Even Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban joked that the media “lacked intensity” as the questions were slow to pour in during the final media availability for both coaches in advance of Monday’s Sugar Bowl.
Both Saban and Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney praised the Sugar Bowl officials for running a smooth event and both seemed anxious to get on the field.
Saban confirmed that his three linebackers previously scheduled to be out (Shaun Dion Hamilton, Dylan Moses and Hootie Jones) will not play, but that DE LaBryan Ray will be available.
Swinney did not offer any injury updates and said his team is relatively healthy going into the CFP Semifinal.
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