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Alabama was announced Sunday as the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
The top-seeded Crimson Tide will meet No. 4 Ohio State in the All-State Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Florida State in the College Football Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 12. Alabama has been the clear No. 1 seed for some time now. While debate raged about the teams below them, the Tide knew a victory over Missouri on Saturday in the SEC Championship guaranteed the No. 1 seed. The Crimson Tide will be installed as comfortable favorites over Urban Meyer's Buckeyes and No. 3 QB Cardale Jones. Sun, Dec 7, 2014 01:09:00 PM

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Alabama HC Nick Saban was listed by USA Today as making $7.15 million this year.

No surprise here. Nick Saban makes a lot of money. USA Today reported that he made $7.15 million in 2014, topping the next highest paid (Michigan State's Mark Dantonio) by about $1.5 million. Rounding out the top five are Bob Stoops, Kevin Sumlin and Charlie Strong. Every coach in the SEC is within the Top-35 on the money list.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Alabama was ranked at No. 1 in Tuesday's playoff rankings.

It appears that the committee was very impressed with Alabama's win over Mississippi State, pushing them from No. 5 to No. 1 in the latest ranking. Alabama was followed by Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State, in that order. The Crimson Tide's leap to the top pushed TCU down to the five-hole. The biggest slider of the week was Arizona State, who had previously held the sixth slot. After their loss to Oregon State, they fell all the way to No. 13.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 07:33:00 PM

The latest USA Today coaches poll had Alabama ranked as the top one-loss team in the country.

Two undefeated teams (Mississippi State and Florida State) topped the poll, followed by one-loss squads Alabama, Oregon, TCU and Ohio State. Alabama continues to get love in this poll despite the fact that both TCU and Ohio State, and to a lesser extent Oregon, arguably had more impressive wins over the weekend. Alabama needed overtime to dispatch a game LSU squad.
Source: USA Today
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that his team's 59-0 win over Texas A&M three weeks ago was "close to...the effort, toughness and emotional excitement" that he had been seeking from his team.

Alabama has been up-and-down this season, from that blowout of the Aggies to a tough loss against Ol' Miss. With LSU coming up, Saban thinks his team is moving in the right direction, though he's not taking anything for granted. "These games are traditionally very tough, physical games between two ranked teams, and it is certainly not going to be any different this year," Saban said. "They have a very good team who’s playing their best football."
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 09:33:00 PM

When asked for his response to the first set of CFB Playoff rankings, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said "none of it matters."

"I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end," Saban began. "So I don't even care, to be honest with you. Don't know and don't care." The Crimson Tide still face LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn, so obviously their season is not even close to being over. Alabama was slotted at No. 6 in the first set of rankings.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 09:36:00 AM

Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron said the Crimson Tide lacks "true leaders" and wondered if HC Nick Saban "put the handcuffs" on OC Lane Kiffin during Saturday's loss at Ole Miss.

"I feel like when things go bad, this team struggles a little with bouncing back and making good plays," he said. McCarron added that Alabama's offense was "very bland" against the Rebels, saying: "I don't know if that's Lane doing that, or if Coach Saban has kind of put the handcuffs on Lane -- like I've known Coach to do in the past on his offensive coordinator." Saban responded: "I don't think we played real well last week for whatever reasons. I don't know that that's all leadership. I'm sort of responsible for all that, as we all as coaches and players, to make sure that we're ready to play our best against good teams in tough environments on the road."
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban says he never spoke with the University of Texas about its coaching gig.

"I had no conversations with [Texas] and wasn’t offered anything," Saban said. "And if I had no conversations with [Texas] than I didn’t have any interest … [We're] happy at Alabama." The comments came 24 hours after details emerged about a book co-authored by Paul Finebaum and Gene Wojchiechowski that claims Texas was ready to offer Saban a $100-plus million contract to replace Mack Brown.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 12:47:00 AM

The NFL has changed how it handles the Draft Advisory Board process, as underclassmen will now be given one of three grades: first-round, second-round, or neither, which equals "stay in school," according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.

