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Alabama #1 in latest college football playoff poll

The College Football Playoff Committee has spoken, and apparently they liked what they saw in Bryant-Denny Stadium last Saturday afternoon. With this latest poll, now the only one that really matters, for the seventh year in a row, the Crimson Tide has now been ranked #1 at some point in the college football season. The […]

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Bama faces biggest test of 2014 from state of Mississippi

That sound you hear isn’t thunder. It’s the distant rumbling of a battle that will soon take place in the near future. The 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide faces its biggest test soon, and this year that test isn’t LSU or Auburn. It’ll come from across state lines. When Mississippi State comes to Tuscaloosa November 15. […]

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Crimson Tide sends shockwaves through the SEC with big win …again

It’s become a common theme each year under Nick Saban. Bama is back..again…and anyone wanting to dethrone Dixie’s Football Pride best start hitting their knees. The football gods weren’t hearing it last Saturday. Prayers sent from places like Lee County, Knoxville and Baton Rouge fell on deaf ears. Partially because there is no such thing […]

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West Virginia Game Report Card: Sims, kickers and Clint Trickett’s hair

For the fifth time in the Nick Saban era at Alabama, the Crimson Tide took its show on the road…or more accurately, to a neutral site…to begin the 2014 season. Like all the others, Bama walked away from a dome with the win to begin the new season, leaving behind a few unknowns heading into […]

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COACHES’ REPORT CARD: Stoops, Saban can talk, Spurrier, Rich Rod, Leach, others shouldn’t

With the 2014 campaign now within arm’s reach, a new report card from the Wall Street Journal shows who should and shouldn’t be talking trash. The offseason is built for talking smack, but numbers suggests that talking is basically all some coaches can do. We’ll start at the top. Nick Saban owns a career 50-35 […]

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2nd scrimmage points to the next Bama QB

Last Saturday the Tide scrimmaged for the 2nd and final time before the August 30th opener with West Virginia, and the million dollar question was how the quarterbacks fared. Everyone wants to know stats. Everyone wants to hear numbers that will make them breathe easier heading into the post-AJ McCarron era. Unfortunately, Nick Saban knows […]

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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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Recruiting Update: Tide taking control of the line of scrimmage

After last season’s disappointing 11-2 finish (Mississippi State or Tennessee fan, say those words out loud and just imagine that’s the case for your school), it appears the point of emphasis for the Alabama coaching staff is simple: Take back control of the offensive line. Alabama’s imposing lines of the past led to championships. Names […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Bama players celebrate Seahawks Super Bowl win

Seattle’s 43-8 whipping of the Denver Broncos Sunday night included two former players from the University of Alabama. Starting left guard James Carpenter started all 27 games of his two year career at Alabama, playing left tackle in college while helping the Tide win the National Championship following the 2009 season. Carpenter was the 25th […]

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Vinnie Sunseri baffles all with his NFL decision

Vinnie Sunseri was my favorite Bama player since Javier Arenas. There, I said it. I loved the kid. He played with the kind of heart I would’ve wanted to possess if I could swap places with him. Not the most talented or fastest on the field, Sunseri played his days at Alabama with an aggressive […]

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BREAKING: Selling autographed merchandise still not illegal

by ITK For some reason, people like buying things that famous people have signed. While this may be strange to some, and pointless to others (including this writer), the autographed memorabilia industry continues to thrive. Selling such merchandise isn’t illegal, neither by NCAA rules nor in a court of law. For instance, the football pictured […]

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Bama bids farewell to 4 Tiders as 8 early enrollees arrive in T-Town; Tre Mason bolts Auburn as well

Today four members of the Crimson Tide football team announced their intentions to forego their senior seasons in favor of the 2014 NFL Draft. To no one’s surprise, safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix made the decision to leave. Dix is a strong 1st round projection, as is left tackle Cyrus Koundjio. Here’s hoping someone teaches Koundjio how […]

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AJ McCarron wins Maxwell award as nation’s most outstanding player

Thursday night Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron became the first Alabama player to win the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding player. “Super surprised,” he said. “I don’t think I’m the best player out of the other two guys that were mentioned (Manziel, Winston), but I can’t thank them enough. It’s an honor to be […]

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THANKSGIVING DAY: Eight things to be thankful for today about Alabama

There are far more important things in life (and eternity) than football, but the sport is a nice diversion from the real concerns of life. While there are more important things for which to be thankful, here are just a few I can think of heading into this weekend. 1. AJ McCarron Bama’s winningest quarterback […]

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Let me guess, Auburn…”You want Bama”

by ITK UPDATED – December 2, 2013 Auburn wanted Bama, and they got them. The Tigers put themselves in a position to win in the 4th quarter while Alabama failed on numerous occasions to close the door and put the game away. Playing not to lose is rarely a winning equation in football, but that’s […]

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LSU provides roadmap and punchlist to Bama’s 2013 destiny

By Conduit Alabama put an exclamation point on the control of their own destiny. With their win over LSU on Saturday night, the Tide will decide where their new year’s plans will be spent. Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s 14 for 20 through the air for 180 yards was a good outing, even compared to Mettenberger’s […]

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60 Minutes Sports feature: Built By Bama

By ITK One of many reasons why games like tomorrow’s are won by the Crimson Tide before they ever begin. It’s almost not fair. Roll Tide! (Follow ITK on Twitter for Bama news, commentary and smack.)

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Another big game week, another Saban to Texas Hail Mary

by ITK I don’t know if Vegas lays odds on such things, but if so, and if you’re strapped for cash right now, bet everything you have on a bigger, juicier “Nick Saban is going to Texas” rumor to waft in the wind the week of Nov. 30’s tussle with Auburn. Forget the 60 Minutes […]

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Bama-LSU no “Game of the Century” this year

by ITK It’s LSU week, and in the SEC, you know what that means: The Game of the Century, version 2013…right? No? The SEC West Championship game, right? No? Truth is, this year’s tussle in Tuscaloosa may not even be the game of the week. When the LSU Tigers come to town they’ll do so […]

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