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Let's talk a little basketball
Written by Jamos
Comments: 27
Posted under: The Quad
I know football season is almost here but my head is spinning with all of the recruiting news that we hear and read each day, way too many names and promises for me. I'll just wait on February to get here and see who signed the dotted line.

Basketball is getting started as well and I'm all excited about this season. There are some good things going on with CAJ and his staff so far with a full team now signed and the    schedule being completed. I am happy with the schedule even though it is tough because I think the earlier the team finds out how good they are the quicker they become a better team.

Bama is losing a basketball icon as Wendell Hudson is finally retiring. He has been with Bama for many years as a player and employee and has represented the school with nothing but the highest class.

Wendell was at the country club this weekend and was asked a few questions about CAJ and the team. Wendell is very excited about CAJ, staff, and team and has watched the players practice some. He stated that the Bama fans are in store for a big change in the style of basketball that we all have been used to watching. He feels that the recruiting edge is better than it has been in many many years and the style of play should get Bama into the realm of the better programs much quicker than what some of us might have been thinking. Wendell thinks the new style of play will lure the better players across the country to Tuscaloosa.

I was reading something today on a player that Bama is hot on, Terrance Ferguson. Rumors are out there that Bama has a real shot at this player. I found some videos of him that I will add the link for you to watch and I was very impressed and he is a 5 star by the way.

Anyway, just a little basketball gossip from me and maybe some of you have some things that you have been hearing or reading and would like to share a little of it on the forum.
Roll Tide!!!

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Caption this pic
Written by 2Stater
Comments: 27
Posted under: The Quad

Now Coach, just so you know, MD is expecting a Natty this year. 

Lane Kiffen Sez.........
Written by Jamos
Comments: 9
Posted under: The Quad
Tonight was the night that all the members of the REC had been waiting on, Lane Kiffen was to be the guest speaker for our last meeting of this past season.

Say what you want about Lane Kiffen, but this guy has a great sense of humor. He started us off tonight talking about when he first got to Bama and he asked Coach Saban about how he would address the media when he did an interview. Coach Saban told him that it would be very easy for him, he would not be doing any interviews.

This would set the tone for a very funny and informative meeting. Coach Kiffen first went through his young career, giving us a glimpse of his past years in coaching and explaining to us that the University of Alabama is by far the premier college coaching job in the country. He talked about Coach Saban and explained what the word "process" really means as most of the media describes CNS as the man of the word "process". The term "process" means nothing more than making the right decisions, right choices, and if you are on the football field making a good play on every down. He said it sounds simple but it is very tough for the players as they have never experienced anything like this in their young lives and in the blink of an eye, they have to grow up again to a much higher level.

He gave us a word of caution concerning the offensive side of the football this year. When you loose nine of the starters from last year it naturally puts a big challenge on the team this year. The problem isn't that they are short of good players but that they are short of good experienced players. He is hoping that when the fall practices start, the players have done well in the off season preparations and will bring some pleasant surprises to the coaches this fall. He did mention some names but only in the term of what they are capable of doing and he feels that when they get more reps on the practice field their performances will match their expectations. Coach Kiffen did not elaborate on the quarterbacks only to say that there is no one that really stands out above the others.

The best thing I heard him say tonight was the defense will be lights out this year and they are solid at being two deep this year. There were some good things said about Rashaad Evans and Marlin Humphrey in that they had a very good Spring and should really help the team this Fall.

All in all I thought he did a good job of telling us, in a Coach Saban way, that the team can be a good team this year but it will take some good luck health wise and and the back ups from last year will need to play up their expectations of when they were recruited. He did elaborate on what a healthy Kenyon Drake and Bo Scarbrough would mean to the offense. If Kenyon Drake doesn't get hurt last year he would have been an All-American and Bo Scarbrough brings a ton of talent, running and receiving, with him. He was asked about a return to play time for Scarbrough and responded that it would probably fall into the 3-5 game range of the season but he wasn't sure.

