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Loading up the trucks in Birmingham, Ala.

Photograph By Gary Cosby Jr.

Springer's staff of students load pads, rainwear, extra cleats, five kinds of game-day underwear and anything else the Alabama football team might need onto a custom 18-wheeler for what is supposed to be a five-hour trip to Baton Rouge. The equipment truck got a flat tire deep in LSU country and wound up getting to the stadium several hours late. That was still better than the last trip to Arkansas where the trailer got mooned by an entire fraternity.