ESPN asked Ian Darke to call college football games?!?

Ian Darke was the latest guest on the SI Media podcast and revealed a nugget of information that blew our minds.  After riding a wave of momentum that saw him catapulted into the mainstream of American sports media after the 2010 World Cup, Darke says he was approached by ESPN about calling college football for the network. Now stop and think about that for a second: Sir Ian Darke...
Via Awful Announcing
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

SEC spares no expense in hiring 14 new coordinators

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff always devote some offseason time to studying new offensive and defensive coordinators, just perhaps not quite this much. There are 14 new coordinators - seven on each side of the ball - in the Southeastern Conference. That includes Vanderbilt coach/defensive coordinator Derek Mason, and the number creates extra homework...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

(WATCH) Alabama's freshman QB Barnett shows off his arm

Jake Coker and David Cornwell may be the names thrown around most often when discussing Alabama's season opening starter against Wisconsin, but the Tide quarterback with the strongest arm may very well be true freshman Blake Barnett. Watch as Barnett launches this football over the goalposts on the practice field this weekend:If arm strength was the most important attribute to the...
Via Fox Sports
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Alabama football: three problem areas

Jake Coker The Alabama football team made the first annual College Football Playoff last year thanks to a strong front seven, the most prolific offense in ‘Bama  history, and a formerly-polarizing offensive coordinator: Lane Kiffin. This year, however, things may get a bit rougher for the Tide and the road to the second College Football Playoff. Below I highlight three areas...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Louisville Will Open 2018 Season Against Alabama In Orlando

Photo: Pete CautilliWhat started as a slow Friday morning quickly turned into an exciting afternoon as ESPN’s Brett McMurphy broke some big time news. According to ESPN’s sources, Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals will open the 2018 season against Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide in Orlando, Florida. The news hasn’t been officially confirmed, but during last...
Via The Cardinal Connect
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Saban clears the air on Texas job once and for all

The talk of Nick Saban leaving Alabama for Texas is one that never seems to completely go away. With a new biography on the revered Crimson Tide coach soon to hit bookshelves, new details have emerged about what really happened between the two. At a recent booster event in Florida, Saban came forth with information he hopes will finally kill any and all rumors surrounding his potential...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Amway Coaches Poll released: Observations from initial college football rankings

We’re officially one step closer to college football season. The preseason version of the Amway Coaches Poll was released Thursday, expectedly showcasing the reigning champion Ohio State Buckeyes as the No. 1 team in the nation. USA Today posted the initial rankings—which, for future reference, do not help determine the top four teams in the College Football Playoff—and a...
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Nick Saban gave Trent Richardson a pep talk before Raiders camp

Nick Saban whipped Trent Richardson into shape for a few years at Alabama.So it's no surprise who the running back turned to before his first Raiders season."Anytime I see coach Saban, he always gives me a good talking to -- life lessons, what I need to do, what I need to know, just getting my agendas updated," Richardson told "He always tells me, 'Keep all the clutter out...
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Alabama Crimson Tide Football Schedule 2015: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team officially kicks off the season in just over one month. But will the defending league champions make it back-to-back SEC titles? Will Alabama make it back to the College Football Playoff, and get the job done this time?  Well, let’s take a look at their schedule. Here are the five things you need to know about it: 1. Many, including ESPN...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

SEC Fallout: Nick Saban, Gus Malzahn, Georgia, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - SEC edition. Everybody's Takin' interviewed some of the top high school prospects in the country their opinions on Alabama head coach Nick Saban during The Opening in Portland, Or. earlier in July.  Prospects questioned include defensive tackle Kendell Jones, and inside linebacker Jaquan Yulee, who have committed to Alabama.Oops! I Did It Again!In...
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Nick Saban was ‘never interested’ in Texas and ‘never will be’

It seems like year after year we have to hear the rumors linking Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban to the Texas Longhorns. However, it looks like we can finally put those talks to rest. Saban was speaking at a booster club in Florida on Tuesday night when he addressed an excerpt from the unauthorized Saban biography that detailed his recent flirtation with the Longhorns...
Via Campus Sports Net
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Saban: I told my agent 15 times I’m not interested in Texas