There used to be five kinds of grades given: 1) As high as first-round; 2) As high as second-round; 3) As high as third-round; 4) Not in first three rounds; 5) Undraftable. This simplifies the process. Breer also points out only five prospects from a respective school can apply for a grade, and the board can turn down applications. There are still unknowns with the process, but we should know more during the underclassmen period from December to January.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 03:31:00 PM

At the SEC Media Days, South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier called Alabama HC Nick Saban the "greatest recruiter in the history of college football."

"It's amazing to me how they've been able to stack and load players," the Ol' Ball Coach added. Spurrier has never withheld his opinion, with both positive and negative remarks. In fact, when asked about Kevin Sumlin, Spurrier said, "He’s a great recruiter... and a great negotiator, we know that. He’s got a good deal."
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel portrayed the NCAA's defense in the O’Bannon trial as "tone-deaf."

The NCAA's baffling defense strategy included calling a grand total of zero student-athletes or coaches to speak on its behalf. Mandel's column, linked below, is worth the read. He writes: "Over three weeks of testimony, the NCAA’s 14 handpicked witnesses to date have mostly pontificated the type of elitist, ivory-tower rhetoric that routinely infuriates its critics. It has offered little convincing evidence that compensating athletes through group licensing fees would irreparably harm college athletics. And that’s coming from someone like me, who passionately enjoys college football and basketball. I can’t imagine the organization has fared better with U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, for whom the sports world is so spectacularly foreign that she had to ask one witness to spell out ESPY." Mandel added: "It would be an enormous upset at this point if she ruled in favor of the NCAA."
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 02:34:00 PM

ESPN correspondent Phil Steele ranked the SEC as the nation's best conference.

The SEC hasn't been given serious competition for this perch over the past few years. Last season, the conference had four teams finish in the AP top 10, boasted the best regular season nonconference record (47-9) and had the best bowl record (7-3). "This year, the SEC has six teams that rank in my preseason top 20, led by Alabama, my No. 2 team," Steele wrote. "The SEC also has four teams in the top 11 of my plus/minus power ratings and nine teams in the top 22 of my Power Poll, which is a combination of all nine sets of my power ratings. For the ninth consecutive season, the SEC reigns supreme." Steele ranks the Pac-12 second, the Big 12 third, the ACC and Big Ten tied for fourth, and the American Athletic sixth.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 06:59:00 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban was named college football's best coach by

No surprise here. Saban owns a superb 170-57-1 career record with four national titles and has produced a staggering 37 draft picks over the past five years. The highest-paid coach in college has earned his keep by going 79-15 over the past seven seasons with the Crimson Tide. Rounding out the top five was (2.) Washington's Chris Peterson, (3.) Ohio State's Urban Meyer, (4.) Stanford's David Shaw, and (5.) Kansas State's Bill Snyder.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 08:34:00 PM

Alabama's compensation committee accepted coach Nick Saban's new $55.2 contract.

Saban will make $6.5 million per year through the 2021 season, plus bonuses. "We are honored by the commitment the University of Alabama has made to us with this new contract," Saban said in a statement. "It is certainly a mutual agreement in terms of our commitment to the University of Alabama. We will continue to work hard to keep our football program among the nation's elite." Alabama also has one of the highest assistant coach payrolls in the nation, led by Saban's longtime defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 07:14:00 PM reports that Alabama coach Nick Saban's new deal has been approved by the UA system Board of Trustees compensation committee.

Saban has made it known that he would like to finish out his career with the Crimson Tide, and with his new contract extension in place, his wish is complete. The 62-year-old coach will now make $6.5 million per year with a $400,000 completion bonus, under conditions of the new deal, Saban will now be under contract through Jan. 31, 2022. Saban, 62, has said he wanted to finish his career at Alabama and this contract will put him in that position.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 05:05:00 PM