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

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Alabama HC Nick Saban thrashed the NCAA for new regulations regarding summer recruiting camps.
"We're going to change the way we have summer camps. We can't have high school coaches working summer camps. I mean, it's the most ridiculous thing that I've ever seen. It is what it is and whatever they do, they do," said Saban. That was far from all he touched on during a wide-ranging diatribe, though. When asked about having a ball-control offense, Saban said, "So, where does that assumption come from or do you do what everybody else in the media does -- create some s--- and throw it on the wall and see what sticks, which is what I see happening everywhere?". We would give you more, but Rotoworld blurbs have word limits and Saban was quite the talker. Happy spring. Mar 24 - 6:06 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Alabama will interview New England Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll for their open offensive-coordinating position.

Daboll, 41, has experience as an offensive coordinator at the NFL level, having served as OC for the Chiefs, Browns and Dolphins. He previously worked under Tide HC Nick Saban from 1998-1999, when Saban was at Michigan State. As for other options to fill in the vacancy left behind by Steve Sarkisian's jump to Atlanta, Feldman passes along that former Texans OC George Godsey has "emerged as a strong candidate." Feldman also name-checks current Alabama assistant Mike Locksley and current UCLA OC Jedd Fisch as possible Sarkisian replacements.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 14 - 4:34 PM

Alabama hired Arizona AD Greg Byrne to serve in the same capacity.

Byrne will replace current athletic director Bill Battle on March 1. Battle will remain with the university, announcing on Sunday that he will be serving as special assistant to the president. Prior to this move to the SEC, Byrne had held the athletic director-ship at Arizona since 2010. He has also previously worked as Mississippi State's athletic director.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 4:06 PM

Las Vegas sports books have installed the Alabama Crimson Tide as early favorites to win next season's title.

Did you expect any different? The Westgate SuperBook installed Alabama as a 3-1 shot to win next season's college football championship game. Following the Tide, in order, are Florida State at 7-1, and Oklahoma, Ohio State and USC, all of whom are 8-1. Clemson is 18-1 to win next season's title, while Michigan and LSU are each 12-1. The Tide must replace five senior defensive starters -- including top-five pick DL Jonathan Allen -- along with TE O.J. Howard and the usual host of early-entrants into the NFL Draft. Fortunately, QB Jalen Hurts and RB Bo Scarbrough are back, along with a roster full of former four- and five-star recruits.
Source: ESPN
Jan 10 - 12:20 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told ESPN that "we kind of created this trend [of players skipping bowl games]."

Saban is a master of coach-speak, but when he decides to speak out on an issue in college football, he often takes interesting angles. That is the case, here. Saban's logic when it comes to his statement "we kind of created this trend" is that due to the implementation of the College Football Playoff, the significance of other bowl contests has been somewhat lost. "But you can't blame the kids," Saban said. "It's a product of what we created." Backs Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Shock Linwood have all decided to skip their respective bowls in order to focus on draft preparation and minimize the possibility of injury.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 04:25:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that there is no timetable for naming a new offensive coordinator.

Lane Kiffin, who accepted the head-coaching position at FAU earlier on Monday, will remain on staff through Alabama's Playoff run. Beyond that, matters still remain fluid. Per FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman, an in-house candidate such as Steve Sarkisian, Mike Locksley or Billy Nappier is a possibility, here.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 07:57:00 PM

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that Alabama HC Nick Saban will consider in-house OC candidates to replace Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin left to become Florida Atlantic's coach on Monday. Per Feldman, Saban will consider on-staff options Steve Sarkisian, Mike Locksley and Billy Napier in filling Kiffin's vacancy. Many have considered Sark the OC-in-waiting since he was hired as a consultant in September. Locksley is also an offensive analyst for the Tide, while Napier is the well-respected wide receivers coach. Kiffin is leaving his predecessor in good hands. Alabama is 26th in yards per game and 28th in red-zone efficiency, equally adept at utilizing pass-heavy spread or pro-style, power-run strategies.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 03:54:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy passes along that NCAA president Mark Emmert's preference is for an eight-team Playoff.

Emmert would like to see an expanded Playoff in order to allow for all five Power 5 conference champions to be included in the field. Penn State, who won the Big Ten title with a thrilling victory over Wisconsin this past weekend, was left out of the Playoff proceedings in favor of Pac-12 champ Washington on Sunday. Whether Emmert's desire for an expanded Playoff actually leads to an expanded Playoff remains to be seen. The size of the field figures to be discussed in more substantive depth this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 06:55:00 PM

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.
Source: AL.com
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 06:55:00 PM

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."
Source: AL.com
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 12:37:00 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.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 02:59:00 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.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 07:50:00 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.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 12:55:00 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.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 11:09:00 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.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:22:00 PM