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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With Aaron Hernandezs arrest hovering over the start of training camp, the New England Patriots sent out quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick to shed some light. Brady spoke for 17 minutes Thursday and said the murder charge against his former tight end is "zero" distraction to him. Belichick spoke for 22 minutes Wednesday and said the team would learn from the "terrible experience." Both spoke with greater patience and candour than they usually do as the Patriots hurried to remove the stain from their reputation -- and lower media attention -- before their first practice on Friday. "You talk about the Patriot Way and to me that means mental toughness and to me it means dealing with different situations and adversities over the course of a season and off-season," Brady said, "and how you can put those things behind you and focus on your job." The Patriots were happy to get back on the field during conditioning tests Thursday. Brady was asked about the teams morale. "Its fun. Its exciting," he said. "This is a new year for us. Last year didnt end the way that we would have hoped so we have a chance to go out there and try to do a lot better this year." The Patriots lost the AFC championship game to the Baltimore Ravens. "The fate of our season is going to be determined by the guys in the locker room," Brady said, "and, hopefully, nothing else." Not only must they improve on the field, but, Brady said, the Patriots must work hard to "re-establish what were all about" after the arrest of Hernandez. "Its been a challenging off-season," he said. "But were going to try to move forward as best we know how." Brady talked at length for the first time since Hernandezs name surfaced in connection with the shooting death of Boston semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd on June 17. Hernandez was arrested on June 26 and cut by the Patriots before he was charged that afternoon. He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty. "Certainly, its a very tragic thing that happened and someone loses their life," Brady said, "but all those things were out of the players control here. Were not really a part of that situation." He declined to answer several questions, saying he had been advised not to. They included whether he had spoken with Hernandez or whether Hernandez had apologized to him after the tight end was linked to the investigation. During Hernandezs three seasons since being drafted by the Patriots, he was one of Bradys top receivers. Asked if he thought he knew Hernandez, Brady said, "the relationship that you have as a football player, the relationship you have within the walls of (Gillette Stadium) are what they are and then people have their own life." Might people not know others as well as they think they do? "I dont know if you quantify those things," Brady said. "How well do you know your kids? You try to do the best you can do, but everyone is ultimately accountable for their own decision making." Asked if Hernandez had fit in with his former teammates, Brady said, "I dont think any of that really matters to me or matters to anything thats going on with the legal process or anything like that." On the day before camp opened, Belichick displayed unusual patience with questioners and gave more detailed answers than usual after making an opening statement while using notes. On Thursday, it was the turn of the teams best player. "Its a terrible thing that happened," Brady said. "Theres a very human, compassionate element that we all have and when its someone that has been on our team, its a very sad thing. So I think that we, as a team, have tried to move forward with better awareness and understanding of these types of things." He listed several former teammates -- Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown, Mike Vrabel -- who represented the Patriots well on and off the field. "Everyone who has played here has played a part of what the New England Patriots are all about," said Brady, wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with the words, "PATRIOTS ESTABLISHED IN 1960" on the front. "We realize that in light of the recent situation that probably those things get overshadowed and weve got to work hard to kind of re-establish what were all about. "And thats, like we said, to win games and to be the best representatives of this team and organization and representatives for this city that we can possibly be." Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork also spoke Thursday but didnt mention Hernandezs name. "Youre dealing with a real-life situation, so its easy to get caught up in the media or speculations. Were not here for that," Wilfork said. "I feel bad for the victims family, but we have to move forward as a football team. Thats sad to say, but thats reality." Its important, he said, to keep off-field issues separate from players jobs on the field. "Its going to test this teams chemistry. Its going to test everyone thats in this locker room," Wilfork said. "Its going to test to see how important football is to us. As a family, you just have to take it day-by-day, move forward day-by-day. At the end of the day, the ball is going to continue to roll and the last thing we want to do is be stuck behind the ball." On Wednesday, a probable cause hearing for Hernandez was rescheduled for Aug. 22 to give prosecutors more time to present evidence to a grand jury. Might Wilfork be distracted from football if hes called before a grand jury? "What can I do," he asked. "The only thing I can do is control what I can control and thats playing football. Whatever happens in the future, happens. Well handle it then." Seahawks Official Jerseys . Down by seven with 90 seconds left in regulation, thats where they looked comfortable. 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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Last season, Alabama coach Avery Johnson waited seven games to watch point guard Dazon Ingram shoot the only 3-pointer of his freshman season before his season ended shortly after due to injury.Johnson didnt have to wait long Friday night as Ingram made three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points to help the Crimson Tide beat Coastal Carolina 70-53.Now hes in a rhythm. He shot quality 3s tonight, Johnson said of Ingram. We think he has triple-double type ability where he can score, pass, and rebound, but also play the defensive end and guard multiple positions.The Crimson Tide opened the second half on a 20-5 run and cruised from there.Corban Collins led Alabama with 15 points. Riley Norris had 14 points and Ingram added 11 for the Crimson Tide, who shot just 3 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half, but finished 10 of 26 from beyond the arc.Colton Ray-St Cyr had 13 points and Elijah Wilson chipped in 12 points to lead Coastal Carolina.Coastal Carolina led 33-27 at halftime. Norriss layup gave Alabama a 39-38 lead four minutes into the second half. Jimmie Taylor split a pair of free throws to cap the 20-5 run and the Crimson Tide led 47-38. Collins scoredd five points during the stretch.ddddddddddddWe took our time more and nothing really changed, Collins said. We just took the same shots that we took in the first half.Ingrams 3-pointer made it 60-48 with 4:43 remaining.The Chanticleers shot 7 of 14 from 3-point range in the first half, but just 2 of 9 after the break.BIG PICTUREAlabama: The Crimson Tides slow start suggests the teams chemistry needs work. 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