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Coastal Carolina visits for NIT opener
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Coastal Carolina visits for NIT opener

The Crimson Tide basketball team will host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the opening round of the 2011 NIT tonight in Coleman Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 6:00 CST, with the game being televised nationally on ESPNU.

For the first time all season, Bama doesn't want to be playing in Coleman Coliseum, where the Tide is a perfect 16-0 on the season. Alabama would rather be playing in far-off Dayton tonight in the opening games of the NCAA Tournament, but the selection committee, in all its wisdom, decided that was not to be. Instead, Bama's players will have to quickly re-focus on the consolation prize of college basketball: a place in the NIT.

Coastal Carolina qualified for the NIT by winning the Big South conference championship. All conference champions who fail to win their conference tournament and fail to get an at-large bid receive automatic bids to the NIT.

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Re: BR - College Football 2011: Alabama's Secondary Is Not the Tide's Weakest Link
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I don't think our secondary was the weak link last year.  They definitely were an area of concern coming into the season due to the lack of depth and experience that injury, early departures, and some injuries caused.  But, they played great throughout the season.  Yes, they were caught on some blown coverages at times that led to critical big plays or TDs against us, but even some of those could have been addressed had we gotten better contributions on a consistent basis from our front 7 to keep QBs from having all day to throw at times.  That was the real weak spot last year (IMO).

We couldn't get consistent pressure on the qb and were around 50th or worse nationally in both sacks and TFL. Bama fell from 14th in the nation to 59th in TFL and from 29th to 49th in sacks from 2009 to 2010.

Meanwhile, the secondary played lights out all things considered as they only fell 3 spots nationally (10th to 13th) in total pass defense. 

The Defensive problems (and true weak spots) last year were two-fold IMO: first, and most importantly was the lack of team leaders to step up and do their part to get the team motivated to play consistently for 60 minutes.  No one in the front 7 filled that team leader role to direct traffic and make guys take ownership of their roles and responsibilities.  Second, the front 7 lost its push and ability to implement many of the more complicated pressures because we lacked a true 3-4 NT around which everything else is based in CNS's defense. We did not have the guy to clog up the middle of the field and draw double teams all game long to allow for the rest of the D to make first contact behind the LOS with ball carriers and bring a multitude of pressures on the QB from all different angles.

Jesse Williams will fix part of the problem.  We definitely need him to live up to expectations and stay healthy. We still need the leaders to step-up in all phases of prep and execution (on and off the field).

I am very excited about the talent and EXPERIENCE that is returning in the secondary and think our front 7 will see a big improvement in spite of some key losses to individual personnel.  Very excited for the fall.

Re: BR - Alabama Spring Preview: Offensive Line
che boludo
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I completely agree with the lack of leadership on the OL comment from the article.  Mike Johnson was a huge loss for us who kept the OL in step.

Pendry's focus was always on developing a dominant run blocking team while at Bama, but he consistently had troubles getting the Ol to shift from run blocking to pass protection effectively (which is a common problem for all OLs).  There were times over the last couple of years that if we weren't in the shotgun or passing out of the bootleg, nothing good was happening. 

I think we will have a much improved line this year as experience, depth and talent are key to OL success.  We have all 3 this year.  With the great defense I expect Bama to have this year coupled with great potential at OL, we are in for a big year.

Vlachos and Jones will be very important for us on offense and are key personnel to keep healthy IMO to have consistent success this year from the OL. Jones and Vlachos need to come back strong and ready to be a leaders on the OL IOT to make all of that talent click. We could have an OL full of 5 stars, but if nobody takes control of them on the field to force them to operate as a single, dominant unit we'll never get back to where we were in terms of physical run blocking.

I disagree with the Vlachos comments that he is too small and close to being benched if he can't handle the speed rushers better this year.  First, how dumb would it be to bench a senior center with two years starting experience?  He is a very smart player and plenty capable of being a productive center as he has shown in the past.  Lots of our problems on the physicality of the OL are related to the issues I mentioned in another thread about our front 7.

In 2008-2009 our front 7 was dominant and pushed our OL to practice and prepare against the best in the country all spring, summer, and fall (during 1s on 1s).  I had read an article from Vlachos in 2009 when speaking of his rise to success in replacement of Caldwell, he said he owed it all to playing against the best D in the country in every practice and going head to head against Cody in particular.  The fact that we didn't have that dominant front 7 to push them last year was no doubt a huge impact to their overall performance (also Vlachos own offseason injury no doubt contributed to his S&C going into last season).  However, he is healthy this year and will no doubt come back ready to play.  Plus, there is a big Aussie who will give the OL all the help they need in preparing against a big physical front.

BR - College Football 2011: Alabama's Secondary Is Not the Tide's Weakest Link
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The 2010 Crimson Tide secondary was the big question mark going into the season. 

