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

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Alabama and Notre Dame have agreed to a home-and-home series scheduled for 2028 and 2029.
Notre Dame will have first hosting honors, with Alabama set to take on the Irish in South Bend on Sept. 2, 2028. The affair will play out in Tuscaloosa the year after, with that contest set for Sept. 1, 2029. While Notre Dame leads the overall series 5-2, Alabama got the most recent laugh in a 42-14 deconstruction of the Irish in the 2012 BCS title game. The defending champs have also reportedly been trying to put together a future showdown with Texas, though that has not officially come together as of yet. Apr 19 - 2:22 PM
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The NCAA has declined to implement a proposed rule change which would allow players appearing in four games to remain eligible for a redshirt.

As the rule currently stands, players are eligible for redshirts only if they've appeared in three or fewer games for a given season. The intent of the proposed change was to allow for some wiggle room with injuries in an attempt to cut down on the number of players who are forced to burn redshirts solely due to their serving as injury replacements late in the season.
Apr 18 - 6:14 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban simultaneously expressed his respect for former Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze as well as the SEC's right to bar him from a coaching job.

"I think he did a fabulous job when he was at Ole Miss," Saban said of Freeze, while adding just a few moments later that he also respected the SEC and their intention to do what was "best for the league relative to circumstances that people created for themselves." A report broke earlier this month that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told both Freeze and Alabama that the the conference would prefer a bit of breathing room before Freeze -- infamously let go at Ole Miss following scandals both at the program and in his personal life -- rejoined the coaching ranks. Alabama had been angling for him to potentially join their staff over the winter.
Apr 18 - 1:44 PM

The NCAA has approved a new rule for kickoffs in which fair catches made inside the 25-yard line will have the same result as a touchback.

Previously, players calling for fair catches on kickoffs inside the 25 would be setting their team back, with the ball placed wherever they made the fair catch. Not so anymore. Now, even a fair catch called at the five-yard line will result in the ball being brought out to the 25, same as on a touchback. The rule change is part of a concerted effort at both the collegiate and professional level to limit injuries in what's an inherently violent sport. It should be noted that this rule tweak only applies to fair catches on kickoffs. There has been no change to the traditional rules with fair catches on punts.
Apr 13 - 5:23 PM

In their latest release of odds for the College Football title, Alabama (7/4), Clemson (5/1), Georgia (7/1) and Ohio State (8/1) lead the way.

Beyond that quartet, Big Ten combatants Michigan and Penn State are both drawing 12/1 odds for championship glory, while Oklahoma and Washington currently sit at 20/1. All of this comes in about as you would expect. If you're looking for a longshot, we've got one at 50/1 that might be secretly juicy -- that would be the Stanford Cardinal. David Shaw's crew not only returns a Heisman favorite in Bryce Love, he'll also presumably have a real quarterback at his disposal for the season in K.J. Costello, who took over for an ineffective Keller Chryst midway through the 2017 campaign and proceeded to play rock-solid ball. It'll be a task for them to push past a loaded Washington team to win the Pac-12, but 50/1 title odds for this crew are just disrespectful.
Apr 9 - 5:43 PM

Alabama does not currently have room on its "Walk of Champions" to commemorate the 2017 title team.

The last tile placed on the so-called "Walk of Champions" path to the locker room was in honor of the 2015 team. It occupied what had technically been the final planned spot on the path. In order to accommodate an added place for the 2017 team, Alabama will be moving a plaque to make room. Should the Crimson Tide keep on winning titles, actual renovation and expansion might be needed.
Apr 6 - 3:03 PM

The Tuscaloosa News is reporting that Alabama is attempting to work out future home-and-home series against both Texas and Notre Dame.

Crimson Tide AD Greg Byrne has not confirmed either series yet, but did say that the program is "exploring some home-and-homes." They're big ones, too. Notre Dame and Alabama last played in the 2013 BSC National Championship Game, with Bama memorably laying the beatdown in what ended as a 42-14 blowout of the Irish. As for a potential home-and-home with Texas, the Longhorns currently hold a 7-1-1 record in the series, though just one of those matchups has come since 1985. Assuming there are no snags with setting up these tasty future contests, we should see the exact dates emerge sometime later this spring or summer.
Mar 24 - 8:27 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban dismissed the notion that he will be considering retirement in the near future.

"The way I look at it is, as long as I'm healthy and as long as I feel that I can do a good job, I want to keep doing it because I enjoy doing it," Saban explained. As to when he might consider putting down the clipboard for good, the 66-year-old coaching legend said that the day would come when it became clear that he was no longer "creating value" at the helm of the program. Said Saban, "I don't want to talk about anybody else, but there have been a couple of coaches where their legacy was tarnished by them maybe doing it longer than they should have." He added, "That won't be me." In nine years serving as head coach at Alabama, Saban has won five national titles and owns a ridiculous winning percentage of .899. The defending champs open up spring practice on Tuesday.
Mar 20 - 2:59 PM reports that Alabama and Western Carolina have agreed to a matchup for Nov. 23, 2019.

Per the outlet, Western Carolina will be paid $525,000 for the showdown. Alabama is 4-0 all-time when squaring off with the FCS outfit, having posted a 201-20 score combined in that space. With this one now on the books, Alabama has set their nonconference schedule for the 2019 campaign. In addition to Western Carolina, they'll also play Duke (Aug. 31), New Mexico State (Sept. 7) and Southern Miss (Sept. 21).
Mar 20 - 12:41 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon ranks Alabama's spring game the top to watch.

The "game" takes place on April 21. This is an obvious one, as you'll want to get your popcorn ready to watch junior QB Jalen Hurts try and hold off sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa. There's also the secondary to keep an eye on, as the Crimson Tide lost a plethora of soon-to-be NFL players in the defensive backfield. Add in the fact that they're always loaded, and Alabama's spring game is a must-watch.
Mar 19 - 3:22 PM

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

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