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Texas A&M @
South Carolina
(South Carolina -10.5)

Boise State @
Ole Miss
(Ole Miss -10.0)

Penn State @
UCF
(UCF -1.0)

UCLA @
Virginia
(UCLA -22.0)

Arkansas @
Auburn
(Auburn -20.5)

Clemson @
Georgia
(Georgia -7.5)

Florida State @
Oklahoma State
(Florida State -18.0)

Wisconsin @
LSU
(LSU -5.0)

Utah State @
Tennessee
(Tennessee -6.5)

Miami @
Louisville
(Louisville -4.0)

Tie Breaker:  How many total yards of offense will Alabama get against West Virginia?

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Lacy, Dareus and Mathis in Pro Bowl
pmull
Written by pmull
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Posted under: The Quad
Coach Saban does not miss a chance to promote our program and the success of former players in the NFL.


Great pic of Jesse from Kuiyam
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Jesse will be on the sidelines cheering them on in the Superbowl and surely will be playing in it this time next year! 

A night to remember with Eddie Conyers
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 7
Posted under: The Quad
Humor is one thing but outrageous humor is another. Tonight Eddie Conyers, the longtime practice referee at Alabama spoke to the REC and what an evening it was. This man has more stories about his past years than you can imagine, and most of them are very very funny.

Eddie started officiating the practices for Bama in 1961 and is still there doing what he does best. He is 86 years old but you would never guess it, the energy he has is not the average for an 86 year old. I hope that a writer will get with Eddie before his time is up and write a book about all that he has to share about his life at Bama, it would be a book that I would love to give to my kids.

I have known Eddie for many years as he used to play in the Gene Stallings Golf Tournament for RISE each year and he and I shared many laughs together. Talk about some wild stories, many of the past coaches would attend the golf tournament and they would all gather with Eddie and it was a contest of which of them could tell the best story on that day. It was a time that I will never forget and even tonight, Eddie and I had a chance to sit and talk a bit and share some of those wonderful moments of the past once more. Hopefully I will get another chance to hear him speak again at some time because I never get tired of hearing those stories, they just get a little funnier each time I hear them.

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A little softball news
Jamos
Written by Jamos
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I attended a meeting at the softball complex tonight and it was very entertaining. The compliance director at Bama filled us all in on the dos and don'ts that we all need to know about.

We got to chat with the players for a short period of time but CPM got them out of there in a hurry to do their studying. All of the players have 3.0 GPA or better and 5 of them have a 4.0., that's not too shabby.

CPM and Stephanie VanBrakle gave us a breakdown of where the team is right now and they seemed very excited. Bama's goal this year is to lead the nation in doubles. He has advised the batters to be selective in what they swing at and choose the pitch that can get them a double. I can see where he is going with this in trying to get the players to extend the inning. Some folks say a homerun is a rally killer.

VanBrakle sounded very excited about her pitching staff. She stated that JTrain is healthy and ready to go but Leslie Jury is a changed pitcher and has really looked sharp. She said that Littlejohn is a different pitcher than JTrain and Jury as she has a tremendous spin on the ball. CPM said that if Littlejohn can get 12-15 wins it will really set up the tandem of JTrain and Jury as their arms should stay pretty rested.

There is also some friendly competition going on in batting practice. The players are competing against each other in who hits the ball more solid during their times at bat. The winner gets a tee shirt and it has become very competitive.

There will be a fan appreciation day on January 25th. This will include some snacks and drinks and a intersquad game. This all begins at 11:00 am.

Check this link for more softball news and info.

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Are there changes on the way for Bama football?
Jamos
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It didn't take CNS long to initiate his plans for getting Bama football back to where he wants it, celebrating national championships. After blowing a game to Auburn, which Bama had victory in it's grasp and then the disaster in the Sugar Bowl, the coach started looking for answers as to why this team finshed the season on such a downhill slide.

A couple of weeks ago it was announced that Lane Kiffen would come on campus as a consultant to help with the woes of the offense and that caught everyone's eye. How could Lane Kiffen ever be invited to this campus as a consultant for Bama football problems and some laughed it off as nothing to it. This invite turned out to be much more than an invite to do some consulting, it opened the door for some major changes in the Bama program.

Nick Saban is a genius as a manager of things, he knows when there are problems long before they expose themselves to anyone. This is what helps him so much in staying ahead of the competition as he senses a problem and reacts immediatly, not sometime later on. He didn't bring Kiffen on campus as a consultant, he had already made a plan for this team and now was looking for the right coaches to implement it.

With the changes in the coaches ranks that has begun, that only brings on the speculation of changes in how Bama plays football. The fast tempo offensive has certaintly caught everyone's eye as Auburn gave Bama a reason to notice when they ran up big chunks of yardage against a pretty good Bama defense and passed for big yardage as well. When I saw Mason just chew up Bama's defense, I could only think of how great Yeldon, Henry, and Drake would be running in an offense of that sort and don't forget about the passing game with our receivers.

How many more coaching changes will happen in the coming weeks or will there be any more changes to the staff? There are lots of questions now that the OC position is changing but I think the big question now is will the offense get a major overhaul and who will be the quarterback. There are lots of questions to be answered in the upcoming weeks and it should get to be very interesting.



kiffin hired per espn
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Alabama has hired Lane Kiffin as the Tide's new offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN.com.

