Friday, July 30, 2010

Rolando McClain signs with the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have announced that they have reached an agreement with former Crimson Tide linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain was signed as the 8th overall draft pick in the 2010 NFL draft. ESPN reports that Rolando has signed a five year deal worth $40 million that included $23 million in guaranteed money.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Terrence Cody Inks Deals with Ravens

Terrence-Cody-Alabama Former Alabama Defensive Tackle Terrence Cody has agreed in principle wit the Baltimore Ravens on a 4 year deal. Much like at Alabama, Cody will be required to be a major presence on the defensive line for the Ravens.

Cody was taken in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens in last year’s NFL Draft and is expected to make his appearance on time to the Raven’ training camp this fall.

Per the initial report from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, Cody’s contract has a maximum value of $3.385 million, he also received a 6.3 percent increase in guaranteed money which equates to about $1.595 million.

UA Releases 2010 Media Guide Covers

The University of Alabama Athletics Department released photos of the covers of its 2010 Football Media Guides.

 

Check out the rest of the covers at Tuscaloosa News:

Friday, July 23, 2010

SEC Media Days Pre-Season All-SEC Football Team Announced

sec_logo Today at SEC media days the media members present voted to create their Pre- Season All-SEC team. Much like the coaches pre-season poll released earlier this week, Alabama leads the way with the most selections with 12 selections. The Tide had 8 selected on the first team and 4 on the second team. Second to the Tide with selections was Florida who had 3 first team selection and 7 second team selections for 10 total. Each team in the SEC had at least two players selected to the two teams.

Here is the breakdown of players selected by SEC School:
  1. Alabama- 12
  2. Florida- 10
  3. Georgia- 6
  4. Auburn- 6
  5. Kentucky- 4
  6. Arkansas- 3
  7. LSU- 2
  8. South Carolina- 2
  9. Ole Miss – 2
  10. Tennessee – 2
  11. Vanderbilt- 2
  12. Mississippi State – 2
As for those Tide players selected, the 8 first team selections include 5 offensive players and 3 defensive players. As for the second team there are 2 offensive and 1 defensive players. Interesting enough Julio Jones was actually selected as a second team return specialist. Here is the breakdown of those Tide players selected.
  • First Team
    • RB Mark Ingram
    • RB Trent Richardson
    • WR Julio Jones
    • OL Barrett Jones
    • OL James Carpenter
    • DL Marcell Dareus
    • LD Dont’a Hightower
    • DB Mark Barron
  • Second Team
    • QB Greg McElroy
    • C William Vlachos
    • LD Courtney Upshaw
    • RS Julio Jones
As mentioned before, the media members also selected the Tide to win both the SEC West and SEC Championship. Much like previous pre-season polls and rankings, the SEC media members see the Tide as the team to beat.

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Media @ SEC Media Days Picks BAMA to win the SEC

The members of the media at SEC Media Days today selected where they think the chips will fall at the end of the 2010 season. At the top of the SEC west and picked to win it all is the Alabama Crimson Tide. Here is how the votes came in.
  • SEC West:
    • 1. Alabama
    • 2. Arkansas
    • 3. Auburn
    • 4. LSU
    • 5. Mississippi State
    • 6. Ole Miss
  • SEC East:
    • 1.Florida
    • Georgia
    • South Carolina
    • Kentucky
    • Tennessee
    • Vanderbilt
If things go the way the media thinks, it looks like Alabama will meet Florida in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. The pick is for Alabama to take home the trophy again and win a second consecutive SEC Championship.
As for the prediction abilities of the media at SEC Media Days, out of 18 seasons of picks they have correctly picked the winner of the SEC four times. Last season they picked Florida to beat Alabama in the championship game. We should have a great idea of how things will work after Alabama takes on the Florida Gators and Arkansas Razorbacks early in the season.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

UPDATE: UA Says Mark Ingram not Being Investigated

A spokesman for the University of Alabama has officially denied an earlier report that running back Mark Ingram may be investigated by the NCAA.
The University of Alabama said that the NCAA cleared the trip in advance and is not investigating Ingram’s involvement now. The trip was cleared as long as Ingram kept his receipts proving he paid for any expenses, which the spokesman for UA says Ingram did.
Doug Walker, the UA spokesman said, “Mark provided all the appropriate documentation, and we are not aware of any issues with the visit.”

