is giving him a new 10-year, $15 million contract -- the most astounding reward in football ...

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