Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fan Video of Last Second Shot against Auburn

Men's Basketball Beats Auburn, 51-49, Remains Undefeated at Home Junior forward JaMychal Green's tip-in with 0.3 seconds proved to be the difference as the Alabama men's basketball overcame a 12-point second half deficit to defeat cross-state rival Auburn 51-49 in front of a sold-out Coleman Coliseum crowd of 15,383 Wednesday night.

Green finished with a game-high 17 points as the Crimson Tide improved to 19-8 on the season, 11-2 in the Southeastern Conference and a perfect 15-0 at home.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Men's Basketball Beats Mississippi, 74-64 The University of Alabama men's basketball team remained undefeated at home this season after notching a 74-64 victory over Mississippi in front of a sold-out Coleman Coliseum crowd of 15,383.

Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell came off the bench with a team-high 20 points for Alabama (16-8, 8-2 SEC). Junior forward JaMychal Green logged 15 points and a career-high six blocks and freshman guard Trevor Releford contributed 14 points including 3-of-4 from the three-point line.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Men's Basketball Falls at Vanderbilt, 81-77 The Alabama men's basketball team dropped its first decision in its past five games, falling to the Vanderbilt Commodores 81-77 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. The Crimson Tide now stands at 15-8 (7-2 SEC) following the loss while Vanderbilt improves to 17-6 (5-4 SEC).

Junior forward JaMychal Green notched his 19th career double-double with a game-high 23 points, including 19 in the second half, to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 22 points while freshman guard Trevor Releford added 11 points.

"We've hung our hat all year on our ability to defend," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "Today we had a tough time defensively. Vanderbilt did a great job. They shot the ball well from the field, they shot the ball well from the three-point line, they did what they had shown all year with their ability to get to the free-throw line. We couldn't overcome that at the end."

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Forty-five University of Alabama Student Athletes Named To SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll A total of 45 University of Alabama student-athletes, representing football, soccer and volleyball, were named to the 2010 Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll the league office announced Wednesday.

The Crimson Tide football team had 27 players named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, third in the SEC, behind South Carolina, 31, and Vanderbilt, 30.

The complete list of football players include: Jonathan Atchison (Pre-Business), John Baites (General Business), David Blalock (Accounting), Chris Bonds (Kinesiology), Hardie Buck (Marketing), Drew Ballard (Mechanical Engineering), Nate Carlson (Public Relations), D.J. Fluker (Health Studies), Brandon Gibson (Public Relations), Ben Howell (Telecommunication & Film), Aaron Joiner (Pre-Medical), Barrett Jones (Accounting), Samuel Kearns (General Studies), Kendall Kelly (Undeclared), Nathan McAlister (Pre-Business), AJ McCarron (Undeclared), Greg McElroy (Sports Management), William Ming (Finance), Wesley Neighbors (Finance), Kevin Norwood (Undeclared), Morgan Ogilvie (Finance), Tana Patrick (Restaurant & Hotel Mgt), Trent Richardson (Undeclared), Brad Smelley (Marketing), Logan Thomas (Communication Studies), Chance Warmack (Public Relations) and Kellen Williams (Education).

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

List of SEC Football Spring Practice Dates

  • Alabama: Start on March 21. Spring game April 16.
  • Arkansas: Start on March 15. Spring game April 16.
  • Auburn: Start on March 23. Spring game April 16.
  • Florida: Start on March 16. Spring game April 9.
  • Georgia: Start on March 10. Spring game April 16.
  • Kentucky: Start on March 30. Spring game April 23.
  • LSU: Start on March 11. Spring game April 9.
  • Mississippi State: Start on March 4. Spring game April 9. Last practice April 11.
  • Ole Miss: Start on March 28. Spring game April 16.
  • South Carolina: Start on March 15. Spring game April 9.
  • Tennessee: Start on March 22. Spring game April 16.
  • Vanderbilt: Start on March 17. Spring game April 17.

Alabama Football Announces the Hiring of Mike Groh Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Monday the hiring of Mike Groh, who will serve as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator with the Crimson Tide. Groh, a former quarterback at the University of Virginia, joins Alabama's coaching staff after serving as the quarterbacks coach at Louisville last season. Groh spent eight years at Virginia (2001-08) and spent three of those seasons coaching the wide receivers.

