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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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VANITY: Tubs takes photog on trip

Tommy Tuberville took a personal photographer on his tour of the Middle East it was revealed Wednesday. Ivan Maisel appearing on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network Wednesday afternoon said Tuberville had an athletic department photographer as his traveling companion. Todd Van Emst of Auburn’s athletic department sent photographs to media outlets while he traveled with […]

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FLIP FLOP: Tuby doesn’t like ‘Saban Rule’

Tommy Tuberville is quoted by Gator Country complaining about the ‘Saban Rule’. Tuberville says the rule was made by the NCAA, and the NCAA didn’t consult the coaches. But wait a minute. Tuberville and the SEC coaches not named Les Miles, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer were the driving forces behind the rule. The SEC […]

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Alabama vs. Clemson on ABC

The SEC announced an early list of football games slated for television. Alabama-Clemson is tabbed for a primetime ABC appearance (7 p.m.) You can download a document version of the entire list by visiting the Rap Sheet, or you can look at the list on the Gold Mine, where Charles Goldberg has helpfully changed all […]

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Tuberville: misanthrope

Tommy Tuberville told the troops he hates the media. Yes. You read that correctly. Tuberville hates the media. You know, the media—the guys who saved his job by exposing Jetgate. The guys who make excuses for his horrible 2008 recruiting class. Who knew that Tuberville and Saban have so much in common? Advertisement: Story continues […]

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The spread’s coming demise

The spread is the hot thing in college football, but like any fad it will implode under its own weight. While Tommy Tuberville was visiting soldiers in the Middle East, he and other coaches held discussions with the soldiers about college coaching. There’s a great piece up by Ivan Maisel regarding the discussions. One element […]

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Steele undecided; Gottfried spoke too soon

Mark Gottfried got a little excited last night when Ronald Steele told him he would return to the Crimson Tide. But Gottfried put the cart before the horse. According to Ian Rapoport of the Birmingham News, Steele isn’t done testing the NBA. His source? Ron’s father. Rapoport said Steele would continue visiting NBA camps in […]

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Tide bounced from NCAA tournament

UPDATE: SOFTBALL SEASON ENDS TOO Arizona State defeated the Crimson Tide 3-1 Sunday at the Women’s College World Series. Alabama ended the season with a record of 58-8. Alabama also posted the best showing ever at the WCWS with a 2-2 record. Advertisement: Story continues below Alabama was bounced from the NCAA baseball tournament Sunday […]

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Gottfried exhales

That sound you hear coming from Mark Gottfried? It’s relief. Gottfried may have received a stay of execution thanks to Ronald Steele’s knee. According to reports from the NBA camp in Florida, Steele continued to favor his knee during workouts. It made his return a necessity. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz said Gottfriend announced Steele’s return Saturday […]

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Tide defeats Arizona 5-1 at WCWS

For those who didn’t watch UA’s softball team win today here’s a ton of information. I watched part of the game enjoying a late lunch, and then finished the game at home. There’s just something wrong with watching softball in HD. Fortunately, the girls enthusiasm makes softball an interesting sport. You never see teammates cheer […]

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Weekend SEC Notebook

Weekend testing Welcome to the weekend. We are testing out several new items on the website this weekend‚ don’t worry much if you find something you hate because this is only a test. But feel free to share your feedback. If something is annoying or slows down the website loading then let us know. We […]

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Tide Softball Falls to Arizona State, 3-1

(UA) OKLAHOMA CITY – Arizona State rallied with a three-run seventh inning to knock off Alabama 3-1 in the opening round of the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Crimson Tide fall to 56-7 while the Sun Devils improve to 62-5. ASU’s Katie Burkhart improved to 37-5 in the circle […]

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Coaches endorse early signing period

SEC coaches approved a rule proposal for a one-day early signing period, Ron Higgins of The Commercial Appeal reported. The proposal was approved 9-3, the reverse of last year’s vote. Voting for the proposal were Rich Brooks, Sly Croom, Phil Fulmer, Bobby Johnson, Les Miles, Houston Nutt, Mark Richt, Nick Saban and Tommy Tuberville. Voting […]

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Morgan Named Academic All-American

Charlotte Morgan (UA) OKLAHOMA CITY—Alabama sophomore first baseman/pitcher Charlotte Morgan was named a third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American on Wednesday. Morgan, a native of Moreno Valley, Calif., boasts a 3.75 grade-point average in exercise sports science. She is the sixth Crimson Tide player to earn Academic All-America honors. “We are really proud of Charlotte,” […]

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The return of the C&W Roundtable

If you like reading blogs, the C&W Roundtable is a great way to sample opinions from around the Bamasphere. Tide Druid is the host and provided six thought provoking questions. 1) Will the new offense and Offensive Coordinator be a positive change for John Parker Wilson? If so, how much? If not, what concerns you? […]

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Saban considers NFL-type safety policy

Nick Saban told Kevin Scarbinsky that he is considering a policy to limit the dangerous (dumb) activities of his players. Saban told Scarbo that he doesn’t have a policy that prohibits his players from doing risky things like riding motorcycles. But he’s considering it now. “When things like that happen,” Saban said, “it makes you […]

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Alexander’s NFL future fading

Profootballtalk.com reported former Alabama star Shaun Alexander won’t get a shot with the Denver Broncos. That means Alexander has been passed over by the Seahawks (who released him), the Bengals, Saints and now Broncos. Why is Alexander having such a tough time finding another NFL spot? Profootballtalk.com tackles that issue: Alexander isn’t capable of offering […]

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Softball championship info

For all you softball fans, Alabama’s first opponent is #6 seed Arizona State on Thursday. The WCWS games will be televised on ESPN and ESPN360.com. Here’s more information from UA. (UA) TUSCALOOSA — After punching its ticket to the Women’s College World Series and learning they would play No. 6 seed Arizona State in the […]

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Why is Saban popular?

Let me start by saying I like Nick Saban. I don’t have to work with him, or cover him, so my opinion is one on the outside looking in. I think his toughness and prickly personality were just what the doctor ordered for an Alabama program in disarray. Like it or not, Saban knows how […]

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