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COLUMN: Winners and losers from Crimson Tide's A-Day Game

Wide receiver Robert Foster was one of the big winners from Saturday's A-Day Game. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 24, 2017)

TUSCALOOSA – Did you come out to Alabama’s A-Day game expecting the same dull defensive oriented performance?

It was anything but dull as bombs filled the air, receivers made plays and the final outcome wasn’t decided until JK Scott hit a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the scrimmage for a 27-24 win by the Crimson team.

But what did the fans in attendance and the millions more watching on ESPN really see? Did they learn anything from watching a Saban-coached offense go up against a Saban-coached defense?


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Ragsdale says family biggest reason for giving up coaching

After 28 seasons, Randy Ragsdale has stepped down as the head football coach at Trinity Presbyterian. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 17, 2017)

A week after stepping down as head football coach at Trinity Presbyterian, Randy Ragsdale broke his silence and explained the timing of his decision.

Ragsdale closed out the 2016 campaign with a 33-21 loss to St. James to complete a 3-7 season, the worst of his career and the second worst in school history. Asked at the time whether he would return for a 29th season, he said he loved his dual role as head football coach and the dean of the middle school.

By March, he had changed his mind and went to Kerry Palmer to discuss his future.


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SEC announces football Media Days dates

Contributed
(February 28, 2017)

The Southeastern Conference's 2017 football media days will be held July 10-13 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, according to an announcement by the league Tuesday.


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Daboll, Pannunzio made official as Alabama assistants

Brian Daboll, seen here with New England quarterback Tom Brady, was officially named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach by Nick Saban and Alabama on Monday. (Photo courtesy New England Patriots/NFL)

Combined Reports
(February 20, 2017)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Brian Daboll on Monday as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Saban also announced the hiring of Joe Pannunzio to coach tight ends and handle special teams.

The news came after speculation swirled last week about the possible hires


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CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Clemson wins in dramatic fashion

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson spins in the air from the hit of the Alabama defense in Monday's College Football Playoff Championship. (Photo courtesy CFP)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 10, 2017)

TAMPA, Fla. – It was one of the most dramatic finishes in championship game history.

Deshaun Watson hit Hunter Renfrow with a 2-yard touchdown pass with one second left to left Clemson to a 35-31 victory over Alabama in the CFP National Championship at Raymond James Stadium on Monday night.


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CFP CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: Streaks broken in title game

Bo Scarbough breaks free for the first touchdown of the game during Alabama's 35-31 loss to Clemson on Monday. (Photo courtesy CFP)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 10, 2017)

TAMPA, Fla. – Plenty of streaks were snapped on Monday night with Clemson’s 35-31 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the CFP National Championship at Raymond James Stadium.


First, Alabama’s 26-game winning streak, dating back to a 2015 loss to Ole Miss, was snapped. Obviously, it was the longest current winning streak in college football, but it was also the third longest streak in Crimson Tide and Southeastern Conference history. Alabama had 28-game winning streaks snapped in 1980 and 1993.


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CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Hurts shrugs off mistakes

Freshman Jalen Hurts is set to lead Alabama against Clemson in the CFP Championship game on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 9, 2017)

He’s coming off the worst game of his short career, but like any bad play he encountered during the season, Alabama quarterback Jaalen Hurts just shrugs it off.

It doesn’t matter if the last game was the biggest to that point – the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl semifinal win over Washington – or if the next game is the CFP National Championship. Hurts, as he has been all year, remains unflappable.


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CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: New Tide OC Sarkisian seems right at home

New Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian spoke to the media for the first time on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 7, 2017)

There will be a different demeanor from Alabama’s offensive coordinator on the sideline Monday night for the CFP National Championship. And Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts likes it.

“When we talk about coaching, I've been coached in high school, so all the getting cussed at and all that stuff, I'm fine with that because that's what I'm used to,” Hurts said. “So when you see ‘Sark’ doing it, it's like, I like that. I like the fire in his eyes. I like the alpha dog mentality he has, the demeanor. He's just that type of guy.”


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CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Tide's freshman offensive lineman avoids spotlight despite success

Alabama freshman offensive lineman Jonah Williams finally spoke to the media last week prior to the Peach Bowl but he enjoys his anonymity. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(January 6, 2017)

Jonah Williams is not one for attention.

Alabama’s true freshman offensive tackle didn’t complain when he became aware of Nick Saban’s policy that first-year players weren’t allowed to speak to the press.

It’s his nature.


