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Alabama Crimson Tide
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.
But anyone who thinks Nick Saban won't have the Tide ready for another highly successful season hasn't watched this guy work. Now, the last time college football had a consensus repeat champ was Tom Osborne's Nebraska squads in 1994 and 1995 (or you could count USC's championships in 2003 and 2004, but the Trojans shared the 2003 crown with LSU).
So the Tide are looking to stake a claim to something extraordinary.
Stability Factor (1 = chaos; 5 = rock solid): 4.5
With the 5- and 4-star talent that pours into Tuscaloosa on an annual basis it's an easy call on Alabama. The Tide should compete for an SEC championship, so w...
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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...
We are just two months removed from the Alabama Crimson Tide shutting out LSU in the BCS National Championship Game to claim the program’s 14th National Championhip. The Tide’s win over LSU was one of the all-time dominating performances in the BCS era, but the time for celebrating the team’s second National Title win in the last three years is over as Nick Saban and company...
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.
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.
Alabama heads into spring practice without a top tailback and receiver.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that tailback Eddie Lacy will miss the spring while recovering from surgery for turf toe that plagued him much of last season. He says wide receiver Duron Carter remains suspended going into practices which start Friday before the defending national champions leave...
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 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.
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.
The Alabama baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision to the East Carolina Pirates on the opening day of the Alabama Baseball Classic at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Friday night. With the loss the Crimson Tide drops to 5-8 on the year, while ECU improves to 9-3.
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.
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.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban announced Tuesday that three players thought to be returning to the Crimson Tide would not be back and that three players who were suspended last season continue to be suspended as spring practice approaches. He also said two players would not participate in the spring because of injury and that one player will be looked at in a new position.
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.
The SEC Media Days schedule was released yesterday, which means all gainfully employed Crimson Tide fans who enjoy sitting for hours at a time in the lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel in order to catch a 20-second glimpse of Nick Saban will need to make plans to not be at work on Thursday, July 19th. And maybe on the 18th as well, so you can set up shop in the lobby the night before to...