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Age / DOB:  (66) / 10/31/1951

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In the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Alabama remains in the top spot.
The Crimson Tide remain in the top spot after their demolishing of Mercer on Saturday, and received 58-of-61 first-place votes. The other three votes went to Miami (FL.), who remain second overall. The biggest riser is LSU, who move up two spots from 21 to 19. Nov 19 - 2:09 PM

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In the latest release of the Amway Coaches Poll, Alabama, Penn State, Georgia and TCU held steady at Nos. 1-4.

Last week's poll saw all sorts of seismic shifts thanks to a slew of upsets, but this weekend's slate of games proved to be relatively calm. Not only were there no changes in the first four slots in the fresh poll, No. 5 (Wisconsin) and No. 6 (Ohio State) also held their ground. We do welcome one new member to the top-10, with Notre Dame joining the party right at that No. 10 marker courtesy of their beatdown of USC on Saturday. Oh, and speaking of the Trojans, HC Clay Helton's crew plummeted a whopping 11 spots, all the way down to No. 21. Should they lose to Arizona State next weekend -- which is not at all out of the question -- they'll be in danger of falling out of the poll altogether.
Source: USA Today
Oct 22 - 1:31 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney does not believe there is reason to be worried about Alabama's No. 31 recruiting class for the 2018 cycle.

Alabama's somewhat sluggish recruiting ranking has been a low-simmering story dating back to the spring. Working in their favor, Gorney points to the fact that 14 of the 27 recruits currently rated as five-star prospects have yet to commit. Writes the analyst, "Alabama has also shown an ability to flip any committed recruit it basically wants and a number of four-star prospects are also high on the program for various reasons." We understand the patience-is-a-virtue approach with the Tide, but at the same time, there's a lot of work to be done before they can secure a top-10 class.
Source: Rivals
Oct 13 - 4:25 PM

Alabama has outscored its three Power 5 opponents by a score of 149-10 this season.

Those three contests came in easy wins over Florida State, Vanderbilt and -- most recently -- Ole Miss. The numbers are absolutely staggering. We view Auburn as the most likely regular-season foe to topple the Tide, but that's "most likely" in relative terms. It would be a surprise if Bama did not run the table to the SEC Championship Game. Then we'll see what Georgia (or potentially Florida) can do against this sickeningly good defensive unit.
Oct 3 - 8:39 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde writes that "the only foreseeable serious challenge for the Crimson Tide is Georgia in a potential SEC championship game matchup."

It remains possible that Alabama trips up during conference play -- they take on Ole Miss this weekend, followed by games against Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee for the month of October. LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn are the November games of note for the Tide. As much as we like the offensive upside of Ole Miss and the overall upside of Mississippi State and Auburn (we will go down with that ship), Alabama has looked every bit like the best team in the country through the first four games of the season and Forde may well be right that they might coast without a serious challenger until the SEC Championship Game.
Sep 27 - 6:47 PM

Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State were ranked as the Nos. 1-4 teams in the latest release of the AP Top-25 poll.

A few jostlings from Week 1 to Week 2 in the poll. No surprise on Alabama and Ohio State, but Clemson has jumped up from No. 5 to No. 3 (taking the spot previously held by Florida State), while Penn State is up to No. 4 (replacing USC in that slot). The Seminoles were predictably the biggest downward mover, dropping from No. 3 to No. 10 following their loss to Alabama -- and the loss of QB Deondre Francois to a knee injury. The lone new team to enter the top-10 is Michigan, which received a bump from No. 11 to No. 8 thanks to their dismantling of Florida on Saturday.
Sep 5 - 2:59 PM

Scouts for 17 teams will be on hand for Saturday's marquee showdown between Florida State and Alabama.

No surprise there, as there will be NFL talent all over the field. Ticking the teams off, the Cardinals, Ravens, Browns, Cowboys, Lions, Jaguars, Chargers, Dolphins, Saints, Giants, Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Steelers, 49ers, Buccaneers, and Titans will all be sending scouting representatives to this biggest of Week 1 contests.
Sep 1 - 7:02 PM

In the release of the AP Preseason Top-25 poll, Alabama has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the country.

Alabama sits atop once more. And it wasn't even close. The Crimson Tide received 52 first-place votes to lead in a romp, with the next three teams (Ohio State, Florida State, USC) receiving a combined nine first-place tallies. In terms of conference supremacy, the SEC led the way with six entrants in the initial top-25, while the ACC and Big 12 both put five teams into the mixer.
Aug 21 - 1:11 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban has no plans to watch Monday's solar eclipse.

"I watch the Weather Channel every day. They’re already saying what it’s going to look like in every city in America," Saban said as he began to hit his stride. "So, what’s going to be significant? Watch the Weather Channel and you’ll see what it’s going to be like in Portland, Oregon." He added that "[w]e’ll set it up so if the players want to go out there and get some sunglasses, I guess they can." Our real takeaway, here, is that Saban watches the Weather Channel every day.
Source: AL.com
Aug 20 - 3:18 PM

Per the Tuscaloosa News, Alabama is in negotiations to take part in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Miami in 2021.

Bama is already playing in this season's incarnation of the contest, in a titanic matchup with Florida State. They are also set to play the 2019 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Duke. The Tide and Canes last faced off as Sugar Bowl participants in 1993, with Alabama coming out victorious by a 34-13 score.
Aug 19 - 12:25 PM

The initial rankings release for the CFB Playoff will come on Halloween.

A scary good time is guaranteed for all. The first rankings will be released on October 31, with weekly Tuesday installments to follow up until the Selection Show on Sunday, December 3, when the four-team Playoff field will be set.
Aug 10 - 7:16 PM

In their newest odds for the next College Football Playoff champion, Bovada listed Alabama as a 12/5 favorite.

Alabama had been installed as a 4/1 favorite in January and received a nice little upgrade in Bovada's newest list of odds. The Tide are followed up by USC (6/1), Ohio State (13/2), Florida State (15/2) and Michigan (16/1). One final odds note -- following Bob Stoops' retirement from Oklahoma, the Sooners dropped from 9/1 to 16/1.
Aug 8 - 4:52 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban predicts future top high school recruits could skip their final year of football if they sign before the season starts.

"It will take a few years, then some kid will say, 'Hey, I'm going to Notre Dame. I'm not playing my senior year. Then the high school coach will go nuts," Saban said. College Football's early signing day has now been moved to December. We expect to see more top NFL prospects sit out bowl games first, then there might be a trickle down.
Jul 24 - 10:08 AM

In the SEC Media Days preseason poll, Alabama was picked to win the conference.

Shocker of shockers, we know. And it wasn't close. The Tide received 225 first-place votes to win the West. They would need a telescope to see their closest competition in the poll -- Auburn received 13 first-place votes and ranked second for the division. The race was more competitive in the East, where Georgia drew 138 first-place votes to Florida's 96.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 14 - 5:32 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he'll grant NFL scouts "the ultimate level of access" to his program.

"Well, we give the ultimate level of access to the NFL," Saban said Wednesday. "My theory on it is, when we have young players who are making a decision about going out for the draft, we want to get the best possible information relative to where they will get picked because where they get picked goes a long way into saying what is the business decision that I should make." The NFL and the American Football Coaches Association agreed last year to allow scouts extra access to select underclassmen to aid the NFL College Advisory Committee in providing better feedback on the draft status of prospects. Some programs have been reticent to grant more access, but Alabama and Arkansas are two programs that aren't. "I let them take heights, weights, measurements, academic profiles, (and) some limited testing that allows them to get a better feel," Hogs HC Bret Bielema said Monday.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 4:02 PM