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PRACTICE REPORT Day 1: Jake Coker, Eddie Jackson steal the show early

Fall practice is here, and the 2014 campaign is officially…finally…underway. The big story this morning was Jake Coker on an Alabama practice field in an Alabama jersey. Coker looks like he belongs on an NFL roster, with sound throwing mechanics, a 6’4″ frame and strong arm. It’s easy to see what the buzz has been […]

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Preseason Coach’s poll released; Bama is #2, ACC with only 3 included

The coaches have spoken, and Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher appear to be in the vast minority. Much has been said (mostly by ACC coaches and players) about the ferocity of the ACC, but it appears Swinney’s and Fisher’s peers aren’t buying it. The 2014 USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll was released today, with 7 members […]

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Do Alabama fans benefit from neutral site games?

By Hunter Ford Are in-season neutral site games beneficial for college football fans?  Or does it deprive season ticket holders of marquee matchups at their home stadium?  Here’s a link to an article criticizing LSU for scheduling a bunch of cupcakes for the upcoming season at newly renovated Tiger Stadium. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/07/27/lsu-rethink-home-football-schedule/13249907/ Tiger Stadium now seats […]

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Jameis Winston meets ACC press, June Jones proposes spring season, more.

By Hunter Ford It was only April when Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cited for walking out of a grocery store without paying for crab legs and crawfish.  But that didn’t stop him from attending the ACC Media Days event. Besides saying he had learned from his mistakes, he reminded everyone that the ACC, […]

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Alabama will face USC to start 2016 season

According to reports, the University of Alabama and Southern Cal will face each other in the 2016 Cowboys Classic in the Jerry Dome. The meeting will mark the first time the two have met since 1985, where the Tide defeated to Trojans 24-3 in the Aloha Bowl. The 2016 Alabama-Southern Cal game would also be […]

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Why didn’t Gus Malzahn let Nick Marshall face the music at SEC Media Days?

Johnny Manziel was a Heisman Trophy winner. He was amazing, on and off the field. On the field, he defied laws of nature, and was exhausting to watch. Off the field, he defied laws of culture, and was exhausting to watch. Yet last summer, the Texas A&M quarterback stood up under the brightest lights college […]

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What we can learn from Auburn’s Cheech Marshall

Nick Marshall’s “citing” for marijuana possession cost him a trip to Birmingham for Auburn’s appearance at SEC Media Days. The face of Auburn’s offense, and in some respects their entire program, isn’t fit for the cameras or microphones because he can’t stay off the dooby. Then again, this is the player that was kicked off […]

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Auburn QB Nick Marshall cited for marijuana possession

By Hunter Ford Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall led the Tigers to an SEC championship and a BCS title game appearance in 2013 and was set to be a featured player at SEC Media Days next week.  So, to prepare for his big moment, he went cruising around in Georgia smoking some weed. Reports state he had […]

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Would Alabama fans care if Tide players were paid? (legally)

  By Hunter Ford I have wondered, while following news coverage of the O’Bannon lawsuit, if Alabama fans would care one way or another if Crimson Tide athletes got paid. My personal answer is no.  No, I would not care if the best athletes in Tuscaloosa were able to earn money for their efforts.  I would […]

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Rank the Best Alabama Football Teams of All-Time

Here is your chance to rank the best Alabama Football Teams of All Time. Tell us which Alabama Football team you think is the best ever.

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Oh, Canada has football with Alabama and Auburn players. Plus: White helmets for Tide?

By Hunter Ford It’s that time of summer when football season seems tantalizingly close, but yet so far away.  After Independence Day weekend we still have to suffer the dog days of July and August before the fall air drifts in. The NFL will begin playing pre-season games sometime in late July.  I usually watch […]

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Lutzenkirchen’s passing is sad news

By Hunter Ford The death of former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen is certainly sad news.  Perhaps this is a time to take a few deep breaths and think about what is really important.  College football, and all of its trappings, including fansites on the Internet, is a diversion; entertainment that allows its fans to […]

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Spurrier zings Saban: asks ‘How many SECs has he won?’

By Hunter Ford Steve Spurrier once said you can’t spell citrus, as in Citrus Bowl, without UT, as in University of Tennessee.  Back then, the Ole Ball Coach was the coach of the mighty 1990’s era Florida Gators.   The Gators always seemed to knock the Volunteers out of contention for the SEC championship early in […]

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Auburn’s Marshall and Alabama’s Coker mentioned as Heisman hopefuls: Tide’s Henry and Howard tabbed as ‘break-out’ players for 2014

By Hunter Ford Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker both made the cut for USA Today’s top ten Heisman hopefuls. http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/sports/ncaaf/2014/06/25/top-10-heisman-contenders-for-2014/11354101/ Marshall is being projected to reach 3,500 yards of total offense, and the good folks at USA Today seem to think, with a year’s experience running the HUNH, Marshall will be […]

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Auburn draftee struggling in the face of real football

Gus Malzahn’s system is Mickey Mouse. We know this. But now St. Louis coaches and fans are finding out for themselves. It seems 1st rounder OL Greg Robinson is having a hard time on a real football team in a real offensive system, the Bleacher Report outlines for us. My favorite… “To say that the […]