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PRESS PICKS: Butler wins in a landslide

Staff Report
(January 5, 2017)

The final picks are in and to no surprise, Michael Butler is the champion for 2016. It is his second title in the history of the contest.
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2017 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Rematch provides different nuances

Head coaches Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney meet again in the 2017 College Football Playoff championship. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 4, 2017)

Last year’s CFP National Championship Game featured plenty of offense from both teams and it took a pair of special teams plays to finally swing the outcome in favor of Alabama.

This year’s Clemson team is better, both coaches agree, a point that hasn’t swayed the odds makers from installing the Crimson Tide as a six-point favorite in the rematch.


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Kiffin the subject of CFP Championship teleconference

Nick Saban reiterated the situation with Lane Kiffin during Tuesday's CFP press conference. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 3, 2017)

It was supposed to be a media opportunity to talk about the upcoming CFP national championship game, but Nick Saban’s decision to replace offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin with Steve Sarkisian on Monday changed the direction of Saban’s teleconference on Tuesday.

Saban tried to deflect the focus with his very first answer, but it was clear that a simple “we made a statement about this yesterday” was not satisfactory.


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PEACH BOWL/CFP: No surprise - Tide defense dominant again in win over Huskies

Linebacker Ryan Anderson picks off a Jake Browning pass and returns it 26 yards for an Alabama touchdown in the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(December 31, 2016)

ATLANTA – It was an ominous start for the Alabama defense.

The Washington Huskies’ second possession of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl/College Football Playoff semifinal looked a lot like the first for the Florida Gators in the opening drive of the SEC Championship.

Both ended with touchdowns.

And like the conference championship, it would be the jumpstart the Alabama Crimson Tide needed on the way to a 24-7 victory and a second-straight trip to the national championship game.


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PEACH BOWL/CFP: Tempers flare in final minutes of Tide win over Washington

Jonathan Allen records a sack on Washington's Jake Browning in Alabama's 24-7 win in the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 31, 2016)

ATLANTA – The outcome was already decided and frustration started to set in for the fourth-ranked Washington Huskies.

On two of the final four plays, there were offsetting penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct. The culprit, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster said, was a Washington offense that had been throttled all night by the Crimson Tide defense.


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PEACH BOWL/CFP: Carver's Wilson making mark in more ways than one

Freshman linebacker Mack Wilson has become a Jack of all trades this season for the Crimson Tide. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 30, 2016)

ATLANTA – For Mack Wilson, it was all about an opportunity.

He showed incredible maturity as a freshman at Robert E. Lee High, playing quarterback and punting for the football team while dunking basketballs for the Generals during the winter months.

Over the next three years, after transferring to crosstown rival G.W. Carver, he was a standout linebacker who handled punting duties as well, shifting to quarterback a time or two during his senior season because of struggles at the position.

So when he got to Alabama, he figured his wide range of skills could help the Crimson Tide in a number of positions.


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PEACH BOWL/CFP: Hamilton's season-ending injury strengthens bond among linebackers

Former G.W. Carver standout Shaun Dion Hamilton was third on the team in tackles before a season-ending knee injury in the SEC Championship win against Florida. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(December 29, 2016)

ATLANTA – Alabama junior linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton sat at a table during Thursday’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Media Day with his right leg propped on a chair.

His season over after suffering a torn ACL late in the first half of the SEC Championship Game, he was in no mood for ironies.

Yet, he rested on the Georgia Dome turf just a few yards away from where he heard the pop against Florida.


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PEACH BOWL/CFP: Kiffin clears the air in final PC as Tide OC

Alabama's Lane Kiffin meets with the press during Wednesday's press conference at the Peach Bowl. (Photo courtesy Peach Bowl)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 28, 2016)

ATLANTA –It may be his last time in front of the media covering Alabama’s football team, so offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin wanted to make sure he cleared the air of all those nasty rumors.

You know, the one about where he was forced out at Alabama and had to take a job as Florida Atlantic’s new head coach because he couldn’t get along with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.


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UPDATED: Saban sees good and bad in first scrimmage

Derrick Henry carries the football during Alabama's first scrimmage of 2015. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 16, 2015)

TUSCALOOSA. – Alabama’s first preseason scrimmage on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium settled nothing, which left head coach Nick Saban even more frustrated, if that’s possible, as the Crimson Tide searches for a starting quarterback among its five candidates.

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PRESS PICKS: Panel says national title race wide open

Staff Report
(August 15, 2015)

Another season arrives in college football and the panel is ready to tell everyone what it thinks will happen in 2015.

The defending champion, Mike Peacock (Raycom), is ready to repeat what was his maiden voyage in Press Picks. He has the majority of contestants back along with two newcomers.

