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The NCAA has approved Alabama's request for a waiver to honor former DL recruit Elish Shaw's scholarship.

Shaw suffered a neck injury that will prevent him from playing football after verbally committing to the Tide. The NCAA ruled Shaw will be on a non-football scholarship and will not count against the school's football allotment of 85.
Source: AL.com
Jul 22 - 9:55 AM

Alabama coach Nick Saban declined to name a starting QB at the SEC media days.

Fans and the media long ago anointed Jacob Coker as starter. Not so, claims Saban. At least not yet. "That's really not internally the perception by me, our staff or our players," Saban said. "Jake Coker has the opportunity to come in and compete for the position. Blake Sims has been competing for the position. He really did a pretty good job in the spring. He didn't play great in the spring game, but we really didn't do the things that he's capable of doing." Coker, a transfer from Florida State, has NFL size and pro physical tools, standing 6-foot-5 and 230 pound and wielding a high-octane right arm. "He's probably the best I've seen in 25 years at throwing it," FSU QB coach Randy Sanders said earlier this year. We don't blame Saban for attempting to manufacture competition, but it would be a huge upset if Coker didn't win the job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 6:09 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban says he never spoke with the University of Texas about its coaching gig.

"I had no conversations with [Texas] and wasn’t offered anything," Saban said. "And if I had no conversations with [Texas] than I didn’t have any interest … [We're] happy at Alabama." The comments came 24 hours after details emerged about a book co-authored by Paul Finebaum and Gene Wojchiechowski that claims Texas was ready to offer Saban a $100-plus million contract to replace Mack Brown.
Jul 18 - 12:47 AM

Alabama suspended sophomore DE Jarran Reed for an undisclosed period.

Reed was arrested and charged with a DUI on Sunday. Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced that Reed and RB Kenyan Drake were "suspended but not kicked off the team" on Thursday. "They're suspended from activity," Saban said. "When they prove that I think or we think that they're ready to come back and show a little bit more responsibility and discipline for how they handle themselves, their decision making, how they represent the university, their family and themselves, then we'll allow them to come back on the team." Saban typically doesn't announce suspension lengths until just before the season. Reed is a ballyhooed JUCO who transferred to Alabama from East Mississippi Community College this spring.
Source: Al.com
Jul 17 - 11:41 PM

The academic status of Alabama true freshmen running back Bo Scarbrough and offensive lineman Montel McBride is up in the air.

The pair still isn't on campus. Speaking Thursday at the SEC Media Days, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he's waiting to the end of the summer on the pair's academic status. "They won’t be completed until the end of summer school," Saban said. "I can’t really make a prediction on what their status will be until their summer school is over." Scarbrough is a five-star recruit, while McBride is ranked as a four-star prospect.
Source: Al.com
Jul 17 - 11:09 PM

The NFL has changed how it handles the Draft Advisory Board process, as underclassmen will now be given one of three grades: first-round, second-round, or neither, which equals "stay in school," according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.

There used to be five kinds of grades given: 1) As high as first-round; 2) As high as second-round; 3) As high as third-round; 4) Not in first three rounds; 5) Undraftable. This simplifies the process. Breer also points out only five prospects from a respective school can apply for a grade, and the board can turn down applications. There are still unknowns with the process, but we should know more during the underclassmen period from December to January.
Jul 17 - 3:31 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has suspended junior RB Kenyan Drake indefinitely.

Saban made a point to note that Drake has not been kicked off the team, and the running back and JUCO DL transfer Jarran Reed will return "when they prove themselves." Drake is a member of a loaded backfield that includes Derrick Henry and TJ Yeldon.
Jul 17 - 1:33 PM

When asked about new OC Lane Kiffin, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said "so far, so good."

Kiffin has "done a really good job. He's smart, players respond to him well," Saban explained. In the past, Alabama's offense has been very ground focused, using power running plays and throwing play action off of it. It will be interesting to see if Kiffin expands off of that mentality this season.
Jul 17 - 1:07 PM

At the SEC Media Days, South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier called Alabama HC Nick Saban the "greatest recruiter in the history of college football."

"It's amazing to me how they've been able to stack and load players," the Ol' Ball Coach added. Spurrier has never withheld his opinion, with both positive and negative remarks. In fact, when asked about Kevin Sumlin, Spurrier said, "He’s a great recruiter... and a great negotiator, we know that. He’s got a good deal."
Jul 15 - 10:27 AM

Alabama DT Jarran Reed was arrested and charged with a DUI on Sunday.

Reed had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent -- the legal limit is 0.08 -- according to Tuscaloosa police. "We are disappointed in Jarran's actions and this is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players," Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "It is a privilege to represent the University of Alabama and there are responsibilities that go along with that privilege. We'll evaluate the situation and determine the appropriate discipline so better choices and decisions can be made in the future." Reed is a ballyhooed JUCO who transferred to Alabama from East Mississippi Community College this spring.
Source: Al.com
Jul 13 - 6:22 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman has named Alabama sophomore tight end O.J. Howard as his "All-Freak Team" tight end.

"The Tide has to break in a new QB, but they’re loaded with proven studs at WR and RB, and watch out for this 6-foot-6, 240-pound sophomore, who has clocked some sub 4.5 40s and averaged more than 19 yards a catch in his freshman season," Feldman wrote. The Alabama prospect made a respectable contribution in his freshman year hauling in 14 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. This season look for the 6-foot-6, 240 pound Howard to have an expanded role for the Crimson Tide offense.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 9 - 8:26 AM

Alabama redshirt sophomore OT Brandon Hill has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer.

Hill announced the news on his personal Twitter account, but he did not mention plans of his next destination. The former three-star recruit was ranked as the No. 57 OT in the country in 2012. Hill was also recruited by Arkansas, Georgia, Nebraska and Tennessee coming out of high school. He never saw the field for the Crimson Tide.
Jul 5 - 5:36 PM

Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake was arrested and charged early Saturday morning on one count of obstructing government operations.

No details of what led to the charge and arrest have been disclosed at this time. Drake's bond was set at $1,000 and AL.com reports he has secured a bondsman. On the field, the running back is the third in a great stable of ball carriers, with Derrick Henry and TJ Yeldon leading the way. Each offers their own set of positive traits from an on-field perspective.
Source: AL.com
Jul 5 - 10:31 AM

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel portrayed the NCAA's defense in the O’Bannon trial as "tone-deaf."

The NCAA's baffling defense strategy included calling a grand total of zero student-athletes or coaches to speak on its behalf. Mandel's column, linked below, is worth the read. He writes: "Over three weeks of testimony, the NCAA’s 14 handpicked witnesses to date have mostly pontificated the type of elitist, ivory-tower rhetoric that routinely infuriates its critics. It has offered little convincing evidence that compensating athletes through group licensing fees would irreparably harm college athletics. And that’s coming from someone like me, who passionately enjoys college football and basketball. I can’t imagine the organization has fared better with U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, for whom the sports world is so spectacularly foreign that she had to ask one witness to spell out ESPY." Mandel added: "It would be an enormous upset at this point if she ruled in favor of the NCAA."
Source: SI.com
Jun 29 - 2:34 PM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins called Auburn's victory over the Crimson Tide last season a "fluke."

"It's getting close and this year is a season of reckoning," Collins tweeted. "The fluke stuff will not happen this time around." He was, of course, referencing the 109-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown as time expired. The Crimson Tide and Tigers will settle it on the field in Tuscaloosa in the regular season finale on November 29. Get your popcorn ready.
Jun 29 - 1:21 PM


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