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Images from Media Days

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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Rebuilding: Saban, Spurrier and Petrino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 West is ranked the 18th best in the state by According to, Ming held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, […]

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Clemson picked to win ACC

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

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

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?

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 and Bill Ellis of 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

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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SEC Media Day Itineraries

Tim Gayle of the Montgomery Advertiser provides a look at what an SEC Media Day looks like for a college star like Antoine Caldwell. Here’s what Caldwell’s media day looks like: 8:40 a.m. ESPN 9 a.m. CBS 9:10 a.m. CSS 9:20 a.m. part 1 of 3 with local broadcast outlets 9:30 a.m. talk radio 9:40 […]

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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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