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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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Nick Saban adds two more to his 1st round NFL draft resume

In what was considered an off year in results and prospects this past season, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has added two more names to his growing list of NFL draftees taken in the 1st round. Linebacker CJ Mosley was taken by the Baltimore Ravens as the 17th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft […]

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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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