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With McCarron finally gone, Bama fans look forward to the future with a good quarterback in Jacob Coker

AJ McCarron was part of three National Championships in his time at Alabama. He was the starter for two of those, and was penciled in as the unproven redshirt freshman backup in 2009′s BCS game against Texas. Had McElroy gone the way of Colt McCoy’s early exit in Pasadena, you would’ve seen McCarron at the […]

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Kentucky Derby Day: Why not an Alabama Derby?

By Hunter Ford I don’t always watch the Kentucky Derby, but when I do I thoroughly enjoy it. Today is Kentucky Derby Day, and I plan on taking it all in. I’m not any kind of horse expert. I don’t gamble on the race, or really understand, or care to understand, the betting lingo. I […]

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What if Jameis Winston had come to Alabama?

There was a popular country song from the early 1990′s that spoke volumes of truth. The great prophet Garth Brooks shared this wisdom that will last through the ages: “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayer.” At the risk of veering off on an avenue I don’t want to go into today, Biblically speaking, […]

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LSU’s Miles cries ‘bias!’

  By Hunter Ford I didn’t realize corndogs paired so well with whine and cheese. That is, until I read LSU’s head football coach Les Miles’ and athletic director Joe Alleva’s boo-hooing about the “bias” of the SEC football schedule. The SEC recently adopted rules to keep an eight-game conference schedule and to keep the […]

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UA basketball should steal UConn coach

By Hunter Ford Alabama basketball needs to take a play from the football program’s playbook and hire a proven head coach with a national championship under his belt. The Crimson Tide football program has excelled since it hired Nick Saban.  The basketball program needs to hire away the head basketball coach from the University of […]

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Based on A-Day, Tide staring at 0-12 in 2014

I went to the annual A-Day game, and let me say, there is much to be concerned about. As many fans do (correctly), conclusions are now being made about Alabama’s upcoming football season. Based on this scrimmage that’s open to the public, I can tell you, Alabama will not win a game in 2014. There […]

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What “Is” Bill Battle’s “Plan”?

Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle has a plan. I get an email from him every week telling me so. It reads more like a report than a plan, and from the looks of things, all seems to be going pretty well in Tuscaloosa. For instance, his last email told me: Men’s Golf is currently ranked […]

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How about a ‘real’ spring game?

By Hunter Ford Some people see things as they are and ask… “why?”   Others dream of things that never were and ask… “why not?” In 2012, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney advocated the idea of college football teams playing exhibition games against other schools instead of having intra-squad scrimmages. Why not?  I have been wishing […]

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A-Day matters at Alabama

Alabama Spring Practice: We’ll take football any way we can get it By The Conduit I admit it, I’m a freak for Spring practice games. I don’t understand why more people don’t enjoy them. It’s a free football game in the middle of the non-football season, the weather is fantastic for spectating, plus the only […]

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NCAA Tournament: AU fans now say Mercer “owns” Duke

The NCAA tournament is good for dramatic surprises every year. My bracket was helped dramatically by a few early round surprises, but no one saw Duke falling to Mercer. Afterall, the Blue Devils are coached by a living legend, arguably the greatest living coach still in the game. And, nobody thought Duke would fall in […]

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Four Georgia football players arrested last night, at practice today

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported via Twitter that all four of the Georgia players who were arrested last night were in fact in pads and practicing today. That Mark Richt…he is one disciplinarian. Starting safety Tray Matthews, along with defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, outside linebacker James DeLoach and receiver Uriah LeMay were all arrested and […]

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Spring Practice Report: New attitude, and new McCarron on practice field

Alabama completed its second day of its 2014 spring practice on Monday; according to linebacker Trey Depriest, a new attitude is permeating the team. “Guys are just a lot more hungry,” senior linebacker Trey DePriest said Saturday. “We didn’t finish the season like we wanted to. Guys knew that and they just took a different […]

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BREAKING: Bruce Pearl hired at Auburn

I have it on a very good source that Auburn University has extended an offer to former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, and that Pearl has accepted the offer. Bruce Pearl will be Auburn’s new basketball coach. And I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Pearl is still serving under an NCAA […]

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When it comes to basketball, Auburn gets it

War Eagle. There, I said it. What I’ve seen from Lee County in relation to the Tiger basketball program is enough to make even someone like myself say those blasphemous words, as Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs is leading the charge to bring the Auburn basketball program back to relevancy. Last week, minutes after getting […]

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Fear of Saban manifested in premature 10-second celebration

Before the now dead “10-second rule” it was clear the nation was terrified of Nick Saban. But now that it has passed, that fear has resonated in some obvious ways. Through euphoric relief in seeing Alabama fail to win a third straight national championship… …say that last statement out loud, and just for a second […]

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Think Saban is scared of the HUNH? Stats say otherwise

As March 6th nears, the day of the NCAA Rules Committee’s infamous vote on the “10-second rule” heard around the world, a popular notion has been tossed around ad nauseam. “If that mean ole Nick Saban can’t beat the hurry up, no huddle offense, he’s just gonna try and change the rules.” This is usually […]

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Nick Saban: “I had nothing to do with the idea of the 10-second rule”

As we slowly get beyond the hysteria and knee-jerk reaction surrounding the NCAA Rules Committee’s upcoming decision on the so-called “10-second rule,” some interesting nuggets are rising to the surface. The sexy headlines in past weeks have been in favor of those crying in the streets over the change. Coaches who, like children, want to […]

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Alabama Football: Can AJ McCarron succeed in the NFL?

