Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ingram Injured: Will miss Season Opener

bilde Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram injured his knee Monday during practice and will not play in the Tide’s season opener against San Jose State.

In a statement released from the University of Alabama, Coach Nick Saban said:

"Mark Ingram sustained a left knee injury late in Monday's practice. It was a situation where everyone involved thought it would be better to take care of now, so he would not have any issues with it later in the season.

"Mark had an arthroscopic procedure this morning with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews and it was successful. We have full confidence in our medical staff and we know the doctors and athletic trainers will do an outstanding job in taking care of Mark and assisting him in his rehab.

"Mark will definitely be out for this week's game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week. We will make every decision in the future based on what's best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews on his progress. This is not an injury that will affect Mark's future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Nick Saban vs. Mack Brown

Nick Saban Holds Week 1 Press Conference

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With the season opener just 5 days away. Nick Saban held his first press conference to discuss the game against San Jose State. Check below for the transcript from the press conference.

Press Conference Notes

Alabama Releases Depth Chart

Today, Nick Saban released the 2010 depth chart with the season opener coming this weekend. There were a couple surprises on defense, but most pieces fell where most thought they would. As for Marcell Dareus, he is listed as the starting defensive end, but there has been no word from the NCAA on a decision.

For the complete depth chart please see our depth chart page.

SEC Schedule in Week 2

Here is the Week 2 schedule for the SEC. It features a big game in T-Town and this season’s first SEC conference play.

Thursday- September 9th:

Auburn (#21) @ Mississippi State – 7:30 P.M. ESPN

Saturday- September 11th:

Georgia (#22) @ South Carolina (#24) – 12:00 P.M. ESPN2

South Florida @ Florida (#8) – 12:00 P.M. SEC Network/ ESPN3

*** Penn State (#18) @ Alabama (#1) – 7:00 P.M. ESPN

Louisiana – Monroe @ Arkansas (#14) – 7:00 P.M. FSN/ ESPN3

LSU (#19) @ Vanderbilt – 7:00 P.M. ESPNU

Oregon (#7) @ Tennessee – 7:00 P.M. ESPN2.

Western Kentucky @ Kentucky – 7:30 P.M. CSS/ ESPN3

Ole Miss @ Tulane – 9:00 P.M. ESPN2

All Times are EST

Three Tide Players Make 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

Lombardi Award trophy small The 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list has been released and three University of Alabama players have made the list. They are offensive tackle James Carpenter, defensive end Marcell Dareus, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

“Eligibility for the trophy is limited to down lineman, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no further than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.

The candidates that earned a place on the official watch list by earning All-American honors, by being named to their respective all- conference first teams as selected by the conference’s head coaches or by nomination sent to and reviewed by the nominations committee.”

The SEC had 15 players named to the watch list including the three from Alabama. Last season, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh won the award and was drafted by the Detroit Lions shortly there after.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Marcell Dareus Update = No Update

Marcel-Dareus When Nick Saban entered to begin his Thursday conference, he didn’t wait to be asked for an update on Dareus, and let the media members know that the update was that there is no update. The team is still waiting to hear back from the NCAA on its findings.

Saban said,"I don't really have anything to report on this NCAA stuff. I know you 're going to ask me, because somebody said North Carolina has something going on tonight. But I know nothing. I've heard nothing. I haven't been informed of anything."

UGA Running Back Washaun Ealey Arrested

University of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey was arrested this morning. According to Clarke County Jail records and UGA police, Ealey was arrested for hit-and-run of a parked vehicle and driving on a suspended license.
Ealey was booked for both misdemeanors and brought to jail at 5:22 a.m. He is still there in lieu  of a $3,000 bond.
UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson told the AJC this morning that the arrest came after a vehicle driven by Ealey collided with a parked truck in an East Campus parking deck.

