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PREVIEW: Alabama-Clemson 2008

Editor’s note: We are planning previews/scouting reports/analysis on all of Alabama’s 2008 games if there is an interest. We are also offering the preview as a PDF download if you would prefer reading it in a more attractive format online or to print it out for offline reading. You can get the three page downloadable […]

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Scholarship numbers still changing

As Nick Saban has said, and we’ve repeated, scholarship numbers work themselves out. Here’s the latest. Cornerback Lionel Mitchell was placed on medical scholarship due to a back injury, according to media reports. Ian Rapoport helpfully updates the on scholarship count—it is now 64. Advertisement: Story continues below Saban’s meeting with the local press today […]

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What they are saying about the Capstone Report

What they are saying about the Capstone Report: ”[T]he most mouth-breathing Alabama blog on the planet…—Brian Cook of AOL Fanhouse and MGOBlog. “Anybody can build a website, but it does not make the creator a crediable (sic) journalist. Hell you have Shane! You’re a lowlife and so is that P*ssy Fart Paul Finebaum.”—Sixdownnow7 “I don’t […]

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Talking Bama basketball

Guest Column by Ray of finebammer.blogspot.com “gone like a freight train, gone like yesterday, gone like a soldier in the Civil War – bang, bang, gone like a fifty-nine Cadillac, like all the good things that ain’t never comin’ back, she’s gone.” The difference is Richard knows EXACTLY where he stands. (are we clear? Yes, […]

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UA faces tuition increase

REPORT: UA SYSTEM CONSIDERS DOUBLE DIGIT TUITION HIKE The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees will consider a tuition hike at its meeting later this week. According to the agenda, all three UA system schools seek a major revenue adjustment. Advertisement: Story continues below According to the report, UA seeks a 12.3 percent tuition […]

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Gottfried lands recruit; sobering b’ball thoughts

Worried about point guards? Mark Gottfried has been hard at work filling that key position. Cully Payne of Schaumburg, Illinois committed to Alabama Tuesday. According to the Chicago Sun-Times website, Payne visited Tuscaloosa and liked the campus. “After a visit this past weekend, he fell in love with the school, its great campus life and […]

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More Marshall recruiting wisdom

From the desk of spinmeister Phillip Marshall: It should be obvious to anyone that players who receive firm offers in June, almost eight months before signing day, would have a lot of stars beside their names if the coaches who made the offers were doing those rankings. No shit Sherlock. I’m sure Windows rates Vista […]

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Best in the West: John Parker Wilson

Rivals’ Bamaonline.com ranks J.P. Wilson as the best quarterback in the SEC West. It isn’t surprising—Wilson is the only choice as the season begins. He is a multi-year starter, and a senior. All positives for him and the Tide. The other SEC West quarterbacks as ranked by Bamaonline below along with some helpful comments from […]

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MADE FOR TV: Logan Young

A new Discovery Channel series is expected to air a show examining the death of Logan Young. The series is unnamed, according to the Commercial Appeal, but examines cases with mysterious circumstances or unanswered questions. Production crews have talked with persons interested in the case, including attorney Philip Shanks. “Police have evidence that I wasn’t […]

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Barker weds

Jay Barker married country singer Sara Evans over the weekend in an informally, formal ceremony. According to People: Evans, 37, wore an ivory silk taffeta Vera Wang gown with a halter neck and Barker, 35, wore a Dolce and Gabbana suit. The black-and-white affair (guests were requested to wear black) was accented with hints of […]

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Gottfried’s good news

Monday brought good news for Mark Gottfried—basketball’s best chance for success announced he would stay in school. Ronald Steele was Mark Gottfried’s only (realistic) chance to retain his job. Without Steele, Alabama would suck in the 2008-2009 season. Now, Alabama has a chance to be above average with the talented guard back on the court. […]

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Tide’s Thompson low amateur at US Open

Michael Thompson Shot 1-over, 72, in Sunday’s Final Round (UA) Michael Thompson, a senior on the University of Alabama golf team this past season, shot 1-over par, 72, in the final round of the 2008 U.S. Open in San Diego, Calif., on Sunday to medal as the tournament’s low amateur. The Tucson, Arizona native who […]

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John Parker Wilson on Unitas Watch List

Alabama’s John Parker Wilson on2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List (UA) TUSCALOOSA — Alabama senior quarterback John Parker Wilson has been named to the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List. Twenty-five of the nation’s top senior college quarterbacks have been named to this list as well. The award takes athletic performance […]

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23 signees enrolled at UA

23 signees enrolled for summer Twenty-three of Alabama’s #1 signing class are already enrolled at UA. These 23 are set for summer term classes. But there remains a tight squeeze with the numbers. Additional players could enroll next term, Saban told the Montgomery Advertiser. So far, six players from the signing class will delay enrollment […]