Is Mark Ingram the next to get investigated by the NCAA

mark ingram cover I certainly hope not, but THZ.com is reporting that Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram has found himself on the NCAA’s radar and that investigators would like to speak to him about a party he attended in Washington. The party was hosted for those players that who had been drafted in the latest NFL draft, and the tabloid website is posting pictures taken from the party with Mark Ingram and former University of Florida defensive back Joe Haden.

The Tuscaloosa news reports that Alabama acknowledged the trip and that Mark Ingram asked for permission to visit Haden. Alabama’s compliance department checked with the NCAA and approved the trip as long as Mark provided receipts for his expenses.

Unfortunately, TMZ reports that the NCAA wants to speak to Ingram to see if agents paid for any of part of the trip’s expenses.

With all the drama going on with the NCAA and agents, let’s hope that Ingram hasn’t added himself to the list of players in trouble.

More Details Emerge in Marcell Dareus Story

Marcel-Dareus

With all of the recent news of the University of Alabama and NCAA investigators now looking into whether Marcell Dareus had inappropriate dealings with an agent at a party in Miami, some news from a friend of the Dareus family paints a different picture on the trip that may cost Dareus his eligibility for the 2010 season.
A friend close to the family says that Marcell was unaware that the party held last May in South Beach was being held by a agent. In fact, the trip was a way to get away from the pain of his mother who was close to death in their home. The trip was a invitation from a friend and now main suspect in the case, Marvin Austin, who has lead investigators to Alabama and Marcell’s door.
The trip was a gift from Austin who told Dareus that if Alabama won the National Championship he would take his friend anywhere he wanted. Even though Austin said he would pay for the trip. Austin did in fact pay for the air fare, but a source close to the family says that Dareus paid Austin for the plane ticket and even as a  receipt showing it. Austin is said to have also paid for a hotel room, but Marcell never used the room the source says.
As for the party held by the agent, Dareus does admit that he did attend the party his friend invited him to not knowing if was being held by and agent, and as soon as he was told who the host was he left. Shortly after the event, Dareus received the unfortunate news that his mother had passed and returned to Birmingham.
The Tuscaloosa News has reported that Marcell has been ruled ineligible for the 2010 season, though no official release from the University of Alabama has been made in regards to the situation.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Greg McElroy Speaks @ SEC Media Days

Alabama's Greg McElroy speaks at SEC Media Days

Dont’a Hightower Speaking @ SEC Media Days

Alabama's Dont'a Hightower speaks at SEC Media Days

Nick Saban Speaking @ SEC Media Days

Alabama's Nick Saban speaks at SEC Media Days

Marcell Dareus Declared Ineligible for 2010 Season.

Alabama_Logo2Tidesports.com is reporting that Marcell Dareus has been declared Ineligible for the 2010 Season.
From Tidesports.com:
University of Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus has been declared ineligible and is believed to be the only UA player who attended a party in Miami hosted by a sports agent, a source close to the situation told The Tuscaloosa News.
UA will petition immediately for the reinstatement of Dareus' eligibility. The NCAA will make the ultimate ruling on when, or if, Dareus will be reinstated. It is standard procedure for a player to be declared ineligible immediately whenever a question of whether the player violated NCAA rules arises.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive would not comment on the case, but indicated the league is assisting UA in its probe.
“When these things happen we work with all of our schools to assist them,” Slive said.
UA is conducting an investigation into whether Dareus paid his own expenses for the
trip, and whether the circumstances of the trip constitute an NCAA violation. Under NCAA rules, student-athletes are not permitted to accept cash or anything of value from sports agents or their representatives.
Dareus may be part of a larger NCAA probe into agent activity, as the NCAA has spoken with North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin and South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders about their knowledge of the same party. Austin's alleged agent involvement, according to the source, is of a more serious nature than that of Dareus.
The identity of the agent who hosted the party remains unclear.
Saban is expected to speak further on the issue later today at SEC Media Days.
It is unclear whether Dareus would be permitted to practice with the team while his eligibility status is determined, but UA wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram were allowed to practice throughout fall camp a year ago while their eligibility was determined in a matter unrelated to agent contact.
Though he was only a sophomore last year, Dareus is considered among the top prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft is he chooses to declare early eligibility for the draft. Dareus led the Crimson Tide in quarterback sacks last season with 6.5 and was the defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game against Texas.
UA coach Nick Saban confirmed to ESPN.com Tuesday that the university is “looking into” Dareus' involvement.
 
