Thursday, January 28, 2010

National Signing Day Preview

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National Signing Day is Wednesday, and the Alabama Crimson Tide will have yet another stellar recruiting class for 2010.

Here is a commitment list (as of January 28) for Alabama, and also the team recruiting ranking per

Next week will be dedicated to recruiting and National Signing Day. On Wednesday I will provide the latest news concerning all official commitments, and I’ll present my “player showcase” where I will provide insight on selected players from the 2010 Alabama recruiting class.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spring Fever: A-Day Game Information

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The 2010 spring football scrimmage or “A-Day Game” has been scheduled for Saturday, April 17. The game will kickoff at 2 p.m. from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Television coverage of the game is unavailable at this time, but I fully expect the scrimmage to be televised by ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.

The game will come on the heels of spring practice, which is tentatively set to begin on March 12.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tide Pride: Senior Bowl 2010

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The 2010 Senior Bowl will take place on Saturday, and a total of six Alabama seniors will look to impress the NFL scouts.

Javier Arenas, Terrence Cody, Mike Johnson, Colin Peek, and Leigh Tiffin have been on the Senior Bowl roster for quite some time, however, the Tide will have yet another senior in action on Saturday.

‘Bama running back Roy Upchurch has been added to the roster and will replace LSU running back Charles Scott. The LSU star is still unable to participate in live game action due to a broken collarbone he suffered against Alabama during the 2009 season.

The Under Armour Senior Bowl will kickoff at 3 p.m. central time from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The game will be broadcast live on the NFL Network.

Click HERE for more information concerning the 2010 Senior Bowl.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


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Monday, January 18, 2010

The Passing of Charlotte Moore

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Less than 48 hours after the University of Alabama held a celebration honoring the 2009 national championship football team, ‘Bama athletics director Mal Moore...lost his wife.

Charlotte Moore passed away Monday morning, following a prolonged period of poor health. Moore was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the early 1990s, and had been residing in a nursing home in Tuscaloosa four years prior to her death.

On behalf of the entire ‘Bama nation, I would like to send my condolences to Mal Moore and his family, and wish them nothing but the best during this difficult time.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Crimson Nation Celebration: Nick Saban

Coach Nick Saban speaks to some 30,000 Crimson Tide fans who attended the national championship celebration, on Saturday January 16.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Crimson Tide Rewind: 2009 Iron Bowl

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Crimson Notes 1/15/10

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Alabama defensive back Kareem Jackson has decided to declare himself eligible for the NFL draft. Jackson, a vital piece of the Crimson Tide secondary, is projected to be a second round selection. Best wishes to Kareem as he pursues a career in the NFL.

In the wake of the departure of James Willis, the University of Alabama has promoted director of player development Jeremy Pruitt to a “defensive assistant” position.

The promotion of Pruitt was obviously made possible by the vacancy created by Willis, but the specific job title of/for Pruitt has not been announced at this time.

Once again the Alabama Crimson Tide grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. The latest edition of the magazine features Mark Ingram and “crew” during the national championship contest against the Texas Longhorns.

For the record, this publication IS NOT the special commemorative edition dedicated to Alabama, but rather the “standard” edition of the magazine.

Click HERE to see the entire cover image, and be sure to purchase the magazine and add it to your collection of ‘Bama championship memorabilia.

Climbing the Ladder: James Willis Leaves 'Bama

In the aftermath of the national championship, former inside linebackers coach James Willis has decided to depart Tuscaloosa, and become the defensive coordinator at Texas Tech.

Willis, who spent the 2009 season with the Tide, will be reunited with Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, whom he spent six years working with at Auburn.

Coach Willis will head to Lubbock, Texas with a championship ring, and he will also be a step higher on the “coaching ladder,” as he pursues the highest level of the profession.

Congratulations and thank you to James Willis for his success at Alabama, and his new position at Texas Tech.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Process Begins: Nick Saban...January 2007

How much can change in three years?

In honor of the most recent national championship by the University of Alabama football program, I thought it would be most fitting and appropriate to take a trip back in time, and revisit the introductory press conference of Nick Saban.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Crimson Nation Celebration/McClain Presser

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In honor of yet another national title for the University of Alabama football program, the school will hold a public celebration on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The entire event will be held inside the stadium, and will be treated similar to a typical Alabama football game.

The gates will open at noon and the celebration will last approximately one hour. Admission is free and all seating within Bryant-Denny Stadium will be on a
first-come, first-serve basis for all parties involved.

The first 50,000 fans will receive a poster of the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team at the Rose Bowl.

In other news, I reported yesterday that 'Bama linebacker Rolando McClain had declared himself eligible for the NFL draft. The video below is the press conference he held Monday afternoon, making his decision public.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Crimson Notes 1/11/10

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As many expected, Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain will forgo his senior season to pursue his career in the NFL. McClain, who is a solid first round pick, announced his decision Monday afternoon at a press conference in Tuscaloosa.

