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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (65) / 10/31/1951

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Alabama HC Nick Saban defended the schedule his undefeated team has played this season.
A little bit of Twitter heat on Bama's schedule eventually made its way back to Saban on Friday. He dismissed such chatter as pointless, saying that "[t]he last time I looked, we were going through the season, we played six or seven teams this year who were in the top 20 when we played them." He elaborated by noting that the SEC has a tendency to eat its own tail, which bruises the standing of all involved. "I've been in this league for a long time and I didn't think we had easier games this year than we've ever had in the past," Saban said. Bama will tune up for its Playoff run with a tilt against Florida in the SEC Championship on Saturday. Dec 2 - 6:55 PM

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Alabama HC Nick Saban went on a diatribe against those criticizing his bringing back former players for the scout team.

In a recent example of the practice, Trent Richardson showed up on the scount team to stand in for Leonard Fournette. Blake Sims has also made a scout team cameo this season. Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly referred to the practice as "absolutely ludicrous," adding "doesn't sound like college football to me." As tends to be the case, Saban did not sit by idly, but instead lashed out at any and all criticism regarding what is a legal NCAA practice. Said Saban, "We didn’t break any rules. If they want to change the rule, they can change the rule. I don’t care what rules they change if it’s the same for everybody. I just wish people would quit complaining about what we do — that’s allowed by the rules — and why don’t they just do it. I hear this all the time. I hear this all the time."
Nov 18 - 12:37 PM

In the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, there were no new entrants into the top six.

In order, Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State all held steady through the first six slots. There was little jostling this week, understandable given a relatively uneventful weekend. Even Texas A&M's drop was relatively minor, as the Aggies were slapped on the wrist for their loss to Mississippi State in the form of a slide from No. 7 to No. 10. Nebraska (No. 9 to No. 21) and Florida (No. 10 to No. 22) both saw far more precipitous drops. The biggest riser of the weekend was Penn State, who moved from No. 20 to No. 12 following their 41-14 smashing of Iowa on Saturday. The second edition of the CFB Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday.
Nov 7 - 2:59 PM

In the inaugural release of the 2016 College Football Playoff rankings, Alabama (8-0), Clemson (8-0), Michigan (8-0) and Texas A&M (7-1) checked in at Nos. 1-4, respectively.

There is no surprise with the first three teams, as the trio of Alabama, Clemson and Michigan have more/less stood as front-runners all season. Of the three undefeated squads, Clemson has wobbled most, struggling against Troy and NC State. They also have two of the season's biggest wins under their belt vs. Louisville and Florida State, though, both in nationally-televised primetime contests and in come-from-behind fashion. The real surprise here is Texas A&M leapfrogging Washington to jump in at No. 4. The Aggies' lone loss is to Alabama. Washington has no losses at all, but has played a decidedly weaker schedule. The Huskies slot in at No. 5., followed by Ohio State and Louisville. Two-loss teams Wisconsin (No. 8) and Auburn (No. 9) also made the top ten. We close on a moment of silence for West Virginia. The Mountaineers entered the morning of Saturday, October 29, with a 6-0 record. Then they lost to Oklahoma State. Then the Playoff committee slotted them at No. 20. Ouch.
Nov 1 - 7:50 PM

In the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, there were no changes among the top four teams.

Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington retained spots 1-4 without issue. The latter three teams all won this weekend, while Alabama lounged around on bye. Just below that undefeated quartet, Louisville and Ohio State held firm at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Not holding steady, the Big 12. With Baylor and West Virginia both taking slides following losses that ended undefeated hopes and dreams (they reside side-by-side in misery at No. 13 and No. 14, respectively), the conference does not boast an entrant in the top 10. Indeed, the most interesting team in the Big 12, at least by poll movement, is Oklahoma. The Sooners currently own two losses to their fair name, but actually jumped both Baylor and West Virginia with their blowout of Kansas on Saturday, moving from No. 16 to No. 12. One other interesting riser -- Auburn. Also saddled with two losses, the Tigers slot in at No. 11, up four spots from No. 15. The first set of Playoff rankings releases Tuesday.
Oct 31 - 12:55 PM

Alabama used former Crimson Tide QB Blake Sims this week on the scout team to simulate Texas A&M's Trevor Knight.

Like many of you, we have never heard of this. ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports it is within the rules for former players to practice "occasionally" with their old team. Alabama is a double digit favorite against Texas A&M, but Kevin Sumlin has a winning record straight up when his team is that kind of an underdog.
Oct 22 - 11:09 AM

Football Scoop's Scott Roussel is reporting that LSU is looking to swing for a big-name coaching replacement for the departed Les Miles.

