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Football Scoop's Zach Barnett reports that FAU is "in talks" with Alabama OC Lane Kiffin regarding their open head-coaching position.

This is a surprising development. Kiffin had also been linked to the open coaching gigs at South Florida and Houston. He lost out on the Cougars job, which was filled by OC Major Applewhite. Charlie Strong is considered a strong candidate for the Bulls' gig at this juncture. Even if he whiffs on South Florida or FAU, Kiffin could also potentially still hook up with LSU as offensive coordinator. Stay tuned.
Dec 9 - 5:58 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart is traveling to Hawaii to visit Alabama four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Tua Tagovailoa.

Connections connections connections. Not only did Hawaii native Marcus Mariota eventually land at Oregon before going on to win the Heisman, Tagovailoa is currently attending St. Louis School, Mariota's old high school. The two are said to have a good relationship. Tagovailoa's father told SEC Country that he has already spoken with Taggart about this impromptu visit. "The thing with Coach Taggart — Oregon got him in early enough to do his recruiting," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Tua's father. "He’s so aggressive with his recruiting. He was saying what Tua can bring to the program, and I totally understand that." At the same time, he indicated to the coach that his son is "locked in to Alabama." Tagovailoa ranks as Scout's No. 36 overall recruit in the 2017 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Dec 9 - 4:27 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban prefers for OC Lane Kiffin to remain with the team through the College Football Playoffs.

Kiffin is reportedly close to being named head coach of Houston. "We're very supportive of Lane in terms of him having an opportunity to be a head coach again after the great job that he did for us," Saban said. "So hopefully [the Houston job] or some other opportunity will work out well for him so he gets the opportunity to be a head coach again." Asked if Kiffin would be with the Tide on Dec. 31 for the Peach Bowl against Washington, Saban said: "I think he'll want to finish the season with us but I can't speak to that right now because we haven't discussed something that is a hypothetical situation to this point. And I'm not going to answer any more questions about hypothetical situations." If the reports are true, we should know of Kiffin's future plans in the next day or two.
Source: AL.com
Dec 8 - 9:17 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy passes along that NCAA president Mark Emmert's preference is for an eight-team Playoff.

Emmert would like to see an expanded Playoff in order to allow for all five Power 5 conference champions to be included in the field. Penn State, who won the Big Ten title with a thrilling victory over Wisconsin this past weekend, was left out of the Playoff proceedings in favor of Pac-12 champ Washington on Sunday. Whether Emmert's desire for an expanded Playoff actually leads to an expanded Playoff remains to be seen. The size of the field figures to be discussed in more substantive depth this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 8 - 6:55 PM

FSU four-star 2017 S commit Daniel Wright flipped his pledge to Alabama.

Nick Saban swipes another one from Jimbo Fisher. Wright is the second recruit in the 2017 class to flip from the Seminoles to the Crimson Tide. Linebacker VanDarius Cowan did likewise in April. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Wright drew a comparison to former Buckeyes S Von Bell over the summer, with ESPN's Tom Luginbill noting that both Bell and Wright offered a similar well-rounded aspect to their games entering their senior seasons in high school. By the 247Sports composite rankings, Wright stands as the No. 121 overall prospect in the current recruiting class.
Dec 8 - 4:55 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Houston officials will meet Thursday night to discuss the candidates for the program's vacant head-coaching position.

Among those McMurphy hears will be attending Thursday's pow-wow, school president Renu Khator, AD Hunter Yurachek and board of regents chair Tilman J. Fertitta. Alabama OC Lane Kiffin and current Houston coordinators Major Applewhite and Todd Orlando are thought to be the finalists, here. Earlier on Thursday, USA Today's Dan Wolken relayed that Kiffin had the inside track to land the job pending approval from the higher powers.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 8 - 3:35 PM

Alabama graduate QB Cooper Bateman will reportedly remain with the Tide through the College Football Playoff before transferring.

Bateman was the favorite to win the starting quarterback gig all offseason and into fall camp, but Jalen Hurts broke his heart by emerging as one of the nation's most exciting young signal-callers. Bateman will be the Tide's No. 2 quarterback in the Playoffs, assuming this report is true and he remains with the team for a few more weeks.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 8 - 1:02 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will be Houston's next head coach, pending "pending a Thursday meeting at which school President Renu Khator will have to give the final OK."