Kiffin was fired as USC's head coach in late September after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State. He registered a 28-15 record with the Trojans following a one-year stint at Tennessee, where he was 7-6.

The 38-year-old Kiffin visited with Alabama coach Nick Saban before the Allstate Sugar Bowl "to share ideas and exchange ideas ... [for] professional development," Saban said at the time.

"Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for him," Saban said then. "Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing."

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Dear Auburn Youtube Poem
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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0RHJWyzthU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0RHJWyzthU</a>

Re: "FSU's Jimbo Fisher chats with Sabans after winning national title: 'They're great people'"
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When these two were at LSU, I was fortunate enough to go to a clinic there.  We were breaking up in meeting and I was going to Coach Fisher's meeting.  I got in there early and he and I got on the board before the rest of the coaches came in talking about pass routes.  Before I knew it I turned around and the other coaches had come in.  I apologized to them and they told us no you guys go ahead.  That is my Jimbo story.

Re: SEC Opener At Home vs Vanderbilt (8:00 ESPNU)
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We pick up a good win to start the SEC season. This is not your typical Vandy team. They are not very good this year but they play hard and are well coached. Any SEC win is a good win.

Alabama started the game slow and finished a little tentative but the middle 20 minutes was excellent basketball. We shot the ball well and had a little better ball movement. Releford had 16, Hale 15, Obasohan 15, Randolph 11 and Jacobs 8. That is good scoring distribution. Hale is getting better each game. We out scored Vandy 30-26 in the paint.

We played good defense most of the night. Our defense leads to offense. We had 17 points off turnovers to Vandy's 8. Vandy turned the ball over 16 times to our 8.

Vandy is the worst free throw shooting team in the league but they come to our place and go 15-17. We continue our recent trend of struggling from the line going 12-19. We are still the SEC's best free throw shooting team.

Somehow Vandy out rebounded us 32-25. It could be because we took more shots than them due to turnovers. Some of their rebounds also gave off missed free throws. During the game I thought we were killing them on the boards so I am happy with our rebounding last night.

Overall this was a good team win which we needed very bad. We get a chance to pick up a road win this Saturday when we travel to Athens to play Georgia. This is one of our best chances to get a road win. UGA is in a down cycle and their coach is on the hot seat.

 

Game notes: Bama vs OK
Written by hscoach
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First:   Congrats to Bama on a very good year.  I, like most, was hoping for more.  However, the cards donít always fall in your favor. 

Offense:   The offense moved the ball effectively at times.  However, they made too many mistakes at crucial times.   They had 12 negative plays which included 2 fumbles, one returned for a TD and the other was in the red zone where Bama may have been able to take a lead into half time, 2 interception, on which led to a TD right before half time, on tackle for a loss with 7 sacks.  They wasted good field position in the second half where Bama could have mounted a comeback. They had 5 runs of over 10 yards and Derrik Henry had 4 of them.  They had 9 pass competitions for over 10 yards.  Bama left too many points on the field.  They had a 1st and 10 on the 10 in the red zone and settled for a field goal.  They fumbled in the red zone which Ok took the drive and went for a TD.  They fumble with the scored tied and a chance to run more clock and score and maybe take the lead going into the half.  I really donít know why the coaches didnít help the OL and use a back or TE to chip the rusher that was giving them so much trouble.  Bama had 3 three and outs and all were in the second half.

QB:  AJ made some good throws, but was pressured especially in the second half.  He forced a ball after Bama got an int. and gave it right back.  On the next int., I think Cooper stopped on his route.  After the pressure got to him and the int, I think he was hesitant to throw the ball into a small window as well as looking at the rush.

RB:   Henry ran hard as did Yeldon.  As I stated the fumble was big.  Bama runs clock and scores and possibly go in leading by 3/7. 

REC:  They caught the ball most of the time and many different players had catches.  A big drop by Cooper in the second half led to a 3 and out when Bama started with good field position.

OL:   I have hot and cold feeling here.  There were times they looked great and other times they didnít get the push they need on running plays.  I think have of the sacks came from the left side of the OL.  I donít think CK needs to leave for the NFL

Defense:  Oklahoma came out with an outstanding game plan and stuck with it.  They attacked Bama with the short passing game and continued to move the chains.  They rarely had a long 3rd down play.  There is a time when Ok had a 1st and 30 and converted and ended the drive with a TD.  I think this is where they went up 38- 24. OK also had Bama getting lined up late or not at all at times.  They were torched early and came back the second half and had stops on 5 out of 6 possessions.  They gave the offense a chance to come back in the game, but they didnít do it.  They had 8 negative plays and forced 2 three and outs in the third quarter to give Bama a chance.  They gave up 3 runs over 10 yards and 9 passes for 10+ yards. 

DL:    They would have played a good game if it had been a running team.  They just donít have a dominant pass rusher.   

LB:  They had to play sideline to sideline all day.   They were put in a bad position because of the offense Ok threw at them. 

DB:  Almost all CBís got burned for a big TD.  They did not press the rec as they got free releases many times.   

Penalties:  The biggest penalty of the game was when Bama lost the TD on the punt return.  After this they went 3 and out.   

Special teams:   

Finally:  One of the main keys was the points Bama left on the field.  They took a field goal when they started with 1st and 10 on the 10 yard line going in.  They fumbled in the red zone.  They missed a field goal and they took points off the board on the punt return penalty.  The D put Bama in a position to win, but they didnít.  That is the way the ball bounces some times. 

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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