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SEC intrigue: Fulmer and the subpoena

AP: A process server hired by lawyers for Wendell Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn., approached Fulmer as he stepped out of an SUV outside the suburban hotel where SEC holds its media days, said Brandon Blankenship, an attorney for Smith. Powered by Mochila

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Random notes on Day 2 of SEC Media Days

Ave Caesar! Notwithstanding a 7-6 record in his first season, Nick Saban arrived at SEC Media Days Thursday like a conquering hero. Alabama fans and media swarmed Saban’s every move. From radio broadcast to radio broadcast cameras followed the emperor of Alabama. I somehow resisted the urge to ask Saban what he expected the Tide’s […]

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Random notes from Day 1 of SEC Media Days

Sportswriters need to learn how to dress Sportswriters need a lesson in how to dress. Maybe the TV people should host a seminar. Too many sportswriters don’t wear socks, and too many wear shorts to Media Days. Are sportswriters so poor they can’t afford socks? I will say compared to many a pressbox, the attire […]

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SEC on the TV

Wondering where to tune in for SEC football in the coming years? You’ll have to wait a little longer to find out. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said the conference has been in the process of studying its options for the past two years. The examination has included looking at the Mountain West Conference channel, the […]

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Tim Tebow’s Bully Pulpit

Some things matter more than football. It would be hard to believe that when over 850 people attended SEC Media Days, but all the attention and hoopla surrounding football can serve a higher purpose. Just ask Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. The junior Florida quarterback is often portrayed as Superman. He performs circumcisions while on […]

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SEC Media Days begins today

Today’s agenda includes Les Miles of LSU and Urban Meyer of Florida as the headliners. Also in attendance defending State of Alabama champion Sly Croom of Mississippi State and Bobby Johnson of Vanderbilt. What questions do we want answered? Powered by Mochila Can Les Miles find a hat that fits? Will he make any La. […]

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Ming commits; West commits

Tide now with 10 verbal pledges Alabama landed four-star recruit DE William Ming, and a three-star DB Gerald West Tuesday. Ming is rated one of the top ten prospects in the state by West is ranked the 18th best in the state by According to, Ming held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, […]

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Clemson picked to win ACC

For the 17th straight time, a Bowden is picked to win the ACC. Only, this isn’t Bobby. Here’s an AP story on Clemson and the outlook for this year’s Tigers squad. The Tigers open the 2008 college football season in Atlanta against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Powered by Mochila

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About our comments & more

OK a couple of quick items to talk about. First, can we call a truce on the personal attacks going on amongst our commentors? I think some of the vitriol has gotten out of hand, but I don’t want to moderate unless absolutely necessary—I’m committed to letting all fans who visit her express themselves. But […]

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8 Tide players named preseason ALL-SEC

The University of Alabama had eight players named to the coaches preseason ALL-SEC team. Here is the list of the entire ALL-SEC team with Alabama players in bold. (#-Ties / *-Unanimous Selection) (Coaches could not vote for themselves or their own players) FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — OFFENSE Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown TE Cornelius […]

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Can Gottfried turn the Tide?

Mark Gottfried is “excited” about next season’s Tide basketball team, but what do Alabama’s most knowledgable fans say about Bama’s roundball prospects? We asked and Bill Ellis of five questions about Mark Gottfried, Ronald Steele and the 2008-2009 basketball season. 1. Who will be Alabama ’s starting five? BamaHoops: I think the starting […]

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Green scores 12 in FIBA play

More basketball? Yes. Here is an update on JaMychal Green’s play in Argentina for everyone obsessed with basketball. I know there are a few of you out there. As a note, I’m working on two or three more posts regarding Tide and SEC basketball in the coming days. I’m swamped right now due to moving […]

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SEC Media Day Itineraries

Tim Gayle of the Montgomery Advertiser provides a look at what an SEC Media Day looks like for a college star like Antoine Caldwell. Here’s what Caldwell’s media day looks like: 8:40 a.m. ESPN 9 a.m. CBS 9:10 a.m. CSS 9:20 a.m. part 1 of 3 with local broadcast outlets 9:30 a.m. talk radio 9:40 […]

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Zeke Knight medically disqualified

Alabama Linebacker Zeke Knight Medically Disqualified It is now official. Here’s the release. Tuscaloosa –– Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday that senior linebacker Zeke Knight has been medically disqualified. “Zeke Knight has been medically disqualified based on a medical condition that we cannot disclose due to student privacy laws,” said head coach Nick […]

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Gottfried ‘excited’ about team

It is the middle of July. Football is just about to start. But basketball was on Mark Gottfried’s mind Wednesday as he took about ten minutes of his time to answer questions from reporters about UA’s basketball program. And Gottfried is “excited.” “We are at the point now where we know who we have, and […]

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REPORT: Tide may play Va. Tech

