TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Top-ranked Alabama had its best defensive performance of the season Saturday when it dominated No. 24 Ole Miss from start to finish, shutting down the Rebels' high powered offense in a 25-0 shutout. But that got people asking questions, especially after UA director of player development Tyler Siskey was shown wearing binoculars in the coaches' booth by television cameras.
Siskey, who came over from Ole Miss' staff during this past offseason, was not stealing his former team's signals and was not coaching, according to UA coach Nick Saban.
"He didn't really assist in the game plan and he wasn't on a headset," Saban said when asked whether it was common for noncoaching staff members to assist during the game. "He didn't talk to anybody during the game. I don't know if there's any rule that says he can't go into the press box and watch the games. And he wasn't in any different position than he's ever been in a game."
Ole Miss, which entered Saturday averaging 490 yards of offense and 38 points per game, was held scoreless with just 205 yards of total offense. The Rebels were rebuffed on a number of fourth-and-short opportunities and even had a safety against them late in the game.
"I don't know where he typically is, but certainly I'll say that Alabama had a wonderful defensive plan for us," Ole Miss coach Freeze told reporters in Oxford, Miss. He hired Siskey to head his recruiting operation last February. "Give them a lot of credit for the work that they put in, in preparing for us, whether it was in the summertime or whether it was just in the week."