Afternoon update: Talking NIT and recruiting

Alabama is headed to New York for the NIT seminfinals. Need tickets? Well, UA sent out this press release with information on how to get tickets. Also, below you’ll find video featuring Alabama coach Anthony Grant on the NIT, and some interesting football recruiting thoughts on the sewer that is college football recruiting.

TICKET ORDERS BEING ACCEPTED FOR N.I.T. SEMI-FINAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The University of Alabama Athletic Ticket Office is now accepting orders for the National Invitation Tournament basketball games to be held next week in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Crimson Tide will play the University of Colorado in the N.I.T. semi-finals on Tuesday, March 29, at 8 p.m. CDT. If Alabama wins that game, the Crimson Tide would play the winner of the Washington State vs. Wichita State semi-final contest in the N.I.T. Championship Game on Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. CDT.

Alabama fans have until Friday, March 25, at 5 p.m. to order tickets. Tickets prices are $45 each and will be allocated and prioritized by Tide Totals priority points.

Exact ticket pick up location and times will be released when finalized. All tickets will be available at Will Call at Madison Square Garden. An email address will be required when placing orders as communication on Will Call locations, and future game ticket information, will be disseminated in this manner.

Fans may purchase tickets online at rolltide.com, or call the TIDE PRIDE/Ticket Office at 205-348-2262.

VIDEO: Alabama basketball is headed to New York, Anthony Grant and Tony Mitchell talk about that and their win over Miami (FL)

Recruiting reform needed in college football
A former Auburn football star revealed what everyone already knew about major college football recruiting—it is a sewer. According to this report former Auburn player Troy Reddick said on an upcoming HBO Real Sports special, “I was well aware that they’re going to throw women at you, they’re going to throw alcohol at you. Your player hosts are going to try to get you drunk and try to get you to sleep with somebody.”

This screams of a need for real reform in recruiting. Should the NCAA look to ban official visits? What about unofficial visits? Or perhaps visits should only involve meeting with the head coach and academic representatives and not hot coeds and current football players?