Their 2009 predecessors were a force in their own right.  All three starting cornerbacks made it into the NFL;  Kareem Jackson went in the first round to the Texans, Javier Arenas went in the second round to the Chiefs and Marquis Johnson went in the seventh round to the Rams.

In addition, free safety Justin Woodall was a possible late-round NFL pick. After going undrafted, the phenomenal athlete was picked up by MLB's Tampa Bay Rays. 

Needless to say, the '09 secondary was stacked, leaving some very big shoes to fill.

The 2010 squad performed better than expected by finishing 13th in the nation in passing defense and allowing less than 180 yards per game, but not good enough to repeat as national champions. 

The 2011 season will see the return of all starters from last year's secondary, including Alabama's prodigal son Robby Green.  With a season of trial by fire in the SEC, will the Crimson Tide fare better this coming season?

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Top Prospects Showcase Talent at 7 on 7 Tourny
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There was a lot of Division I talent on the Magnolia Fields on the campus of the University of South Florida over the weekend. The BadgerSport 7-on-7 Tournament brought in 15 teams from the talent-rich state of Florida, a state that produces hundreds of Division I players a year.

Land O' Lakes tight end Kent Taylor made an impression for Team Tampa, showcasing great hands and above average speed for a player his size (6-foot-5, 215 pounds).

Taylor is being recruited for Alabama by special teams coach Bobby Williams.

"I'm kind of like Colin Peek - just being able to catch the ball and block in that pro-style offense," Taylor said. "I think I would fit in good at Alabama.

"I saw (Peek) late in his career as they were playing Florida. My brother's best friend, he's best friends with Colin Peek.

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Hurt - Tide Shifts Focus to NIT
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TUSCALOOSA | Without underestimating Coastal Carolina, the University of Alabama men's basketball team may have an even bigger challenge tonight. Shaking off the heartache. Sunday night's NCAA Tournament announcement did not include Alabama in the 68-team field, an omission that stung Crimson Tide players, coaches and fans - but had a special resonance for the UA seniors, who will never get a second chance.

"I felt worse for them than myself," said junior forward JaMychal Green. "(The seniors) were taking it hard."

"It was very quiet in the room," said senior forward Chris Hines. "It was disheartening. Nobody said anything. As you can imagine, it hit us hard.

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BR - Alabama Spring Preview: Offensive Line
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With only a week to go before spring practice, I review the offensive line as my sixth and final installment.



OT James Carpenter graduated

G Brian Motley graduated

C David Ross graduated



OT Aaron Douglas, Jr College Transfer

No area struggled as badly as the offensive line in 2010.  If you read my articles, you know I rarely heap sharp criticism on individual players; this review will be an exception.

More than any other position group, the offensive line sets the tone for the team and a season. For example, 2008 and 2009 saw the offensive line take it to the other team physically, control the line of scrimmage and dominate the time of possession.

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Tide left out, will play Coastal Carolina in NIT
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Alabama's bubble burst Sunday when it failed to hear its name called as one of the 68 teams who will play in the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide will now host Coastal Carolina in Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the first round of the NIT.

Coach Anthony Grant speaks.........
Written by Toxik76
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I'll just post the quotes from the article

Disappointed Anthony Grant is grateful for Tide's No. 1 seed in the NIT

Published: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 9:42 PM
Don Kausler Jr.

"We certainly had hopes that we would be able to get an invitation, but obviously that didn't work out, so there's disappointment.

The thing we've got to be able to do is move on and understand we've got a great opportunity to continue our season and continue to try to play for a championship. We'll have to regroup in a short period of time."

On leaving Bama out:

"I really don't look at other teams, The committee's got a very tough process they have to go through. ...We're obviously disappointed that we did not make the field, but it is an invitational tournament. I certainly respect the decisions that were made."

Ohio St AD Gene Smith (committee chairman) on Alabama in particular"

"A lot of people put head-to-head as a high priority in their criteria for different situations

There were things with Alabama that didn't stack up compared to the other teams that became blemishes. All of these teams have blemishes and assets and things of that nature that paid attention to what their total resume was, and at the end of the day, they just didn't get enough votes."

Grant on VCU making it in (GRRRR):

"I've never looked at things that way, obviously I'm very happy for VCU and those kids that we had an opportunity to be a part of their lives. I wish them all of the best. Our situation is our situation."

Grant on what Bama needs to do moving forward to be sure to make it in:

"The process in terms of NCAA tournament selection appears to be a moving target, so you've got to evaluate what you need to do and how you need to do it"

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Bama #1 seed in NIT
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Posted under: The Quad adresses Bama as a#1 seed in the NIT & our next opponent CCU

Bama #1 seed in NIT
by Matt Dover on Mar 13, 2011 8:45 PM CDT in Basketball

The Crimson Tide basketball team was left out of the NCAA Tournament field on Sunday evening.

A couple of hours later, the Tide received word that it was selected as a #1 seed for the NIT. As such, Bama will play at home in each of the first three rounds should the Tide keep winning..........

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