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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. Jul 18 - 12:47 AM

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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.
Jul 17 - 3:31 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."
Jul 15 - 10:27 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."
Source: SI.com
Jun 29 - 2:34 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.
Jun 28 - 6:59 PM

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

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.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 8:34 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 7:14 PM

Al.com 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.
Source: AL.com
Jun 3 - 5:05 PM

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Friday that if the Power Five conferences don't get the flexibility to create their own bylaws, they could form their own "Division IV."

"It's not something we want to do," Slive said on the final day of the SEC meetings. "We want the ability to have autonomy in areas that has a nexus to the well-being of student athletes. I am somewhat optimistic it will pass, but if it doesn't, our league would certainly want to move to a Division IV. My colleagues, I can't speak for anybody else, but I'd be surprised if they didn't feel the same way." The power conferences essentially are asking for autonomy to institute their own rules, most of which would be cost prohibitive for smaller schools. For instance, the SEC wants to pay the full cost of college attendance for athletes, provide long-term medical services and offer incentives to players who complete degrees. University of Florida President Bernie Machen doesn't believe the current system can stay in place. "We're in a squeeze here," he said.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 1:49 AM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he would sign a gay player.

"As long as we respect them, and they should respect us, I would have no problem with it," Saban said. St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, was coached in the SEC last season by one of Saban's best professional friends in Missouri coach Gary Pinkel (they were college teammates at Kent State). The media won't ask inane questions like this for long. Coaches acquire the best players, period. Moving on.
May 27 - 8:40 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban is not backing down from his stance against up-tempo offenses.

"I don't care about getting blamed for this. That's part of it," Saban said. "But I do think that somebody needs to look at this very closely." Saban is referring to a proposed rule change that would force offenses to abstain from snapping for the first ten seconds of the play clock to allow the defense to substitute. "The fastball guys (up-tempo coaches) say there's no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic," Saban said. "What's the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20?" Two things, Nick: 1.) Logically, it's safer to not play football at all, if we want to get technical about it (especially at Alabama, a school with a well-earned reputation for squeezing every ounce from its players before graduation). 2.) Whether you're right about slower-tempo being safer or not, it's best in arguments to admit your bias, as opposed to pretending that only the other side has one.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 5 - 8:27 PM

Alabama finished with the No. 1 recruiting class for the third consecutive year.

The Crimson Tide have bagged the No. 1 class six times in the last seven cycles. Nick Saban and his tenacious assistants secured the signatures of six five-star recruits, including defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, Rivals' top-rated prospect. "This is a great class for Alabama, a class of historic proportions because it's the first time in Rivals.com history that they landed the No. 1 player overall and once again they went into other states and plucked players away from in-state schools or long-time leaders," Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell said. "We are in the midst of the greatest recruiting run in history. That's something to think about."
Source: Rivals.com
Feb 5 - 8:59 PM

ESPN's J.A. Adande wonders if Pete Carroll's NFL success on his third attempt as a head coach could make Nick Saban consider giving the professional level another chance.

CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman added he thought the same. Pete Carroll's first NFL head coaching job was with the New York Jets in 1994, but that only lasted for one season. It was followed by a second attempt with the New England Patriots from 1997-1999. Nick Saban coached the Miami Dolphins from 2005-2006.
Feb 3 - 10:18 AM

Nick Saban invited former USC coach Lane Kiffin this week to evaluate the Crimson Tide's offense, ESPN reported Monday.

Kiffin will be in Tuscaloosa "to share ideas and exchange ideas and [for] professional development," a source told Brett McMurphy. Kiffin was canned in September after a 28-15 run at USC. While Kiffin's stock has fallen in the eyes of the public, it's clear that his coaching acumen is still respected by those in the industry.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 05:58:00 PM

Glendale, Ariz., and Tampa, Fla., will host college football's 2016 and 2017 championship games.

University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL's Cardinals, will present the game on Jan. 11, 2016, while Tampa's Raymond James Stadium will be the center of the nation's attention on Jan. 9, 2017. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will host the first post-BCS championship game just after the new year in 2015. On January 6, No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will play in the final BCS Championship.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 04:17:00 PM