Nick Saban announced Monday that ‘Bama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will remain in Tuscaloosa. Smart had been rumored for the head coaching position at Texas Tech, as well as the defensive coordinator position at the University of Georgia. Smart who played and graduated from the University of Georgia, was being pursued heavily by his alma mater over the last few weeks.

Today marked the start of a new semester at the University of Alabama. As many as 11 new student athletes arrived in Tuscaloosa, as the Tide football program prepares for the 2010 campaign. Six of the expected 11 players are recent high school student athletes who completed course work early in order to enroll at Alabama. The advantage to early enrollment means the new arrivals will be able to participate in spring practice and be implemented into the “system” at a quicker and more adequate pace.

Some of the notable enrollees include highly touted quarterback Phillip Sims and defensive back DeMarcus Milliner. Milliner is considered by many to be the top prospect in the state of Alabama for 2010.

Are you still craving some national championship excitement? Check out this video of the team singing, “Yea Alabama” after the Tide claimed the national title in Pasadena.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Final BCS Presser/Trophy Presentations/Arrival

**Please INCREASE your volume to enjoy the press conference and trophy presentations. However, DECREASE your volume to enjoy the team arrival video.**

I encourage everyone to watch the press conference due to the simple fact we get to see Nick Saban...minus the pressure! I found it to be a rare treat to see Saban without the intensity of the "next game" hanging over his head. Very funny...very calm.

The trophy presentations are very important for many reasons. From a personal standpoint, the official trophy presentations allowed me to "fully" realize the importance of this Alabama football history.

In respect to the team arrival; you play to win...and you win to bring it home! ROLL TIDE ROLL!

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Friday, January 8, 2010


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For complete local coverage, photos, videos...etc:

For national coverage, game recap, and stats:

'Bama QB Greg McElroy played with broken ribs against Texas.

Game coverage from including national championship celebration tentatively set for Saturday, January 16.

Coming soon I'll provide sound bites from the players, as well as the final national championship press conference which includes the trophy presentations.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Scent of Roses: Texas vs. Alabama

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As the hours slowly tick away to countdown from the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, I can only think of “opportunity” as the appropriate theme for my final post before the national title game begins.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime!”

We hear people use that expression many times to describe the emotions for a certain event or moment in time. However, is it really true? Is this really the opportunity of a lifetime?

If you’re a player, coach, or fan of the University of Texas or University of Alabama…playing for the national championship is the ultimate litmus test to prove that statement correct.

Whoever wants the “stage,” and is willing to accept the opportunity…will also win the game!

If you’re reading this, you obviously follow Alabama, Texas…or college football in general. You know who the key players are for each team, and you know the strengths and possible weaknesses for each team.

However, can you measure the “moment”…and the power of living in the “now?”

Living in the “moment” and taking advantage of a golden opportunity will be paramount in this game. Yes, the game plan is vital and key players will make key plays, but grasping the opportunity…is just as important.

Can you name any team who has played for the national championship…been unsuccessful…and won? Well, neither can I…and neither can anyone else.

The opportunity to play for “all the marbles” in the historic Rose Bowl is certainly a script composed of greatness, but greater is he who can shine in the spotlight and live in the moment!

I wish the best of luck to the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide, as each team will conclude the journey of a “football lifetime” at the mecca of college football…THE ROSE BOWL…in Pasadena, California.

Live in the moment…accept the stage…and seize the opportunity!

The scent of roses will await the winner…but the scent of a champion will linger forever!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

BCS Press Conference: 'Bama Offense

***Please INCREASE your volume to fully enjoy the content. However, REDUCE your volume before viewing the next video in the series.***

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NOTE: Coming soon I will provide my game overview and final prediction. I will also add the defensive press conference...if possible.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

'Bama Meets Mickey: Practice & Disney

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On Saturday, the University of Alabama football team hit the practice field for the first time since arriving in Southern California.

Alabama was originally scheduled to hold practice at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, but instead took the field at Costa Mesa High School.

The only notable injury is defensive back Marquis Johnson who has a fractured thumb. However, Johnson has been and will continue to work with the main defensive core despite having his thumb prominently wrapped.

Unlike a typical “road” or away game, Alabama has taken the majority of the football team to California. The travel additions include walk-ons and scout team members. Injured players Dont’a Hightower, Jeramie Griffin, and Damion Square also made the trip, and even hit the practice field wearing black no-contact jerseys.

Once practice was concluded, Nick Saban met the media for his official “introductory” press conference.

During the latter portion of the afternoon and early evening the Alabama players, coaches, and family visited Disneyland. Notable pictures show Nick Saban posing with Mickey Mouse, while defensive back Javier Arenas shakes hands with Pluto.

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From his official Twitter account, Tide quarterback Greg McElroy said…”at Disneyland and am curious how much money this place makes in a day.”

Alabama will resume practice on Sunday (today) at Costa High School, in Costa Mesa, California.