"We are excited to have Mike join our staff," said head coach Nick Saban. "He did an outstanding job here a year ago and when he left, he was one that I hoped we could bring back to Alabama at some point. He knows the game and what we want to do in terms of philosophy and terminology from an offensive standpoint. He relates well to the players and is also a very good recruiter. We are pleased to have Mike and Elena back with our football program at the University of Alabama."

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Releford Named SEC Freshman of the Week The University of Alabama’s Trevor Releford has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

Releford helped lead the Crimson Tide to a pair of wins last week to improve to an SEC best 7-1 in the league and 15-7 overall by averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the wins over Mississippi State and at Tennessee.

In the week’s opener against Mississippi State he scored 16 points and had a career-high eight assists and four steals. His assists led to 20 points while his steals turned into four points making the freshman account for 40 of UA’s 75 points. At Tennessee he shot 50 percent from the field again and made a pair of free throws in overtime to seal the Tide’s third SEC road win of the season. He also added a team-high four assists against the Volunteers.

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Basketball Tops Tennessee in Overtime Thriller, 65-60

The Alabama men’s basketball team defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 65-60 in overtime Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.
Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell led the Crimson Tide with a career high 24 point performance.
“You have to give credit to all our guys,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “Everybody on our team who got on the court did something in the course of the game that made a difference tonight to give us the win.”

Alabama failed to score in the final four minutes of regulation, allowing Tennessee to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Tide scored all ten overtime points from the free throw line, not missing from the charity stripe in the extra period.

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Nation's Top Offensive Lineman Cyrus Kouandjio Picks Crimson Tide

The University of Alabama announced the addition of the nation's top offensive lineman, Cyrus Kouandjio, to the Crimson Tide's 2011 signing class Saturday evening.

Kouandjio brings UA's 2011 recruiting class to 24 total student-athletes, including nine players who enrolled in January for classes at the Capstone and will participate in spring drills. The Tide's signing class comes from 10 states - Alabama (7), Florida (4), Georgia (3), Ohio (2), Tennessee (2), Maryland (1), California (1), Louisiana (1), North Carolina (1) and Mississippi (1). The Crimson Tide also went outside the United States to land defensive lineman Jesse Williams from Brisbane, Australia.

Listed by position, UA added six defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, four wide receivers, three defensive backs, three linebackers, two running backs, one tight end and one quarterback. Below is a biography of the Crimson Tide's latest addition.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Alabama Connections to Super Bowl XLV Super Bowl XLV will be played this Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the University of Alabama football program will be well represented in this year's match-up between the Green Bay Packer and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Five former Crimson Tide players and coaches will be participating in this year's event, including four Steelers and one Packer.

Former Tide defensive back Anthony Madison (CB, 2002-05) plays for the American Football Conference champion Steelers. Madison is in his fifth year in the NFL and fourth with the Steelers. He made one start this season while playing in 16 games. Madison has 24 tackles with one sack and one interception in 2010.

The Steelers also have three coaches with Alabama ties, including assistant head coach and defensive line coach John Mitchell, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and special teams coach Amos Jones.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 NSD Coach Saban Press Conference Basketball Beats Mississippi State, 75-61

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team improved to a Southeastern Conference best 6-1 in league play and 14-7 overall following a 75-61 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum.

Sophomore Tony Mitchell led a balanced Crimson Tide scoring attack with a career and game-high 23 points. Senior Charvez Davis added 17 points, including 5-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc. Freshman Trevor Releford scored 16 points with a career-high eight assists and junior JaMychal Green notched his 18th career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Tide has now won four straight games and eight of nine overall and remains undefeated at home, moving to 12-0 in the Coliseum this season.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Letter Continue to Come in for Tide

As National Signing Day continues, check our link below for the most up to date signings.

Football: National Signing Day Tracker!!!

National Signing Day is Upon Us!!!

Here is the list of high school recruits that have signed with the University of Alabama.

  • Trey DePriest – 4* LB
  • Quinton Dial – 4* DE
  • Aaron Douglas – 4*  OL
  • Demetrius Hart – 5* RB
  • Ryan Kelly – 3* OL
  • Vinnie Sunseri – 3* LB
  • Jesse Williams – 4* DT
  • Hasean Clinton-Dix – 5* DB
  • Phillip Ely – 3* QB
  • Jeoffrey Pagan – 4* DE

Keep it here for the latest signees!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Top NFL Prospects as Recruits

Continuing on our coverage of recruiting as we near national signing day on Wednesday, I wanted to take a look and see how rankings out of high school translated into success in college and NFL potential. No doubt, there are some absolute freaks that will have separated themselves from their peers out of high school, but some of last year’s biggest draft picks didn’t get five, or even four stars going into college. Here is a list of last three year’s top ten NFL draft picks. Can you guess how many stars these guys had on national signing day?