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Organizers expect more success with 2015 Raycom Camellia Bowl

The first-ever Raycom Camellia Bowl between Bowling Green and South Alabama was a success. Organizers expect the 2015 version to be even better. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 14, 2015)

Bowl games are not only important to the community, but they can provide pivotal moments for the participating football programs, Greg McElroy said.

The former University of Alabama quarterback and current SEC Network analyst was in Montgomery on Thursday for the Camellia Bowl Kickoff Luncheon at the Alabama Activity Center and spoke on how the Crimson Tide’s participation in the 2007 Independence Bowl jump-started the program’s rise to prominence under first-year head coach Nick Saban.

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Tuskegee opens fall drills

Contributed
(August 14, 2015)

TUSKEGEE - The Tuskegee University football team opened the 10th fall camp under head coach Willie Slater with 96 players on Thursday afternoon.

The Golden Tigers, coming off a 9-3 record and the SIAC championship, return eight 2015 Preseason All-Conference selections. Of those eight, six are on the defensive side of the ball led by First Team selections Jewel Ratliff, Julian Morgan and Michael Robinson. The other six selected include Cedric Cuff, Osband Thompson, Darian Hall, Marquel Gardner (offense) and Devozea Gaines (special teams).

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McElroy says Tide fans should not worry about Bama QB situation... yet

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy spoke at Thursday's Camellia Bowl Kickoff luncheon. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 13, 2015)

Don’t worry Tide fans.

That’s the message from former Alabama quarterback and current SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy, who was in town on Thursday to speak at a Camellia Bowl luncheon to kick off ticket sales for the 2015 game.

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Tide quarterback battle about to hit critical stage

Alec Morris is one of five quarterbacks in contention for the starting role for Alabama this fall. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletics Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 13, 2015)

TUSCALOOSA -- It was an ominous warning, a sign that even five-star recruits aren’t natural-born leaders.

Alabama completed its eighth practice on Wednesday, roughly a third of the way through fall camp, with no starting quarterback in sight. As the battle continues among senior Jake Coker, junior Alec Morris, sophomore Cooper Bateman, redshirt freshman David Cornwell and true freshman Blake Barnett, time isn’t on the Crimson Tide’s side as head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin try to sort out a logjam at the position.

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PREP PREVIEW: Vols to build on last year's playoff berth

Jeff Davis coach Lee Carter watches his running backs go through drills during a recent practice. The Volunteers open the season Aug. 21 against LeFlore. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 11, 2015)

Ask Lee Carter what he expects to be the difference in the Jeff Davis Volunteers in 2015 and his answer is right to the point.

Building games in the third quarter.

“Executing in third quarters,” he said. “Third quarters last year were kind of up and down for us. When we did execute in third quarters, we won games; when we didn’t, we lost games.”

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PREP PRESEASON: New Lowndes coach creates 'bonding' time in first week

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 5, 2015)

Bob Taylor was thinking about chemistry when he loaded up the bus and headed west on U.S. Highway 80.

The first-year Lowndes Academy football coach was hired in June to revive the Rebels’ football fortunes after four straight years of losing. The first step, figured the coach known for rebuilding programs at Lakeside and Sumter, was to get his players away from family and friends and learn the meaning of team.

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Heat doesn't stop the beginning of high school preseason drills

Park Crossing opens scrimmages in the second year of varsity football on Monday. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(August 4, 2015)

The  sun was blazing. The temperature was well in the 90s and there was no breeze to be found on Monday.

For a high school football coach, it was a perfect day to start preseason workouts.

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Lacey the leader in Tuskegee's quest for another SIAC title

Tuskegee junior quarterback Kevin Lacey speaks to Michael Butler of WTLS during SIAC Media Day. The former Wetumpka star expects to lead the Golden Tigers back to the conference championship. (Photo contributed)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 3, 2015)

After splitting time with Justin Norad last season, former Wetumpka High School star Kevin Lacey understands the success of the rebuilt Tuskegee offense will rest squarely on his shoulders in 2015.

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Bama's Fan Day set for Aug. 9

Contributed
(July 31, 2015)

TUSCALOOSA - The University of Alabama football team's annual Fan Day is set for Sunday, August 9. The Crimson Tide will hold an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Players and coaches will be available for autographs immediately after the practice on the field at approximately 4:45 p.m.

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Tuskegee picked to repeat as division champs

Combined Reports
(July 22, 2015)

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) released their predicted order of finish, as selected by the league's head coaches, on Monday afternoon with the two teams who played in the SIAC championship game last season predicted to do the same in 2015.


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SIAC Football Media Day set for Monday in Montgomery

Contributed
(July 19, 2015)

In conjunction with their annual luncheon and summer meetings, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) will host its 2015 Football Media Day on Monday, July 20 at the Holiday Inn Montgomery Airport South in Montgomery.