When Mack Brown left Texas in 2013, Nick Saban was immediately mentioned as a possible replacement. While there were reports that Saban gave serious thought to starting a new chapter with the Longhorns, the four-time national champion insists he never contemplated leaving Alabama. Last week, an excerpt from a new book about Saban quoted Texas...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Saban Says He Never Was And Never Will Be Interested In Texas Job

nick saban hat Nick Saban’s name has been linked to the Texas job in the past, when the Mack Brown era came to a close in Austin. According to the Alabama head coach, his interest in the position was non-existent, despite what rumors may have indicated. D.C Reeves of The Tuscaloosa News has the details on Saban telling boosters at an event in Florida last night that he never was...
Via College Spun
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Saban addresses rumors of interest in Longhorns job

The Alabama head coach spoke before a group of Crimson Tide supporters Tuesday and spoke on the book reporting he thought of leaving.
Via Gamedayr
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How close Texas really was to stealing Nick Saban from Alabama

On a new edition of The Audible, Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel discuss a recent book excerpt that details why Texas regents were absolutely sure Nick Saban was leaving Alabama to become the Longhorns' next football coach. Was Saban really interested or was his agent playing Texas to get a better deal out of the Crimson Tide? To listen to the podcast clip, click on the embedded...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A Suggested List of Powerful Women for Nick Saban

On Monday, the internet was abuzz about comments made by Alabama coach Nick Saban. No, they had nothing to do with his Alabama football team, or the season ahead for the Crimson Tide. Instead, they came courtesy of an excerpt from a new Saban biography. In the excerpt --- tweeted out via Wall Street Journal writer Ben Cohen and picked up by several media outlets including Outkick...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Saban has incredible advice for his players on chasing girls

Nick Saban is a successful coach not just because of his preparation, recruitment and gameday decisions, but also because he knows how to get through to his players on a personal level. To that end, the man even advises his players with life lessons on hooking up with girls. Monte Burke’s new book “Saban: The...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Saban Gives Team Advice on Chasing Women

In a new Nick Saban biography -- which has already been excerpted in the Sunday New York Times -- Alabama's football coach is all about imparting life lessons. Such as how to make sure that chasing women doesn't impact your on field performance.  This quote comes courtesy of Ben Cohen on Twitter, who screengrabbed a section of the book. Quoth Saban:   "...guys out there chasing...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New book says Nick Saban would have left Alabama for Texas, according to report

Realizing their coach could bolt, Alabama and its boosters did what was necessary to make Nick Saban feel appreciated when Texas was in pursuit.
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
7 days ago

Alabama’s cost of attendance stipend will be one of highest

The new cost of attendance stipends allow universities to provide student athletes with some extra cash during the semester. The stipends will vary in amount on a school-by-school basis. With different amounts at different universities, the cost of attendance stipends are going to be a valuable recruiting tool. The Alabama Crimson Tide will be taking advantage of that. While Nick...
Via Campus Sports Net
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Alabama will have among largest stipends in country

Earlier this offseason, Nick Saban addressed his concerns regarding the NCAA legislation that now allows schools to provide players with a stipend that covers the full cost of attendance (for standard student expenses beyond tuition). Saban called the calculation of the cost-of-attendance figure a "nightmare," specifically in regards to the discrepancies among schools since each...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Saban targeting 4-star RB denied Wisconsin admission

We all know that Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is a great recruiter, so it’s no surprise that he swooped right in when four-star running back Jordan Stevenson was denied enrollment at Wisconsin for academic reasons earlier this week. According to Ryan Bartow of 247 Sports, Saban is personally recruiting Stevenson to bring his talents to Tuscaloosa, as the Tide need...
Via Campus Sports Net
8 days ago  |  Discuss

FSU, Alabama set for big paydays in 2017

Florida State University and the University of Alabama will meet each other in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff, and will get paid a lot of money to do so. Per Safid Deen of the Tallahassee Democrat, each school will receive $5 million for appearing in the game. Simply put, it should be a great matchup. Thanks to Jimbo Fisher, FSU has once again become the ACC staple it was for years...
Via Campus Sports Net
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Les Miles agrees with Nick Saban in regards to having the NFL Draft deadline pushed back

Last week during SEC media day, Alabama head coach Nick Saban comments about the NFL Draft deadline was one of the reason why his team lost in the semifinals in the College Football Players. Saban complained that with the draft deadline in December, players are have their minds on that instead of the bowl game. Saban took a lot of criticism for those comments, but another SEC coach...
Via No Guts, No Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Alabama Football Great Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Posts Tribute To Nick Saban, Kirby Smart On Instagram

Former Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix turned in a pretty solid rookie season for the Green Bay Packers in 2014, and he could emerge as a star on the defensive side of the ball in the next few years. He took to Instagram on Thursday night to thank some of the coaches who have helped him along the way, including Alabama’s Nick Saban and Kirby Smart. I will never forget...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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