2010 NFL Draft:

  1. Sam Bradford-  3*
  2. Ndamukong Suh-   4*
  3. Gerald McCoy-   5*
  4. Trent Williams-   3*
  5. Eric Berry-   5*
  6. Russell Okung-   3*
  7. Joe Haden-   4*
  8. Rolando McClain-   4*
  9. C.J. Spiller-   5*
  10. Tyson Alualu-   3*

2009 NFL Draft:

  1. Matthew Stafford-   5*
  2. Jason Smith-   2*
  3. Tyson Jackson-   3*
  4. Aaron Curry-   2*
  5. Mark Sanchez-   5*
  6. Andre Smith-   5*
  7. Darrius Heyward-Bey- 4*
  8. Eugene Monroe- 5*
  9. B.J. Raji- 2*
  10. Michael Crabtree-   4*

2008 NFL Draft:

  1. Jake Long-   4*
  2. Chris Long-   4*
  3. Matt Ryan-   3*
  4. Darren McFadden-   5*
  5. Glenn Dorsey-   4*
  6. Vernon Gholston-    4*
  7. Sedrick Ellis-   4*
  8. Derrick Harvey-   5*
  9. Keith Rivers-   5*
  10. Jerod Mayo-    4*

So let’s break this down, in the last three years, the top 30 players drafted garnered 3 two stars, 6 three stars, 11 four stars, and 10 five stars ratings out of high school. Basically two thirds of them were either a 4 * recruit or a 5 * recruit. While there are tons on people on each side of the fence as to whether ranking kids out of high school is worth it, it seems that even in high school the top echelon of athletes do separate themselves from the pack. That doesn’t mean that they are guaranteed success, but you know with highly sought after recruits that your getting someone that can handle themselves on the field probably earlier in their college career then most.

The list also makes you wonder how some of these big teams missed so poorly on some of these guys. Looking at it now, any school would have been ecstatic with bringing in a Aaron Curry or B.J. Raji even though they were ranked towards the bottom going into college. Overall, on Wednesday,  most fans will be blasting away at the rankings that come out and they deserve to because the more four and five stars the get the better. But don’t overlook some of these lower rated players, because given the right system and coaching some of them could be the next one off the “big board” in the coming years.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Impacts of Top Recruiting Classes

With so much attention being given in the last week with this year’s football recruiting classes. I wanted to look back and see just how impactful a number one recruiting class can be on the team’s following season. First, let’s take a look at what teams took home the country’s top recruiting classes. Below are the top classes for 2002 thru 2010 from the top three recruiting experts.

Year Scouts Inc. ESPN
2002 Texas Texas  
2003 LSU USC  
2004 USC USC  
2005 USC Tennessee  
2006 USC USC Florida
2007 Florida Florida USC
2008 Alabama Alabama Miami
2009 Alabama Ohio State LSU
2010 USC Florida Florida
As we would expect, the big names litter the board. Teams like Texas, USC, Florida, and LSU took home most of the crowns. There are some interesting teams in the list, who took a step backwards after getting the best incoming freshmen. Tennessee, USC, and Miami have all replaced coaches since bringing in the top classes. To add to this list, below are the last nine Teams to be at the top of the AP Poll, USA Today Poll, and BCS Champions.
Year AP Poll USA Today BCS Champion
2002 Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State
2005 Texas Texas Texas
2006 Florida Florida Florida
2008 Florida Florida Florida
2009 Alabama Alabama Alabama
2010 Auburn Auburn Auburn

The first thing that comes to mind is that  over the nine years, only three teams have won the next year’s national championship. The teams to accomplish this are USC in 2004, Florida in 2008, and Alabama in 2009. While there is no question that a top recruiting class will impact the overall direction of the team, just bringing in the best high school kids in a given year doesn’t guarantee your team a Championship. Men's Basketball Defeats LSU, 70-46

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team continued its undefeated status at home this season with a 70-46 victory over LSU in front of a sellout crowd at Coleman Coliseum Saturday night.