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Bling! Bling! Katherine Webb shows off “her” rings

Say what you want about this former Auburn co-ed.  The beautiful Katherine Webb was smart enough to flee the farm down there and not get engaged to an Auburn mushroom farmer.  Now she has a ring from AJ McCarron, and is trying on several more.  I’m sure Nick Marshall has some rings for his woman […]

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“We Want Bama” still defines college football

So you think your team has arrived. How cute. So your team finished an improbable season in 2013, sneaking up on everyone they played in an anomoly of a year. That is awesome. Now do it again. Do it when everyone has their game with your team circled on their schedule. Do it when, for […]

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Around the Web: Mountaineers coach has a fan, NCAA players can receive EA checks with no penalty, Slive and Delany discuss future of college sports

West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen is guiding the Mountaineers in a backwards trajectory.  Holgorsen has led his team to 10-3, 7-6, and 4-8 records and is looking at a game against Alabama to start the 2014 campaign.  Holgorsen has at least one person, outside the West Virginia family, that hopes the flamboyant Air-Raid […]

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Tide’s latest QB commit suggests Bama offense is changing

Think you have Alabama’s offense figured out? Think again. Yesterday Alabama received a commitment from one of the top three dual threat quarterbacks in the country, Blake Barnett of Corona Santiago, California. Barnett, like the incoming transfer Jacob Coker, presents a different skill-set from other quarterbacks in Nick Saban’s arsenal while at Alabama. “He brings […]

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Auburn unveils this year’s new lame AU billboard

Have you seen it? Our friends from Lee County are at it again. As we’ve documented many times before, Auburn is a cult, not a fanbase. The characteristics are staggering. They require ridiculous things like catch phrases (“All In”…”Audacity”…”War Cam Eagle”) to re-energize the troops and over invest themselves in their god…Auburn football. Or more […]

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SOFTBALL: Bama ladies advance to play for the 2014 National Championship

In the wake of all the fantasy about titles in this state the last few weeks, it’s weird actually talking about a real championship on the line. But the University of Alabama softball team will go for just that beginning tonight in Oklahoma City. In a match-up Sunday between the World Series Tournament’s top two […]

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Bama Men’s Golf wins consecutive National Championship

I’ve been away for a week, but while I was, the University of Alabama went and added another National Championship. And unlike our little brothers in Lee County, this one wasn’t contrived or manufactured from opinion and fantasy. The Alabama men’s golf team won its second consecutive NCAA Championship last Wednesday, beating Oklahoma State 4-1 […]

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AJ McCarron signs deal with Bengals worth $2.4 Million

Former Alabama quarterback has reportedly signed a deal with his team with a max value of $2.559 Million, including at signing bonus of $181,652. Not bad for a fifth rounder. Though some were well-earned, those taking shots at the former Alabama quarterback after his draft “free fall” may need to check their pay-stub for comparisons. […]

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Nation laughs at Auburn as Tigers invent more National Titles for themselves

In case you missed it over night, Auburn won three more national championships while you were sleeping. Really, you say? No, not really. But in their latest attempt to be Alabama, the Tiggers endeavor to hoist banners featuring three years they want to be theirs, but rightfully are not. Read the LA Times making fun […]

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Think you know who the SEC favorite is next year? You may need to think again

by Titletown As we look ahead to the 2014 college football season, our guest columnist sheds some light on the blather coming from lazy mediots telling us who’ll win it all. 1. The old adage “the best team doesn’t always win” is true. We all know it. Tennessee was not better than South Carolina last […]

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Nick Saban at it again: More controversial comments stir rivals

Alabama’s head coach is at it again. More controversial comments came on Thursday of this week in response to a pesky Nashville reporter. One of the many recruiting tactics rivals use (We’re looking at you, Gustav) when trying to pick up the crumbs left by Alabama head coach Nick Saban is claiming that “if you […]

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Player Alabama didn’t even recruit claims he was offered a car

Pat White was a tremendous college quarterback at West Virginia from 2005-2008. The Daphne native sliced and diced in the Mountaineer’s spread offense as good as any in recent memory. But Pat White wasn’t recruited by Alabama. Though recently the NFL reject made a disparaging claim via his Facebook page in response to a picture […]

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Sterling and Sam: Say the Right Thing

By Hunter Ford Two current sports-related news stories have been provoking strong emotions from the people following them. First, the Donald Sterling situation:  Initially, it seemed unfair for Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, to be so severely punished for a private conversation he had with his girlfriend. Based on […]

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AJ’s slide, Gary & Verne lied, and Michael Sam’s gay pride…it’s all in your Sunday Cup ‘O Coffee

With the 2014 NFL Draft now in the books, things that were hazy a few days ago are now clear. Questions regarding the NFL futures of several Alabama players are now answered…or at least starting points have been determined. And the wisdom regarding the decisions of some Tide underclassmen to come out is now under […]

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Alabama Basketball lands sharp-shooting transfer

ESPN is reporting that shooting guard Christophe Varidel is transferring to the University of Alabama for his senior season. The 6-3, 175-pound Varidel played his first three seasons at Florida Gulf Coast. Last season he played at Chaminade, where he was sidelined by an injury for most of the season. Playing in only five games, […]

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