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Tide places six on preseason first team All-SEC

Staff Report
(July 17, 2015)

The Southeastern Conference released its All-SEC teams from this week's SEC Media Days event in Hoover.

Alabama led the way with 12 players selected by the media members in attendance this week.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Coaches all business on final day of event

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt was all business Thursday during SEC Media Days. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 16, 2015)

HOOVER -  On the final day of SEC Media Days, smiles on coaches’ faces were hard to come by.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt seemed stone-faced through most of his interviews. LSU coach Les Miles wasn’t his jovial, joking self.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is battling his own problems with player investigations by the NCAA and another Confederate flag flap, meaning his jaw stayed relatively stern.
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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Bama tabbed as Western champ; Auburn picked as overall champ in SEC

Staff Report
(July 16, 2015)

If there was any question of the wide-open race that is to be the Southeastern Conference championship, look no further than the media selections from this week's SEC Media Days.

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Auburn's Jones among players on Thorpe Award watch list

Combined Reports
(July 16, 2015)

Auburn senior Jonathan Jones is one of three Southeastern Conference players on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Criticism nothing new for Saban, Tide

Alabama coach Nick Saban received criticism after a few of his comments Wednesday at SEC Media Days. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 15, 2015)

HOOVER – What’s more interesting than listening to Alabama head football coach Nick Saban discuss his football team?

How about the comments from the press afterwards?

The vitriol. The scorn. And all the criticism that goes with it.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Spurrier not ready for Swan Song yet

Steve Spurrier spoke to the media on Tuesday. The question - was it the last time?. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 14, 2015)

HOOVER – Steve Spurrier has become a bit of a butt of old-age jokes so why not start his press conference with one of his own?


“A lot of familiar faces out there after a lot of years coming to this event.,” he said “I figured a bunch of you guys would have retired by now.  (Laughter). Just kidding. Good to be here,”

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Shaw states medical observer to be part of player safety in 2015

SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw provides the media the new rules changes for 2015. (Photo courtesy Southeastern Conference)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 14, 2015)

HOOVER – Southeastern Conference officials will begin using a medical observer at games this fall in an effort to improve player safety.

Steve Shaw, Southeastern Conference coordinator of officials, said the observer was used as an experiment in some conference games last fall and the game was never stopped but “if we have one stop and we save a potential concussion issue with a player, it’s all worth it.”


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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Despite past, high hopes no concern for Auburn Tigers

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn expects his Tigers to show improvement in 2015. (Photo courtesySoutheastern Conference)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 13, 2015)

HOOVER - Traditionally, the preseason hype machine has not been pleasant for the Auburn Tigers.

It is a fact that hasn’t been lost on coach Gus Malzahn and his players who were in attendance on Monday at the 31st SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Sankey takes the conference reins

Greg Sankey addresses the media for the first time as the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference at SEC Media Days. (Photo courtesy Matt Lowe/Lindy's Sports)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 13, 2015)

HOOVER - The Southeastern Conference Media Days kicked off with an appearance by new commissioner Greg Sankey, marking the first time since 1990 that neither Roy Kramer nor Mike Slive addressed the media throng at the Winfrey Hotel.


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Coverage of 2015 SEC Media Days begins on RRS, WTLS and NetAL.com

Combined Report
(July 13, 2015)

The annual pilgrimage of coaches, players and support staff begins today for the 31st SEC Media Days in Hoover.

WTLS, River Region Sports and Network Alabama will provide four-day coverage of the event beginning at noon with RRS Radio on Monday. The coverage will continue with the Wake-Up Call at 6 a.m. and the Paul Finebaum Show at 2 p.m. each day.

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Autauga Academy's Howard on Mackey watch list

Former Autauga Academy star O.J. Howard was named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletics)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 8, 2015)

Former Autauga Academy standout O.J. Howard is among the players on the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate tight end.

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Johnson makes Maxwell preseason watch list

Jeremy Johnson has been tabbed for the preseason watch list of the 79th annual Maxwell Award given to the nation's top collegiate player. (Photo contributed)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 7, 2015)

Former G.W. Carver High standout and projected starting Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson is among the 15 Southeastern Conference players on the preseason watch list for the 79th annual Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate football player.

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Wetumpka's Golden named to Hornung Watch list

Former Wetumpka High School star Jamal Golden was named to the pre-season list of players to watch for the Paul Hornung Award. (Photo contributed)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 6, 2015)

The first of the preseason watch lists in college football was released on Monday and while it contained no players from Auburn or Alabama, it did highlight a familiar player in the River Region.