Kings of the Quad will keep you up to date with the latest news on Marcell Dareus.

Alabama Non Conference Game Times Announced

The SEC has released the game times for this season’s non conference games.
  • Sept. 4: vs. San Jose State game will kick off at 6 P.M. and will be broadcast on pay-per-view.
  • Sept. 11: vs. Penn State will be broadcast on ESPN and kick off at 6 P.M.
  • Sept. 18: @ Duke will still kick off at 2:30 P.M on ABC
  • Nov. 18: vs. Georgia State will be on ESPNU at 6:30 P.M.


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UA Investigating connection between Agent and Marcell Dareus

Alabama_Logo2The University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban has confirmed that the UA compliance staff is investigating defensive end Marcell Dareus to see if he has broke any NCAA rules by attending a party earlier this summer held by an agent.
Marcell’s name has been linked to the investigation the NCAA is conducting regarding the University of North Carolina, where defensive lineman Marvin Austin has been interviewed by NCAA investigators.
Saban told ESPN.com, “Right now, agents are screwing it up,” adding,"They are taking the eligibility of players. It’s not right that those players do the wrong thing. We have a great education process here. We have full time worker who meets with players and their families and does everything else.”
As of now the investigation is said to be a institutional matter as long as he did not participate in a game while ineligible. However, it could definitely have some impact on his 2010 season.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Preseason All-SEC Coaches 2010 Team

Alabama_Logo2 With SEC media days approaching, the SEC released its All-SEC Coaches Team of 2010 today. The conference released both 1st and 2nd Teams, and the University of Alabama and University of Florida had the most selections this season. The Crimson Tide had the most 1st team selections with 6 followed by the University of Georgia which had 4 players selected. In all, Alabama had 9 players selected.

Alabama Player selected include the following:

  • First-Team:
    • RB Mark Ingram
    • WR Julio Jones
    • OL Barrett Jones
    • DL Marcell Dareus
    • LB Dont’a Hightower
    • DB Mark Barron
  • Second Team:
    • QB Greg McElroy
    • RB Trent Richardson
    • OL James Carpenter

Florida adds its name to the list of NCAA Investigations this offseason.

Gators The University of Florida has added its name to the list of universities this offseason to have NCAA investigations due to inappropriate relations between student athletes and agents. So far this summer we have seen investigations into the Universities of North Carolina and South Carolina, both probing to see if agents have contacted football players and possible rules violations because of it.

The Florida investigation is targeted at former offensive linemen Maurkice Pouncey, who is alleged to have received a payment from an agent before the end of the 2009 season while still playing for the Gators. The internal investigation is trying to determine if the allegation that Pouncey received $100,000 from a agent has any truth to it.The payment is alleged to have happened during the break between Florida’s loss to the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, GA and the Gator’s Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati.

In an statement released from athletic director Jeremy Foley, he states, “We were made aware of some information in early June that we reported to law enforcement and we then shared with the NCAA and SEC. At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida.”

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Florida may have to vacate the victory in the Sugar Bowl since Pouncey would have been declared ineligible and played in the bowl game. Any other possible outcomes will be up to the school and the NCAA.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Greg McElroy make Pre-season Awards Watch-lists

greg-mcelroy2 Last year at this time if you asked many people who Greg McElroy was, they would all probably just tell you he is the first time starting Quarterback for the Crimson Tide, unless you were from the state of Texas. This year, after leading the Tide to the a National Championship against the Texas Longhorns McElroy has garnered some more national attention. He has been added to two pre-season award watch lists, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and most recently the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award was established in 1987 and is given to the nation’s most outstanding senior quarterback in college football. Recent winners have included Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), Graham Harrell (Texas Tech, 2008), and last season’s winner Colt McCoy from the Texas Longhorns. McElroy is one of the 22 member of the watch list in 2010. Alabama last Quarterback to make the list was in 2008 when John Parker Wilson led the Tide his senior season, and the last Tide quarterback to win the award was Jay Barker who won the trophy in his 1994 campaign.

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award was first awarded to Jim McMahon of BYU in 1981 and is given annually to the NCAA’s top quarterback. The pre season list includes the top 30 quarterbacks across the country, including the only other SEC quarterback to make the list Ryan Mallett. Colt McCoy also took home this award last season for his efforts in the 2009 season.

