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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.’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 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? 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 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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Fair and ethical. That is how Judge Steve Wilson was described by friends when he retired from the bench Jan. 31. According to a Feb. 9 story in the Tuscaloosa News, the judge was described in glowing terms: sincere Christian, kind and wonderfully fair. His handling of the Ronnie Cottrell case against the NCAA has […]

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The Tuscaloosa judge who heard the Ronnie Cottrell case against the NCAA has written a book on the lynch mob mentality which drove the case, The Birmingham News has posted on its breaking news page.note: the link isn’t working at the moment, but it can be seen on the breaking news page by clicking here. […]

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UA hires new associate AD for football

ALABAMA HIRES MIKE VOLLMAR AS ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR FOR FOOTBALL (UA)TUSCALOOSA – Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Mike Vollmar as associate athletics director for football on Thursday. Vollmar comes to Alabama after spending 12 years as an assistant athletics director and director of football operations at Michigan State. His primary role […]

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Growing chorus of complaints against ‘Saban Rule’

There is a growing chorus of complaints about the “Saban Rule”. That doesn’t mean the rule will change (it likely won’t), but coaches who once favored the rule are now admitting they hate it. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema told The Capital Times that he supported the rule, but now finds it hamstrings his recruiting efforts. […]

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ESPN’s challenge to Scout and Rivals

ESPN the Worldwide Leader in Suck has launched its competitor to Scout and Rivals. Sites around the country like, and are now joined by The sites provide objective analysis and a healthy dose of unbiased recruiting information. This conglomerate hired the right man when it tapped Phillip Marshall to lead its Auburn […]

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Spurrier on the decline

Steve Spurrier is the greatest football mind in the last generation. Since Paul W. Bryant strode the sidelines, no football coach has dominated the SEC in the same way as the visor wearing virtuoso. The South Carolina coach may be the greatest offensive mind in the history of the game. But he is lazy. Advertisement: […]

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Julio Jones qualified

Despite speculation from rival fans, the top prospect in Alabama’s 2008 class will qualify academically, the Mobile Press-Register reported. The newspaper cited Jones high school coach Todd Watson. Receiver Julio Jones plans to begin classes at UA when the first summer semester begins early next month, said Foley coach Todd Watson. Despite recent speculation to […]

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Gameday heading to Atlanta?

Mr. College Football has reported ESPN’s Gameday is considering visiting Atlanta around the Alabama-Clemson game in the Georgia Dome. 1. College Game Day coming to the ATL? The folks at ESPN like to keep their options open and insist no decision has been made. But I’m hearing that the College Game Day boys are coming […]

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Race and college football

Six out of 120 Division 1A head football coaches are black. And that’s a problem for Tyrone Willingham. Willingham bluntly criticized Division I-A football in an interview with legend Wendell Barnhouse of the Star Telegram. “In this day and age, it’s a shame and an embarrassment,” he said. “We’ve gone too long with the numbers […]

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Saban interviews Allen

Charley Walters of reported today that Nick Saban has interviewed a former University of Minnesota football staff member. A University of Alabama source confirmed that Tim Allen, who was director of football operations under Glen Mason at Minnesota, interviewed for a staff position with the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa the other day after being […]

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Tide opens SEC Tourney with UK

(UA)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Alabama baseball team will open the 2008 Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday, May 21, as the Crimson Tide takes on the Kentucky Wildcats in first-round action. Alabama, the No. 5 seed at this year’s tournament, finished second in the SEC Western Division behind LSU.  Alabama also finished in a […]

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A few links

Are Hendrix, Steele and Gee coming back? Alabama Basketball blog has some thoughts on that. Non-Alabama, but classic Paul Finebaum has been all over the Ryan Perrilloux to JSU story. He was at his best in his Saturday column: But the idea of William Meehan, the Jax State president, having a meeting with Perrilloux is […]

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Saban praises Miles

Nick Saban talked to the press Thursday at the Regions Charity event and was asked about the Ryan Perrilloux situation, including the quarterback’s move to JSU. Saban praised how Les Miles and the LSU staff handled the situation. He also showed his soft side for athletes. Saban said while you can’t tolerate bad behavior, you […]

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Regions Charity notes & pics

By Hunter Ford The Regions Charity Golf Classic was a washout today.  Nick Saban and Joe Namath left early, which was a downer for me cause I had never met Namath and was excited about the opportunity.  I did however, run into Joe Theisman. That was a thrill, because I suffered a very similar broken […]

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Smith named Playboy All-American

(UA) Tuscaloosa — Alabama junior offensive tackle Andre Smith was honored over the weekend in Phoenix as a member of the 52nd Annual Playboy Preseason All-America Football Team. Smith is the first Crimson Tide player to be recognized as part of the prestigious group since Roman Harper in 2005. Advertisement: Story continues below “I was […]

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Rich the liar

The mainstream media likes to call Nick Saban a liar. They should take a look at Rich Rodriguez. Pete Holiday of AOL’s Fanhouse pointed out the sheer lunacy of what Rodriguez has said regarding his contract with West Virginia. Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez, in his tireless effort to weasel his way out of paying his […]

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Title IX sucks

Title IX sucks. Well, at least if you are an Arizona State male athlete. It was announced Tuesday that ASU eliminated three men’s sports, wrestling, swimming and tennis. ASU plans to continue women’s swimming and tennis. ASU now has 20 varsity sports—eight mens, 12 womens. Yes. That’s fair. Advertisement: Story continues below I’m not a […]

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Everything you need to know about softball

Softball Opens NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Thursday against Chattanooga (UA) TUSCALOOSA — Alabama enters the 2008 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional as the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the No. 3 national seed after winning the SEC Western Division Championship with a 25-3 SEC record and a 51-6 overall mark. UA will be looking for its […]

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