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Traina Named SEC Pitcher of the Year, Murphy SEC Coach of the Year
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Four Alabama players made the Southern Conference’s All-SEC team, announced Tuesday, including individual accolades for senior Jaclyn Traina, the 2014 SEC Pitcher of the Year, and Head Coach Patrick Murphy, the 2014 SEC Coach of the Year.

Traina, who also earned a spot on the First Team All-SEC, becomes just the second player in Alabama history to earn two SEC Pitcher of the Year awards, also earning the nod in her sophomore 2012 season. Former All-American Kelsi Dunne (2008-11) won back-to-back honors in 2010 and 2011. Traina was dominant in SEC play this season, compiling a 13-1 record over 15 starts with a 1.90 ERA. Four of her wins were against ranked opponents, including a pair against the then-top ranked Florida Gators in Gainesville, helping her win SEC Pitcher of the Week, USA Softball Player of the Week and NFCA Co-Player of the Week honors. Traina is just one win shy of earning the 100th of her career, which would make her just the third in Alabama history and the ninth in SEC history to surpass the triple-digit career mark.

Murphy, in his 16th season at the helm of the Crimson Tide, earns his fourth SEC Coach of the Year award, winning previously in 2006, 2010 and 2012. This year’s SEC Championship is his fifth at Alabama, including four in the last five years. He owns an 833-223 all-time record at Alabama, becoming just the 16th current Division-I coach with at least 800 wins at their current school earlier this season. Prior to the start of the season, Murphy was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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"'He gets it:' Alabama RB Derrick Henry riding Sugar Bowl momentum through 'fabulous' spring"
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'He gets it:' Alabama RB Derrick Henry riding Sugar Bowl momentum through 'fabulous' spring
"He's playing just like he left off," Alabama coach Nick Saban says.

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Crimson Tide’s Haylie McCleney ‘a natural’ at athletics
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Haylie McCleney calls it instinct.

When she stood in center field a week ago, watched a ball flare off the bat of LSU’s Tammy Wray into shallow right field, ran and dived for it — landing so hard and with such speed that she broke her belt buckle while making the catch — it was instinct.

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AJ McCarron makes wish come true for 13 year-old
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AJ seems like a genuine good guy. He does not have to do these type things but he wants to. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and keeps his priorities in order.

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A 13 year-old boy from Samson is currently in the fight of his life dealing with a brain tumor doctors say is inoperable.

J.D. has a big love for the game of golf and former University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.

Last week, Make-A-Wish Alabama decided to bring both of those loves together at the North River Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa.

Not only did J.D. get a chance to meet McCarron, but the two also hit the fairways.

After making their way around the course, the two hung out at the Mal Moore Athletic Complex.

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Re: Softball - Sunday vs. LSU
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What a weekend it was for the ladies. Today's game was a rerun of game 1, get a  lead and hold it. Bama is playing at a very high level right now and that is because JTrain has worked herself almost back to the level she was playing before her injury. The team feeds off of Traina, as they have all four of her years playing here.

There were many heroes this weekend and it wasn't just the hitters. Bama is playing as good defensively as they have played in quite some time. In yesterday's game, who would have ever thought Bama could win that game because Jury was having a terrible time with her pitching. It seemed that LSU was getting the first two batters on with no outs in every inning, but the defense and some timely good pitches bailed her out each time. I will give CPM some credit for his changes in the lineup in the latter innings yesterday with the pitchers. LSU has very good hitters, especially in the middle of their lineup and the changes that CPM was making with Littlejohn and Jury kept those at bay at two very critical times. Getting those two out their last two times at bat was the key to the win, Bama had gotten the lead and was really being pressed hard. I don't think Bama will play another team that has better hitters in the 3 and 4 slots than LSU, they hit the ball hard every time at bat. I have to give credit to McCleney in centerfield, she is by far the best womens softball player I have ever seen. She can beat you so many ways, the bat, running the bases, and with her arm, glove, and speed in the outfield.

Now we will have to wait and see how the team handles success. When you're number one in the league, being ready to play every gameday is a necessity. There are a lot of young players on the team and they are improving with every game but the X factor for this team is Jaclyn Traina, Bama goes as Traina goes.

  

9 Game SEC Schedule
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It's March, which means one of the annual storylines that accompanies the doldrums of the offseason is creeping to the forefront yet again.

The SEC schedule.
The conference voted last offseason to keep the current eight-game, "6-1-1" format for 2014 and 2015. That format features six conference games against divisional opponents, one permanent cross-division rivalry game and one rotating cross-division opponent.
But in 2016, the nine-game schedule is still on the table. According to Jon Solomon of AL.com, the majority of the SEC's athletics directors support the eight- or "eight-and-a-half" game schedule, the latter meaning that a quality nonconference opponent is required since Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky have annual rivalry games with quality out-of-conference opponents.
That doesn't necessarily mean that an eight-game conference schedule is here to stay. As Solomon points out, the decision will also be up to the presidents. Now that the SEC is not only a collegiate athletic conference but also very much in the television programming business, expect the presidents to view the discussion less as a football decision and more as one that can impact the bottom line.

When the SEC Network launches on Aug. 14, it will force the conference's powerbrokers to change the way they think. Sure, the bottom line has always been an issue and, to a point, they've always had to act like television executives.
Now they are television executives.
As a result, the new network needs inventory, and live college football games provide the most compelling inventory available on the network.
According to GetSECNetwork.com, the 24-hour channel will feature 1,000 live events, including 45 college football games in its first year of existence. With three games per Saturday and some weekday football games mixed in, wouldn't it be nice if the pool of games to choose from was a little more compelling?

