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UCLA brings 'tripping' strength coach out of exile

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09:48 AM ET 09.15 | Say the words "Sal Alosi" and watch UCLA football players snap to attention. The name inspires respect -- and a certain amount of nervousness. You couldn't ask for more from a strength and conditioning coach. Strength coaches are most often faceless taskmasters, but Alosi doesn't have that option. In 2010, Alosi was an anonymous body on the New York Jets' sideline until he put his knee out to trip Miami's Nolan Carroll, who was running downfield on punt coverage. Alosi apologized, but he was suspended, fined and later resigned. Alosi declined an interview request this week. After nine years in the NFL, Alosi was in exile at Bryant College, a small school in Rhode Island. First-year UCLA Coach Jim Mora came calling last January. Alosi was the Atlanta Falcons' strength coach under Mora in 2006.

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September 15, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Just keep him in the press box and he can't trip an opponent.

September 15, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Just keep him in the press box and he can't trip an opponent.

Good point, I remember this story: "Alabama player comes off bench for tackle in 1954 Cotton Bowl".

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September 15, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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Good point, I remember this story: "Alabama player comes off bench for tackle in 1954 Cotton Bowl".

one of the weirdest events in Bowl history occurred when Alabama's "twelfth man," Fullback Tommy Lewis, leaped off the bench as Moegle was roaring past it, along the 45-yard line, and downed him with a fierce block. At the time, Moegle was steaming along with only one man having a chance ??? and that a doubtful one ??? of stopping him.
Lewis, under a sudden compulsion which he could not deny, came off the bench like a rocket and cut down Moegle with a perfect block. Then the Alabaman, who is alternate captain of the Tide, retreated quickly to the spot he had vacated and sat there with his head down in acute embarrassment as Coach Red Drew stood before him and looked at the crushed youngster in disbelief at what he had seen. Referee Cliff Shaw ruled that Moegle should be credited with a touchdown. The play had started on the Owl 5-yard-line and thus was good for 95 yards.

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September 15, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Less than 2 hours till tip off.

Yeah, Cal at Ohio State. Don't know what to think of that one???. WF at FSU, I'm thinking that FSU runs away with this game.

September 15, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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Good point, I remember this story: "Alabama player comes off bench for tackle in 1954 Cotton Bowl".

You mean Rice's Dicky Maegle being tackled by Bama's Tommy Lewis. You just can't trust those Bama guys!

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September 15, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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one of the weirdest events in Bowl history occurred when Alabama's "twelfth man," Fullback Tommy Lewis, leaped off the bench as Moegle was roaring past it, along the 45-yard line, and downed him with a fierce block. At the time, Moegle was steaming along with only one man having a chance ??? and that a doubtful one ??? of stopping him.Lewis, under a sudden compulsion which he could not deny, came off the bench like a rocket and cut down Moegle with a perfect block. Then the Alabaman, who is alternate captain of the Tide, retreated quickly to the spot he had vacated and sat there with his head down in acute embarrassment as Coach Red Drew stood before him and looked at the crushed youngster in disbelief at what he had seen. Referee Cliff Shaw ruled that Moegle should be credited with a touchdown. The play had started on the Owl 5-yard-line and thus was good for 95 yards.


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September 15, 2012  10:25 AM ET

Sorry bout the double...effin FN site.

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September 15, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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And why Texas and North Dakota? Where is the relationship?

Guess some things are North Dakota's fault too.

September 15, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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Good One , OT! Ninja'd me bigtime! I bow to your CFB history acumen.

He's fast.

September 15, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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Less than 2 hours till tip off.

Wrong sport, you senile old coot. 1st tip off is six weeks away.

That reminds me.....

FIRE RICK BARNES !!!!!

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