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Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:27 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Following the shocking death of Alabama offensive lineman Aaron Douglas, both his current and former college head coaches offered their thoughts on the 21-year-old native of Maryville, Tennessee.

Nick Saban, commenting on the tragedy:
"It is a tragedy anytime you lose someone close to you and even more so when it is a member of your family," said UA head football coach Nick Saban. "Aaron was a part of our family and always will be a part of our family at Alabama. He was an outstanding young man and we were excited about what he had accomplished as a player and a person in the short time he was with us.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, David and Karla, who are two of the best people you will ever meet and the love they had for their son was something very special. As a father, there is nothing we can say to describe the loss of a son. Our Alabama family has sustained a tragic loss and the Alabama family is grieving that loss. We will be here to support Aaron's family in any way we can."
Lane Kiffin recruited Douglas to Tennessee (not that he had to try very hard; both of Douglas's parents were varsity athletes with the Vols), coached him as a freshman All-American, and said this on his Twitter feed:



Though the University of Alabama has officially confirmed Douglas's passing, any further details regarding the cause of death (other than its Jacksonville location) remain unavailable at this time.
Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

From what I understand, the kid had some problems with depression. IMO it showed when he transfered. It really made no sence for him to transfer from UT. He had the starting job locked up as a freshman. Being an All-American too, he prob would have gone pro. I kind of get it if he would have followed Kiffin to USC, but he went to Bama. Who knows... Sad story.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:29 am
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

Wow a tragic story i believe im speaking for all Buckeye fans out there that our thoughts and prayers go out to his family its ashame when a young life ends to early...way to early once again thought and prayers out to his family, friends, and his teamates.



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:40 am
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

Thanks for your sentiments, Trojan Fan. I left Alabama 38 years ago, but Crimson Tide football never left me. I take football way too seriously. This young football player was someone's precious child. That's the most important thing.



Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:19 am
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

 BLOUNTVOL YOUR WRONG PHIL FULMER DIDNT RECRUIT HIM IT  WAS PHIL HALF MER JUST THOUGHT ID CLEAR THAT UP FOR YOU



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

Kiffin didn't "recruit" Aaron to Tennessee, Phil Fulmer did.   Although I guess Lane honored his commitment which is more than he did for Taj Boyd, amoung others.  



Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

Spam in the comments about a tragic death?  Someone is going to hell...



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

This is absolutely tragic, and I'm afraid that we are soon going to find out that it was an unnecessary tragedy. I could be wrong, but I have multiple, multiple mutual friends with Douglas, and I know the circumstances behind him being let out of his scholarship at Tennessee... and I am afraid that the forthcoming news will not be positive.

Before you jump on me... I am nothing but sad over this situation. I hate it for his family, and I hate it for Alabama. But even the police statement that has already been released suggests that the problems Aaron has dealt with for years now could be behind this tragedy. 



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

What a tragedy. I think I can speak for all Trojans when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with this young mans family and with his coaches, teammates and everyone at Alabama.  



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

This is so sad.  Being a freshman All-American says everything you need to know about his athletic ability.



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Saban, Kiffin respond to Douglas death

I am very interested to know the details... This is so unfortunate! Side note: Just found that new CoachWatcher website and it is legit!


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