Saturday, July 30, 2011

Malone and Green Transfer

University of Alabama wide receiver Keiwone Malone, currently suspended by Tide coach Nick Saban, will transfer to the University of Memphis.

Malone, a Memphis native, will now return home and attempt a “fresh start” with the Tigers.

Former Crimson Tide safety Robby Green will have a new home for the 2011 season…California University of Pennsylvania.

Green, who missed the entire 2010 season, was dismissed from the Alabama football program earlier this year.

Green plans to play for the Division II Vulcans this fall and return to Tuscaloosa to obtain his college degree in the spring.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

In Order to Play…One Must Sit

Redshirt senior Darius Hanks will miss the first two games of the 2011 season due to an NCAA rule that is nuttier than fruit cake.

Hanks, who played a single game in 2007 against Western Carolina, caught one pass for a total of six yards. However, due to his participation in that contest…Hanks is subject to NCAA scrutiny.

Below is NCAA bylaw 14.2.6 which will explain the situation in clear and comprehensible detail.

A student-athlete may be granted an additional season of competition by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement in a case in which the student-athlete participated in a limited amount of competition while eligible due to a coach's documented misunderstanding of the legislation or other extenuating circumstances. In cases in which a student-athlete does not meet the criteria of this waiver, the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement shall have authority to review and grant a waiver based on additional documented extenuating circumstances.
If you’re still confused…fear not…you’re normal.

Just know that Crimson Tide wide receiver Darius Hanks will make his 2011 debut against the Mean Green of North Texas.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Davis and Dial Agree to Free-Agent Deals

Former University of Alabama football players Preston Dial (tight end) and Luther Davis (defensive end) are more than happy to see the NFL lockout come to an end.

Dial and Davis, but crucial assets to the Crimson Tide in 2010, were not selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, but have agreed to free-agent deals for the 2011 NFL season.

Dial (Detroit Lions) and Davis (Buffalo Bills) will now be awarded a coveted opportunity to pursue a career in the NFL.

Best of luck to Preston Dial and Luther Davis as both young men strive to achieve their professional goals.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

SEC Classic: TBS Cartoon Intro

Long before the 11:20 a.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot/Lee Apparel (or whatever the name is this month) SEC Game of the Week…we had WTBS.

From 1982-1991 SEC fans would gather around the tube at 12:30 ET each and every Saturday to watch the very best in SEC football.

Take a seat in the time machine and enjoy a classic memory from yesteryear.

Keep your eyes peeled for an Astroturf covered Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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Gold Signs Contract Through 2017

The “voice” of University of Alabama football has signed a four-year contract extension.

Eli Gold, who has called every Alabama football game since 1989, will continue his work on the Crimson Tide Sports Radio Network through 2017.

Gold, who also hosts the radio program, “NASCAR Live,” has been a fixture on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) since 1976.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Gold has called everything from professional hockey to Birmingham Barons minor league baseball.

Gold is also the co-owner of Nino’s Italian Restaurant in Pelham, Alabama.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tide “Fan Day” Scheduled for August 7

Alabama’s annual “Fan Day” will be held August 7 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

As was the case in 2010, the Crimson Tide will hold a “public practice” at BDS prior to the autograph session.

If weather is an issue, the gathering will be moved to the Alabama indoor practice facility.

Additional details, including the time of the event, will be announced in the near future.

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Warmer Climate for Us!

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When my husband suggested we move to a warmer climate I thought that was a great idea – how about Florida? Nope, turn out he had Texas in mind! I had no idea I would love it so much here and I would have been more excited when he suggested it if I had known at the time. We found a house pretty quickly which was great and even went to like our new neighbors suggested. We got Sarah signed up for school and I even found a part time job at the library which has done wonders for our income level! It’s always nice and hot here and the food is great, too (who knew I liked barbeque so much!?) and the people just couldn’t be any nicer. I sure wish we had thought to do this sooner and I’m so happy the whole family loves it just as much as I do – sometimes things work out the way they’re supposed to in the long run, is what I’ve learned throughout my life!

