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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (67) / 10/31/1951

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Alabama HC Nick Saban was named the Walter Camp Coach of the Year.
Saban and the Tide turned in a typically brilliant season this year at 13-0, but even beyond the spotless record, it was the way that Alabama won which stood out. They scorched the earth on offense, averaging 47.9 points per game, second only to Oklahoma for the campaign. You can't argue with Saban picking up end of the year hardware -- he always does a great coaching job, he's Nick Saban -- but it's not exactly the most inspired choice. More inspired would have been recognizing UAB's Bill Clark, who has done brilliant work with a UAB program which didn't even exist three years ago. Thu, Dec 20, 2018 07:40:00 PM
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Alabama HC Nick Saban has been named a finalist for the Bear Bryant Award, which recognizes the top coach in college football for their contributions on and off the field.

Joining Saban on the list of finalists are Bill Clark (UAB), Josh Heupel (UCF), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Jeff Monken (Army), Dabo Swinney (Clemson) and Jeff Tedford (Fresno State). Saban's Crimson Tide finished the regular season with a 13-0 record (8-0 SEC) and will face No. 4 Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal Dec. 29.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 02:07:00 PM

Alabama will play against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on December 29th.

Alabama drew the No. 1 seed while Oklahoma drew the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff. The Nos. 2 and 3 seeds are Clemson and Notre Dame, meaning Georgia and Ohio State were left out. The committee ranked Georgia No. 5 and Ohio State No. 6. This was mostly expected with Georgia suffering its second loss of the season to Alabama on Saturday and Ohio State suffering an embarrassing loss to 6-6 Purdue.
Sun, Dec 2, 2018 12:44:00 PM

Should Alabama win the championship once more, HC Nick Saban will have accumulated $1.1 million in bonuses for the campaign.

Saban had been capped at $700,000 in his bonuses since taking the job in Tuscaloosa back in 2007. A title this time around will fill his coffers to even greater degree. Setting aside the sweet, sweet potential bonus bucks, Saban makes $8.3 million annually as a base salary. He is the highest-paid coach in the collegiate ranks.
Source: US Today
Thu, Nov 29, 2018 04:20:00 PM

In the latest release of the College Football Playoff rankings, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan slotted in at Nos. 1-4.

Those same four teams in that order paced the Playoff rankings in last week's incarnation. In fact, the rankings were without any movement at all in the top 10. Following up the above quartet (in order) are Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. We might not see much movement in next week's rankings, either, at least barring a Syracuse upset of Notre Dame, but after Thanksgiving, things will be different -- among the games scheduled for the final weekend of the regular season, Alabama-Auburn, Michigan-Ohio State, Washington State-Washington and Oklahoma-West Virginia.
Tue, Nov 13, 2018 07:24:00 PM

In the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings, Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame were ranked Nos. 1-4, respectively.

Those first four seeds, of course, will be earmarked for our four Playoff combatants when the final rankings are released in a little over a month. For now, just view the rankings as a sort of guidepost for who is in serious contention for those spots. Michigan came in at No. 5 in this release, followed by Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington State, Kentucky and Ohio State. Washington State and Kentucky are the most interesting names in the top-10 beyond the accustomed. Undefeated UCF currently ranks No. 12. We could be in for a shakeup in the top-four after this coming weekend, as Alabama will be traveling to Death Valley to face LSU. Should the Tide lose to the Tigers, we wouldn't necessarily expect them to drop a substantial amount, but should LSU fall in defeat and Michigan handle itself against Penn State, UM should have a fantastic chance to jump into the upper-echelon fray.
Tue, Oct 30, 2018 07:36:00 PM

The NCAA announced the kickoff times and television networks for the 2018 conference title games.

