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Stephen A. Smith fires back at Paul Finebaum for saying Tide has slipped

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Some don’t like him at times, but Stephen A. Smith does come to the aid of Alabama football.

He fired back at Paul Finebaum in Tuesday’s airing of ESPN’s First Take. 

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Finebaum said Alabama ‘has slipped’ as a program since losing Kirby Smart to Georgia.

The Bulldogs have won back-to-back College Football Playoff National Championships under Smart as head coach, and Finebaum said Nick Saban no longer owns college football. Alabama looks to return to the CFP next season and win a national title.

It loses Bryce Young to the upcoming NFL Draft, but Smith feels that whoever the quarterback is that the Tide will be back on top.

“Okay that’s fine,” Smith said to Finebaum in answering a question about he doesn’t know who Alabama’s quarterback will be next season. “I did not have an idea who in the hell Bryce Young was, but I do now. I did not have any idea who Mac Jones was, but I do now. I did not have a snowball’s chance in hell of knowing who Tua Tagovailoa was, but he was pulled off the bench and won a national championship after they were wetting the bed in the first half against Georgia. Let me tell you something, Nick Saban … do not underestimate Alabama. Don’t underestimate that man. I understand Kirby Smart is the man right now. He’s the reigning two-time defending national champion, and he deserves all the props for putting in the work nine years under Nick Saban. He has capitalized off it, he deserves it, but understand something, you still gotta go up against Alabama and next year Alabama shall return.”

Next season is going to be exciting for college football.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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