Archive | 2014

Eyes On Auburn: Did the bag man lock the Arkansas coaches in an elevator at halftime?

You have to admit, it sounds fishy. It’s halftime in a game locked at 21 apiece, and four Arkansas assistants can’t make it to the Razorback locker room because they were locked in the pressbox elevator. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr., linebackers coach Randy Shannon and defensive backs coach Clay […]

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Alabama Football: 8 named players of the Week for WVU win

Alabama played West Virginia in the Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff. The Tide won 33-23. [/caption]The Alabama football coaching staff praised eight players for their performance in Alabama’s win over West Virigina. The players named Players of the Week included Amari Cooper, Jalston Fowler and TJ Yeldon on offense, and Johnathan Allen, Landon Collins and Cyrus Jones […]

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West Virginia Game Report Card: Sims, kickers and Clint Trickett’s hair

For the fifth time in the Nick Saban era at Alabama, the Crimson Tide took its show on the road…or more accurately, to a neutral site…to begin the 2014 season. Like all the others, Bama walked away from a dome with the win to begin the new season, leaving behind a few unknowns heading into […]

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GAME NOTES: Alabama 33 West Virginia 23

ALABAMA FOOTBALL (via UA Media Relations) POSTGAME NOTES – WEST VIRGINIA VS. ALABAMA SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 • GEORGIA DOME • ATLANTA GENERAL NOTES GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama’s captains for today’s game against West Virginia are Landon Collins, Christion Jones and Austin Shepherd. The Crimson Tide won the coin toss and elected to defer the opening […]

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IMB trustee Hershael York should be called out for his hateful remarks

Southern Baptist Convention headed for schism Editor’s note: This is not related to football, so skip it if you don’t care about theology or denominational business. I’m posting it here because I am tired of keeping silent while serious issues fester within my extended family. Trustees should be seen and not heard. Seriously, that is […]

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Why CBS Sports Fantasy Football is a winner

This post brought to you by CBS Sports. All opinions are 100% mine. I love fantasy football. What I don’t love is all the mindless recordkeeping and stacks of papers and binders filled with information that running a fantasy football league once required. Thankfully, technology has made the entire task easier. Some of my most […]

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Opening night report card: Gamecocks fail, Aggies still for real

It was the best and worst of college football all in one night, and it was glorious. There truly is nothing like college football, where the pageantry and exuberance of a new season can be replaced with dismay and dispair from a fanbase in just a few minutes. Such was the case in Columbia, South […]

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Alabama Football: Saban refuses to name Sims or Coker as starter

Nick Saban refused to name Alabama’s starting QB for the West Virginia game when asked about it during the weekly SEC teleconference.

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3 Alabama fan resolutions for the 2014 college football season

It isn’t the new year, but it is the start of a new college football season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Here are my resolutions for the start of the 2014 college football season. Jinx Auburn Over the last few years, I’ve learned an important lesson. I can jinx Auburn. It isn’t hard at all. […]

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Gus’ suspension guide for Nick Marshall revealed

At his press conference today Gustav Malzahn said suspended Auburn quaterback Cheech Marshall would not start but would play Saturday against the Razorbacks. Predictibly, the state media just moved on to the next question, whereas had the same scenario played out in Tuscaloosa the next 45 questions would center around the circumstances of the suspension, […]

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Auburn fans slow progress of cure for cancer in children

A charity event to benefit “Roses From Linda,” a nonprofit organization that helps cover transportation costs for family members wanting to visit terminally ill loved ones, as well as children’s cancer research, has taken a hit due to the apparent blind hatred of some Auburn fans. The event was to feature Harvey Updyke in a […]

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To be, or not UAB. Could ‘autonomy’ kill the Blazers?

Many Alabama fans reluctantly accept the existence of UAB football and simply ignore it.  Others are often quite vocal about their desire to see UAB’s program die and go to football hell. For those in the latter camp, autonomy for the Power 5 football schools could give them their wish.  Recently, the University of Hawaii’s […]

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COACHES’ REPORT CARD: Stoops, Saban can talk, Spurrier, Rich Rod, Leach, others shouldn’t

With the 2014 campaign now within arm’s reach, a new report card from the Wall Street Journal shows who should and shouldn’t be talking trash. The offseason is built for talking smack, but numbers suggests that talking is basically all some coaches can do. We’ll start at the top. Nick Saban owns a career 50-35 […]

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Saban’s Greatest Hits (And some that will be)

        How much longer will Nick Saban coach at Alabama, and how much more can he accomplish?  Including his time at LSU, Saban owns four SEC titles and four national championships.  If, or when, Saban decides to do something else full time besides coaching, it is likely that he will end up […]

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Braxton Miller, done at Ohio State

Two weeks before the season begins, Ohio State’s season is over. Or at least that what it seems. News broke yesterday that the Buckeye’s quarterback was done for the year after sustaining a right shoulder injury during Monday’s practice. Miller sustained the injury during a non-contact portion of the practice, and was reportedly taken off […]

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Media Alert: SiriusXM broadcasting from Alabama Fall Camp

