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

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Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell writes that it is "ridiculous" to be concerned about Alabama's slow recruiting start to the 2018 cycle.
After four-star RB Dameon Pierce decommitted from Alabama last week, the Tide were left with just two pledges for the 2018 cycle. And Farrell is not worried. At all. Wrote the analyst, "If Alabama is at two commitments right now it’s because Saban wants them at two commitments and it wouldn’t surprise me to see this 2018 ‘Bama class land five or six five-star prospects before all is said and done – as usual." Farrell explained that he simply does not worry about the recruiting practices of Alabama and Ohio State, calling respective head coaches Nick Saban and Urban Meyer the "two best head coaching recruiters [he] [has] ever covered." May 23 - 8:34 PM
Source: Rivals

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With four-star 2018 RB Dameon Pierce backing off his commitment to Alabama, the Crimson Tide have just two commitments for the cycle.

Needless to say, this is somewhat strange, even with the summer still ahead of us. Alabama's lack of commitments had them sliding out of ESPN top-25 team rankings for the first time since they started ranking recruiting classes, while over at Rivals, the Tide sit at lowly No. 54. Among the teams ranked ahead of them, the likes of Vanderbilt, SMU and Arizona (and many, many others). We expect Alabama to house a top-10 (and probably a top-5) class when all is said and done, but they have to get on their horse, here.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 3:27 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban backs the current proposal to alter the redshirt rule so redshirt players can participate in up to four games in a season.

"It would actually enhance their development to some degree," Saban said, for players both redshirted and not. ESPn's Edward Aschoff notes this could help players who see action for four games then suffer season-ending injuries, as it would allow them to obtain a medical redshirt. "You should be able to do that," Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said. "I'm definitely in favor of that." We see the rule being put into action in one of two ways: one, teams saving top recruits for bowl games after early season injuries, or two, allowing them to get game action against cupcakes.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 10:58 AM

The American Football Coaches Association sent a proposal to the NCAA to allow players with a redshirt to participate in bowl games.

Specifically the proposal states "up to four games of a season," be the purpose can be whittled down to bowl games. According to an AFCA executive, the new rule "might legitimize some of those bowl games and make them more interesting." Expect bowl games to be discussed all summer, with both Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette landing in the top 10 despite skipping theirs. The door has been opened, and other top prospects will surely follow their lead.
Source: Fox Sports
May 9 - 11:25 AM

The Collegiate Commissioners Association approved the new early signing period.

A formality after an NCAA panel signed off on the idea in April, the early signing period officially goes into effect this year, with the class of 2018 recruits the first to be given the option of using it. The new signing period will last three days between Dec. 20-22. Recruits can either sign then -- a binding agreement -- or wait until the normal signing period, which starts on the first Wednesday of February and runs through April 1. "Yeah, I think that’s a great idea, especially, it’s kind of my situation, that’s why this process is taking so long to make sure I have the right decision," five-star 2018 DE KJ Henry, who plans to enroll early, told SB Nation. "So once I make that decision, I’ll be ready to sign right then and there, and I think it’s a good opportunity to do so."
Source: SB Nation
May 8 - 5:57 PM

FOX Sports' Chris Spielman said of Alabama's recent injury history with draft prospects, "Nick Saban's job is not to protect guys for the NFL."

Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster both exited Alabama with medical concerns before landing in the first round of last weekend's draft, but Spielman dismissed the notion that Saban needs to begin coddling his players more. Said the analyst, "If you know you're going to draft an Alabama kid, you're going to get a tough kid, you're going to get a kid that understands how to take tough coaching, and you're going to get a kid that knows how to win." Former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik is of that same mind, saying, "These kids are built."
Source: AL.com
May 7 - 2:10 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has signed a three-year contract extension, including a $4 million signing bonus in 2017 that will allow him to earn $11.125 million this season, according to Steve Berkowitz.

The deal will reportedly run through the 2025 season. A previous eight-year contract still had five years remaining on the contract. In fact, Alabama's outside linebacker coach will earn almost a million dollars this season. Think about that, a specialized position coach with that contract. Alabama will continue to stay at the top.
May 2 - 10:26 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 6:06 PM

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