Of course it would.

Adding one more conference game to the mix not only would create more meaningful games for the network, but also more options for CBS and ESPN—which wholly own SEC Network—to broadcast on their major networks.

The majority of ADs want eight games, and according to Solomon, every coach not named "Nick Saban" is in the same boat. But when the cash from the SEC Network starts rolling in, they'll be torn in two directions.

Eight conference games will still be attractive in the sense that it creates an easier path to the College Football Playoff and allows for scheduling flexibility; but nine games could contribute to more success for the network and more money available for salaries, facilities, etc.

Which takes precedence?

Money talks.

When it speaks, it's going to be in favor of a nine-game conference schedule.

 

"Comeback in the works? Former Alabama LB Rolando McClain reportedly serious about it"
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Comeback in the works? Former Alabama LB Rolando McClain reportedly serious about it
A report from Baltimore says the Butkus Award-winning linebacker is telling those close to him that he hopes to return to the NFL in 2014.

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Alabama Basketball 2014/2015 Season
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Well this season is shot to crap so I thought I we would look ahead and see what might be out there. First, I think we need to look at the returning players:


Shannon Hale 6'8" Forward Soph-This is our most important returning player. He has shown flashes of great ability, inside and outside. He can hit 3 pointers, rebound, and seems to move well without the ball. What we need for him to show more consistency, & score 14-18 points a game. Plus, Bobby Knight likes this guy and thinks he is a future star. Pretty good recommendation.

Levi Randolph 6'5" Guard SR-Levi is a mystery and has shown potential but has never reached it. He has been our most energetic player every game, good hustle, and defense, but scoring has been off & on. He always appear to hesitate when shooting and seems almost timid to take an outside shot. I hope to see senior leadership out of him next year and we need him to score 10-13 points a game.

Rodney Cooper 6'6" Guard SR-The biggest mystery on the team. He can score 24 one game, then go 3 straight games and score a total of 10 points. He's a good rebounder but he has to do better on the outside shot. Seems to totally disappear in games.

Jimmie Taylor 6'10" Forward/Center Soph-Has shown flashes of potential. I expect major improvement next year in his game. We really need his big man presence inside. He has to work on rebounding, scoring, defense, blocking out, moving without the ball, basically everything but I really like him.

Retin Obasohan 6'1" Guard Jr-Another player who has shown potential but fell off at the end of the season. Has no real outside shot but is a slashing driver to the basket. Again, he has shown potential but needs to refine his game.

Algie Key 6'4" Guard SR-JUCO guy who has struggled mightily. He was supposed to be a point guard who could relieve Releford but he has been a huge disappointment. I've always heard that it takes a year for JUCO's to adapt to major college basketball, so maybe he can bounce back next season.

Carl Engstrom 7'1" Center SR-Talk about a huge disappointment. He seems agile, energetic, and has great size, but he can't seem to put it all together. Will he even be around next year?

Nick Jacobs 6'8" Forward SR-Another mystery player. He can be so good inside and around the basket, but in other games he disappears. If he can be consistent he can be a force under the basket. The question now is, will he return to the team?

Transfer In:

Ricky Tarrant 6'2" Guard JR-I am very excited about this player. He's from the Bham area and is a point guard. I think he will be the starting PG for the team next year. He was a solid player in high school and he was a huge Tide fan but was never recruited by the team. I think he will be a huge addition to the team.

New Commits:

Justin Coleman 5'10" PG-I like this player. He can be part of the answer to our outside shooting woes. He is quick, fast, and highly energetic. Can't wait to see him.

Riley Norris 6'6" Small Forward-Another player who could make an impact with outside shooting. He has a good reputation, but this is the SEC.

Devin Mitchell 6'3" Shooting Guard-Another player who could make an impact from the outside with his shooting. I really think at least 2 of these commits will make a difference.

We still have room for more commits and we need some big men in the worst way. With Jacobs status up in the air, we need at least 2 more big men. If someone has access to the Rivals pay site, they have info on other players that we are pursuing.

What are you guys thoughts, information, & observations?


 Dog





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Alabama honors scholarship offer to player with career-ending injury
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I get tired of hearing how ruthless Coach Saban is and all he cares about is winning at all costs. This is a sad situation for Elisha Shaw but at least he still gets his free scholarship to Alabama.

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Earlier today, Texas A&M got a lot of attention for honoring its scholarship offer to Cedric Collins, who suffered a career-ending injury in high school.

Alabama and head coach Nick Saban did exactly the same thing today, as the Crimson Tide will honor its offer of a scholarship to Elisha Shaw, a Georgia product who learned recently from doctors that he would not be able to continue to play college football. He had suffered a neck injury prior to his senior season, sitting out the entire year wondering if he’d get a chance to live up to his relatively high ranking in the nation. Because he only recently found out he would no longer be able to play, he continued to be heavily recruited during the fall.

When Shaw found out his career could not go on, several schools backed away, but BamaOnline.com reported a source close to Shaw said only Alabama stood by its scholarship offer to Shaw. So on national signing day, Shaw decided to announce his intention to attend school at Alabama. He will be on a medical scholarship.

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