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Remembering John Mark Stallings

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Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, but newspapers are already sharing memories of John Mark Stallings, son of former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings. And what is sure to win an award is Kevin Scarbinsky’s Sunday morning column, Rest easy, Johnny; Thanks for the memories. Scarbinsky talks with many of the people who interacted…

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BREAKING: John Mark Stallings dies

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UPDATE: MAL MOORE RELEASES STATEMENT ON DEATH OF JOHN MARK STALLINGS (UA) TUSCALOOSA — John Mark Stallings, son of former University of Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings, died early Saturday morning. John Mark, who was born with Down syndrome and suffered from health problems related to a congenital heart defect, was 46. “I’ve known…

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Clemson opens camp

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AP: Among the group sweating for Clemson on a hot, humid evening was Da’Quan Bowers, a defensive end considered by some recruiting services as the country’s No. 1 prospect. ENTIRE STORY BELOW… Powered by Mochila

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Julio hits practice field

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ALSO: Team morale may be improving Julio Jones and his cohorts who comprised the No. 1 recruiting class took to the practice field today. Practice has started. It is that time of year when the fire of summer melts away the dross, and the refiner reshapes the raw metal. Gone were the accolades. Things are…

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Sabans make cover of local mag

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What inspires Nick Saban? He reads sports books, studies sports psychology and hires motivational speakers. But Nick Saban is most inspired by Scripture. Terry (Saban) remarks…Nick is always looking for ways to motivate the team—reading motivational books, watching tapes, listening to sports psychiatrists, but amazingly enough where he gets most of his inspiration is from…

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July 31 Nick Saban press conference transcript

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I’ll add some video when I find a good video link. Alabama’s official transcript of Nick Saban’s Press Conference Courtesy of UA  OPENING STATEMENT: “We are really excited about getting started. The players report today. There are lots of challenges and opportunities in this season. There are lots of challenges and opportunities for our team….

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Tider makes MLB debut, JeffCo makes Reuters

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Former Alabama All-American Tommy Hunter makes his MLB debut tonight with the Texas Rangers. He’ll face the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at 7:05 p.m. Hunter is the sixth player to make it to MLB under Jim Wells. Reuters writes about Jefferson County When an international wire service writes about Jefferson County government, it can’t be…

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Tide in shape as camp begins

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Jerrell Harris will stay at OLB Alabama enters fall camp in better condition than last year. Something Tide fans will welcome as a sign the Process(trademark, copyright, etc.) is well underway. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said the players worked hard during the summer to get ready. “I think our team is in a…

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UA’s academic success

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No worse harm can befall a man than to hold the wrong opinions. Socrates, The Gorgias As players report for fall camp, let’s take a break from the sports discussion and talk about something else—something more important. The University of Alabama has won recognition for its academic achievements in the last year, and it hasn’t…

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The underbelly of websites

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As I noted last week, it isn’t odd for a website covering college football to have an agenda. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one to notice. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier alleged someone working for a website covering Clemson had mailed recruits negative stories about arrests at South Carolina. Spurrier renewed the allegations in an…

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Told you so…

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The fucking point is that fucking Alabama is going to kick kids off the fucking team for no fucking reason. The point is not that violating the NCAA’s made-up limit is evil. The NCAA limit is there because the NCAA would like you to not kick kids off the fucking team, but for various reasons…

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Report: Crump leaves Tide

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Patrick Crump has left the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, according to Ian Rapoport of the Birmingham News. Rapoport talked with Crump’s high school coach Rush Propst. The former Buc head coach said Crump’s “heart wasn’t in it.” For those of you counting, that should balance the number of players on scholarship. Advertisement: Story continues…

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The past is a roadmap at UA

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I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. Patrick Henry, speech to the Virginia, Convention March 23, 1775 When I was in high school, I read Napoleon’s Maxims of War for the first time. His last maxim, amplified my already passionate love of history. Maxim LXXVIII. Peruse again and again…