It’s been a long time since an Alabama quarterback made it in ‘The League’ The legacy of Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler is ancient history to most football fans these days. Go back to Harry Gilmer and you must be a great-grandpa. All of the above mentioned were quarterbacks for The University of […]

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Lazy, washed up Steve Spurrier takes another shot at Nick Saban

Steve Spurrier is a washed up has been “ball coach” whose best years are decades behind him. His closest sniff at relevance was a 2010 SEC Championship Game appearance where his Gamecocks got run, 56-17. There was a day when Steve Spurrier defined college football. That day is long gone. Instead, now ole Steve is […]

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Saban and Mercedes: A Winning Pair?

What is the big deal about Nick Saban wanting to be a partner in a Mercedes car dealership? As the “silly season” is just underway, where sports talk show fodder gets passed around the airwaves, a Birmingham radio show is making fun of the situation with fake commercials. Paul Finebaum is using his new platform […]

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Alabama basketball play-by-play announcer deserves his freedom

If you love something, it is said you should set it free. If it returns to you, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was. Such should be the case with Alabama basketball play-by-play announcer Chris Stewart. As the University subjects him to cruel and unusual punishment, you have to wonder when public outcry will […]

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Michael Sam: A gutsy announcement, or a brilliant PR move?

Michael Sam is news because of SEC ties Call me cynical, but I have a feeling Michel Sam’s announcement that he is gay was an orchestrated PR move. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Maybe the fact that he is a football player from an SEC school makes it news. But I just don’t […]

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An open letter to Bill Battle about the state of Alabama basketball

Dear Coach Battle, As the losses mount in this the fifth campaign of Alabama basketball under Anthony Grant, questions linger regarding the direction of the program and whether changes should be made. And rightly so, Coach Battle. Followers of the program…both of us at this point…are currently hearing the rumor that, regardless off the outcome […]

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Common sense says HUNH rules will change

Let’s make this clear. When the HUNH rules are altered, it isn’t, nor was it ever about Nick Saban having to change the rules to beat the HUNH. Last season Alabama head coach Nick Saban led his Tide to a 25-0 shutout of Hugh Freeze’s version, outscored a healthy Johnny Manziel on his turf (something […]

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Former Alabama running back arrested

Former Alabama running back Dee Hart, who has not participated with the University of Alabama football program since the conclusion of the bowl game, is in deep doo-doo. Hart was booked Sunday night by the Tuscaloosa Police Department, charged with giving false information and possession of marijuana. The University of Alabama athletic department has released […]

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Someone please tell me why I should care what Mike Leach thinks?

Mike Leach is a nut job. As HUNH disciples are flocking like rats to the upper levels of a sinking ship in search of anything to cling to, one of those respites appears to be Mike Leach. Now that’s funny. Mike Leach is captain insane-o meets college coaching. Evidenced by his decision to lock a […]

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Nick Saban influencing NCAA Rules Committee?

Current rules in college football state that defensive players aren’t guaranteed the opportunity to substitute unless the offense first substitutes. Under the new rule proposal, this policy would remain when the play clock starts at 25 seconds. Someone please tell me, how in the world is this fair? That’s the question many coaches not taking […]

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Death of the HUNH; NCAA proposes rule changes

The NCAA is reportedly considering rule changes that would mean the beginning of the end of the Hurry-Up-No-Huddle offense, a gimmicky bush-league offense that depends on a sucker-punch type mentality for success. Under newly proposed rules, an offense would not be allowed to snap the ball for the first 10 seconds of the 40 second […]

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Alan Evans speaks: “Auburn fans have thrown my family away…Alabama fans have embraced us”

While the sports world breaks its collective neck to try and manufacture interest and intrigue in the Michael Sam story, a real story of courage is taking place right under their noses. Unlike Sam, a decent but not great NFL prospect working the system to apply pressure to a franchise to “show they’re enlightened” and […]

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Alabama wins a basketball game, defeats Ole Miss 67-64

Last night the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team took to the court for a 40-minute matchup with the University of Mississippi. After the contest, Alabama had more points, and thus was declared the winner! Trevor Releford led all scorers with 26 points, 21 coming in the second half, including the 3-point game winner at […]

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