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DJ Hall made a good first day impression at the NY Giants mini-camp, according to NY Daily News. We’ll have to see how things go from here, but it was a good start for the former Alabama star. Hall made several outstanding catches, including one leaping, fully stretched grab along the sidelines in the afternoon. […]

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Lazy coaches of the world unite

Lazy coaches of the world unite. You have nothing to lose because you don’t work… The AP moved a story tonight, which exposes the real reason for the “Saban Rule.” We’ve speculated for weeks the rule was all about punishing hard work. Guess what? Someone confirmed it. Minnesota recruiting coordinator Dan Berezowitz said the so-called […]

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SEC arrests

I was just about to post about a UF player’s arrest on credit card fraud charges, and then the Rap Sheet details an Alabama player’s arrest. According to Rapoport, A.J. Walker, a walk-on receiver, was arrested for public intoxication. This charge is typical for many college students, who enjoy the “fun” of campus life a […]

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Rolando McClain injured in accident

The Rap Sheet reported this morning that Alabama’s Rolando McClain was injured in a motorcycle accident in Decatur. Reportedly, McClain escaped major injury. Advertisement: Story continues below How long until fans ask we ban players from riding motorcycles? In truth, that wouldn’t be such a bad idea. While McClain was wearing a helmet, and escaped […]

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Caldwell on Rimington Trophy list

By Capstone Report Alabama’s senior center Antoine Caldwell is on the 2008 Rimington Trophy Watch List. The Rimington Trophy is an annual award given out to the nation’s best center. Caldwell joins four other SEC players on the Spring Watch List. Caldwell, a graduate of Lee High School in Montgomery, is a three-year starter for […]

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The girls of A-Day

The doldrums are upon us. So, why not take a look at some photographs of girls at Alabama’s 2008 A-Day in April. These photographs were taken by our photographers at the event, and many of our readers who were kind enough to share. Oh, before I forget. You can also find some action shots from […]

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UAB dodges Finebaum

UAB’s disgraceful showing on the APR released Tuesday was followed up by a disgraceful performance Wednesday as UAB’s athletic director declined an invitation to appear on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network. With Pat Smith and Ryan Haney filling in for a tardy Finebaum, the duo announced the show had invited UAB on to discuss the […]

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UA teams continued upward trend in APR

A dozen teams earned Academic Progress Rate scores equal or above national average; all teams eclipse 925 cutoff. (FROM UA)TUSCALOOSA—A dozen of The University of Alabama’s varsity athletic teams earned a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) score higher than the national average announced by the NCAA Tuesday, including two squads (women’s cross country and rowing) […]

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The NCAA conspiracy

The NCAA is part of a vast Republican conspiracy to control the United States. At least according to a United States Senate candidate in Alabama; Mark Townsend is running as a Democrat here, and has declared war on the NCAA. According to Townsend’s website, he has filed suit against the NCAA—and is seeking a review […]

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Tuberville predicts teleconference ban

Quick links for a Sunday: Auburn was told about Nick Saban’s teleconferencing quickly. What was Tuberville’s reaction? He predicted an NCAA ban. Tuberville’s response: “It sounds like a great idea.” “Of course, if it works, I’m sure everybody will be doing it,” Tuberville said. “But if they do, you know what will happen the NCAA […]

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Stars Matter

Stars Matter, or a discourse on the efficacy of recruiting rankings related to winning percentage One of our regular Auburn readers asked a couple of good questions, and it was on a topic I’ve wanted to write about. Here goes: By the way, do you think that Bammer will have another top 5 class next […]

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Gee testing NBA draft

Ian Rapoport breaks the news that yet another Alabama basketball player is testing the NBA draft waters. Is this rats off a sinking ship? Is it another vote of no confidence in the regime of Mark Gottfried? Or is this simply the right thing for a player to learn about his draft status? Advertisement: Story […]

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Attn:SMQ & MGoBlog, subtract another

The wailing and gnashing of teeth over Alabama’s over-signing continues to be what we expected it to be, premature nonsense. The Rap Sheet confirmed this morning that Alabama reserve tackle Charles Hoke has been placed on medical scholarship due to a recurring shoulder injury. Hoke plans to pursue his studies full-time now, but is disappointed […]

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Hurt reports APR looking good

Cecil Hurt wrote this morning that Alabama’s Academic Progress Rate looks good for all athletic programs at UA. That is a very good thing as some schools including a couple of BCS conference schools lost scholarships (Arizona lost four scholarships, and Washington State will lose seven, Hurt pointed out.) Those are stiff penalties, but Hurt […]

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More on the NFL Draft

The NFL draft remains part of the sports conversation in the state. The AP moved this story about Nick Saban, Gene Stallings and Lee Roy Jordan’s thoughts on Alabama’s talent level. First, the AP points out Alabama’s drought in the first round of the NFL draft: In fact, LSU has had a first-rounder in the […]

