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A-Day gives fans new reasons to panic

With the conclusion of another A-Day game in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide put a wrap on its 2015 spring practice, thus opening the door for rampant speculation in the months between now and fall camp. Both supporters and detractors will look at last Saturday’s scrimmage game and become engrossed in the discussion concerning Bama’s strengths […]

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One and done? NBA draft lures many away from basketball futures

The upcoming NBA draft is a puzzling thing to me. When I say “upcoming,” it’s actually not happening until June 25th, but the thirst for underclassmen to jump ship and declare in hopes of being the next Lebron James is staggering. It’s clear that many of those throwing their names in the hat for the […]

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Will Johnson succeed? I have no idea, but I like what I’m hearing

I have no idea if Avery Johnson will succeed as the new men’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama, but I like what I hear so far. Wednesday, with my own ears, I heard Coach Johnson say that his goal is to get Alabama to the Final Four. Like many Auburn fans hankering for […]

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Coaching search: Gregg Marshall says no, Bama’s bad week gets worse

With Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle openly courting and failing to land Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, the state of Alabama basketball appears to be in unprecented limbo. Battle is to be commended for swinging for the fences in trying to land Marshall, the Shockers’ head coach since 2007. But now that Marshall has turned down […]

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The mediots strike again! New info in Jonathan Taylor case?

Mediots are a finnicky, sensitive bunch. Not all members of the media are mediots. The Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt, for instance, is a legitimate journalist who doesn’t rush into a situation to shoot the first thing that moves. But sadly that can’t be said of everyone. This week has seen quite a roller coaster ride […]

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Jonathan Taylor experiment proves some can be helped, some can’t

The arrest and subsequent dismissal of former Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor following his 2nd domestic abuse charge overnight has left many critics of Nick Saban and the Bama football program hungry for social media zingers and chit chat board one liners. Whenever a program takes a risk on a player whose actions place him […]

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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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Alabama Basketball Coaching Search Update

Get ready for trial balloons When Alabama hired Nick Saban, Athletic Director Mal Moore knew who he wanted to be Alabama’s football coach. And even then, it almost ended in disaster as Moore, while under pressure, averted his gaze from the Miami Dolphins head coach and flirted with Rich Rodriguez. Fortunately for Mal Moore and […]

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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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Anthony Grant supporters attempt to divide Alabama fans

Alabama Basketball: Coach Anthony Grant Tenure Death Watch Alabama basketball Coach Anthony Grant’s future is in doubt. As the ultimate Alabama reporter dropped a hint on Twitter last night about pressure building to fire Anthony Grant. According to Cecil Hurt, “Sounds like substantial 11th-hour pressure being brought to bear on Bill Battle re: UA basketball […]

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Tired of the malaise of Alabama basketball? Eager for signs of competitiveness again, like back in the good old days? That’s right. Those of us old enough to remember can recall years of ‘Bama basketball when come tourney time, you weren’t sitting on pins and needles hoping the NIT selection committee would call our name. […]

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Why is Alabama the most hated team in college football?

Last year, a survey found the Alabama Crimson Tide was the most hated team in college football, we try to explain just why Alabama football is so hated The Alabama Crimson Tide washes over all of its opponents at some time or another. The history books prove it. Alabama is a team that has had […]

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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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Theology influences Auburn coaching hires

Bruce Pearl ‘repented’ and that landed him at Auburn “The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 Understanding how a known liar ended up coaching at another SEC school is a big mystery. How a known liar ended up coaching at the one […]

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Who will be Alabama’s starting quarterback in 2015?

Alabama has five quarterbacks on the roster, but only one has real experience entering 2015 Alabama entered the 2014 football season with a battle for the quarterback position. It boiled down to senior Blake Sims against FSU transfer Jacob Coker. It was close going during Fall Camp, but Blake Sims resiliency through the good and […]

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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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Alabama removes a cancer from coaching staff, Auburn scoops it up

Lance Thompson was hired today to serve under newly hired Auburn defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp. Thompson, who was serving in his third tour of duty with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, previously left Alabama to join the University of Tennessee coaching staff. Thompson’s claim that the Vols would soon “build a fence around the state […]

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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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Cooper, Collins and Yeldon declare for draft, prove again why Bama is the right choice

Do you want to see a recruiting video? No, not empty hype, school colors, catchy phrases, carefully selected game highlights and player worship. I’m talking about a real recruiting video, where a head coach rolls out the reason 4 and 5 star players are climbing over each other to stand in line to get on […]

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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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24 hours later, 2014 ‘Bama season may be Saban’s best effort yet

I wanted to win the championship. Heck, we all did. And until a string of boneheaded decisions, poor execution and an inspired Buckeye team took the game over just before halftime, it looked like we were on our way to another souvenir. The dilemma we Bama fans face every time we go to our t-shirt […]

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Lane Kiffin on coaching at Alabama: “I would have done it for free”

As is custom in the bowl season, for 40 short minutes the gag was removed from Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s coordinators, and Lane Kiffin, as usual, did not disappoint. But then, the Tide’s offensive coordinator in the midst of his public rehabilitation hasn’t disappointed all season. Kiffin said working under Nick Saban has been […]

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Duke Williams suspended as AU smoke screen sets in

In the latest episode of “As the Barn Turns,” we have the curious Duke Williams situation. You remember Duke Williams, part of the boog’s 1-2 receiving punch this season. The latest idol for cult worship, Duke’s whereabouts during bowl prep and future standing on the team have been rather confusing. Duke went missing from the […]

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Will Muschamp likely not able to fix Auburn’s red zone offense

Auburn’s latest hail mary to try and keep up with big brother involves the hiring of former Florida head coach, Will Muschamp. Nobody wins a press conference like the Tigers, throwing dollars at the name of the week in order to appease the AU cult. How’s that Bruce Pearl hire working out? Muschamp, who struggled […]

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UAB fans have no one to blame but themselves

Okay, I’ve had it. Since UAB President Ray Watts did the fiscally responsible thing by pulling the plug on UAB football, all 14 of UAB’s gridiron supporters have been vocal in protest. You may have seen or heard them, calling radio shows or staging demonstrations. Fact is, the only problems UAB’s fan base could cause […]

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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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