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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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SEC on the TV

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Wondering where to tune in for SEC football in the coming years? You’ll have to wait a little longer to find out. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said the conference has been in the process of studying its options for the past two years. The examination has included looking at the Mountain West Conference channel, the…

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Tim Tebow’s Bully Pulpit

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Some things matter more than football. It would be hard to believe that when over 850 people attended SEC Media Days, but all the attention and hoopla surrounding football can serve a higher purpose. Just ask Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. The junior Florida quarterback is often portrayed as Superman. He performs circumcisions while on…

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SEC Media Days begins today

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Today’s agenda includes Les Miles of LSU and Urban Meyer of Florida as the headliners. Also in attendance defending State of Alabama champion Sly Croom of Mississippi State and Bobby Johnson of Vanderbilt. What questions do we want answered? Powered by Mochila Can Les Miles find a hat that fits? Will he make any La….

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Ming commits; West commits

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Tide now with 10 verbal pledges Alabama landed four-star recruit DE William Ming, and a three-star DB Gerald West Tuesday. Ming is rated one of the top ten prospects in the state by Rivals.com. West is ranked the 18th best in the state by Rivals.com. According to Scout.com, Ming held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia,…

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Clemson picked to win ACC

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For the 17th straight time, a Bowden is picked to win the ACC. Only, this isn’t Bobby. Here’s an AP story on Clemson and the outlook for this year’s Tigers squad. The Tigers open the 2008 college football season in Atlanta against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Powered by Mochila

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About our comments & more

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OK a couple of quick items to talk about. First, can we call a truce on the personal attacks going on amongst our commentors? I think some of the vitriol has gotten out of hand, but I don’t want to moderate unless absolutely necessary—I’m committed to letting all fans who visit her express themselves. But…

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8 Tide players named preseason ALL-SEC

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The University of Alabama had eight players named to the coaches preseason ALL-SEC team. Here is the list of the entire ALL-SEC team with Alabama players in bold. (#-Ties / *-Unanimous Selection) (Coaches could not vote for themselves or their own players) FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — OFFENSE Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown TE Cornelius…

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Can Gottfried turn the Tide?

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Mark Gottfried is “excited” about next season’s Tide basketball team, but what do Alabama’s most knowledgable fans say about Bama’s roundball prospects? We asked Bamahoops.blogspot.com and Bill Ellis of BamaBasketball.net five questions about Mark Gottfried, Ronald Steele and the 2008-2009 basketball season. 1. Who will be Alabama ’s starting five? BamaHoops: I think the starting…

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Green scores 12 in FIBA play

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More basketball? Yes. Here is an update on JaMychal Green’s play in Argentina for everyone obsessed with basketball. I know there are a few of you out there. As a note, I’m working on two or three more posts regarding Tide and SEC basketball in the coming days. I’m swamped right now due to moving…

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