McElroy had a impressive first season as the Tide leader. He threw for 17 touchdowns (second most in a season in Tide history) with only 4 interceptions. His completion percentage was 60.9% and he threw for over 2,500 yards all on his way to leading the Tide to a 14-0 season and its 13th National Championship.

HTML Article first published as Greg McElroy Makes Preseason Awards Watch Lists on Blogcritics.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bobby Johnson Steps Down

Vanderbiltlogo Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson has stepped down as head football coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Many reports have indicated that there is no clear reason why Johnson made the decision to leave, but don’t believe he was forced out.

In fact, Johnson’s time as head coach, though not glamorous, did bring some big moments for the Commodore football program including a bowl win in 2008. Granted he is not going out on a high not. His team didn’t win a SEC conference game last season. He definitely has left the team better than he found it.

Johnson went 29-66 at the helm, and his successor will look to build on the foundation Johnson left. The front runners to replace Johnson are within the ranks and look to be Bruce Fowler and Robbie Caldwell, both of which served Johnson as assistant head coaches.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Long Weekend for two UGA Players

Less than a week after University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans resigned from his job due to DUI charges. The UGA football team had two players arrested over the weekend for alcohol related trouble.

Dontavius Jackson and Tavarres King both face charges stemming from their nights out on the town Saturday morning. Jackson, who is  a backup running back faces not one, but six misdemeanor charges, including one charge of driving under the influence. Wide receiver Tavarress King, who may be the Bulldogs second best receiver behind A.J. Green was also arrested and charged with minor in possession of alcohol.

This is the third time this week that a UGA football player has been arrested and Jackson has been no  stranger to mishaps in Athens, just a few months ago he was mentioned in the alleged attach of a couple in a taxi.

Both have been suspended indefinitely from team activities. Coach Mark Richt has said Jackson will miss at least 6 games, while King will miss at least the season opener.

No matter who is to blame for the recent increase in arrests, some think something is not right in Athens.

Friday, July 9, 2010

USC Puts its Foot in its Mouth

usc20sucks When the University of South California hired Lane Kiffin as its new football coach, we knew it wouldn’t be long before they would be apologizing for something he said, much like we saw while he was in Knoxville. However, this time it isn’t  Kiffin that USC must apologize, however it may be a mater of time. This time the blame goes to Matt Billings, who is Southern Cal’s director of compliance.

Billing wrote a letter to the Pac-10 office stating that 5 teams, including the University of Alabama, had inappropriately contacted freshman running back Dillon Baxter after sanctions had been brought against the Trojans football program.

According to the report from ESPN.com the letter stated,”I just met with (Dillon Baxter) and he told me that he received phone calls from five institutions. All of the institutions asked if he was interested in transferring from USC due to the NCAA decision. Would you please speak with these schools to remind them they cannot speak to this student athlete?”

The University of Alabama did deny all accusations brought by the letter and now after a internal investigation by USC, the University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore has received a letter of apology from USC’s Athletic Director Mike Garrett. The four other institutions including Florida, Washington, Oregon, and Fresno State have also received a letter of apology.

Looks like Kiffin has brought his since that “all publicity is good publicity” motto to LA. Not far behind it will be a 7-6 record like he brought to Tennessee last season.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Crimson Tide 2010 Opponents: LSU Tigers

lsu It seems every year that most discussions around college football, especially in the south, have the LSU Tigers pretty close to the top of the list. It makes perfect sense too, the Tigers have always had great recruiting classes year after year, and have always put a solid team on the field. The only thing that has kept the Tigers from the top in the SEC west the last couple of years is the Crimson Tide. With every year’s game between the two meaning more and more, this season’s game in Baton Rouge should live up to all the hype. On Nov. 6th, the Tide will make the trip to the Bayou to try to make it three years in a row beating the Tigers.

Last season, the Tigers had a disappointing season for their standards, going 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the SEC. They also had a loss on New Year’s day, losing to the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Citrus Bowl 19-17. Though the fan base is starting to stir, the Tigers will have to prove something this season to reclaim their status in the SEC west, especially with the immergence of Arkansas and Auburn again in the race.

