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4/17/14: It is still four months away from the start of the college football season, so that means that teams are in their spring camps and giving their faithful fans a preview of the season to come with traditional spring games. Alabama head football coach took a rare break from his preparations (many people may not have known that he was capable of such a thing) to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the baseball version of the Iron Bowl. For the record, Saban got it to the catcher without bouncing the ball, though it was pretty high. Incidentally, Auburn won that game as well, 2-1.
4/10/14: Most, if not all, major football programs find one or more of their player's names a police blotter every year. Even Alabama. To be fair, the Crimson Tide at least has the perception of less illicit activity, and perhaps that is due to the iron fist of head coach Nick Saban. However, running back Altee Tenpenny was pulled over for a broken license plate light while on spring break, but then was arrested for possession of marijuana. Tenpenny played in all 13 games last season and was expected to be a piece of the depth chart in 2014. No punishment yet from the school, but a suspension of some kind is to be expected if he is found guilty.
4/3/14: Former Alabama Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron is prepping for the NFL draft these days, and his old head coach, Nick Saban, thinks that every team should want to draft him. McCarron had a wonderful career at Alabama and won two national championships. He is expected to be drafted, but not considered to be at the same level of guys like Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles. McCarron added another achievement to his list, as he and long time girlfriend Katherine Webb got engaged last week. Congratulations to the couple and good luck at the next level.
3/27/14: Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is always looking for some sort of competitive advantage. While he claims that he did not propose the rule change that would allow defenses 10 seconds to make substitutions, he does endorse it - seemingly to slow down up-tempo offenses that give his defenses fits. He also has ideas about changing the NFL Combine to allow players to come back to college after the Combine when they have a better idea of where they will be drafted. That could mean that he keeps some of his players an extra year rather than having to plug in new ones each season.
3/20/14: It is still a long way until the start of the college football season, but that does not mean that there are not a lot of questions to be asked. The one that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is getting tired of is 'who will be the starting quarterback'. The Crimson Tide has several options available and most will get a chance to show their skills in spring practice. The wild card here is Florida State transfer Jakob Coker. Coker barely lost out to Jameis Winston at FSU last preseason and is a graduate transfer to Alabama. He could be a terrific one year stop gap, and may be better than A.J. McCarron.
3/13/14: The war of words over the proposed 10 second defensive substitution rule continues to grow. Alabama head coach Nick Saban, for the record, states that he never proposed the rule, which would allow defenses 10 seconds to make substitutions between plays, thereby slowing down up-tempo offenses. He does, however, say that logic is on the side of slowing down the game, and that would make it safer. Without the rule, offenses could run an additional 10-20 plays per game, which adds up over a season's time. He does make a point, but it is moot now, as the NCAA has tabled discussion on the rule change for now.
3/6/14: It seems like no one is backing Nick Saban these days. Saban proposed a rule change recently, a change that would allow defenses 10 seconds to substitute players. Saban claims that this would reduce injury, though many people believe it to be a way for Saban to slow down up-tempo offenses. A recent poll of coaches indicated 73% of college coaches are against the rule. Most notably, Saban's counterpart at rival Auburn (Gus Malzahn) came out against the rule change. Perhaps Saban has player safety in mind and perhaps not. In any case, it looks like this proposed rule change has little chance of happening.
2/27/14: It is not often when you see a guy that has quarterbacked his team to a couple national championships, won offensive MVP in a title game, and leave a program with a win rate of well over 90% say he is disrespected, but that is the card that former Alabama QB A.J. McCarron is playing today. McCarron is not considered among the top three QBs in the draft, and will probably be a second or third round pick. Perhaps all the hype around more prolific QBs like Johnny Manziel and others has finally gotten to him. That being said, McCarron is certainly respected, and it was not winning that is not in his favor. He had a marvelous college career, but the simple fact is that there are others who are more dynamic at his position.
2/20/14: Alabama got a major flip on National Signing Day by getting linebacker Rashaan Evans to come to the Crimson Tide. Evans is from Auburn, Alabama, and was expected to sign with the Tigers. Now, he is being shunned by the community that he grew up in - claiming that a local article was written urging people to boycott the Evans' family buisiness and people telling restaurants in Auburn not to serve them. It is understandable that Auburn fanbusinesss are upset that Evans is going to Alabama, but completely shunning the family from the community and wishing bad fortune and injury is simply too far.
2/13/14: Alabama did it again. Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football. Sure, occasionally an obscure team will have a wild run and make a claim at either a national championship or at least a quality bowl game, but, by and large, the big guys get the glory every year. Once again, Alabama has been ranked with the best recruiting class in the country. It is no coincidence that they have won three national championships in the last five years, considering their consistent top quality recruiting. And to prove it is not a fluke, Florida State has been in the top 10 in recruiting for that same period, and they just won the national championship.
2/6/14: It is amazing what comes out once a former player is not under the thumb of his college coach. Former Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron said that he was very surprised that the school hired Lane Kiffin as the new OC. But he had more to say. He also thought that the team last season was too complacent. His belief is that many younger players simply thought they could show up an win because they were "Alabama". Complacency is a problem with successful programs, and he may have a point. That being said, head coach Nick Saban will most likely have the team ready to play in 2014, and searching for anther National Championship.
1/30/14: There has been a lot of negative reaction to Alabama hiring fomer USC, Tennessee, and Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin as the new offensive coordinator. The fallout got a little more real last week when five star QB recruit Ricky Town decommitted from the Crimson Tide and committed to USC. Town developed a good relationship with new USC head coach Steve Sarkasian. Not to worry, though. All indications are that FSU backup QB Jakob Coker will transfer to Alabama, since he will not get much playing time behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for another year.
