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

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The NCAA passed a new rule that allows players to redshirt if they appear in four or fewer games in a season.
Council chair Blake James believes this will help players immensely and said, "Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries." But he didn't leave coaches out either, mentioning it will give them the "ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition." This is a truly beneficial rule for both coaches and players that will have an immediate impact on a lot of collegiate rosters. Jun 13 - 3:51 PM
Source: NCAA

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ESPN's Adam Rittenberg ranks Alabama at the top in his future power rankings.

Clemson ranks second, Ohio State third, and Georgia along with Ohio State round out the top five. Rittenberg's rankings are based on talent through the 2020 season, and he ranks the Crimson Tide as the top defense, fourth in offense and third in quarterback rankings. It probably goes without saying, but it speaks to just how special this program is right now. If Rittenberg is right, that's not changing anytime soon.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 11:37 AM

Alabama and Central Michigan have agreed to a contest to be played on Sept. 2, 2023.

This game will serve as opener for both the Crimson Tide and Chippewas when the time comes around. As tends to happen in most of these Power 5 vs. Group of 5 showdowns, it will be Power 5 behemoth Alabama which will have hosting duties for this affair. The two teams have never faced off on the gridiron before.
Jun 6 - 4:29 PM

The SEC has approved a measure which will allow graduates to transfer within the SEC without having to sit out a season.

Previously, such an in-conference move by a graduate would have required a waiver to be granted by the school the player is departing, something that coaches are reticent to grant. For example, Alabama OL Brandon Kennedy announced his transfer intent earlier this offseason and has reportedly been hoping for a move to Auburn or Tennessee. Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban has been blocking the move. With the rule changed, Kennedy can now transfer freely within the conference with eligibility to play immediately. One other rule tweak that came about from the SEC meetings -- conference transfers coming out of programs which are facing an NCAA bowl ban will now be free to move within the conference and play immediately. This most notably applies to Florida WR Van Jefferson, who transferred over from Ole Miss earlier this offseason.
Jun 1 - 2:39 PM

USC and Alabama have officially agreed to a season-opening contest for Sept. 5, 2020, in Arlington, Texas.

Reports of this match-up have been floating about this spring. It's official, now. The last time the two teams met -- opening the 2016 season -- it proved to be one of the more impactful games in recent memory for reasons far beyond the 52-6 final margin for Alabama. Midway through the contest, Jalen Hurts took over for Blake Barnett at quarterback for the Tide, while on the Trojans' sideline, we saw an inept Max Browne-led offense which would be helmed by Sam Darnold just weeks later.
May 23 - 4:38 PM reports that Alabama will make $6 million for their scheduled 2020 matchup with USC.

This showdown between college football powers is set for Sept. 5, 2020, and will be played in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. FBSchedules does not specify how much money USC will be netting off the matchup. The two teams squared off most recently in 2016, when Alabama turned -- midway through the contest -- to freshman QB Jalen Hurts to spark the offense. Hurts helped propel the Tide to a dominating 52-6 win.
May 18 - 12:15 PM

SiriusXM's Alex Marvez believes that Tennessee Titans RB coach Sylvester Croom could become involved with the Senior Bowl.

There's been a shakeup with the premiere pre-draft evaluation bowl, with executive director Phil Savage stepping down from his post last week. Marvez does not specify what role Croom could potentially take. A well-respected coach in the industry, he's been with the Titans for the past five seasons. Beyond his NFL pedigree, Croom holds a notable place in the history of college football, becoming the first African-American head coach in the SEC after Mississippi State hired him to the position in 2004.
May 16 - 2:15 PM

Alabama and Texas have agreed to a home-and-home series for 2022 and 2023.

News broke of this potential marquee series near the end of March. It's been officially agreed upon, now. The Longhorns will have first hosting duties, with Alabama set to travel to Austin on Sept. 10, 2022. It'll be the Crimson Tide returning the favor in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023. In nine previous matchups between the two college football titans, Texas -- and not Alabama -- holds a decided edge with a 7-1-1 record. The teams last faced off in the 2010 Rose Bowl, when the Tide schooled the Longhorns to the tune of a 37-21 final score. This is the second high-profile series Alabama has scheduled this offseason. They earlier announced a home-and-home with Notre Dame for the 2028 and 2029 seasons.
Source: 247Sports
May 16 - 12:32 PM

The Senior Bowl and executive director Phil Savage have mutually agreed to a parting of ways.

Savage was initially hired to serve as executive director in 2012. Since assuming that position, the Senior Bowl's popularity and exposure has taken off like a rocket. Some of this is due to the explosion of social media over the past few years, but beyond that, he lent a level of gravitas and professionalism to proceedings. Savage took on an incredibly hands-on role with the Senior Bowl, not only in promoting the event, but in his personal involvement in helping to bring in prospects who he felt would benefit from a week down in Mobile.
Source: Senior Bowl
May 15 - 3:38 PM

Alabama has reached agreements to play Southern Miss on Sept. 25, 2021, and Western Kentucky on Sept. 9, 2023.

The Crimson Tide will play host for both contests, both of which will net $1.9 million paydays for the respective visitors. The defending champs already have a sizable history with Southern Miss, holding a 34-5-2 edge in the series. Matters are much less defined against Western Kentucky, whom they have faced just thrice in their storied history. Alabama has won all three of those match-ups, the most recent of which came during the 2016 season.
May 10 - 11:11 AM

Alabama moved to No. 1 on Mark Schlabach's updated top 25 for 2018 after spring practices.

Clemson had held the top spot, but Alabama moves into the top spot with the Tigers falling to second. Ohio State, Georgia, Oklahoma and Washington round out the top six. "One thing that's certain: Alabama's defensive line is going to be scary good, even without Da'Ron Payne and Da'Shawn Hand," writes Schlabach. "Defensive ends Raekwon Davis, Isaiah Buggs and Quinnen Williams looked fantastic this spring, and Nick Saban said the Tide's defensive front is more athletic and faster than it was a year ago."
Source: ESPN
May 5 - 1:44 PM

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.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 19 - 2:22 PM

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