No surprise here, as the Tigers have national title-level talent. Per Roussel, the program is putting together a search committee and they plan on "gaug[ing] the interest" of the likes of Alabama's Nick Saban, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, FSU's Jimbo Fisher and Houston's Tom Herman. Roussel was told that "money will not be an issue here." It should be noted that Ed Orgeron is serving as interim head coach in the wake of Miles' departure and it is not outside of the realm of possibility that he could secure the job in the longer term.
Sep 27 - 12:22 PM

Alabama remains Bovada's favorite to win the title.

The Tide are slightly bigger favorites this week, dropping to 7/2 from 4/1. Ohio State is No. 2 at 4/1. The biggest winner was Louisville, following its demolition of Florida State. The Cardinals' odds dropped from 20/1 to 13/2.
Sep 22 - 9:13 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban lashed out at his team, chiding their lack of preparation for Saturday's win over Western Kentucky.

"I don't think we respected the team we played. Like I said before, when you're arrogant, it makes you complacent," Saban said. "It creates a blatant disregard for doing things right. If we don't start doing things right, we're not going to have the kind of success that we're capable of." Alabama coasted to a 38-10 win over Western Kentucky this weekend, but committed 12 penalties and made several sloppy mistakes. Saban was visibly angry at times, particularly near the end, when he ripped into OC Lane Kiffin on the sidelines. Said Saban, "We have lots of work to do. We're going to play a lot better teams." Ole Miss, who has beaten Alabama in back-to-back seasons, would count as one of those better teams. The Tide will do battle with the Rebs on Saturday.
Sep 12 - 2:08 PM

In the first 2016 release of the Associated Press Top 25, Alabama landed at No. 1.

No surprise there. Alabama was also ranked at No. 1 in the first Amway Coaches Poll earlier this month. In the AP release, the defending national champs drew 33 of 61 first-place votes. Still the bridesmaid and not the bride, Clemson landed at No. 2 after receiving 16 first-place votes. Oklahoma, Florida State and LSU finish out the top-five, with Ohio State, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee and Notre Dame also landing in the top-10. This is the eighth consecutive season in which Alabama has begun the season as one of the AP's five best teams in the country.
Aug 21 - 12:08 PM

In the first Amway Coaches Poll for the 2016 season, Alabama ranked No. 1.

No huge bombshell there. The Amway poll ranked the top-five programs in the country (in order) as Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State and Ohio State. The Crimson Tide drew 55 first-place votes, outdrawing Clemson's seven by a considerable margin. Only two other schools drew first-place ballots. Florida State was awarded one, while an industrious coach went so far as to toss a first-place vote to Tennessee (who rank No. 10 in the poll).
Source: USA Today
Aug 4 - 12:29 PM

The NCAA football oversight committee recommended that "live-contact" practice be limited to once a week.

As matters stood prior to Wednesday, the NCAA guideline recommended two live-contact practices a week. It is important to note that these are guidelines being put forward by the NCAA, rather than enforceable rules. The Ivy League has gone a step further even than that -- completely barring live-contact practices starting this season. This shouldn't be considered a sea change, just a minor tweak. By the NCAA's new guidelines, players who do not play in a game would be afforded an additional live-contact practice.
Jul 29 - 12:56 PM

Future CFB Playoff semifinals will either be played on a Saturday or on a holiday.

The semifinals this past season were both played on New Year's Eve and cratered in terms of ratings. Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement, "We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better." Of note, several future semifinals will still be played on New Year's Eve -- those that happen to fall on Saturdays (2016, 2021, 2022). In total, four future semifinal dates (2018, 2019, 2024 and 2025) were shifted to accommodate the scheduling tweak.
Jul 28 - 1:41 PM

Multiple SEC coaches expressed the opinion that the SEC would have a perpetual spot in the CFB Playoff.

ESPN's Heather Dinich asked Tennessee HC Butch Jones if he could see a scenario in which the SEC champion would be left out in the Playoff cold. His response? "I don't. The SEC will always be in the conversation." Meanwhile, South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said that the consistent strength of the conference and the resultant gauntlet schedules are a "huge advantage," while Auburn HC Gus Malzahn added that we should expect the SEC to make the Playoff "every year."
Jul 25 - 3:06 PM

Alabama AD Bill Battle has completed a round of treatment for multiple myeloma.

Battle stepped away from his post in mid-June in order to pursue a stem cell transplant. He underwent that procedure on June 27 and was released from the hospital on July 8. According to the university, Battle hopes to return to work on a limited basis in the near future. He was initially diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014.
Jul 22 - 1:17 PM