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"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.


Alabama Basketball 2014/2015 Season
Marshal Dillon
Written by Marshal Dillon
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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?

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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.

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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?


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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.

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 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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REC's National Signing Day
Written by Jamos
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The room was packed and everyone was waiting anxiously on Coach Saban to finish his news conference so we all could hear what he and his staff had to say. As they entered the room, you would have thought that we were outside in the stadium because of the loud roar from everyone as they all entered the lobby of the North Zone.

That loud roar pretty much set the tone for Coach Saban and staff. Each of the assistants gave us a rundown on the players that signed and would be playing for them. They were as giddy as the REC members and was it ever fun to hear them break down each player and and describe their players and potential. Bo Davis and Lane Kiffen really got a big welcome. Kiffen had a lot of fun though as he looked at all of us and said he was out on that field in 2009 and never got a reception like he got tonight. He also said he was so worried today about getting Rashaan Evans to sign and when he saw it on ESPN he ran over to Kirby Smart and excitedly told him that Evans had signed and he said that Kirby looked up at him and said, "no big deal I've known that would happen for two weeks." He then said he  could have killed him then for not letting him know earlier. Kiffen also went on to say that what he watched happen in Lee County(Auburn) was far beyond anything that he had ever seen in recruiting wars. Kirby Smart went to Lee County, in Gus Malzhan's own back yard and he didn't just beat him, he kicked his a**. The crowd went wild. I think Mr. Kiffen will do well here because he works for Nick Saban.

Coach Saban did a good job in taking us back to his first year at Bama and his first season when they went 7-6. He talked about the different reasons for this year's collapse and compared them to his first team and now he was putting himself and the team back in the same position as his first spring practice was . Most of his reasons were players became more satisfied with what they had done in the past games rather than working on ways to do those things better in the season ahead. Complacency and lack of commitment pretty much summed up his reasons.

He also talked about fan support and how important it is to the teams success. The complacency and commitment reason applied to the fans as well. In his first spring practice at Bama there were almost 100,000 fans in the seats and this was after the 7-6 season. He then said that the team had just won 2 national championships in a row and there have been nowhere near that many fans in the stadium for the spring games as it was in the first spring game when they were 7-6. There should really have been more because they were winning championships. He wasn't bashing the fans by no means but he was concerned that the fans had become complacent and somewhat uncommitted as some of the players had done. Both have become so used to winning that each thinks Bama will win every game regardless. He then told us that this spring practice will be like his first one here. They are 0-2 in their last games and they will start spring practice as the 7-6 team did, back to the basics of recommitting themselves to the process.

It felt good to hear Coach and his staff get so fired up and ready for spring to get here as they get started on their next championship run. I only wish that all of the fans could have been there tonight to get their enthusiasm fired up once again as we all did. I will not be surprised at all if there isn't a new record for attendance at the ADay game this year and I can promise you, I will be there and I hope all of you will be as well, the team needs us. RTR

Re: The Battle Plan - Feb. 4, 2014‏
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I got the e-mail too and was coming here to post this part in particular:


Our Mission is to recruit and develop student athletes to compete at the highest levels in their sport; to educate and prepare those student athletes to compete at the highest levels in life after graduation; and to do both with honor and integrity. I believe that mission is not only that of the Athletics Department, but matches what you as fans desire of our programs.

While we strive for excellence in everything we do, there are also times where thoughtful patience is required. I evaluate every sports team after the season and try to make the best decisions in my power as to what I believe is best for the University over the long run. There are many factors to consider in making that best decision. It is my hope that our fans and supporters will also take that same view. All of our teams need - and I believe deserve - OUR FANS to be there in support, regardless of their record.

I hope that your allegiance and your presence will continue through thick and thin.  I have seen firsthand where the passion of loyal fans can lead to negativity, which makes recruiting for the future much more difficult. Such negativity can make a bad situation worse, ironically coming from those who love the University the most.

All of us deal with high expectations - our own and those of others. High expectations are often perceived as pressure by most outside observers, but it is fuel for those of us in athletics as we work daily to achieve our mission. Many times we fail to meet someone’s expectations, particularly in the high profile world of college sports. It can become difficult to remember that the expectations that truly matter are personal, both to the individual and the organization or team they represent.

Having realistic expectations is also very important. Evaluating what realistic expectations are for any program in our midst is a relative proposition. Every team we have is at a different stage of development, so the realistic expectations for one may be higher or lower than another. Each of our teams at Alabama has high expectations. None of us would want it any other way. As an organization, we have high expectations for all facets of our programs.

The expectations of most outside observers are pretty simple and clear: they want our athletics program to compete for championships in every sport while graduating our student-athletes and producing productive people. That's a set of expectations we all embrace at the University of Alabama. Do we always meet those expectations? No. Just as important, do we always meet our own expectations? No. Nonetheless, that's the standard we try to live up to. That's the level of achievement we want - and, yes, expect - to reach in every sport.

Consistency and discipline in approach is crucial to meeting our goals. Self-control in thought and action creates consistency. The attitude we assume when faced with disappointment is truly up to us. That's as true for fans and supporters as it is for student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. The passion that our fans have for our University is what sets Alabama apart from the rest. It is my hope that we can harness that passion and direct it to positive outcomes.

"Former Alabama nose guard Jesse Williams becomes 1st native Australian to win Super Bowl ring"
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Former Alabama nose guard Jesse Williams becomes 1st native Australian to win Super Bowl ring
He's one of two former Alabama players to win a ring, joining James Carpenter.


Former Florida State QB Jacob Coker commits to transfer to Alabama
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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- The long-anticipated transfer of Jacob Coker took a big step toward finalization Sunday, as the former Florida State quarterback committed to transfer to Alabama, a source confirmed to

Coker, who played his high school ball at St. Paul's in Mobile, was an official visitor at Alabama this weekend. He spent the past three years at Florida State, serving as Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston's backup this past season. was first to report the news.

Coker is anticipated to graduate after the spring semester and be eligible to play in 2014.

Bama Softball 2014
Written by N.AL-Tider
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Had the opportunity to head to T-town for the softball Fan appreciation day today.  Met up with Jamos (always a good time) and with him and my daughter that plays softball we got to tour the incredible indoor practice facility.  Did I mention that it is incredible?  Coach Murphy was our tour guide and you could just hear the excitement in his voice as he spoke with us.  We then got to meet & greet the entire roster of players, take pics and get autographs.  Each and every one of them was as nice and professional as you might expect.  They seemed to be genuinely interested in us (mainly my daughter) and they were very thankful for everyone showing up on such a cold blustery day.  The team divided up into "Crimson" and "Gray" and had a 5 inning scrimmage game.  Littlejohn pitched the entire game for the gray team and she was outstanding.  She actually reminded me of Traina her first two years playing for Bama.  Jury was the starting pitcher for the Crimson team and did well for a couple of innings.  She walked one batter in the second.  J-Train came in to pitch in the 3rd.  Our hitting was really good too.  In the third inning J. Patterson beat the brakes off of J-Train.  Coach had her bat in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings (obvious to me that he wanted her to go to the plate to see how strong her bat was.  She got good hits in the 3rd and 4th but Jackie finally got the best of her in the 5th.  Jackie had a pretty rough 3rd giving up 6 runs.  I am still not sure if she is still a bit off her game or if our hitters are just that much better this year.  I'm betting on the latter.  Should be fun to watch them again this year.  I have no doubts that they won't make it back to the WCWS.  Wouldn't surprise me to see them win it again...  Yeah, I think they are that good.

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

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