Mark Ingram on ESPN talking about the Upcoming Season

Vlachos Makes Watch List for Rimington Trophy

192_jpeg_300 University of Alabama center William Vlachos was one of 37 players selected by the Rimington Trophy committee for the trophy’s fall watch list.
The Trophy is named after the University of Nebraska’s center Dave Rimington. Rimington was a consensus first-team All- American in 1981 and 1982 and the only person to win the John Outland Trophy twice. It is awarded to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division 1-A College Football. Since the trophy’s inception, it has raised over $1.8 Million for the Cystic Fibroses Foundation.
The watch list includes 37 players from College Football, and 16 of the players to make the watch list were on last season’s watch list. The SEC has five players on the watch list including Vlachos. The conferences with the most players is the ACC and PAC-10 which each have six players on the list. The SEC joins the Big-12 with five players. The five SEC players to make the list are:
  • William Vlachos- Alabama
  • J.C. Brignone- Mississippi State
  • Mike Pouncey- Florida
  • Ben Jones- Georgia
  • Ryan Pugh- Auburn
Last season, the University of Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey won the award.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

SEC Sports: Preseason Profile of Greg McElroy

Check out the SEC’s preseason profile on Greg McElroy.

Former Tide Signee Alfy Hill enrolls at East Carolina

After being ruled as an academic non qualifier at the University of Alabama, Alfy Hill has enrolled at East Carolina.

The NCAA’s eligibility clearinghouse did not accept certain classes Hill took as core courses for certification, they disputed two teacher monitored online courses Hill took in high school. After learning of the NCAA’s decisions he was forced to withdraw from the University.

Alfy made his decision to enter East Carolina late Tuesday night and will be attending classes on a Pell Grant from East Carolina since he is still considered a non qualifier.

NFL Scouts Return to Alabama Practices

Alabama_Logo2 Since SEC Media Days, Coach Nick Saban has kept wandering eyes from the NFL away from practice. Most suggested that the move was triggered by the offseason troubles of Marcell Darius and the NCAA investigation that followed due to his suspected attendance at a party held in Miami by an agent.

Saban has made it known that that was not the case, that he closed practices because of the heat during practices, that any evaluation of the players evaluations would be skewed by their performance in the heat of Tuscaloosa.

Yesterday, it was reported that representatives form the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and another undisclosed NFL team were present at the Tide’s practice as they prepare for their first game of the season.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tide Lands First 2012 Commitment

eddie-williams-rivalsjpg-dea6bdf6dc141f2d_small With the beginning of the 2010 season underway, it is never to early to start building for the future. On Tuesday, the Crimson Tide received their first commitment for the 2012 signing class in Eddie Williams.
Williams is from Panama City Florida and plays at Arnold High School. Rivals.com has him projected as a five star recruit as a junior. Weighing in at 200 pounds, at 6-foot-3, Williams is expected to play safety once he reaches college.
When talking to BamaOnline.com, Williams said, "I wanted to get on board and become the first commitment of 2012 for Alabama and get the ball rolling,It was important to me to be a leader for my class and I figured it would be helping my future team out if I got it out of the way and helped them put together the No. 1 class. I have known where I have wanted to go for a long time, so there was no need to wait."

Video Trailer for the 'Nick Saban: Gamechanger' documentary.

Nick Saban : Gamechanger from Flashlight Media Group on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

BAMA takes top spot in Preseason AP Poll

Alabama_Logo2 Over the weekend the AP released its preseason poll, and the University of Alabama took its top spot along with 54 of the 60 first place votes in the top 25 voting. The last time the Tide held the top spot at the beginning of the season was 1978. That year, Bear Bryant led the tide to a 10-1 season and both SEC Championship and an AP National Championship after beating the Penn State Nittany Lions 14-7 in the Sugar Bowl. The only other time the Crimson Tide was ranked number one before then was 1966 when Bryant’s team was coming off consecutive National Championship wins.

As for this years team, they take the top spot after winning the BSC National Championship last season. However, the team and especially the defense will look very different this season. As for the SEC, it has six teams to make the top 25 including the Tide. The other five SEC teams to make the list were Florida (4), Arkansas (17), LSU (21), Auburn (22), and Georgia (23).

For the complete poll please check out our Rankings Page.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Glen Coffee Retires from the NFL after one season.

glen-coffee Last Friday, in an unexpected and sudden move, Glen Coffee announced that he would be retiring from the NFL after only one season with the 49ers. Coffee said he had been “wrestling” with his decision for a while and that God had another plan for him other that football.

