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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (66) / 10/31/1951

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Alabama HC Nick Saban said that he was "disappointed" in the student turnout at last Saturday's 56-14 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
"I think we're trying to address that. I don't think they're entitled to anything, either," Saban said, then really laying in. "Me personally, I think it ought to be first-come, first-serve. If they don't want to come to the game, they don't have to come." Yikes, Crimson Tide fans. They had better show up for Alabama's next home blowout, which figures to come when the defending champs return to Tuscaloosa to face off with Missouri after this weekend's road date with Arkansas. Oct 4 - 10:12 PM
Source: 247Sports

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SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has been extended through the 2023 season.

Sankey is the conference's eighth commissioner, having begun his tenure at the helm of the ship in June of 2015. The SEC has continued its dominance under his watch, most notably with Alabama (of course), which has won two of the last three titles in football and could be primed for another this season.
Source: SEC Sports
Oct 4 - 6:39 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said the redshirt rule is "not a good rule."

"The timing of guys being able to say ‘I want to get redshirted’ is not good — the fourth or fifth or sixth game of the season after they’ve played three or four games," Saban says. The Bama head coach doesn't think it's fair to teammates when a player announces he will choose to redshirt to save eligibility. Saban believes the intention was for younger players to get more playing time, but it's "turned into something that I think is less than what we all desired it to be" with older players suddenly redshirting and switching programs. There was speculation that Jalen Hurts would do exactly that but Saban put him in for the fifth time this season in yesterday's blowout win. The current redshirt rule gives student athletes more leverage and that, of course, won't sit right with many coaches.
Sep 30 - 2:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said "our team needs to do a lot of things to improve" after their win over No. 22 Texas A&M.

Saban's press conferences are becoming more and more snippy for largely no reason as the Crimson Tide are now 4-0. Saban continued by saying, "If what our team has accomplished to this point makes them in any way not take into account the kind of teams that we have to play in the future, and they underestimate what we need to do to improve so that we can become a better team and don't just take things for granted." Saban is trying to keep his players motivated after their great start to the season. They have three games against ranked teams remaining including a road game against No. 6 LSU.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 23 - 10:20 AM

FBSchedules.com reports that Alabama and New Mexico State have agreed to a contest to be played on Nov. 13, 2020.

The game will be played in Tuscaloosa and will net New Mexico State a reported $1.9 million. Alabama and New Mexico State are also scheduled to play next season. The newly freed Independent will net $1.7 million for that initial upcoming contest.
Source: 247Sports
Sep 12 - 7:16 PM

Alabama breaks record for weeks as AP's No. 1 ranked team with 106.

Nick Saban's team sealed the record -- which was previously held by Ohio State -- with a 57-7 win yesterday against Arkansas State. With Tua playing like a Heisman quarterback, Alabama is rightfully ranked ahead of No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia. Ohio State, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Auburn, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Penn State round out the top 10. Alabama plays Ole Miss on the road next week.
Source: AL.com
Sep 9 - 2:07 PM

In the first AP Top 25 poll of the 2018 season, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State paced the field Nos. 1-4.

The first three teams in the poll held steady on their preseason ranks, while OSU scooted up one slot from No. 5 (flipping spots with Wisconsin). As for new entrants into the top 10, welcome Notre Dame (No. 8) and Stanford (No. 10), with those teams benefitting from their wins over Michigan and San Diego State, respectively. LSU was the biggest mover in the pool, taking the No. 11 spot all the way up from No. 25. And their Sunday victim in Miami? Tumbled all the way down from No. 8 to No. 22. In a final polling note, welcome both South Carolina (No. 24) and Florida (No. 25) to the proceedings. Both squads were unranked in the preseason incarnation of the Associated Press release.
Sep 4 - 2:31 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban apologized to ESPN reporter Maria Taylor for his terse reaction to her question about the Crimson Tide's QB situation following Saturday's win over Louisville.

Saban's response to the question ended with this: "I think both guys can help our team, all right? So why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn't respect one of them? I'm not going to. So quit asking." Saban would rather not say publicly that Tua Tagovailoa is the undisputed starting quarterback over Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa started and went 12-for-16 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 51-14 win. Hurts was 5-for-9 for 70 yards off the bench.
Source: ESPN
Sep 3 - 12:30 PM

Alabama AD Greg Byrne has agreed to a three-year contract extension.

