Posted March 08, 2012 on
Alabama football entered the year with a lofty ranking, nothing new for a program flush with national championships. At the end of the season, the Crimson Tide claimed a 14th title. Anthony Grant’s third Alabama basketball team had preseason respect with a top 25 spot in the polls. Absent from the NCAA Tournament since 2006, they expect to be included in the field of 68 announced Sunday.
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Alabama Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones opened spring practice at a new position.
Jones lined up at center instead of left tackle when the defending national champion Crimson Tide opened on Friday with a single practice before spring break.
Three-year starting center William Vlachos (VLAY-HOS) is gone. Sophomore Cyrus Kouandjio (kwan-RO) is expected to take over at left tackle...
The fine folks at US Presswire deliver with some great shots from Friday's action in New Orleans. Florida escaped with a three point win and had some of the usual suspects step up. Here is a sample of the action Friday afternoon as the Gators dispatched of the Alabama Crimson Tide to move on to the showdown with Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday.
Camp Opens: March 9Spring Game: April 14
Fresh off its second BCS National Championship in three seasons, Alabama will use the spring to try to refocus the players on the ultimate goal – back-to-back titles. Alabama lost some key components off of last year's 12-1 team that went on to take down LSU in the BCS National Championship game.
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Alabama freshman guard Trevor Lacey scored seven of his game-high 15 points in the final three minutes – including a clutch three-pointer and two free throws in the final minute – as the Crimson Tide limped through the first round of the Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament with a 63-57 win over South Carolina at the New Orleans Arena Thursday afternoon.
Alabama fought the good fight, but it was unable to advance to weekend play in the Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament. Florida survived a last-gasp three-point attempt that would have sent the game to overtime, and defeated the Crimson Tide, 66-63, in the New Orleans Arena.
Via @CarsonTinkAfter the Allstate National BCS National Championshiop, it’s obviously time to get a license plate that says ’14 Y’all’. The Alabama Crimson Tide beat the LSU Tigers 21-0. You gotta show your Alabama pride in every way possible.
Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban has made everyone—fans and reporters—aware of the dumb question syndrome. One type question that most reporters can’t help but ask at some point is the one that involves something that didn’t happen. “What if it had?” It’s asked because sometimes it elicits an interesting answer.
Been there, done that. The 2009 Alabama football team won the national championship. In 2010, Bama fell off to a 10-3 record. Now Alabama is following up the 2011 national championship, and Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban wants his team to be sure to realize it is not the national championship team.
In Alabama’s 3-4 defense, the “4” is the number of linebackers. Although the Crimson Tide doesn’t always (or even usually) set up in the 3-4 alignment, Bama does develop men for each of the four spots. Middle and weakside are the inside linebacker positions, while strongside and jack are the outside positions.
The box score didn't look pretty for Florida. Alabama shot almost 15% better than the Gators, won the rebounding margin by five and the teams were similar from the free throw line. Somehow, No. 19 Florida managed still to pull out a 66-63 win over the Crimson Tide to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals. Florida head coach Billy Donovan chalked it up to the late three-pointers.
When Alabama had its Pro Day Wednesday, three noticeable performers were 2011 Crimson Tide cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick, DeQuan Menzie, and Phelon Jones. And all have a chance to be taken in the NFL draft in April. If Bama is losing three cornerbacks, it’s reasonable to say that the position—which calls for two men--is in need of rebuilding.