Tide names new color analyst

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage will be Alabama's football color analyst.

Crimson Tide Sports Marketing general manager Jim Carabin announced Monday that Savage will replace Ken Stabler in the fall.

Savage was senior vice president and general manager during four seasons with the Browns after nine years with the Baltimore Ravens.

"I am thrilled to be a part of Alabama Football again," said Savage. "I truly appreciate this opportunity and will do my very best to help continue the long history of the radio broadcasts being informative and enjoyable for all Crimson Tide fans."

Savage got a dress rehearsal when he handled analyst duties for Alabama's spring game.

"I think Phil will do an excellent job with our radio broadcast," said head coach Nick Saban. "I've known and worked with Phil for almost 20 years and he is one of the most knowledgeable I've ever been around when it comes to analyzing the game of football from both a personnel and strategy standpoint. We are excited to have someone of Phil's caliber as a part of the Alabama football program."

The Mobile native spent three seasons as a graduate assistant for the Tide under coach Bill Curry and worked under offensive coordinator Homer Smith in 1988-89.

Stabler did not return to the booth after his arrest on a drunken-driving charge a year ago. He was found not guilty by a Robertsdale judge.

Phil lives in Fairhope, Ala. with his wife, Dorothy, an accomplished theatrical actress and singer who will release her debut album, End of Me, this summer.

Savage will make his regular season debut when Alabama opens the 2009 season against Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on September 5

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