Coffee said, “It's something that I really felt like I shouldn't have entered the NFL in the first place. I don't know what call God has for my life, but it wasn't football. ... I'll be happier, not necessarily because I'm without football, but because I'm letting Him do his work. Whether it was leaving football or leaving something else, another job, it doesn't matter. I'll be happy because I'm following His will."

As for next steps, Coffee says he will return to the Capstone to finish his undergraduate work and possibly follow that with graduate school.

When asked of Coffee decision, Coach Nick Saban said,"I really was surprised, Glen was such a warrior-type competitor when he was here. He was a guy that just played fantastic football for us and improved dramatically in the two years he was on the team. He always seemed to be a guy that really loved the game."

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tide Offense Shines in First Scrimmage

The Crimson Tide held its first fall scrimmage on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. It was their first scrimmage since the spring A-Day game, and the offense had its way with the rebuilding defense.

Not helping the situation, during the scrimmage the defense was hindered by injuries including safety Robert Lester and cornerbacks Demarcus Milliner and DeQuan Menzie. Lester left with a concussion, Milliner an ankle injury, and Menzie left after hurting his hamstring. With the top competitors at the position out, the Tide was forced to use sophomore walk on Will Lowery at safety and had to cut and paste the rest of the secondary through out the scrimmage.

As for the offense, it couldn’t have been a better day. Greg McElroy threw for 360 yards and six touchdowns while going 26 of 33 passes. Mark Ingram had nine rushes for 28 yards and had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Overall the offense looked to be well ahead of the defense at this point in the fall, which is to be expected with the departure of most of the starting defense from a year ago.

When asked about the scrimmage and where he thought the team was, Coach Nick Saban said,”There's a lot of things we can work on, learn from and improve on, especially on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Alabama Lands QB Phillip Ely for 2011 Class

The Tide landed an elite 11 QB in Phillip Ely for it next incoming football class. Check out the article about Ely from ai.com.

AI.COM- In a late shift, Tampa QB Phillip Ely picks Alabama

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tour of New South End Zone

Bryant-Denny Stadium expansion tour

Woodson Heads to North Alabama

Last week when Coach Nick Saban announced that safety Rod Woodson would not be on the team this fall, we knew from his family that he would be transferring somewhere in the state of Alabama. Interesting enough, once Coach Nick Saban announced the departure, a Alabama National Championship ring showed up on EBAY.

As for Woodson, it seems he has found a home at North Alabama with Terry Bowden. Bowden announced Woodson’s arrival at UNA’s media day Monday.

Friday, August 6, 2010

USA Today Coach’s Pre-season Poll Released

The USA Today released its 2010 preseason coach’s poll. Getting 55 of 59 first place votes and solidifying itself as the preseason favorite is the University of Alabama Crimson Tide followed by Ohio State which received 4 first place. The next SEC team to make the list is Florida who came in ranked third. In all there were 6 SEC teams that made the preseason poll. That was the most among the conferences. Here is how the major conferences broke down with teams voted onto the rankings.

  1. SEC: 6
  2. ACC: 5
  3. Big Ten: 4
  4. Big 12: 3
  5. Mountain West: 2
  6. Big East: 2
  7. Pac-10: 2
  8. WAC: 1

The six SEC teams were Alabama (1), Florida (3), LSU (16), Arkansas (19), Georgia (21), and Auburn (23). For the complete rankings, check out our rankings page.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mal Moore Receives Three Year Extension

untitled Wednesday was a good day for Athletic Director Mal Moore. The compensation committee of the UA System Board of Trustees approved a three year extension and raise for Moore.

The new contract extends Moore’s tenure as AD through June 30,2014. It also comes with a new salary, a reported $550,000 annually. His previous contract paid $425,000 per year. The contract also comes with new incentives based on the performance of the schools athletic programs both on the field and in the classroom. The incentives include one time perks in the forms of bonuses for winning different titles such as national championship and SEC championship. As for academics, those will be tied to the graduation rates and APR scores of the teams.

Blake Sims Qualifies for Football Team

Incoming Freshman Blake Sims has officially been cleared for by the NCAA and will make his first practice on the Alabama Crimson Tide at safety tonight. There were fears that Sims would not qualify and be ruled ineligible to play this season. However, he did make the grades needed while attending summer school at a Mississippi junior college.