Junior forward JaMychal Green led the way for Alabama (13-7, 5-1 SEC) with a 20-point and seven rebound performance. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 12 points and four rebounds, while freshman guard Trevor Releford scored 10 points and handed out four assists. Sophomore guard Andrew Steele had a total of seven points in his first start of the season.

"I thought our defense really set the tone of the game," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "In both halves our guys put together 40 minutes of the way we have to defend."

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Alabama Sets Dates for 2011 A-Day Game and Homecoming

The University of Alabama has announced the dates for its 2011 A-Day Spring football game and Homecoming game.

The A-Day game will be held on April 16th at Bryant Denny Stadium, and as in previous years, admission is free.

The 2011 Homecoming game will be on October 8th, when the Tide will host Vanderbilt at Bryant Denny Stadium.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Men's Basketball Team Beats Auburn on the Road

AUBURN, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team is off to its best conference start since the 2004-2005 season following a 68-58 win over the Auburn Tigers on Saturday at Auburn Arena.

Junior forward JaMychal Green and sophomore forward Tony Mitchell led a balanced Crimson Tide scoring attack with 15 points apiece, while freshman guard Trevor Releford and senior guard Senario Hillman each added 10 points. Green and Mitchell led Alabama with six rebounds apiece while Hillman added a game-high five assists. Green's first bucket of the game made him the 43rd player in UA history with 1,000 career points and he finished the night with 1,014 career points.

The Crimson Tide (12-7, 4-1 SEC) has won seven of its last eight and sits alone atop the Western Division after holding its 14th opponent under 40 percent shooting this season.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

ESPN’s Wojciechowski:The Cam Newton affair still stinks

Whether or not you believe Auburn’s or the SEC/ NCAA’s account of the Cam Newton saga. ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski still thinks there is something to it and it doesn’t sit pretty with him. Check out his latest article about Cam.

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Another Alabama Football Assistant Leaving

Curt Cignetti has added his name to list of Alabama assistant coaches that have left this off season. Cignetti is leaving to become the new head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

He has been the Tide’s wide receiver coach since 2007.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Alabama Leads SEC in Game Attendance

Nothing like a fall Saturday in Tuscaloosa with a hundred thousand of your closest friends enjoying a SEC football game. In fact, in numbers released by the NCAA, Alabama home game attendance ranked fourth in the nation and lead the SEC in accumulated attendance and average attendance per game this season. Here is the breakdown of the SEC schools, their national rank is in parenthesis.

Accumulated Attendance:

  1. Alabama (4): 712,747
  2. Tennessee (6): 698,465
  3. Auburn (7): 688,692
  4. LSU (8): 649,023
  5. Florida (9): 633,579
  6. Georgia (14): 556,476
  7. South Carolina (15): 536,675
  8. Kentucky (23): 462,488
  9. Arkansas (24): 413,591
  10. Ole Miss (28): 391,289
  11. Mississippi State (30): 384,995
  12. Vanderbilt (70): 232,885

Average Attendance Per Game:

  1. Alabama (4): 101,821
  2. Tennessee (6): 99,781
  3. Georgia (7): 92,746
  4. LSU (8): 92,746
  5. Florida (9): 90,511
  6. Auburn (10): 86,087
  7. South Carolina (17): 76,668
  8. Arkansas (22): 68,932
  9. Kentucky (25): 66,070
  10. Ole Miss (35): 55,898
  11. Mississippi State (37): 54,999
  12. Vanderbilt (72): 33,269

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Alabama vs. Kentucky: Post-Game Press Conference Men's Basketball Beats No. 12 Kentucky, 68-66

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - - The University of Alabama Men's Basketball team knocked off No. 12 Kentucky, 68-66, in front of a raucous crowd at Coleman Coliseum to remain undefeated at home this season.

Junior forward JaMychal Green led the way for Alabama (11-7, 3-1SEC) with his fourth double-double in ten games, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 15 points and 7 rebounds, while senior guard Charvez Davis scored 9 points by going 3-of-8 from the three-point arc.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Men's Basketball defeats no. 12 Kentucky 68 to 66.

Alabama Selected 2011 Preseason No. 1 by College Football News has recently published their 2011 First Look Rankings, selecting the top 10 teams for the 2011 season. At the top is the University of Alabama, who they think will rebound on offense and have a dominant defense for next season.