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Saban loves Stabler

Nick Saban told the press Friday how he feels about Kenny Stabler. “We support Kenny,” Saban said. “He does a great job on our broadcasts, and we’re hopeful that this doesn’t have a negative effect on his future with our organization. He’s a good guy. I love him.” Advertisement: Story continues below What does that […]

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Prince Hall could rejoin team

Prince Hall could rejoin Alabama, Nick Saban said today. “He’s still got to do everything he’s supposed to do,” Saban said of Hall, “and if he does everything he’s supposed to do before we get to camp, he may have an opportunity to be a part of the team.” According to multiple reports, Hall faces […]

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Rashad Johnson tapes released

The tapes of the Rashad Johnson incident at the Legacy were made public thanks to an open records request from the Birmingham News. The tapes were posted on al.com today by Ian R. Rapoport, Alabama beat writer for the News. The tapes show much of the incident inside and outside the bar. Advertisement: Story continues […]

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COTTRELL CASE BOOK REJECTED

UA Press rejected former judge’s book on Cottrell case Judge Steve Wilson is now shopping it to other publishers, according to the Associated Press. UA Press cited the book’s subjective analysis as a reason it refused to publish the book. “The approach he took was valid but did not meet the requirements that we have […]

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Sushi anyone?

An upscale menu is coming to Alabama football. While the Tuscaloosa News story might scare readers with its lead—it probably won’t mean the end to normal ballpark foods. The “stadium dog” soon could go the way of Pepsi at University of Alabama sporting events. But fans of the classic hot dogs might not miss them […]

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Scholarship gift

Here’s a good story that I’ve been a little distracted and haven’t written about. However, here is the story of the Saban family’s donation to establish scholarships for first-generation college students. The statements from UA president Dr. Robert Witt, and Nick Saban are below. Also, for commentary on the issue here are two good links. […]

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Lame stuff

Who knew so many lame things would happen on a Monday. First, the official non-reaction, reaction to the Kenny Stabler situation. Learfield Communications, owner of the Alabama radio broadcast, provided this statement: “Our thoughts are with Kenny and his family at this time,” said Steve Gowan of Learfield Communications.  “In circumstances of this nature, our […]

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Kenny Stabler: Disgusting

One is bad. Two is intolerable. Three is…disgusting. Kenny Stabler has a serious problem. Make excuses for him if you like, but three DUI arrests is three too many. He may be an adult, but he isn’t acting like one. Advertisement: Story continues below It isn’t harmless drinking here—Stabler is getting behind the wheel of […]

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Slower news cycle this week

My mom had a stroke early Saturday. The prognosis is uncertain. She has received excellent care at Brookwood Hospital, but the unknown is greater than the known. The neurologist has been realistic, but encouraging. What the future holds, is in God’s hands. Sitting in the ICU waiting room, the mind wanders. The thoughts of how […]

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MSU fans upset after ‘Under the Lights’

Mississippi State fans are outraged at how Alabama posted in its locker room the MSU score from last season alongside the ULM score. MSU fans don’t like being compared to ULM. Here are a few samples of MSU anger pulled from a MSU message board. We’ve also included some helpful responses to the MSU complaints. […]

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Friday notebook

It was an interesting week. I had fun interviewing a football legend around here, and I believe learning something in the process. There simply isn’t a football mind the peer of Homer Smith. I remember fondly the masterwork he did with Gary Hollingsworth and the 1989 Alabama football team. So when he talks, everything he […]

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Homer Smith & The Spread

Editor’s note: Due to length, we’ve divided this into three parts: Part I: Background & Early Career Part II: Speaking of Quarterbacks Part III: On this page THE SPREAD The spread is the hot thing in college football, so we decided to ask the offensive legend about the offense. “It is here to stay, and […]

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Homer Smith & Quarterbacks

Editor’s note: Due to length, we’ve divided this into three parts: Part IBackground & Early Career Part II: On this page Part III: The spread & defending against the spread Speaking of quarterbacks Homer Smith has an impressive record of developing quarterbacks. When he was head coach of Army (1974-1978), his team set records for […]

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A conversation with Homer Smith

Editor’s note: Due to length, we’ve divided this into three parts: Part I: on this page Part II: Speaking of Quarterbacks Part III: The spread & defending against the spread He’s the greatest offensive mind ever to coach in Alabama. He’s a fan favorite, and he holds the most impressive list of degrees of any […]

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Under the Lights: Relationships & Academics

Sportsouth showcased the Alabama football program on “Under the Lights,” Wednesday evening. Many facets of the Tide program were highlighted, but there were two areas which deserve special mention: Nick Saban’s relationship with the players, and Saban’s focus on academics. Nick Saban is really down to earth, and honest, according to his players. While it […]

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Tide softball, baseball players earn honors

Easton Tabs Alabama Team of the Year; Four Earn All-America Honors   (UA)TUSCALOOSA – Postseason awards continued to roll in for the University of Alabama softball team on Wednesday as the Crimson Tide were named a 2008 Easton School of the Year and had four players earn first-team All-America honors. The Tide was one of […]

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