As you all know, Tom Herman left for Texas. Kiffin was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2007-2008, Tennessee in 2009 and coached USC from 2010-2013 before being fired mid-season at the airport. Since then, Kiffin has been an outstanding coordinator at Alabama, taking the Crimson Tide's offense to the next level and at times matching the school's historic defense. Houston has been an offensive minded team in the past, but their best player is freshman defensive lineman Ed Oliver. Kiffin, at the very least, can keep Houston at the level they currently sit. Beat writer Joseph Duarte disputes Houston has made its decision at this time.
Source: USA Today
Dec 8 - 8:13 AM

Alabama redshirt sophomore David Cornwell will transfer.

Prior to last season, both ESPN and the Alabama-centric AL.com predicted that Cornwell would beat out Jake Coker to start for the Tide. That didn't happen, and Cornwell subsequently tumbled down the depth chart. Having already graduated from Alabama as a third-year soph, Cornwell is eligible to play immediately wherever he goes and has two years of eligibility remaining. A four-star 2014 recruit, Cornwell was ranked as the No. 4 pro-style QB in the country. Cornwell is the third Tide quarterback to transfer over the past few weeks, following Blake Barnett (committed to play at Arizona State) and Cooper Bateman (undecided). Last December, Tide QB Alec Morris transferred to North Texas. Looks like it's time for Nick Saban to go shopping for a few Jalen Hurts backups.
Dec 7 - 4:09 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman believes Alabama OC Lane Kiffin taking the USF head coaching vacancy seems like a very plausible idea.

Feldman cites Kiffin's ties to the area while surveying the other current openings. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd previously stated something similar, saying Kiffin would be USF's top target. Willie Taggart was hired by Oregon. As expected, the coaching openings are filling up quickly.
Dec 7 - 8:26 AM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that Alabama OC Lane Kiffin would be the leading candidate for USF's head-coaching position should current HC Willie Taggart take another job.

This is far from a slam dunk, as it would require Taggart to take a job elsewhere. However, it shouldn't be discounted outright. Over the weekend, Taggart reportedly interviewed with Oregon regarding the space vacated by Mark Helfrich. Should Taggart land with the Ducks, it would open up South Florida for a potential Kiffin hire. That is assuming Kiffin doesn't take one of any number of other jobs he has been attached to in the last few weeks. Among those, Houston (Dodd hears that he did "well" during that interview) and LSU. Should he decide to join LSU, that job would come in the form of offensive coordinator.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 6 - 5:29 PM

ESPN's Sam Khan Jr. reports that Houston has interviewed Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, former LSU HC Les Miles, OC Major Applewhite and DC Todd Orlando for their open head-coaching position.

Per Khan, Houston is expected to make their hire to replace the departed Tom Herman by the end of the week. ESPN's Brett McMurphy previously reported that former Baylor HC Art Briles has also received an interview. Should Kiffin come away with the gig -- Nick Saban is said to be in support of him taking the job -- he is still expected to patrol the Bama sideline during their Playoff-run-to-be.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 2:05 PM

Alabama senior ILB Reuben Foster was named the winner of the Butkus Award.

The Butkus Award is handed out annually to the nation's best linebacker. Foster registered 94 tackles (12.0 for loss), four sacks and a pair of passes defended. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder was also a finalist for the Nagurski Award, but teammate Jonathan Allen ultimately won that honor.
Source: AL.com
Dec 6 - 1:09 PM

Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen was named the winner of the Nagurski Trophy.

The Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player. Somewhat surprisingly, an Alabama player had never won the award prior to the 6-foot-3, 291-pound Allen scooping up the honor. He did so on the strength of 56 tackles (13.0 for loss), 8.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and a pair of fumbles recovered and returned for touchdowns. Allen won the award over fellow finalists Reuben Foster, Clemson's Christian Wilkins, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers and FSU's Tavarus McFadden.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 6 - 12:10 PM

Alabama senior edge rusher Ryan Anderson has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Anderson will have a chance to showcase his draft wares at the Senior Bowl after registering 51 tackles (16.5 for loss), 7.5 for loss and three forced fumbles in 13 games this season. Of course, he does have at least one contest left on his scheduled, possibly two depending on how Alabama handles its Playoff showdown with Washington on New Year's Eve. An AFC scout said in October that he believes that in terms of the draft, Anderson may be the "safest [defensive] bet" on Alabama's roster.
Dec 5 - 5:40 PM


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