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An NFL general manager said restrictions for NFL scouts on college campuses can hurt prospects, specifically small-school ones.
"It doesn't hurt the top players. What it hurts is the middle-of-the-road players and the down-the-line players," the GM said. "They don't get seen and they might not go to an all-star game or a combine." National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster said schools that have stringent rules on scout access are often the ones that complain about their players' perception. "It doesn't hurt us, it hurts the kid," a scout said. Word has it that Alabama coach Nick Saban has the most wide-open scouting policy in college football, which isn't a big surprise. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn goes the other way. "I think we've got 14 players off last year's team in the NFL right now, and that's more than any team in college football," Malzahn said. "That speaks for itself." Nov 19 - 6:13 PM
Source: USA Today

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Alabama will net $4.5 million in its 2018 season-opener against Louisville.

Louisville's set to pull in almost half as much as Alabama at $2.75 million. The Crimson Tide's $4.5 million for that season opener is lower than what it's expected to draw in its next two openers. In 2016, they'll make $6 million in opening against USC, while their 2017 opener against Florida State should bring them $5 million.
Nov 13 - 8:13 PM

The College Football Playoff announced the locations of the title games between 2018-2020.

The Georgia Dome in Atlanta will host the 2018 game (after the 2017 season). Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Cali. gets the game in 2019 and New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome will roll out the red carpet 2020. "It is an exciting day for the College Football Playoff," said Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP, in a statement. "This was an extremely competitive process among the nine wonderful communities. We were pleased and honored by the time and energy that the people in all of the cities put into their bids. Atlanta, the Bay Area and New Orleans have much to offer and will welcome the participating teams and fans with warm support and exceptional facilities. We look forward to bringing college football’s showcase event to these three communities."
Nov 4 - 9:04 PM

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has canceled a planned tailgating trip scheduled for LSU-Alabama on Saturday.

Bush was going to be hosting a "tailgating event" prior to Saturday's showdown between SEC powers, but Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said that the Republican hopeful's opted to "redirect" his campaign. No word as to whether Tide and Tiger fans will now unite to vote Democratic following the snub.
Nov 2 - 5:34 PM

FanDuel told the NCAA it will continue offering daily college games.

A lawyer for FanDuel wrote in an email to the NCAA that the organization has no legal basis to stop the website from offering college games because names tied to statistics aren't subject to the approval of the athletes and "cannot implicate their amateur status." The NCAA, meanwhile, has banned FanDuel and DraftKings from advertising during NCAA championship events. The daily sites have maintained they are not in violation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 because playing DFS is a skill.
Oct 27 - 8:17 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that contests against LSU have turned into "a little bit of a rivalry game."

Said HC Saban, "This game usually has a lot of significance coming down to the ninth game of the season because we've had some success too." Understated, Coach, very understated. The Crimson Tide have beaten LSU in three consecutive seasons, with the Tigers' last win coming in the so-called Game of the Century in 2011. The two teams were 1-2 in the AP Poll that season. While there might be some slight shuffling in the poll prior to 2015's November 7 game between the two squads, LSU currently ranks fourth and Alabama seventh.
Oct 26 - 6:13 PM

When asked how he keeps media coverage from distracting the team, Alabama HC Nick Saban said that "it really doesn't matter what you say."

Saban spouted off several gems following his team's resounding 38-10 win over Georgia on Saturday. Among them, "It really doesn't matter what you think. It really doesn't matter what you say. And I'm hoping that nobody on our team is playing [to placate] you." After losing to Ole Miss two weeks, many an article was written about the demise of the Crimson Tide. Make no mistake, Saban's aware of that, too. As he noted, "if it was up to you, we're 6 feet under already. We're dead and buried and gone. Gone." Alabama hosts Arkansas this coming Saturday.
Oct 5 - 3:36 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban noted that Saturday's opponent, Georgia, "look[s] a lot like some of our teams of the past."

Of the Bulldogs, Saban said, "Very physical, don’t make a lot of mistakes, don’t beat themselves much. And they play with a lot of toughness, and they’re very aggressive on both sides of the ball." He went on to praise Georgia sophomore RB Nick Chubb, calling him "by far the best back we’ve played against all year long." While they'll certainly have their hands full with Chubb, Alabama does have the fourth-best rushing defense in the country. The Crimson Tide are allowing an average of just 56.75 rushing yards on the ground through four games.
Sep 28 - 8:09 PM

A Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook spokesman said Georgia will open as a 1-point favorite over Alabama on Sunday.