Phil Savage and Jack Arute host from Tuscaloosa, AL, on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91 If you want more information about how things are going in Tuscaloosa as Alabama football prepares for the 2014 college football season, you might want to listen to one of the most knowledgeable voices about the Alabama football team–Phil […]

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2nd scrimmage points to the next Bama QB

Last Saturday the Tide scrimmaged for the 2nd and final time before the August 30th opener with West Virginia, and the million dollar question was how the quarterbacks fared. Everyone wants to know stats. Everyone wants to hear numbers that will make them breathe easier heading into the post-AJ McCarron era. Unfortunately, Nick Saban knows […]

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Finebaum book lacks depth

Paul Finebaum’s much anticipated book is out, and he is promoting the book signing tour as if it were a Led Zeppelin reunion.  I don’t know if I-Man’s accounts of “lines being out the door” for book signing events can be taken at face value. My experience with the book is this:  I went to Wal-Mart […]

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Around the Web: Expensive playoff tickets, Lutz’s BAC released, more

      COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TICKETS Could you afford to attend the SEC Championship, a College Football Playoff semifinal game, and a CFP national championship game?  Alabama fans are known for travelling well, but if the Tide plays in all three of these contests it would cost a small fortune just for tickets.  Factor in gas […]

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PRACTICE REPORT: Bama takes to the field as a complete unit for the first time

The Crimson Tide took to the practice field for the first time as a complete unit Saturday, with younger players joining their older compadres. A rumor began circulating on the internet (imagine that) involving an injury to Bama linebacker Trey DePriest, but per sources the rumor didn’t hold water. Of course Alabama head coach Nick […]

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AROUND THE SEC: Nick Marshall gets ‘Burgerized’ for grass, Georgia doesn’t have any

Auburn head coach Gustav Malzahn announced Friday that he’s the man. He’s going to show his team leader a thing or two by not letting him start the Arkansas game. Oh he’ll play, he just won’t take the first snap. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall was caught with weed last month, cited for the possession of […]

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PRACTICE REPORT: Newcomers shine in the evening session

Alabama’s latest #1 signing class took to the practice field for the first time Friday evening. At almost any other university, what stepped onto the practice field would be good enough to compete immediately in their league. At Alabama, top recruits are primed for the future, though many will see action this season. Some quick […]

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PRACTICE REPORT Day 1: Jake Coker, Eddie Jackson steal the show early

Fall practice is here, and the 2014 campaign is officially…finally…underway. The big story this morning was Jake Coker on an Alabama practice field in an Alabama jersey. Coker looks like he belongs on an NFL roster, with sound throwing mechanics, a 6’4″ frame and strong arm. It’s easy to see what the buzz has been […]

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Preseason Coach’s poll released; Bama is #2, ACC with only 3 included

The coaches have spoken, and Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher appear to be in the vast minority. Much has been said (mostly by ACC coaches and players) about the ferocity of the ACC, but it appears Swinney’s and Fisher’s peers aren’t buying it. The 2014 USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll was released today, with 7 members […]

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Do Alabama fans benefit from neutral site games?

By Hunter Ford Are in-season neutral site games beneficial for college football fans?  Or does it deprive season ticket holders of marquee matchups at their home stadium?  Here’s a link to an article criticizing LSU for scheduling a bunch of cupcakes for the upcoming season at newly renovated Tiger Stadium. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/07/27/lsu-rethink-home-football-schedule/13249907/ Tiger Stadium now seats […]

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FSU’s Jameis Winston runs his mouth about the SEC

Jameis Winston wants to remind you who the reigning national champions are. No, not Florida State. Mr. Crabs wants you to remember that it’s the ACC, not the SEC. Thank you again, Auburn. Thanks for snapping our winning streak in the big game, bringing home the conference’s only loss since the George W. Bush administration. […]

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Jameis Winston meets ACC press, June Jones proposes spring season, more.

By Hunter Ford It was only April when Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cited for walking out of a grocery store without paying for crab legs and crawfish.  But that didn’t stop him from attending the ACC Media Days event. Besides saying he had learned from his mistakes, he reminded everyone that the ACC, […]

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Recruiting Update: Tide taking control of the line of scrimmage

After last season’s disappointing 11-2 finish (Mississippi State or Tennessee fan, say those words out loud and just imagine that’s the case for your school), it appears the point of emphasis for the Alabama coaching staff is simple: Take back control of the offensive line. Alabama’s imposing lines of the past led to championships. Names […]

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Steve Spurrier: Still bitter, after all these years

Steve Spurrier is a bitter man. In Paul Finebaum’s upcoming book, details of the open door former Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore extended to Spurrier in 2006 will be outlined…an offer that ole Steve now regrets not taking. Want proof? Just listen to him. Spurrier opines and whines like a bitter girlfriend whose former love […]

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Alabama will face USC to start 2016 season

According to reports, the University of Alabama and Southern Cal will face each other in the 2016 Cowboys Classic in the Jerry Dome. The meeting will mark the first time the two have met since 1985, where the Tide defeated to Trojans 24-3 in the Aloha Bowl. The 2016 Alabama-Southern Cal game would also be […]

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