HUNTSVILLE, AL -
After suffering a losing season in 2013, first-year head coach James Spady has made it clear.
"The goal is to understand that Alabama A&M football is open for business," Spady said.
Spady opened his spring practices to the public and even took the workouts on the road to local high schools.
"My biggest impression since coming here is the most positive; I think our defense is going to be pretty salty," Spady said. "If they're not I'm going to be disappointed. They had a really good spring. I feel really good about our chances if our defense can hold up."
But Spady is an offensive guy. He came to A&M from at the University of Nevada, where he worked as the tight ends coach for four years. Along with him, he brought the concept of the pistol formation.
"The last four years, I learned the concepts and really hard to defend. I thought if i ever had a chance to run an offense again that's exactly what i'm going to do," Spady said. "Our football players have embraced it. They can see how dangerous this offense can be. How user friendly it can be."
The Bulldogs play their home games inside Louis Crews Stadium. It seats 21,000 people. But on October 25, in Birmingham at Legion Field, 63,000 people will pack it in for the Magic City Classic.
"What haven't I heard about his match-up. Everywhere I go there is a mention about Alabama State. That's okay," Spady said. "That's how college football is set-up, you have your arch rivals.
"I'm not a stranger to these rivalries. I've been involved in some. The Alabama State rivalry in the Magic City Classic is one of the tops in college football, in my opinion. I've been to a lot of places and this game rivals UNLV and Nevada, which was our big arch rival while I was there.
"I can't wait until we tee it up against those guys," Spady said. "My first opportunity to beat Alabama State, I'm looking forward to it. I wish we could play tomorrow."