This line could very well get batted back over the threshold if the public decides to back the Tide, but if the Bulldogs remain favorites through Saturday's kickoff, it will be the first time Alabama hasn't been the favorite since the 2009 SEC title game against Florida (as a 5-point underdog, Alabama upset Florida 32-13). The Tides' current 72-game streak of being favored is the longest in college football history.
Source: ESPN
Sep 27 - 1:37 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that the defense "wasn't all that bad" in Saturday's 43-37 loss to Ole Miss.

There were two huge plays in the loss that Saban specifically cited, those being a tipped pass that wideout Quincy Adeboyejo took 66 yards to the house and a backbreaking 73-yard touchdown pass to Cody Core that came on a blown coverage in the fourth quarter. Said Saban, "All in all, other than those few plays, which we have to be eliminate, they have to be eliminated with fundamental execution and communication, it wasn't terrible." Alabama's getting a little feisty in their media responses of late, as earlier in the day, senior CB Cyrus Jones said that "[Ole Miss] didn't come in here and beat us. We messed up." The Crimson Tide should be able to unleash their frustration against Louisiana-Monroe this weekend. A big October 3 showdown at Georgia hovers on the horizon.
Sep 22 - 7:11 PM

When asked whether Alabama had found an identity on offense yet, HC Nick Saban responded "no."

Succinct, Coach, very succinct. Saban admitted that the Crimson Tide offense has been scattered to this point. This really comes down to the passing game, as it's difficult to pin Alabama's difficulties on Derrick Henry. After starting Jacob Coker at quarterback in each of the first two games, Alabama turned to Cooper Bateman in Saturday's loss to Ole Miss. Coker ultimately saw more field time than Bateman, though, completing 21-of-45 passes for 201 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Saban added that despite the picks, he thought Coker showed good energy after entering the contest. The passing game clearly remains a work in progress.
Sep 21 - 4:01 PM

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will return in 2016.

The fifth-annual college prospect event will take place Saturday, January 23, 2016. Once again, it will be played at California State University Dominguez Hills, with former NFL coaches Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz coaching. Last year, Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley (third round), Dallas Cowboys LB Damien Wilson (fourth round) and New York Jets OL Jarvis Harrison (fifth round) all played in the game.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 7:06 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that Saturday's opponent, Middle Tennessee, uses "a lot of multiples, a lot of adjustments."

"I think conceptually, they’re one of the most difficult offenses that we play to defend," said Saban, who went on to praise their coaching and creative use of offensive personnel. He compared the Blue Raider offense to that of Auburn and Ole Miss. Saban and co. will have to figure out how to handle redshirt freshman QB Brent Stockstill, who threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns as Middle Tennessee dropped a cool 70 points on Jackson State last week. We don't think Stockstill will be able to repeat that performance against a staunch Crimson Tide defense, but he could put up decent numbers even in a blowout.
Sep 11 - 8:29 PM

When asked about Alabama's kicking woes on his weekly radio show, HC Nick Saban became increasingly irritated by the "negative thoughts."

Kicker Adam Griffith missed a pair of field goals in Saturday's win over Wisconsin, while punter J.K. Scott averaged just 36.8 yards on his four punts. Saban slowly, but surely, melted down when confronted over the special teams issues, culminating in vaguely insinuated profanity. "Aight, because all of your negative thoughts and all your, I hate to say it, I'm not going to say it. You know what I want to say. It starts with a 'b' and the second word starts with an 's' about what you say about these guys really affects them in a negative way. It really affects them in a serious way." Saban went on to say that he loves both of his kickers and "rub[s] their neck[s] every day."
Sep 10 - 9:37 PM

In an interview with ESPN's Paul Finebaum, Alabama HC Nick Saban said he "feel[s] like [Alabama has] had good enough teams to win eight [titles]."

"I feel like I failed four times. Now is that being too difficult? I don't know," said Saban, who added that he "do[esn't] care" if fans feel frustrated by late-season letdowns in 2013 (to Auburn) and 2014 (to Ohio State). Why doesn't he care? Because Saban himself feels even more frustrated. In a lighter note, the vocal critic of social media also admitted that a Twitter future might await him. Said the coach, "I don't really want to, but I'm probably going to have to [join Twitter at some point]." Finebaum's complete interview of Saban airs on Outside the Lines Sunday night.
Sep 2 - 3:14 PM