Bama uses inside info to prepare for OU
Originally Published: September 3, 2003By By Pat Forde | Special to ESPN Insider
Alabama offensive coordinator Dave Rader spent the last three years out of football after being the head coach at Tulsa. But that time away could come in handy for the Crimson Tide Saturday when Oklahoma arrives. Rader watched a whole lot of Oklahoma football during those three years as a businessman, and even wrote a weekly column in a Tulsa paper analyzing the Sooners. If anyone is familiar with Oklahoma's defensive strengths and weaknesses (assuming there are any of the latter), Rader would seem to be the man. "That definitely helps us get a feel for a team we don't see every year," Shula said.