Alabama assistant coach Burton Burns returns home for Sugar Bowl with Tide

NEW ORLEANS — He’d barely outlast one handshake and conversation Saturday before feeling another pat on the back that turned into a meaningful embrace.
It’s amazing that Burton Burns got to Alabama’s first on-site bowl practice on time.
The Crimson Tide’s running backs coach is back in his hometown this week, surrounded by close friends and closer family as he prepares for opponent Utah and his first Sugar Bowl as a college coach. It means even more now. The game enters its 75th year with Burton’s brother, Ronnie Burns, serving his first year as Sugar Bowl president.