The Top Ten Teams are:

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Ohio State
  6. Florida
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Nebraska
  9. Bosie State
  10. Florida State

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Alabama Sends Three Seniors to Senior Bowl

This year’s Under Armour Senior Bowl will include three members of the 2010 Crimson Tide Football team. They are offensive tackle James Carpenter, tight end Preston Dial, and quarterback Greg McElroy.

Joining them are 19 other seniors from the SEC, which is the most from any conference. Florida and Mississippi State lead the SEC teams with four representatives each. The game will be held on January 29th and start at 4:00 PM EST on the NFL Network. The game is held in Mobile, AL at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Below are the representatives from each SEC team.

  • Alabama
    • Offensive Tackle- James Carpenter
    • Tight End- Preston Dial
    • Quarterback- Greg McElroy
  • Arkansas
    • Offensive Tackle- DeMarcus Love
    • Tight End- D.J. Williams
  • Auburn
    • Linebacker- Josh Bynes
    • Safety- Zac Etheridge
    • Offensive Tackle- Lee Ziemba
  • Florida
    • Safety- Ahmad Black
    • Punter- Chas Henry
    • Offensive Guard- Marcus Gilbert
    • Center- Mike Pouncey
  • Georgia
    • Offensive Tackle- Clint Boling
  • Kentucky
    • Running Back- Derrick Locke
  • LSU
    • Kicker- Josh Jasper
    • Defensive Tackle- Drake Nevis
    • Linebacker- Kelvin Sheppard
  • Mississippi State
    • Defensive End- Prenell McPhee
    • Offensive Tackle- Derek Sherrod
    • Linebacker- Chris White
    • Linebacker- K.J. Wright
  • Tennessee
    • Tight End- Luke Stocker

BAMA Men’s Basketball to host Kentucky

The University of Alabama men’s basketball team will host the no. 12 Kentucky Wildcats tonight at Coleman Coliseum. The team looks to bounce back from its loss to Arkansas over the weekend.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM CST and will be televised on ESPN.

Also, prior to the game, the Crimson Tide baseball team will be signing autographs in the East Concourse of the Coleman Coliseum from 6:45 to 8:00 PM.

AL.COM- Alabama defensive back B.J. Scott will transfer to South Alabama

TUSCALOOSA -- B.J Scott will follow through with a transfer to South Alabama when he enrolls in classes Tuesday, a source with direct knowledge of the process has confirmed.

The former Vigor star and redshirt junior-to-be appeared in 15 games for Alabama and finished with six tackles and one interception as a defensive back.

Scott will be eligible to play for the Jaguars next season and is expected to help fill a need in the defensive secondary.


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Monday, January 17, 2011

The Auburn “Family” Photo Shoot


SSWS-CamNewton_new_jpg_630x1200_upscale_q85 Barron Will Return to Alabama for Senior Season

Jan. 15, 2011

mg TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Safety and team captain Mark Barron, a 2010 First-Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) has elected to return to Alabama for his senior season in 2011, he announced at a press conference Saturday morning.

"There were a lot of pros and cons in this situation," Barron said. "The pros of coming back were getting closer to my degree and the possibility of winning another national championship. Hopefully, I'll be able to improve my draft stock and hopefully be a top ten or top 15 pick next year.


Read Full Article Here. Stoutland Named Offensive Line Coach

Jan. 14, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced on Friday the hiring of Jeff Stoutland as offensive line coach. Stoutland most recently served as the offensive line coach at the University of Miami. He replaces Joe Pendry, who officially retired from coaching following his fourth year with the Crimson Tide.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Huntsville Times- Alabama unlikely to see any more juniors jump to the NFL

TUSCALOOSA -- The chance of Alabama losing more juniors to the NFL draft sounds unlikely.

An Alabama spokesman said Thursday there was nothing new to report on the matter. The deadline for juniors to declare for the NFL draft is Saturday.


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Huntsville Times: Alabama welcomes eight early enrollees for the spring semester

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama announced Wednesday it has welcomed eight spring enrollees to join the football program.

Among them are three junior college transfers and five high school players.

The group is highlighted by the additions of Arizona Western College transfers Jesse Williams and Aaron Douglas, and East Mississippi Community College transfer Quinton Dial.

The trio were among the highest rated junior colleges prospects in the nation, and are expected to compete immediately for playing time.