In closing, he asked that when we as fans have game tickets and aren't going to use them to please either sell them to someone or give them to someone. A full stadium does wonders for the players and to all the recruits who are there trying to make a choice of who they would like to play for. Also, he said it makes Coach Saban happy as he** too.



Go-Ahead Grand Slam Punches Softball's 10th Ticket to College World Series
Written by pmull
Comments: 21
Posted under: The Quad
Facing a one-game deficit in a best-of-three series against Oklahoma, Alabama won game two, 2-0, to force a deciding game three which the Tide won 5-3 courtesy of a sixth-inning grand slam by Marisa Runyon. The win secures Alabama's 10th trip to the Women's College World Series, which begins Thursday, May 28 in Oklahoma City.

Alabama has now made it to the Women's College World Series in four of the last five years, including a national title in 2012 and a runner-up finish in 2014. This is just the 14th time in the history of the Super Regional round that a team has come back from a game one loss to win games two and three. Alabama accomplished this feat previously in 2011, falling in game one to Stanford before rebounding with wins in games two and three.

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Prayer for Jesse Williams
Written by ricky023
Comments: 19
Posted under: Canterbury Chapel
Father we come to you knowing all things are in your control. Lord we pray thy will be done for Jesse. We pray you will heal this cancer that you took the stripes for and through your authority we seek healing. In the name of your son JESUS we pray and claim this prayer. AMEN

Bama's Second Scrimmage Today
Written by Jamos
Comments: 11
Posted under: The Quad
It was just a beautiful afternoon which made the scrimmage much more enjoyable to watch. With all of the rain and storms we have had of late, I just knew the weather would be rotten today.

I guess the big question that everyone has in mind is who will the next quarterback be but after watching them for 2 hours I didn't see that much difference between all of them. If CNS had to pick one tomorrow I think it would be a coin toss. In all fairness though, the defense is well ahead of the offense which could make the quarterback play look less than what it really is. I think the ADay game will give a better opinion of the players and positions than the scrimmage that we saw today.

The quarterbacks timing with the receivers seemed to be a problem today as so many passes were thrown behind the receivers but remember, I said the defense seemed better than the offense. The quarterbacks were scrambling all afternoon and many passes were thrown on the run as well as they scrambled a lot just to get some positive yardage . The defensive line looks quick and mean and this seemed to help the secondary a lot and that is something that we didn't see much of last year. There must have been 5-7 tipped passes today with at least 4 for interceptions. Again, this is something that we didn't see last year.

The receivers and running backs had their moments but there wasn't anything there that we haven't seen or was surprising in any way. The defense did a good job of defensing the run. Henry had a couple of nice breakaways but I don't think the practice was about running backs making long runs but them just making consistent good runs keeping a drive alive. There was no Amari Cooper on the field today either but there were a few good catches off the long ball and some short catches with a good run after the catch. There were also some dropped passes but in practice, I guess that's the norm.

The kicking game seemed to be ok as Scott was booming his punts up to 65 yards in the air with good hang time. Bama has another punter, Adrian Lamothe and he's a senior. He is from Monterrey, Mexico Prepa Tec. I don't remember him being on the team last year but I could be wrong on this. He had good distance with his punts but his hang time wasn't as good as Scott's. It's good to know there is a backup for Scott. Adam Griffith started a little slow on his field goal attempts but got everything going his way and made 4-5 from the 45-50 yard line in a row. His kickoffs were reaching the goal line each time or were in the end zone.

There were a few injuries but none seemed to be major. Reggie Ragland looked to have banged his knee up a little bit but I don't think it was anything serious. There were other nicks and bruises but nothing seemed season threatening.

If I had to pick the one thing that impressed me the most about the practice it would be the rush of the defensive line and their ability to control the running game. The two players that stuck out on that side of the ball the most to me was Da'Shawn Hand and D.J Pettway. They made or caused a lot of good defensive plays.

