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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (66) / 10/31/1951

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The Division I Transfer Working Group is considering changes to the transfer rule relating to academic benchmarks and coaching changes.
Even in the NCAA's dry-as-a-cracker press release regarding the Transfer Working Group's early proposed tinkering with the transfer rule, it was specifically stated that the group "never entertained" a rule that would allow all student athletes to transfer without having to sit out a year. Instead, as matters are progressing right now, players who hit "specific, high-achieving academic benchmarks" could potentially be allowed to transfer without sitting, same for players whose coaches leave for new jobs. Per the NCAA's release, a vote on this still-evolving proposal could take place in June. Feb 13 - 2:37 PM
Source: NCAA.org

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Alabama's board of trustees has approved a proposal for a $2 million recruiting lounge.

The Tuscaloosa News relays that "[t]he recruiting lounge will be in 7,447-square-feet of renovated space on the first and second floors of the Mal Moore Athletic Facility. The lounge will primarily be used for football recruiting." The space will eventually include new furniture and improved audio and video installations. Alabama had a quieter-than-expected 2018 recruiting class by their lofty standards, but this proposal for the recruiting lounge was made well before National Signing Day.
Feb 10 - 3:20 PM

A new NCAA bylaw being proposed would allow any student-athlete playing for a coach who has been fired or accepts a new job to transfer mostly without restriction.

While players would be free to transfer in such a case, the proposed rule would not allow them to follow their former coach to a new program. There has been much talk about potentially opening up transfer restrictions this offseason and this bylaw would be a logical first step. One other notable part of the proposed bylaw unrelated to coach movement -- as formulated, players would not need to first receive permission from their head coach in order to transfer to a desired program. Transfers are typically barred from moving within conference, something that would no longer be the case, here. There are several other interesting offshoots in this proposal, including that any players at a school hit with sanctions would be free to transfer immediately and that transfers sitting out would become eligible for a sixth year of eligibility. A vote on this proposal could come in the summer.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 30 - 3:00 PM

The NCAA's Board of Governors will allow new transfer rule proposals to be made in April.

Such proposals can be made in April, with a vote on them potentially coming in June. ESPN's Matt Schick relayed on Wednesday that he had spoken with one NCAA official who believes there's a 95-percent chance that a rule is implemented -- at some point -- which will allow non-graduates to transfer without having to sit out a year. Should such a rule pass, it figures to have parameters attached to it to prevent a free-for-all, with Schick noting that it could include a potential "transfer window" or perhaps academic benchmarks. We'll have a much more clear idea of what's being cooked up come April. It's still possible that a sea change on the transfer rule might not be made until next year.
Jan 20 - 1:16 PM

ESPN's Matt Schick spoke with an NCAA official who said there is a "95-percent chance" that transfer rules will be changed to allow student-athletes to play immediately.

As the rule currently stands, only graduate transfers are eligible to play immediately with their new teams. All other student-athletes moving to a different program must sit out a season unless they are granted a waiver. A rule change on this front would likely cause a sea change for the landscape, as we would almost certainly see a considerably higher number of players on the move. Schick suggests that a "non-grad transfer window" would be helpful in keeping some control over the process. One other note on this potential rule change -- the official whom Schick spoke with said that there would likely be academic requirements for immediate transfers. None of this is up for a vote as of yet, but it's something to monitor over the offseason.
Jan 17 - 1:11 PM

Former Arizona Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said that Alabama HC Nick Saban "covets" the head-coaching job with the New York Giants.

"It wouldn't surprise me," Arians said when asked about Saban potentially trying his hand at the NFL again, specifically citing the Giants' gig as one that he would be interested in. While these comments are drawing headlines, any talk of the Alabama legend jumping back into the pro ranks should be counted only as speculation at this juncture. There have been no concrete reports about a possible departure from Tuscaloosa for Saban, who just secured his sixth national title with Monday's win over Georgia. During a two-year stint as head coach with the Dolphins from 2005-06, he led Miami to a middling 15-17 record.
Jan 9 - 6:36 PM

In the final release of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the 2017 season, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson ranked Nos. 1-4, respectively.

No surprises at the top of the poll, as all four Playoff contenders ranked in some order to lead matters off. Clemson was followed up by Ohio State, UCF (who rose from No. 10 to No. 6), Wisconsin, Penn State, TCU and Auburn to round out the first 10 teams. NC State, meanwhile, was the only new entrant into poll festivities, squeaking their way in at No. 23 in this, the final release of the Associated Press institution.
Jan 9 - 12:23 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 02:09:00 PM

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
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 01:31:00 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
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 04:25:00 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.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 08:39:00 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.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 06:47:00 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.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 02:59:00 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.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 07:02:00 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.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 01:11:00 PM