Friday, July 22, 2011

SEC Media Days: The Saban Summary

-Nick Saban began the Alabama session expressing how important it is to help young people develop a career outside of athletics. Saban commended the University of Alabama for providing various programs to the football players which will allow them to become successful long after football is over.

-In what was a very trying offseason, Saban publicly thanked everyone around the state for the wonderful donations and support in the wake of the April tornado.

-In respect to the 2011 football team, coach Saban addressed the difficulties of replacing Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Marcell Dareus and James Carpenter. Saban also addressed the importance of trying to develop a new QB in the system.

-As Saban has said many times over the years, he once again stressed the importance of having the right team chemistry. Overall consistency is the key to having a successful season.

-The two main offseason goals…play better fundamentally and eliminate mental errors.

-Coach Saban has no issue playing in-state schools. His response came on the heels of a question concerning “lower level opponents” being scheduled for out of state non-conference games.

-Saban fielded several questions concerning the Alabama/Auburn rivalry and expressed how displaying class and respect is vital. Saban went on to say that a small number of people (on both sides) have created a negative vibe. He encouraged Alabama fans to represent the school and state with class.

-In respect to Mike Slive’s agenda for reform, Saban gave a personal example of a young man who is now very successful, but yet during his college time did not meet the “standard” in respect to academics. Saban made it clear that certain things need to be changed and taken into consideration but he also objected to changing things which currently help young people to be successful.

-In respect to the SEC and the “title run,” Saban referred to the SEC as the “National League of College Football.” Saban credited media coverage, quality coaches and regional talent as being the biggest reasons why the SEC is a top notch football conference.

-One member of the media told Saban that an Alabama fan in the lobby was wearing a shirt that read, “I Hate Auburn.” The reporter asked Saban what he would say to that person. Saban responded by saying he would tell the individual not to make the rivalry personal. Saban expressed that all fans have an obligation to show class and that negative behavior by fans only leads to more negative behavior.

-In respect to the current running back situation, Saban praised Trent Richardson for his on and off the field accomplishments and spoke highly of Eddie Lacy. Saban did express concern in respect to depth at the running back position and mentioned the injury to Dee Hart and recent transfers (Goode/Grant) as an issue.

-Saban praised Dont’a Hightower and spoke about his role on the defense as a quality team leader.

-In typical fashion, Saban disregarded the polls and predictions for the 2011 campaign. Saban said he’s more concerned with the team playing to a standard of excellence with toughness and intensity…those intangibles make a quality team. Whatever we do…we’re going to have to do it on the field.

-In respect to the punting and field goal game, Saban said the punting game will be a battle in fall camp but he’s happy with the “dual team” of Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster (like last season) from a field goal standpoint.

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Media Speak: 2011 SEC Predictions

Western Division Order of Finish: Alabama (win SEC title), LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Auburn and Ole Miss

Eastern Division Order of Finish: South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt

Media First-Team (Bama): Barrett Jones, William Vlachos, Trent Richardson (RB and all-purpose position), Josh Chapman, Dont'a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw, Mark Barron and Robert Lester.

Media Second-Team (Bama): D.J. Fluker, Chance Warmack, Marquis Maze and Dre' Kirkpatrick.

Media Third-Team (Bama): Michael Williams, C.J. Mosley and (punt returner) Marquis Maze.

-Alabama has 16 players in total.
-Nine players on the first-team which is the most in Alabama history.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brent Calloway Addresses Academics, Controversy

University of Alabama signee Brent Calloway spoke to the media earlier this week and addressed the rumors of his recruitment and his current academic situation.


Video Courtesy of: WHNT News 19 -- Huntsville, AL.

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Fresh Crimson: New Players...New Numbers

Below is a list of selected newcomers of note for the 2011 season.

21 Brent Calloway RB
5 Ronald Carswell WR
8 Duron Carter WR
6 Hasean Clinton-Dix DB
33 Trey Depriest LB
90 Quinton Dial DL
47 Xzavier Dickson LB/DL
12 Phillip Ely QB
85 Malcolm Faciane TE
44 LaMichael Fanning DL
22 Christion Jones DB
70 Ryan Kelly OL
71 Cyrus Kouandijo OL
68 Isaac Luatua OL
8 Jeoffrey Pagan DE
57 D.J. Pettway DE
80 Marvin Shinn WR
16 Bradley Sylve WR
84 Brian Vogler TE
26 Jabriel Washington DB
2 DeAndrew White WR
54 Jesse Williams DL
13 Danny Woodson WR

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

‘Bama Blitz 7/20/11

-Darrington Sentimore and Keiwone Malone (suspended) are not listed in the 2011 Alabama media guide.