1/23/14: It is hard to criticize a guy who has won three BCS Championships in four years and had a great shot at another in the fifth, but Alabama fans are a relentless group. Head coach Nick Saban hired former USC, Tennessee, and Oakland head coach Lane Kiffin to be the offensive coordinator next season and the locals do not like it. That being said, the national media is having fun with this hire as well. However, while it is fact that his head coaching jobs have been pretty much disasters, don't forget that he was hired as the OC. Kiffin, as an OC, is actually pretty good. He guided the dominant USC teams in mid 2000's and will bring some life to the Tide offense.
1/16/14: Oh, this could be fun. During that long lapse between the end of regular season and the Sugar Bowl, Alabama head coach Nick Saban brought in former USC head coach (and Tennessee, and Oakland Raiders) Lane Kiffin as an offensive adviser. The move was met with a lot of scorn and ridicule at the time. Saban did not seem to understand why, but when you win three BCS Championships in four years, you get the benefit of the doubt. Now Saban has hired Kiffin as the offensive coordinator. This may come with a lot of resistance from the Tide fans. But won't it be fun the next time they go to Tennessee?
1/9/13: It is turning out to look like the SEC does not want to be part of the Sugar Bowl anymore. The SEC Champion has played for the national championship for the past eight years (including this year). Under the BCS format, that means that the Sugar Bowl is filled by another SEC team - one that fell short in their quest for the championship. For the third time in the past five years, the SEC team failed to show up and was beaten by an inferior opponent. This time it was Alabama losing to the Oklahoma Sooners.
1/2/14: One year ago, in the same Sugar Bowl that the Crimson Tide will play in, the Florida Gators were completely whipped by the Louisville Cardinals. The Gators seemed sad that they were not in a bigger game and let their emotions beat them (giving rise to to a joke about how to make Gator Cookies - put them in a Sugar Bowl for three hours and whip them). Alabama could suffer the same fate except they have one of the best coaches in history leading them into the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma. No, it is not the Championship, but Alabama is a dynasty.
12/26/13: The speculation and conjecture surrounding Alabama head coach Nick Saban heading off to Texas has subsided since Saban signed an extension. That allows the coach to focus solely on the Sugar Bowl and the Crimson Tide's opponent, Oklahoma. There is some news going on in the program, though. The Tide signed JUCO player D.J. Pettway back into the program. Pettway was dismissed in February for off-field incidents and spent this season at Eastern Mississippi Community College. He has fulfilled his punishment and it looks like he is back in good standing with the school to play next season.
12/19/13: Bama fans can breathe easy now - it looks like head coach Nick Saban is not going anywhere for awhile. Texas head coach Mack Brown is stepping down after 16 years and UT will have a new coach next year. It will not be Saban who signed an extension with the Crimson Tide to keep him Tuscaloosa. In other news, QB A.J. McCarron placed second in the Heisman Trophy voting, but was still outpaced by winner Jameis Winston (Florida State) over three to one. Alabama plays in the Sugar Bowl on January 2nd against the Oklahoma Sooners.
12/12/13: Hopefully the shock has worn off and the tears have dried up by now. It has been over a week since Alabama lost to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on that crazy missed field goal returned for the game winning touchdown. Alabama head coach Nick Saban stumped for Auburn to be ranked #2 in the days following and lobbied that a one-loss SEC school should be ranked ahead of an undefeated Big 10 school (even if it is Auburn). Auburn is off to the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena, California, but the Crimson Tide got a nice consolation prize. They will face Oklahoma in Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2nd.
12/5/13: Much of the state of Alabama is in mourning this week as they try to get over the shock of not only losing to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, but how they lost. Alabama's defense never looked comfortable in the game and the Tigers' offense kept gashing them with big runs. Alabama had a chance to win it when the refs put one second back on the clock, and the Tide tried to kick a 57 yard field goal to win. The kick fell short and Auburn's Chris Davis caught and returned it 109 yards for the Auburn win. It was a stunning series of events knocks Alabama out of the National Championship picture.
11/28/13: Alabama played Chattanooga last Saturday, which was the NCAA football equivalent of a sacrificial lamb. Of course Chattanooga never had a chance and lost 49-0. That was probably generous of the Crimson Tide, who may have been able to run up 100 points if they really wanted. The big game is this weekend against Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl. The winner goes goes to the SEC Championship Game as the SEC East representative. The loser may get a BCS Bowl Game, but that is not guaranteed by any means. Many team have overlooked Auburn this season and Alabama must not make the same mistake.
11/21/13: It is getting exciting in the SEC West now. Alabama survived a slight scare from Mississippi State last Saturday to remain number one in the polls. That also keeps them at number one in the BCS rankings, ahead of undefeated Florida State, Baylor, and Ohio State. The Crimson Tide must get past a very good Auburn team in the Iron Bowl in a couple weeks to advance to the SEC Championship Game, where they would likely play Mizzou or South Carolina. If all goes according to plan, Alabama will face the Florida State Seminoles in the National Championship Game in January.
The Alabama Crimson Tide play Division I college football for the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide play in the Southeastern Conference (SEC)and are coached by Nick Saban. Alabama plays its home games at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL.
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The Crimson Tide football program has built a winning tradition since it began in 1892. Alabama has won 13 national titles in its storied history. Six of those titles were won by the legendary head coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant. The school's most recent national crown came in 2009 under Saban. Alabama has also won 26 SEC titles; the most recent was also in 2009. That was also the year the Crimson Tide had one of its own win the Heisman Trophy for the first time. Running back Mark Ingram is Alabama's lone recipient of the award. Other legendary players to come out of Alabama include Joe Namath, Ken Stabler and Bart Starr.
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