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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Bill Battle was cutting trees downed in a recent storm on his suburban Atlanta farm when alma mater Alabama called a couple of weeks ago.
Now, the former Crimson Tide football player has ditched a comfortable semi-retirement of charity work and consulting to run a flourishing athletic department that had a 133 million budget in 2011-12 and has a football program enjoying a new heyday.
The reason sounds awfully similar to his old coach Bear Bryant's explanation when he returned to Bama from Texas A&M: "Momma called, and when momma calls you have to run."
"It dawned on me when some trustees and leaders of the university said, We really want you to do this. This is a special time at the university,'" Battle said at his introductory news conference on Friday. "I thought to myself, if I didn't do this, I would regret it for the rest of my life. Because it's an opportunity to pay back the university, if I can, a great deb...
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ATHENS, Ga. – Alabama scored single runs in the third, fifth and eighth innings and starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull matched his career-high, throwing seven scoreless innings as the Crimson Tide defeated Georgia, 3-0, on Sunday from Foley Field and completed the Southeastern Conference road series sweep of the Bulldogs. The Tide has now won a season-high six straight games and seven of eight.
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