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

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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. Jul 14 - 5:32 PM
Source: SEC Country

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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.
Jul 12 - 4:02 PM

No players were selected in the Supplemental Draft on Wednesday.

The two players eligible -- Georgia Military College DE Tavares Bingham and Western New Mexico RB Marques Rodgers -- are not NFL prospects. This is the second straight year no selections have been made in the Supplemental Draft. The Rams used a fifth-rounder to take OT Isaiah Battle in 2015.
Jul 12 - 2:34 PM

Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, says no expansion is coming in the near future.

"Why monkey with a good thing?" Hancock said. Well, to possibly improve it. The playoff and subsequent National Championship have been great, but an expanded field could be even more entertaining, especially with the growing sentiment that bowl games lack juice with more and more top prospects sitting them out.
Jul 12 - 10:11 AM

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey dismissed talk of division realignment in the conference.

We didn't expect realignment -- Auburn AD Jay Jacobs broached the possibility earlier this offseason -- and Sankey has not budged off his previous spring stance. That stance essentially boiling down to, "" Said Sankey in his opening remarks for SEC Media Days on Monday, "It is a conversation in most large press conferences in which I appear, and that's the extent of the conversation."
Jul 10 - 5:31 PM

SEC Network's Paul Finebaum predicts that Alabama will face Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

If this plays out, it would be the third consecutive time that Florida and Alabama have met in the conference title tilt. Finebaum likes the boys from Tuscaloosa to win that hypothetical match-up yet again -- they have rolled Florida by a combined score of 83-31 in the two previous contests. Expect plenty more SEC predictions to roll in this week from various pundits with SEC Media Days on the verge of descending upon the nation.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 10 - 1:22 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he can't anticipate retiring "any time soon."

"As long as I feel good, I love doing it," Saban said. "I've said this before: I've been a part of a team since I was nine years old. It scares me to death to figure what it's going to be like when I'm not a part of a team. So, as long as I feel good and I'm healthy and I can do it, we certainly have every intention of trying to do it. If I felt like I couldn't do it to the standard that I want to do it, then I think that would be time not to do it. But I certainly don't feel like that's any time soon." Saban, 65, is under contract through 2024 on a deal worth $65 million.
Jun 14 - 3:49 PM

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."
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 8:34 PM

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.
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."
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.
Mar 24 - 6:06 PM