The biggest question for the Tigers will be on the offensive side of the ball. Last season they they struggled on offense on all units. The offensive line was beaten up all season, the running game underachieved, and the quarterback position added to the team’s suffering. This season, it looks though as that will be the same case. Starting at the quarterback, the Tigers will have to choose between juniors Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. Both, never quite played the way they were expected to and the back-up Lee looked more comfortable most of the time than Jefferson, who lead the team with 2,166 yards. The running back position will also be a position the Tigers will have to work on to compete with other teams in the  conference. Steven Ridley and Richard Murphy will be a good one two punch and redshirt Michael Ford has some great potential for getting some carries.

The offensive line will also have to make some improvements, in spring we saw some shuffles up front in the spring to sure up some holes in the line. As for the wide receivers, we know LSU will have some top talent in the receiver core. The biggest change will be Russell Shepard moving from back up quarterback to wide receiver. With the loss of last year’s top receiver Brandon Lafell, Shepard and others like Terrence Toliver and Rueben Randle will have to up their game from last season and create some explosive plays on the outside.

On, defense the Tigers will be strong as usual. They return only four starters from last season but they will have plenty of top talent to fill the holes left open. Kelvin Sheppard may be one of the best linebackers there is and corner back Patrick Peterson may be the best lock down corner in the game. The Tiger will need some help on the secondary, that ranked eighth last season in the SEC in defending the pass. They have made some shifts in the secondary which should allow them to be more physical on that side of the ball and increase their coverage but not lose any rushing help.

The biggest wildcard on the field for the Tigers will be coach Les Miles, who makes some of the worst calls. As for the talent on the field, we know the defense will be sound, but will they be able to put any points on the board. When Alabama comes to LSU this fall, we know that the stadium be rocking with Cajuns and we will hear some loud, personal phrases yelled Saban’s way. However, on the field Alabama’s offense should be able to put some points on the board and the Tide defense will have ample chances to make the Tiger’s offense make mistakes and capitalize on them.

Article first published as Crimson Tide 2010 Opponents Preview: LSU Tigers on Blogcritics.

Fund established for Joe Kines’ grandchildren

Tuscaloosa News:

A fund has been established to support the grandchildren and son-in-law of former University of Alabama defensive coordinator Joe Kines in the wake of an auto accident that claimed the life of Susan Kines Langston, Kines’ daughter and the wife of Northridge High School football assistant coach Keith Langston, on Monday.

The fund is being administered by Bank of Tuscaloosa. Donations should be made payable to The Keith Langston for Benefit of Susan Kines Langston Fund and sent to Bank of Tuscaloosa, P.O. Box 2508, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401, attention Jim Clayton.

Current UA defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who played under Joe Kines when Kines coached at Georgia, set up the fund with assistance from Northridge head football coach Mike Smith.

“The fund was set up to help Coach (Keith) Langston to be able to help his children with anything they might need ... medical care, whatever,” Smith said. “It’s there for the longevity of taking care of those kids. They not only lost a mother (and wife), but also the loss of another income.

“Kirby (Smart) called me up and said a lot of people Coach (Joe) Kines worked with were calling and wanting to help out. Kirby thought it was a good idea to set something up for Keith and for the kids.”

The fund is set up to assist Keith Langston and his two sons, 7-year-old Josh and 14-year-old Matthew. The two were in the car and survived the crash.

Names of all contributors will be sent to the Kines family.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Alabama vs. Georgia State moved to Thursday Night

The University of Alabama announced that the game hosting Georgia State will be moved to Thursday the 18th. The move was to allow the Tide team to avoid just a six day window between Georgia State and Auburn.

In a statement from athletic director Mal Moore, he said, “We explored all options available to us, with our players' health and safety in mind. This was our best remedy. We deeply appreciate everyone's cooperation, particularly  Dr. Witt and Georgia State."

Coaching Georgia State is former Alabama coach Bill Curry. When asked about the move he said,

"This whole Alabama opportunity has been a huge boost for our program from the very beginning," Curry said. "We are fortunate to be able to play a game in Tuscaloosa, and we believe that moving from Saturday to Thursday can give it added appeal for our players and our fans because Thursday night games have become so special in college
football.

"We'll make the necessary adjustments and go play the game."

With the added drama of Star Jackson transferring to Georgia State, he will have a primetime opportunity to show the Tide they were wrong on him. Yea right… Good luck Star.