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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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Capital City Classic to feature Tide vs. Tigers

Sounds like a good idea to promote baseball and Montgomery. Two things of equal suckitude (is that a word? I haven’t had my coffee this morning) over the last few years. Both things could use the help. Here are the details from UA. Alabama-Auburn to Meet in Capital City Classic (UA) MONTGOMERY — The Alabama […]

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J.P. Wilson on Maxwell Watch List

For all the J.P. Wilson haters, Wilson is getting more preseason attention. I’m curious why all the experts are putting Wilson as one of the better quarterbacks in the nation, but fans (UA and AU fans) are the most vocal critics of the senior. More information on the award and watch list is contained below. […]

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Where’s the brick?

Auburn fans are upset because Alabama fans aren’t upset Six in a row. Fear the thumb. Fear the index. Fear the middle finger. Yadda. Yadda. Yadda. If you listen to talk radio, or read the Internet (especially the Auburn visitors to this site), all you find are outraged Auburn fans trash talking Alabama fans about […]

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The Numbers Game examines Ivan Matchett’s qualification for enrollment, and how it impacts the scholarship numbers for UA. Matchett brings the total Alabama players signed in the last class and enrolled in summer programs to 25. As you probably know that is the limit for new scholarship players. However, as we’ve warned for months, we expect one […]

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More on athletic dorms

The Birmingham News provided a look at the debate over athletic dorms for student-athletes. Who were the biggest proponents? Football coaches. Coaches like Pat Dye. Here’s what the Auburn legend had to say: “I don’t think you have to go any further than just look at the service academies,” he said. “I would say you […]

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Alabama baseball update

David Robertson Makes Major League Debut with Yankees (UA) NEW YORK – Former Alabama All-American David Robertson made his Major League debut Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium as the New York Yankees played the final game of the 2008 Subway Series against the cross-town rival Mets. “David Robertson was a special pitcher with good makeup,” […]

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Source: NCAA at fault for discipline problems

Teams plagued by academic progress requirements, lack of athletic dorms One person familiar with SEC coaching told the Capstone Report that Nick Saban has been frustrated in his efforts to clean the Alabama program due to NCAA restrictions. “APR/graduation success rate rules would take scholarships away if Coach (Saban) kicked too many players (off the […]

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Johns violated NCAA rules

The Jimmy Johns saga continues to be laughable and sad. The guy allegedly sold cocaine in the parking lot of the athletic department. And he broke NCAA eligibility rules with his dog breeding website. The website,, contained images of Johns in his Alabama uniform. Under NCAA rules, student-athletes are allowed to establish a business […]

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A letter to Nick about discipline problems

Dear Nick, I know you don’t have time for this shit, but I wanted to give you some helpful advice on how to run your football program. I have years of experience giving helpful advice on the Internet (just ask Mike Shula about all the helpful advice I gave him!), so I’m sure you’ll understand […]

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Johns case highlights discipline & punishment

Nick Saban has a sophisticated view of discipline; he believes discipline is a restorative process where a player who has done wrong is gradually returned to fellowship with the team. In this view, punishment is a tool, not an end. But sometimes players just cross the line. You can’t throw them a lifejacket. They are […]

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Prince Hall working to return

Prince Hall has returned to school for summer term, and continues to work hard to regain his spot on the Alabama team. According to the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise, Hall hasn’t been promised anything, but if Nick Saban left the door open for a return then Hall has a good chance. Provided he meets Saban’s requirements. […]

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More $ for Moore

Mobile Press-Register: “It is my goal over the next two years, if possible, to move him (Mal Moore) either to No. 1 in the SEC or very close to it,” said UA president Robert Witt, who added, “His performance over the last six years has been exceptional.” Moore already earns $425,000 per year, or third […]

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Millionaires Club

Every coach in SEC (except Vanderbilt) makes more than $1.5 million this season. The Shreveport Times has provided this helpful list of who is making what in the SEC. Les Miles, LSU: $3.75M
Nick Saban, Alabama: $3.75M
Urban Meyer, Florida: $3.25M
Bobby Petrino, Arkansas: $2.85M
Mark Richt, Georgia: $2.8M
Tommy Tuberville, Auburn: $2.8M
Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee: $2.05M
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina: $1.75M
Sylvester […]

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