BOL reporting negotiations are underway for a 2009 game between Alabama and Va. Tech. Virginia Tech will open the 2009 season against a Southeastern Conference foe in the Georgia Dome, possibly against Alabama, according to Hokies athletic director Jim Weaver. “We both thought we should do it, without a doubt,” Weaver told the Virginian-Pilot, referring […]

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Saban on Good Day Alabama

Nick Saban Video: Alabama football coach Nick Saban appeared on Good Day Alabama Wednesday morning. The appearance marked the end of Saban’s summer vacation, and a return to the work of being Alabama’s head football coach. Of course with the arrests and other summer distractions, it is doubtful Saban’s vacation was as restful as it […]

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Zeke Knight’s career over at Bama

One of the best high school football players I’ve seen has suffered heart ailments and other medical problems since arriving at Alabama. His career is over, according to a report from the Birmingham News. Knight, a senior who has not yet been medically cleared for the 2008 season, spoke with Faulkner University coach Jim Nichols […]

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Bitter Rivals: Alabama-Auburn/Auburn-Alabama

First, I want to say I enjoy all the Auburn fans who visit the site. Some of them are witty, some of them are profound, and others are annoying. But that’s all great. Because we’ve built a unique community here—and I hope this unique relationship continues. For one thing, last night’s and today’s debate had […]

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Take that Auburn readers

Alabama sold out all its available tickets in one hour. Why do Alabama fans support their program, which has gone through its darkets decade ever, but Auburn fans have trouble filling their smaller stadium? This says it all:Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Miss State, South Carolina and Vandy rarely, if ever sold out their games. Here’s […]

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Pell’s story sheds light on dark subject

By Hunter Ford A half bottle of vodka, a fistful of pills and a cloud of carbon monoxide would kill most people. It didn’t kill former Alabama football player and Florida Gator head coach Charley Pell. Pell died of cancer in 2001, but before he did he spent 17 years of his life fighting to […]

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Penn State, Va. Tech, FSU on future schedule?

Future games against Penn State, Virginia Tech and Florida State are on the drawing boards, Nick Saban was quoted as saying in the Sand Mountain Reporter. “Our goal is to play one (marquee out-of-conference team) every year. You get better by playing great teams,” Saban said. For you J.P. Wilson bashers:“John Parker is our best […]

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Individual football tickets go on sale Monday

(UA) TUSCALOOSA — The University of Alabama announced the public sale of six games, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arkansas State and Mississippi State, to go on sale Monday, July 14, 2008 at 8 a.m. Tickets from this sale are from sections not used by visiting teams. Tickets for SEC games will be limited […]

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Friday links

Roll Bama Roll takes on Brian Cook of MGoBlog once again. Todd’s eloquent title says it all: Brian Cook is, Among Other Things, a Coward and a Liar I’m exhausted talking about Cook and his anti-Saban rants. However, I believe Cook illustrates the problem with any civil discourse in the Internet era. Once a person (or […]

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Rashad Johnson on Thorpe Watch List

(UA)Oklahoma City — The 2008 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list was announced Tuesday and includes 40 of the nation’s top defensive backs. Alabama senior safety Rashad Johnson was recognized as one of the 40 leading candidates for this year’s trophy. Johnson started all 13 games last season and led the Crimson Tide with 94 […]

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Alabama football players honored

Alabama football players Rolando McClain, Josh Chapman, Nick Fanuzzi, Jennings Hester and Alfred McCullough were selected to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. A total of 56 UA students made the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll, which ranked third in the conference. Here’s the list of student’s who earned a 3.0 GPA or better, and […]

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APR penalties could be linked to coaches

The NCAA’s Commmittee on Academic Performance meets July 9-10 in San Diego. On its agenda are reforms to the Academic Progress Rate (APR) system. The committee is working to develop a new transfer criteria for student-athletes, and a possible “bonus” for student-athletes who continue their education after graduating. And perhaps most importantly, tying APR penalties […]

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Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas honored

Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas Named to 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team (UA) TUSCALOOSA—Former Alabama football greats Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas were among 75 players named to the Sun Bowl Association’s 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team Association President Joe E. Valenzuela announced on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide has appeared in three Sun Bowl games […]

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Tide Monday links

The long holiday is over. And here are a few Alabama football links to enjoy. Josh Moon takes some time off from bashing Nick Saban, and provides a list of top sports movies. The Tuscaloosa News examines the preseason magazines. Advertisement: Story continues below Pendry and Alabama’s O-Line should have success in 2008. BamaOnline talks […]

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Moore should pass baton to Hallman

By Shane from Centerpoint There will come a time in the not to distant future when the University of Alabama athletic program is going to need a new leader to take the Athletic Department to a higher level so the Crimson Tide can count themselves among the nation’s elite once again. I believe Gene Hallman […]

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