For the first time ever, every conference will have a title game, so there's going to be a lot -- a lot -- of good football to watch over the final weekend. The Pac-12 and MAC title games will take place on Friday, November 30; with the rest of the conference games taking place that Saturday from 12:00 to 8:00 eastern. With so few undefeated teams left and a slew of one-to-two loss times, this year's conference games will have playoff implications, for sure.
Wed, Oct 24, 2018 05:45:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that he was "disappointed" in the student turnout at last Saturday's 56-14 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I think we're trying to address that. I don't think they're entitled to anything, either," Saban said, then really laying in. "Me personally, I think it ought to be first-come, first-serve. If they don't want to come to the game, they don't have to come." Yikes, Crimson Tide fans. They had better show up for Alabama's next home blowout, which figures to come when the defending champs return to Tuscaloosa to face off with Missouri after this weekend's road date with Arkansas.
Source: 247Sports
Thu, Oct 4, 2018 10:12:00 PM

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has been extended through the 2023 season.

Sankey is the conference's eighth commissioner, having begun his tenure at the helm of the ship in June of 2015. The SEC has continued its dominance under his watch, most notably with Alabama (of course), which has won two of the last three titles in football and could be primed for another this season.
Source: SEC Sports
Thu, Oct 4, 2018 06:39:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said the redshirt rule is "not a good rule."

"The timing of guys being able to say ‘I want to get redshirted’ is not good — the fourth or fifth or sixth game of the season after they’ve played three or four games," Saban says. The Bama head coach doesn't think it's fair to teammates when a player announces he will choose to redshirt to save eligibility. Saban believes the intention was for younger players to get more playing time, but it's "turned into something that I think is less than what we all desired it to be" with older players suddenly redshirting and switching programs. There was speculation that Jalen Hurts would do exactly that but Saban put him in for the fifth time this season in yesterday's blowout win. The current redshirt rule gives student athletes more leverage and that, of course, won't sit right with many coaches.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 02:00:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said "our team needs to do a lot of things to improve" after their win over No. 22 Texas A&M.

Saban's press conferences are becoming more and more snippy for largely no reason as the Crimson Tide are now 4-0. Saban continued by saying, "If what our team has accomplished to this point makes them in any way not take into account the kind of teams that we have to play in the future, and they underestimate what we need to do to improve so that we can become a better team and don't just take things for granted." Saban is trying to keep his players motivated after their great start to the season. They have three games against ranked teams remaining including a road game against No. 6 LSU.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018 10:20:00 AM reports that Alabama and New Mexico State have agreed to a contest to be played on Nov. 13, 2020.

The game will be played in Tuscaloosa and will net New Mexico State a reported $1.9 million. Alabama and New Mexico State are also scheduled to play next season. The newly freed Independent will net $1.7 million for that initial upcoming contest.
Source: 247Sports
Wed, Sep 12, 2018 07:16:00 PM

Alabama breaks record for weeks as AP's No. 1 ranked team with 106.

Nick Saban's team sealed the record -- which was previously held by Ohio State -- with a 57-7 win yesterday against Arkansas State. With Tua playing like a Heisman quarterback, Alabama is rightfully ranked ahead of No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia. Ohio State, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Auburn, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Penn State round out the top 10. Alabama plays Ole Miss on the road next week.
Sun, Sep 9, 2018 02:07:00 PM

In the first AP Top 25 poll of the 2018 season, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State paced the field Nos. 1-4.

The first three teams in the poll held steady on their preseason ranks, while OSU scooted up one slot from No. 5 (flipping spots with Wisconsin). As for new entrants into the top 10, welcome Notre Dame (No. 8) and Stanford (No. 10), with those teams benefitting from their wins over Michigan and San Diego State, respectively. LSU was the biggest mover in the pool, taking the No. 11 spot all the way up from No. 25. And their Sunday victim in Miami? Tumbled all the way down from No. 8 to No. 22. In a final polling note, welcome both South Carolina (No. 24) and Florida (No. 25) to the proceedings. Both squads were unranked in the preseason incarnation of the Associated Press release.
Tue, Sep 4, 2018 02:31:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban apologized to ESPN reporter Maria Taylor for his terse reaction to her question about the Crimson Tide's QB situation following Saturday's win over Louisville.

Saban's response to the question ended with this: "I think both guys can help our team, all right? So why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn't respect one of them? I'm not going to. So quit asking." Saban would rather not say publicly that Tua Tagovailoa is the undisputed starting quarterback over Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa started and went 12-for-16 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 51-14 win. Hurts was 5-for-9 for 70 yards off the bench.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Sep 3, 2018 12:30:00 PM