Coach Saban spoke to us afterwards and he talked a little longer than usual, which all of us do not mind a bit. He spoke in great length about the recent player dismissals from the team and was still very concerned that any of that had to happen. He mentioned how people or the media react towards disciplinary action toward players and how they are quick to say he's a really a good coach when he kicks a player off the team. He said he feels like a failure when that happens because his goal is not to run anyone off the team but to develop them into a person that they can be proud of who and what they are. He added that leadership on the team is so essential when you have 125 players. He stated that there are two kinds of leadership, positive and negative, and it's sometimes hard to find players that are willing to step up when needed to impose the positive leadership because there are times you have have to force yourself on someone to enforce the idea of making the right choices and decisions. There are ten players on the Leadership Committee now but he thought there might be a few more added this fall. I could sit and listen to this man speak for hours, he has so much to share about life and how to live it. As always, he had a few things to say that brought some good laughter from audience.

I wish all of you could have been there, it was a fun day. Cheesy

Roy Exum: Bear Bryant’s Hour Of Power
Written by pmull
Comments: 1
Posted under: The Quad
A very good story about Coach Bryant meeting Reverend Robert Schuller on a plane. A long read but one you will enjoy on this Good Friday and Easter weekend.

As we got up from the table, I asked him one more thing, “Is that story about Bear Bryant on the airplane true?” and Dr. Schuller laughed, calling what happened one of the real highlights of his entire life.

People are still fascinated over Coach Bryant, the giant of a football coach who took “ordinary” boys and built a dynasty at the University of Alabama before he died in 1983. Not long ago he was named as the “Most Influential Man” in the 75-year history of the Southeastern Conference.

But what occurred in an airplane somewhere in the sky over California may have been his biggest victory and Dr. Schuller told me he will never forget it either.

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Re: Texas A&M at Alabama (Baseball)
Written by pmull
Comments: 8
Posted under: The Quad
We are two SEC series into the year. Where do we stand?

We have a 13-9 record which does not look great but our RPI is 17 and SOS is 6. Those are very good numbers.

We are 3-3 in SEC play winning the series at Miss St 2-1 and dropping the home series to A&M 1-2. A&M is 23-1 with us handing them their only loss. We are tied for 5th in the early SEC standings.

We have a .280 team batting average. Our opponents .244. Our slugging pct. is .408 vs .308 for opponents. These are respectable numbers that are higher than previous years. The slugging pct. is great meaning we are getting a lot of extra base hits. We are 30-40 in stolen bases which is good. Opponents are 18-27.

Pitching is a weakness. We have a team ERA of 4.16 vs opponents 5.40. That is high. The starters have done well but we are struggling with relief help from the bench. We are walking far too many batters. We have issued 104 walks vs opponents 66. We have also hit 21 batters. That is 5.6 free passes per game which is very bad. Our pitching must improve.

Our defense is solid again this year. We have committed 19 errors compared to 33 for opponents. Averaging under 1 per game is good. We have turned 25 double plays compared to 11.

It is still early in the year but it looks to me like we can be a pretty good team. We are hitting for a good average and getting a lot of extra base hits. We are a good offensive team. Pitching must improve. Eliminate walks and shore up the bullpen.

It does not get any easier. We go to Florida (20-5 RPI 9) next week and host LSU (21-3 RPI 36) the following week. Our SEC schedule is front loaded so it will get easier later in the year. We have tough mid week games the next two weeks with a road trip to Mobile to play South Alabama on Tuesday and on the road again to play UAB the following week. These games are important to increase the win total because the SEC is so difficult.

Softball Boosters meet with team and coaches tonight.
Written by Jamos
Comments: 3
Posted under: The Quad
It was our annual meeting with the team, coaches, and the compliance dept and was very entertaining.

