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Avery Johnson’s NBA championship experience could lure top recruits

Alabama athletics director Bill Battle made a brilliant move by hiring former NBA player, and coach, Avery Johnson to lead the Tide basketball program. Johnson, 50, is a New Orleans native who played college basketball at Southern University in Baton Rouge.  He was undrafted after college, but earned a place in the big leagues with his guts […]

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Brannen coaches Tide to NIT win: Potential Tide coaching candidates Tom Crean and Gregg Marshall will meet in Big Dance

Interim Alabama basketball coach John Brannen may have thrown his hat into the coaching search by overseeing a 79- 58 Tide victory over Illinois in the opening round of the NIT last night. Two more realistic candidates for Alabama’s vacant head basketball coaching job will square off in the NCAA Tournament, Friday afternoon. Gregg Marshall will […]

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The Anthony Grant era is dead. Long live the Avery Johnson era?

The agony is over!   Or is it?   Alabama athletics director Bill Battle did the right thing and pulled the plug on the Anthony Grant era of Alabama basketball. “The decision was reached only after a great deal of deliberating, but I feel it is in the best interests of the basketball program to make a […]

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Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?

Many Tide fans would like to see the Anthony Grant era of basketball put out of its misery. In his sixth season, Grant has led Alabama to only one NCAA Tournament.   Barring a miracle, that won’t change this season.   Alabama may pull a win out of its back pocket, against Florida, in the SEC tournament.  […]

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State of Alabama basketball update: Tide low, Auburn lower, UAB on a roll

Alabama’s hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid took a slam dunk to the face when it lost to Florida last night. At 13-7 and 3-4 in the SEC, Coach Anthony Grant’s Tide will have to step it up a few notches to get back in the mix for a post season bid of any kind.  […]

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Bruce Pearl vs. Anthony Grant: Rocky Road vs. vanilla

If Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant went to Baskin-Robbins, he’d probably get a scoop of vanilla in a cup. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl would more likely have two scoops of different exotic flavors, with swirls and nuts, in a waffle cone, with sprinkles. The coaches couldn’t be more different, personality-wise.  They both have one big […]

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Can Alabama take down Kentucky? Hope comes from unlikely source.

Alabama hasn’t defeated a number one team in men’s basketball since 2004 when the Tide defeated Stanford in the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide has not defeated a number one ranked team at Coleman Coliseum since Arkansas, the eventual national champion, was vanquished 66-64 back in 1994. Now, the number one Kentucky Wildcats come to […]

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Bear Bryant had something to say about playoffs

Tonight is a historic night for college football.  Finally, a true champion will be crowned.  The absolute best teams in college football will play for it all in Dallas.   Or maybe not.  Texas Christian University fans will probably tell you that, if their Horny Toads had been allowed in the mix, they might be the […]

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State of Alabama basketball: Tide trending up. Auburn, others, not so much

Alabama’s basketball team is trending upward as SEC play begins. Meanwhile, Auburn’s hardwood team is mirroring the mediocrity of its football program.  The other familiar basketball teams from Alabama are not faring too well either. As of this writing, the Crimson Tide is 11-3 after a 10-3 non-conference effort and a convincing win against Texas […]

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Sugar not sweet for Alabama under Saban; championship games are the feast for ‘The Beast’

The Sugar Bowl has been a bitter pill for the Alabama Crimson Tide under Nick Saban. Twice Saban has led the Tide into Sugar Bowls as the favorite, and twice Alabama has been upended by the underdog team.  Last season’s lesson in humility should give this season’s version of the Tide a little extra incentive. Historically, […]

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Saban says he never wants to change jobs again

By Hunter Ford In an extremely brief Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban’s most newsworthy comments may have been about his own feelings about changing jobs. He was asked about former Alabama offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain, who is now the Colorado State head coach and is a rumored candidate for the Florida job. Saban said McElwain […]

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UAB Football’s funeral: Some Tide fans will weep, others will laugh, most won’t go

By Hunter Ford Rest in peace UAB football, your life was short and full of turmoil. Your passing comes as  no surprise to those close to the scene.  The Blazer football program was young, but suffered a lifelong illness. It appeared to be recovering this year, with increased attendance and a bowl-eligible 6-6 record on the field. The […]

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Saban: Reaching SEC Championship is a ‘significant accomplishment.’

By Hunter Ford Winning the SEC West and advancing to the SEC Championship Game is something to be proud of, Alabama football coach Nick Saban said at his Monday press conference. Alabama will face Eastern Division champion Missouri this Saturday in Atlanta. “Right now, this is a new season,” Saban said.  “We look forward to […]

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Iron Bowl: The waiting is the hardest part

  Time heals all wounds, but the waiting is the hardest part. It was a tough off-season to be an Alabama fan.  We’ve had our noses rubbed in replays of the Kick Six like a puppy that soiled the living room rug.  It was a long, long winter, spring and summer.  The new season couldn’t get […]

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Saban: Season winding up, not winding down

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban says the Alabama football season is not winding down, it’s winding up. At his Wednesday evening press conference, Saban was asked to evaluate his senior class as the season is “winding down.”  Before commenting on the seniors, he said the Tide still has a lot to look forward to “relative […]

