Alabama coach Nick Saban has filled the final spot on his coaching staff, hiring running backs coach Burton Burns away from Clemson. The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. reported on its Web site that Burns had resigned from Tommy Bowden's staff to accept the Alabama job. The newspaper said that Burns would coach running backs at Alabama.
New UAB football coach Neil Callaway will make $360,000 a year plus incentives for various achievements, including conference crowns and bowls. The University of Alabama Board of Trustees Compensation Committee approved the five-year contract on Tuesday.
Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins said he feels very good about the players who have committed to come to Boulder in 2007, but he never has and never will put much stock in what the recruiting Web sites say about the players he chooses to award scholarships to.
"I think we've done a good job," Hawkins said Thursday in offering a brief early assessment of the 2007 class, which will be announced in less than a month on national signing day Feb. 7. "I like the guys we have. I feel good about them as people and as football players."