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Dave Hart hired at UA

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UPDATE 5:20 p.m. It is official. Here’s the release. I’m struck by the similarities of hiring another FSU AD at UA. What is past is prologue at Alabama. (UA) TUSCALOOSA – University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced today that Dave Hart, Jr., former director of athletics at Florida State University and East…

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APR question

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Shane brought up the APR while talking with Paul Finebaum today. APR is a combination of academic progress and RETENTION. How does the APR work? According to the NCAA website: the APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team’s APR is the total…

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Top assistant coaches in the SEC

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When I saw this top assistant coaches list by the guys at CoachesHotSeat (HT Blutarsky), I decided to create a list of the top assistants in the SEC. Here’s a breakdown of the coaches who matter most in the conference. To create this list, I’m going to name two assistants off each team who excel…

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NBC to stream Sunday Night football

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REUTERS: ‘Sunday Night Football’ to be streamed on Web A non-Alabama story, but still interesting for football fans. Reuters reported NBC will stream the complete Sunday Night Football broadcast (See story below, last brief). Powered by Mochila

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Fan Day set for Sunday, Aug. 3

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Fans can watch a practice session, and then collect autographs Sunday, August 3. The practice session is set for 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. According to UA, fans can enter the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. using the west side gates 6-17. Around 4:30 p.m. practice concludes, and then fans can attempt to get an…

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Images from Media Days

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I miss my Nikon D2H. I used my sister’s digital camera for Media Days, and snapped these images. That is how I learned I miss that Nikon. Nothing special, but just in case you haven’t overdosed on media days coverage, you can enjoy these photographs. I’m going to put them into our photographic archive too….

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Now a word from our sponsors…

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Rebuilding: Saban, Spurrier and Petrino

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Returning to the SEC, coaches face obstacles Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier and Bobby Petrino are grappling with similar problems at their respective schools. Both are improving the talent level, but both have found problems getting everyone on board, playing consistently, and had to address off-the-field issues on the recruiting trial. Saban talked about the lack…

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AJC: Tide-Va. Tech could still happen

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Mr. College Football reports a 2009 Atlanta football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Virginia Tech could happen. Barnhart talked with Saban, and this is the obstacle to the game: Alabama is scheduled to go to Tulane in 2009 as a part of a contract that called for Tulane to play multiple games in…

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Notes from Day 3 of SEC Media Days

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How the SEC has changed Why is the SEC strong? Even UK and South Carolina are upgrading their talent. Kentucky in particular has improved in one easily measurable way: speed. “When I got to Kentucky, the first year we had one player that could run under 4.5. Last year we had 17,” Brooks said. Tuberville’s…

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Tuberville’s charm offensive

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Tommy Tuberville’s charm offensive was a success at SEC Media Days 2008 due to his likeability, and media savvy. Tuberville thrives on stage; like a baby-kissing politician, Tuberville has time for this shit. It also doesn’t hurt to have Auburn’s Internet journalists at SEC Media Days spreading the corporate message. The Auburn websites asked about…

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Confessions of a Bama blogger

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I didn’t vote Alabama to win the conference when I turned in my ballot at SEC Media Days Thursday. I didn’t vote Alabama to win the division. And perhaps the worst confession of all, I let my uncertainty over the Western Division overrule my gut (LSU), and I voted Auburn to win the division. Why?…

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J.P. Wilson poised for breakout season

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Alabama’s senior quarterback, John Parker Wilson wasn’t in Hoover today, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t a big topic of conversation. In fact, Wilson was discussed by Coach Nick Saban, and his senior center Antoine Caldwell. Despite playing for his third offensive coordinator, Saban said the quarterback has adjusted extremely well. Advertisement: Story continues below…

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Nick Saban: Social Worker

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What is the purpose of a football coach? To win games? Nick Saban believes his chief task is to help players. “You know, philosophically, we are there to help players,” Saban said. “You know, we’re gonna take every player and try to get him to reach his full potential. And everybody has a responsibility and…

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SEC intrigue: Fulmer and the subpoena

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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

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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

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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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