Blake was signed out of Gainesville Georgia High School where he played quarterback. However, through the recruiting process it became clear he would be used for his overall athletic ability at another position. While most thought he would first see action as a wide receiver, he will start at safety tonight in the Tide’s second practice. Sims will immediately compete with the Tide’s troubles at the safety position, especially with Rod Woodson leaving. Sims will most likely take the final spot on the 105 slot roster.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Rod Woodson Will Not Report

The Crimson Tide’s Football team will start the season without one of its safeties. The report out of Tuscaloosa from Nick Saban is that Sophomore safety Rod Woodson will no longer be part of the team.

As a true freshman, Woodson did participate on the special teams, however he was expected to challenge for the starting safety position this fall.

When talking to reporters, Coach Nick Saban said that the decision was, “mutually agreed it would be better for him to continue his career somewhere else.”

Mark Barron Named to Jim Thorpe Watch List

iz6scn University of Alabama defensive back Mark Barron has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. The award is given annually since 1986 to the top defensive back and college football as voted on by the Jim Thorpe Association.

The watch list is created each preseason and the 2010 list includes the top 35 defensive backs in the nation. This years list does include 6 players from the SEC including Barron. The award was presented last season to safety Eric Berry, from the University of Tennessee.

The first trophy went to Baylor’s Thomas Everett in 1986 and the Jim Thorpe Association has awarded it to only one player from the University of Alabama in 1993, when Antonio Langham won the trophy.

4th Annual Nick’s Kids Luncheon Held

Tuesday, Nick and Terry Saban hosted their 4th Annual Nick’s Kids Luncheon at Bryant Denny Stadium. This year, the two awarded $450 K in donations to local and state charities and organizations. The money was raised through Coach Nick Saban’s annual Nick’s Kids Golf Tournament, personal donations, and funds raised at speaking engagements of Nick and Terry Saban.

Since the Saban’s arrival, the foundation has raised over $1.5 Million for over 140 local and state charities and organizations.

Alabama Football Fan Day Set for August 8th

The Univerisity of Alabama’s Football team will hold its annual Fan Day Sunday, August 8th. See below for information from Rolltide.Com.

 

The University of Alabama football team’s annual Fan Day is set for Sunday, August 8. The team will hold an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Players and coaches will be available for autographs immediately after the practice on the field.

Fans may enter the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the northwest spiral (gate 5) and occupy the lower bowl (sections A-N). The open practice, which is slated to start at 2:30 p.m., is scheduled to last approximately two hours.

At the conclusion of practice, those wishing to participate in Fan Day will enter the field through gate 46 and exit via gate 5. Fans who do not wish to view practice and would like to start lining up early can do so beginning at 1:30 p.m. Those fans can enter through gate 46.

Following practice, the Crimson Tide football team, coaching staff and head coach Nick Saban will be available for autographs on the field. The gate to the field will be open once the autograph session has been set up. Due to meeting commitments for the team and the coaching staff, the session is limited to 45 minutes. In an effort to facilitate as many autographs in the time allowed, fans will be limited to one item per person for autographs, and no posed photographs will be permitted.

Soft drinks, water and several food items will be available for a special Fan Day price of 50% off the regular gameday prices. Vendors will be walking through the stadium with concessions available and the stands on the west side (field and mezzanine levels) will be open. Alabama merchandise will also be sold on Sunday.

Those attending Fan Day will possibly find campus very congested with traffic and pedestrians, especially areas east of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Students will be back on campus from summer vacation as they move into their respective dormitories. Many will have accompanying family members as well. There will be more parking available at the perimeter campus lots (Softball, Tennis, Rec Center, etc.).  Other locations may include the ten Hoor Decks, ten Hoor Surface Lots, Soccer Lot and Moody Music Lot. No special accommodations will be made for recreational vehicles (RVs) on campus. All RVs should park at the Northington Lot near University Mall. Fans should log on to www.rolltide.com for updates and other pertinent information.

In the event of inclement weather, the autograph session would be moved to the indoor practice facility and fans would enter through the double gate next to the Mal Moore Athletic Facility.

Crimson Tide Reports Today

Alabama_Logo2 Today marks the start of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s campaign to win back to back National Championships. Today at 9:30 A.M., all players of the 2010 Crimson Tide Football team will report to begin pre-season workouts for the fall.

Practice will start Thursday!!