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Saban: No time for slacking, opportunity knocks

By Hunter Ford Alabama coach Nick Saban’s message to his team this week is for it to focus on getting better in order to take advantage of opportunities that lie ahead. The Tide takes on Western Carolina Saturday for homecoming week, and will face Auburn the following week.  If Alabama wins those two games it will […]

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Saban: Don’t sack Dak, control the pocket and maintain pressure

By Hunter Ford Alabama coach Nick Saban said Alabama needs to “push the pocket” to control Mississippi State’s mobile quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott leads the number one ranked Bulldogs into Tuscaloosa to face the Tide Saturday in a crucial matchup which will have significant implications for the SEC championship and College Football Playoff. Saban said […]

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Another draining Alabama-LSU game

By Hunter Ford It was just another typical Alabama-LSU game; two old school football teams playing smash-mouth football to the bitter end. Well, a bitter end for LSU.  The Tigers were hoping that a win over the Tide would give them a case to be considered for the College Football Playoff.  Now, with three losses, […]

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Saban: Healthy Tide will face aggressive LSU defense

By Hunter Ford In a brief Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban said there has been a lot of “positive energy” in practice as the Crimson Tide prepares to take on LSU Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. On the injury front, Saban said all key players have been able to practice this week and all are […]

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Saban to players: ‘Be where your feet are’ and ‘Take care of business’

By Hunter Ford In his Monday press conference, Nick Saban said Alabama players need to focus on what will be a “tough,” “physical” game against LSU Saturday night. The Tide, after an off week, will be mostly healthy. Offensive lineman Cam Robinson is the only player expected to miss practice time this week, according to […]

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Saban on injuries, suspension, CFP poll

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban covered a lot of ground in a Tuesday press conference, updating injuries, announcing a suspension and proclaiming he doesn’t know and doesn’t care about the upcoming College Football Playoff poll. Running back T.J. Yeldon and tight end Brian Vogler are “beat up” and will be limited in practice this week.  Offensive tackle Cam Robinson […]

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No bias, SEC is champion of the world

Could an Evil Sports Promotional Network (ESPN) be manipulating coverage of the SEC to sway the College Football Playoff Committee into selecting as many SEC teams as possible? At least one writer for a well-known pop culture magazine website thinks so. The writer makes a point that ESPN owns broadcasting rights to the CFP, has recently launched […]

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Does Alabama need conference championship to win bigger prize?

Does Alabama really need the SEC championship to make the playoffs and win the national championship? Maybe not. Would it matter to Tide fans if Alabama took a bye on the trip to Atlanta, but was still able to participate in the College Football Playoff? When Ole Miss lost to LSU, it gave Alabama new hope […]

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Saban: Focus is on playing “our game”

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban, at his Wednesday morning SEC teleconference, said his Alabama Crimson Tide will focus on playing “our game” despite a potentially distracting crowd at Neyland Stadium. Alabama plays Tennessee Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. CT, in Knoxville. Monday morning, Saban was asked about Lane Kiffin’s return to Tennessee. Kiffin, now Alabama’s […]

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Saban: Turn the page on rout of Aggies

By Hunter Ford It’s time for Alabama “to turn the page” on its rout of Texas A&M and focus on the battle with Tennessee, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday. That was Nick Saban’s message in a brief Monday press conference. Saban said he was proud of his team for playing with “intensity” and “emotion” while […]

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Saban: Aggie offense can’t go fast if Tide controls the ball

By Hunter Ford The focus for Alabama this week has been improving on execution and fundamentals, head coach Nick Saban said during his Wednesday afternoon press conference. Alabama plays at home Saturday against SEC West foe Texas A&M, 4-2, 2-2, which has lost its last two games after starting 4-0. “We’re trying to focus on our players…playing […]

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‘Pissed off’ Saban: Don’t undervalue ‘Will not be denied’ attitude

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban gets “pissed off” when he talks to people about the Arkansas game and they are disappointed Alabama only won by a single point. “You want to talk about something that’s frustrating? That’s frustrating,” Saban said at his Monday press conference. Saban began his meeting with the media saying he was […]

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Around the Web: Tarkenton vs. McCarron, Razorbacks vs. Tide

Alabama is looking to regain some confidence after its loss to Ole Miss last week, and Arkansas is looking for its first SEC win of the Bret Bielema era after coming tantalizingly close in an overtime loss to Texas A&M. Former University of Miami, University of North Carolina, and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis, a […]

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Saban: Practice, play like Hulk, not guy selling newspapers

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban wants his players to prepare each week as if they were going to play, whether they are first string or fourth string. At his Wednesday afternoon press conference, Saban said every Tide player should be striving to be the best they can be whether they are high or low on […]

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Saban: ‘Who’s making this team better?’

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban covered a lot of ground in his Monday press conference as Alabama recovers from a loss to Ole Miss and looks forward to an improved Arkansas team. Saban’s bottom line was “how do you respond?” He said it would be important for Alabama to “finish plays,” “finish drives,” and “finish […]

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