-Wide receiver Duron Carter (Ohio State/Coffeyville C.C.) will wear No. 8 for the Crimson Tide.

-Kerry Murphy, Kendall Kelly and Wesley Neighbors (injuries) are not listed on the 2011 roster.

-Blake Sims has switched from No. 18 to No. 6 for the 2011 season.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Howard and Foster Verbally Commit to ‘Bama

Tight end/linebacker O.J. Howard (Prattville, Alabama) and linebacker Reuben Foster (Lagrange, Georgia) have verbally committed to the University of Alabama for the 2013 season.

Foster is considered to be one of the top linebackers in the country in respect to the 2013 national signing class.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

2011 Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team

Alabama First-Team Selections-Offense

Trent Richardson (RB)
Barrett Jones (OL)
William Vlachos (C)

Alabama Second-Team Selections-Offense

D.J. Fluker (OL)

Alabama Third-Team Selections-Offense

Marquis Maze (WR)

Alabama First-Team Selections-Defense

Josh Chapman (DL)
Dont’a Hightower (LB)
Mark Barron (S)
Robert Lester (S)

Alabama Second-Team Selections-Defense

Courtney Upshaw (LB)

Alabama Third-Team Selections-Defense

C.J. Mosley (LB)
Dre Kirkpatrick (CB)

Alabama Second-Team Selections-Special Teams

Trent Richardson (AP)

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 SEC Media Days Schedule

July 20-Wednesday

1-3:50 p.m.

3:20-6 p.m.
South Carolina
Mississippi State

July 21-Thursday

8:30-11:20 a.m.

10:50 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

July 22-Friday

8:30-11:20 a.m.
Alabama (Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower and Trent Richardson)

10:50 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ole Miss

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Importance of Proper Football Equipment

Regardless of age, playing experience or general skill and ability, having the proper football equipment is vital in respect to overall performance effectiveness and physical safety.

The evolution of football equipment is something every player, parent(s) and coach should be aware of each and every season. Football, like every sport, is a game of competition and skill, but safety should always be the primary concern.

In order to be the best on the field you must first have the talent, but in order to sustain you must have the best equipment.

The ability to compete to the best of your ability begins with aptitude, but it may very well end with the proper safety provisions and requirements.

If you’re a parent and your child wants to join a youth football league in the community or at school, you must understand the importance of safety and take all the proper measures to insure your child has the best (and most recent) equipment possible.

Never underestimate the importance of a proper helmet, ideal pads and other vital accessories…especially in youth football. Concussions and other head and neck injuries are more prevalent than ever in the game of football and having the proper equipment can dramatically reduce the chance of serious injury.

While your child may want to “look cool” or fashionable in certain equipment and attire, please pay close attention to the advice of the coaching staff and use your best personal judgment to underwrite to your child the importance of physical safety…over outward appearance.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dee Hart Update: Torn ACL, Surgery on Thursday

Alabama running back Dee Hart will miss the entire 2011 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on Tuesday.

Hart is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday morning and is expected to be out of “live action” for 7-10 months.

Athlete Blake Sims, who played a variety of positions (practice squad) during his 2010 redshirt season, is a possible candidate to fill the void left by Hart at the running back position.

Sims most recently played quarterback during spring drills.

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Dee Hart Injured

University of Alabama freshman running back Dee Hart suffered a knee injury on Tuesday.

The extent of the injury is not known at this time, but an MRI will determine the significance of the damage and could very well decide Hart’s fate for the 2011 campaign.

Hart, one of the top national high school running backs in the 2011 class, participated in the annual spring scrimmage and was expected to vie for a position on the depth chart at running back.

If Hart is absent for the entire 2011 season, Alabama will have to depend on the likes of Jalston Fowler to fill the third spot in the rotation behind Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy.

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