Byrne will also be receiving a raise as part of this deal. He's now set to serve as athletic director in Tuscaloosa through the 2024-25 academic year. In additional bureaucratic news surrounding the program, Alabama has also finalized the contract extension for HC Nick Saban announced. last month, one which will keep the legendary coach in town through 2025 should he stay on for its duration.
Source: AL.com
Aug 25 - 12:59 PM

The first regular season incarnation of the AP Top-25 poll will not be released until Sept. 4.

While we do have four football games slated for this weekend -- yay! -- none involve top-25 teams. Logically, the poll will just hold off until after Week 1's big opening slate. While the bulk of contests will be played on Sept. 1, Miami is taking on LSU that Sunday, while Virginia Tech and Florida State will be squaring off in a Labor Day special on Monday, Sept. 3. Then poll time. For reference's sake, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Wisconsin were ranked as the top four teams in the initial preseason release of the exercise from earlier this week. The poll will return to its traditional Sunday publication beginning in Week 2.
Aug 24 - 4:43 PM

Alabama ranks first in the first AP top 25 poll released on Monday.

The Crimson Tide received 42 of 61 first-place votes, and rank at the top of the AP top 25 for the third consecutive year. Clemson received 18 votes and rank second. The other first place vote went to Wisconsin, who come in fourth behind Georgia in the third spot. Ohio State, Washington, Oklahoma, Miami and Auburn round out the top 10. UCF is the highest ranking school not in a Power Five conference at 21st, a spot ahead of Boise State.
Aug 20 - 12:10 PM

The first set of rankings for the College Football Playoff will be released on Oct. 30 this season.

A spooky good time is guaranteed for all when the initial rankings are released the Tuesday evening before Halloween. They'll be put out every Tuesday through the end of November, with the crucial and final set to be birthed on Sunday, Dec. 2. As for who might be making the dance, in the first release of the Amway Coaches Poll last week, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia ranked as Nos. 1-4. Though there's obviously still much uncertainty in OSU's situation.
Aug 9 - 2:58 PM

In the release of the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia landed sequentially in spot Nos. 1-4.

No surprise at the very top of the poll, but things do start to get interesting underneath. For one thing, Oklahoma holds down the fort at No. 5, ahead of Playoff contenders Washington (6) and Wisconsin (7). Miami, Penn State and Auburn round out the top-10 in that order. While we might quibble with the Sooners occupying a spot that's a bit rich for our blood, the biggest head-scratcher of the poll for us comes with Michigan, which does not check in until No. 14. We think this could be a dominant Wolverines outfit upcoming.
Source: USA Today
Aug 2 - 12:33 PM

Alabama and HC Nick Saban agreed on a contract extension through the 2025 season.

Not only did the Crimson Tide extend Saban for another seven years, they included some sweet kickers in the new deal. He's set to make in the vicinity of $7.5 million for the coming campaign, a number which will rise with annual raises and later retention bonuses. If he coaches through to the end of the extension, he'll be making about $10.3 million in 2025. A quick reminder of what he's done to earn the big bucks: Saban is a just-plain-silly 127-20 since taking over as head coach in 2007, with his teams winning five SEC titles and five national championships over the past decade-plus. The only real question in our minds is just how long the 67-year-old Saban plans on coaching. Alabama's not going to be the one to end this marriage.
Jul 27 - 5:00 PM

Alabama and Georgia were chosen by the SEC media as winners of the conference's "West" and "East" divisions in Friday's preseason poll.

Everything was set up about the way you'd expect in Friday's poll release. Alabama was the overwhelming favorite to win the West, garnering 263 first-place votes. They can barely see the predicted second-place team, way off in the distance. That would be Auburn, which drew 19 first-place ballots, followed by Mississippi State. Over in the East, the first-place votes were spread throughout the division -- every team except for Vanderbilt and Missouri received at least one such tally -- but it was still ultimately Georgia's show. The Bulldogs garnered 271 votes to win the division, with second-place South Carolina (eight) and third-place Florida (four) the only other teams to garner more than a solitary first-place ballot. End takeaway? The media likes an Alabama-Georgia conference championship game. The winner of that would almost certainly then end up in the Playoff.
Jul 20 - 11:14 AM