Alabama begins Spring with focus on fundamentals

The Alabama Crimson Tide began Spring drills with a focus on fundamentals Monday. Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said, “The number one thing about spring practice is establishing fundamentals. We lost games last year because of fundamentals; fundamentals as simple as how to carry a football.”

VIDEO: Saban speaks, Alabama Spring Practice footage, and Mark Barron practices with the Crimson Tide.

MORE On Alabama Crimson Tide star Mark Barron. According to the Daily Bama Blog Alabama football coach Nick Saban said, “Mark Barron used poor judgment in sorta protecting his friend, his cousin, rather than cooperating with authority and giving them the information they needed to investigate their case. We always think our players should respect people that are in a position of authority ― especially the police who do a lot to protect all of us. I think Mark learned that he did not use good judgment in this case and not saying what he could have said.” The report also said Robby Green was serving a suspension for a violation of team rules.

Other items of note:
CNBC’s Darren Rovell reported, “March Madness TV ratings on 4 channels combined up 15% to date, highest average total viewership for 1st week in 17 years.” Also, “March Madness on Demand up 47%, with 26.7 million visits across & mobile platforms (10.3 million hours of streaming).”

Alabama is headed to the NIT Quarterfinals
The Alabama basketball team is headed to the NIT quarterfinals. Cecil Hurt reports, “After a foul-plagued first half, the Crimson Tide shot 75 percent (15 of 20) in the second half and held off a late New Mexico flurry that netted 14 points in the final 2:51.”