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Auburn’s Cam Newton to Enter NFL Draft

In a move everyone knew would happen except the Auburn “family,” Cam Newton has entered his name in the NFL Draft.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Offensive Line Coach Joe Pendry Stepping Down

Alabama Football offensive line coach Joe Pendry has stepped down as the Tide’s offensive line coach. He could still stay on staff in some other capacity, but will relinquish all duties as offensive line coach.

Miami offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland resigned his post Wednesday, according to a Miami source, and Alabama was expected to announce his hire at any time.

Stoutland was in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday for an interview.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ingram, Dareus, and Jones Declare for NFL Draft

At today’s press conference, juniors Mark Ingram, Marcell Dareus, and Julio Jones all decided to forgo their last years at Alabama and enter into the NFL Draft. Also present at the press conference was junior linebacker Dont’a Hightower who has elected to return to the Capstone for his senior year.

Mark Ingram and Marcell Dareus to Enter NFL Draft

bilde ESPN has reported that sources close to Mark Ingram and Marcell Dareus have both decided to enter the NFL Draft.

The Alabama Football program has announced a noon press conference today where the two are going to officially announce their decisions. What is still uncertain is whether other juniors on the team, such as Julio Jones, will also be making the jump to the pros.

While most sources have Julio leaning towards the pros, some sources close to him and the team still say he was still uncertain on the choice. Hopefully today at noon we will hear on more decisions being made.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Alabama assistants Kirby Smart and Scott Cochran receive contract extensions and pay raises

TUSCALOOSA -- Kirby Smart and Scott Cochran both received contract extensions and pay raises Wednesday approved unanimously by the compensation committee of the board of trustees of the University of Alabama System.

It marked the second time in less than a year both Alabama assistants got a bump in pay.

Smart's amended contract was extended three years and his pay jumped to $850,000 annually. In February, Smart had his annual salary nearly doubled to $750,000.
Smart, who received the 2009 Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach, is considered one of the hottest coaching prospects in the nation. He turned down his alma mater last year to become Georgia's defensive coordinator. He also denied a recent report last week about joining Florida coach Will Muschamp, his close friend, as the Gators' defensive coordinator.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Bo Davis Leaves for Texas and Replaced by Chris Rumph

While there has been no official announcement. It seems that assistant coach Bo Davis has accepted a job at the University of Texas to become the Longhorn’s new defensive tackles coach. He has been at the Capstone for 4 years as the Tide’s defensive line coach. The job was left open after Mike Tolleson retired at the end of this season.

It also seems that as fast as he decided to leave, Coach Nick Saban has found his replacement. Again, with no official announcement, Clemson’s defensive line coach Chris Rumph could be on his way to Tuscaloosa. Rumph has built some pretty impressive defensive lines at Clemson and should be a welcomed addition to Saban’s coaching staff. Dee Hart heading to Alabama, Clinton-Dix says

Dee Hart, one of the nation's top running back prospects who committed to Michigan over Alabama in September, has apparently changed his mind.
Hart, who had been reconsidering his commitment to the Wolverines for weeks, committed to Alabama on Sunday, according to his best friend and Orlando-Dr. Phillips teammate, Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix.

"His top two schools were always Michigan and Alabama, but I guess he feels that he has more of a feel for Bama now, as far as not going that far away from home, away from family," said Clinton-Dix, a top safety prospect who has also committed to the Tide.

Read Full Article Football Beats Michigan State 49-7 in the 2011 Capital One Bowl

Jan. 1, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. - The No. 15 Alabama football team (10-3) beat No. 7 Michigan State (11-2) 49-7 in the Capital One Bowl Saturday.

"It was a great win for our team," UA head coach Nick Saban said. "We told the team before the game that they'd be defined by how they finished. I was pleased with how the players finished this game today. They really played well and dominated the game."

Alabama's defense was outstanding, shutting out the Spartans until the 5:45 mark in the fourth quarter and holding MSU to -48 rushing yards and just 171 yards overall. Junior linebacker Courtney Upshaw, who was voted the game's MVP, led the way for the Crimson Tide with a pair of sacks, five tackles, including three for a loss as well as forcing an MSU fumble.

Alabama amassed 546 total yards (275 rushing, 271 passing) on the day, the second-best total offense by the Tide in a bowl game, standing just behind the 586-yard output against Syracuse in the 1953 Orange Bowl. The 49-7 victory ranks as the second-largest margin of victory by UA in a bowl game. The largest margin was in that same 61-6 win in the Orange Bowl win over Syracuse.


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