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Academic changes coming to football

Worried about academic issues and football players? You should be. The NCAA has formed a working group to “devise recommendations for improving the academic performance of football student-athletes.” Over the past year, the Football Issues Committee has reviewed specific data, particularly the comparisons between the academic performance of student-athletes who compete in the Football Bowl […]

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NEWSFLASH: Bama fans are irrational

Intrepid Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky unravels the mystery of why Alabama players weren’t drafted. And guess what?!? The fault rests with the fans. This ranks right up there with dog bites man for revealing new information. Alabama fans are passionate about Alabama football. I didn’t know that when 92,000 showed up for A-Day last […]

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Spring game attendance breakdown

The BigRedNetwork.com provided its annual analysis of spring game attendance. According to stats from The Big Red Network, Nebraska topped spring game attendance this year with a 48-percent increase over last year. Alabama was second with a 19-percent decline in attendance since last year. Rounding out the top ten were Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, […]

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UA Honors Academic and Community Outreach

(UA) TUSCALOOSA—The University of Alabama Athletics Department hosted its annual Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Awards Banquet Monday night in “The Zone” located in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Long-time Crimson Tide personality Tom Roberts served as the night’s master of ceremonies. The women’s tennis team and men’s golf team were honored as the teams with the highest grade point […]

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NFL Draft 2008

Will any Alabama players be taken? I’ll post details later today if anything develops. But while Alabama players waited to be taken, it was a very interesting and active NFL draft. I thought there were some brilliant moves made, but the dumb moves were the most numerous on day one. Kansas City had a very […]

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Friday ponderings

It has been a long week. Here are a few sports and other ponderings as we head toward the weekend. Saban knows the rules Nick Saban used video teleconferencing to circumvent the ban on coaches visiting schools during the spring evaluation period. Kevin Scarbinsky’s column today explains why its legal, and how shrewd Saban is…he’s […]

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Witch-slapped

No respect. No respect at all…for Tommy Tuberville. Even women’s gymnastic coaches make fun of Tuberville’s failures. Take this comment from UGA’s eight-time national title winner Suzanne Yoculan: “You should have seen that list of the top 10 coaches in the SEC in that Alabama newspaper,” Yoculan says, referring to a list by a Mobile […]

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Goldberg on spin duty

If you’ve ever doubted Charles Goldberg was on Tuberville’s payroll, then you just have to read this from his latest blog post: Bessemer Academy’s Harris Gaston, considered by some the top prep linebacker in the state, said Tuesday he’ll sign with Auburn next February. Gaston and his family visited Auburn to tell the coaching staff […]

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Monday briefs

Scholarship controversy update Over the weekend, a friend pointed out that SMQ’s analysis of the scholarship situation at UA could be wrong. His analysis put UA at 64 on scholarship, and Ian Rapoport’s analysis was 66 on scholarship at the conclusion of spring drills. The discrepancy could have been created by Alabama’s two early enrollees: […]

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AP posts profile of Terry Saban

The AP filed a profile of Terry Saban Saturday. The profile told us the usual things, Nick is shy, and Terry is bubbly. It also let us know that Terry forced Nick to take Pilates classes following his neck surgery. Advertisement: Story continues below

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What’s a week without controversy?

Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ. —William Shakespeare, Othello One big Internet controversy this week was Saban, Rapoport and the numbers on scholarship. I didn’t comment on it earlier this week because honestly I’m bored by the conversation—we’ve had it before, and seem doomed to have […]

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Tuberville ‘lazy’ rule now in effect

Since Tommy Tuberville prefers duck hunting to recruiting, he and a few other lazy coaches pushed for a recruiting rule change. The rule prohibits coaches from on-site evaluations during the spring evaluation period. It went into effect Tuesday, according to the Tuscaloosa News. Advertisement: Story continues below Saban visited over 100 high schools last spring. […]

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Alabama holds final spring practice

Saban press conference video 4/14/2008 ALABAMA FOOTBALL HOLDS FINAL SPRING PRACTICE (UA) TUSCALOOSA—The Alabama football team held its 15th and final practice of the spring on a cold April afternoon, working outside for approximately two hours in shells Monday. The coaching staff and players had a chance to evaluate the film from Saturday’s A-Day Game, […]

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A-Day photographs and reaction

Saturday was a beautiful day for football, and Iglass Photo shared some of his outstanding shots with us. You can view them by clicking here. Here’s a sample of his amazing work. We’ll also be posting some photographs later from Hunter Ford. He promised to send some along for everyone’s enjoyment. So check our photo […]

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A-Day press conference, etc.

Video from A-Day: Part 2 of Saban video: University of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban A-Day Post Game Quotes From UA Opening Comments: “First off, I would like to thank the fans for coming out today. We had a really good turnout. I’ve been involved with a lot of things at a lot of places, […]

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