Most of the players were there but a few were craming for tests tomorrow and were excused. It was nice to hear the ladies reflect on their season so far and to listen to Littlejohn and Osorio talk about their feelings when they were trying to close out the games of their perfect game and no hitter. Coach Murphy gave a rundown of the California experience and what it meant to the players. Some of you may not know that when CPM recruits these players from the far away States, he promises to take the team back to play in their home area in a tournament so their family and friends get a chance to see them play. In the trip to California the two players involved were Alexis Osorio and Leona Lafaele. Leona got the shock of her life as her dad, who lives in Somalia, made the trip to see her play and Leona did not know this was happening. When Leona came into the stadium she happened to look up and there was her da., He had not seen her play since she was 10 years old. Leona got a double on her first time at bat and when the coaches looked at Leona standing on second something seemed strange about her and when the coaches went to check on her she was about to feint. How much do you think that hit meant to her as her dad is recovering from a stroke that happened a few months back and she didn't think her dad would ever get to see her play again, him living so far away and with bad health.

The women are in action this weekend as Bama will host their annual Easton Spring Bash with Michigan, Lipscomb, and James Madison as the other teams participating. All three of these teams made the NCAA Tournament last year and have several of their starters returning this year so the competition should be good. On Friday Bama will play Michigan at 4 p.m. followed by James Madison at 6 p.m.. On Saturday Bama plays Michigan at 1:30 p.m. and James Madison at 4:30 p.m.. On Sunday, Bama will play their final game against Lipscomb at 1:30 p.m..

It looks like another banner year for the team so far and hopefully some of you that have never been to one of their games will get a chance this year.

Bill Battle:Is it Decision Time?
Written by Jamos
Comments: 29
Posted under: The Quad
Early into the game last night I glanced toward the reserved seating for University of Alabama dignitaries and saw Bill Battle sitting with a lady and immediately my curiosity got the best of me, was the lady President Judy Bonner. It was just the two of them with 3 other folks sitting two rows in front of them in that area so it was easy for me to sit and observe the two of them. When I say curiosity, I'm saying that I have been wondering like so many of the Tide nation about the status and future of the Alabama basketball program since the team has seemed to regress to a very mediocre team since about the middle of the season. Even more is the case of Coach Anthony Grant and his status of being a capable coach that can lead the team back into a level of competition that is highly regarded and competing in the top twenty teams in the NCAA.

Bill Battle sat very still and not too emotional with his eyes glued to the court for the most part of the game with an occasional applause for a good play by a player. I was wondering what he might be thinking as this game was very important for the Alabama team to win in order to have any chance for NCAA consideration for the upcoming tournament. I will say that his attention to the game was firm and there seemed to be very little of anything that distracted his eyes from the play of the game. Was this his usual demeanor to watch a game or was he there for a certain reason last night? Could it be that he was there to fulfill an upcoming decision that he will have to make concerning the future of the basketball program?

One thing is certain to happen though, Bill Battle will have to address the Alabama nation with a decision of whether Coach Anthony Grant is staying or leaving very soon. While strolling around Coleman last night and chatting with a few friends before the game and at halftime, there is a lot of disappointment with the fans and season ticket holders. There has been one sellout this year we all know who that was, Kentucky. Other than that game the fans have been very sparse, especially the ticket holders at the center court area on both sides of Coleman. There have been no booing toward the players at all at their sometimes lack luster play but the empty seats are what is sending the big message to the University. This is a warning signal that something about the program is very wrong and something needs to be done by Bill Battle, but the next message by the fans could be even stronger if Battle doesn't take some action, the long time season ticket holders do not renew their tickets for next season. All of these empty seats were sold for this season but I doubt that will happen next season if there is not a change in the program.

It's a shame any of this has to happen but Alabama is a proud school and winning is a tradition for them regardless of the sport. Right now I would say there are two of the programs with coaches on hot seats, basketball and baseball. Mitch Gaspard needs to have a good season this year, with all of the money that is being spent on his team, or there may be another big decision coming very soon.

All of what I have written is purely speculation on my behalf and by no means is it something that the University has indicated will happen but I do feel pretty good about my speculation and only time will tell. By the way, I could never tell if the lady sitting with Bill Battle was President Judy Bonner or not. RTR!!!       

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