The Paul Hornung Award watch list was released on Monday, listing 44 of the top all-purpose players in college football, including Wetumpka’s Jamal Golden.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Conference adds 'Beyond the Field' for select players

Contributed
(July 6, 2015)

BIRMINGHAM – The Southeastern Conference is bringing a new element to its annual Football Media Days in 2015 as each school will send at least one student-athlete with a compelling story outside of his athletic endeavors. The Conference is calling the initiative “Beyond The Field: Stories of the SEC.”

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Two Golden Tigers earn preseason A-A status

Contributed
(June 22, 2015)

The first preseason college football All-America teams was released by USA College Football this weekend, and a pair of returning Tuskegee Golden Tigers have been placed on the list.


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Camellia Bowl Youth Clinic grows in second year

Tommy Chandler, former UAB coach and clinic volunteer, works with linebackers during drills at the second-annual Camellia Bowl Youth Clinic at Cramton Bowl.(Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 18, 2015)

Approximately 175 participants showed up for the second annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Youth Clinic at Cramton Bowl, braving the heat to pick up a few pointers on football from UAB head coach Bill Clark and his staff.


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Clark to lead annual Camellia Bowl Youth Clinic set for Thursday

Last year's Camellia Bowl Youth Clinic was a success. Promoters expect the 2015 edition to be even better.(Photo contributed)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 16, 2015)

It’s less about the fundamentals and more about the fun.

That’s the attitude UAB coach Bill Clark is taking with one-day camps he is holding in Montgomery on Thursday for the Camellia Bowl and in Birmingham on Friday for the Birmingham Bowl.

Clark, the highly successful coach who molded Prattville High into a championship contender from 1999-2007, who helped South Alabama develop into a Camellia Bowl participant as a defensive coordinator from 2008-2012, set a ton of records as head coach at Jacksonville State in 2013 and made the Blazers bowl eligible in his first year at UAB in 2014 will conduct the second annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Youth Clinic at Cramton Bowl from 9 a.m. to noon at Cramton Bowl.


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Cramton Bowl schedule slam packed for 2015

G.W. Carver and Prattville will play on Sept. 25 as part of the busy schedule at Cramton Bowl this fall. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(June 15, 2015)

It’s a daunting task, trying to cram five high school football programs into one venue.

In the past, it was a cooperative effort among the coaches at the high schools. These days, the task falls to Montgomery Public Schools athletic director Brandon Dean and trying to schedule five high school programs into Thursday and Friday night playing dates at Crampon Bowl is a chore no one envies.


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Harbaugh invitation to Prattville Elite Camp brings unexpected attention

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh caused a stir recently with the announcement that he would lead the annual Prattville Elite Football Camp on Friday.(Photo contributed)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(June 2, 2015)

The football world will have eyes on Prattville High School this Friday.

But it has nothing to do with the Lions or their preparations to make it back to the Super 7 in 2015.

The annual Prattville Elite Football Camp will feature the usual number of top players from across the River Region but also a polarizing figure in the world of college football.

New Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh and members of his staff will be in town to lead the camp on Friday. The camp, which is open to any football player ages 14-18, is expected to draw a record number of participants.

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CBS adds two dates to SEC football coverage - one includes Auburn opener

Contributed
(May 28, 2015)

CBS Sports, the exclusive national network broadcaster of SEC home football games, showcasing the best games from the best conference with the “SEC Game of the Week” has expanded its SEC ON CBS schedule with the addition of two early-season match-ups for the 2015 season.


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Neville's legacy leads to induction to Sports Hall of Fame

Montgomery native and former football star Tommy Neville will be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.(Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 16, 2015)

Tommy Neville was uncertain of his future when he pulled into Red Campbell’s Gulf station on Fairview Avenue in Montgomery in August, 1961.

Campbell, a former Mississippi State football star and ardent Bulldog supporter, was about to change Neville’s future with a couple of questions and a phone call.

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North-South All-Star football game loaded with River Region talent

Contributed
(May 5, 2015)

Eleven players and two coaches from the River Region have been selected to participate in the 56th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game scheduled for July 17.

The teams comprised of 2015 seniors were announced by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).


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Five Lions sign football scholarships

With head coach Chad Anderson looking on (back), five players from Prattville recently signed football scholarships including: (from left) Anthony Brown, Nate Anderson,,Harrison McDaniel, Christian Mays, William Johnston. (Photo contributed)

By Jimmy White
Special to RRS
(April 30, 2015)

PRATTVILLE - Five Prattville High School senior football players recently signed grant-in-aid scholarships during a ceremony at the school’s library.

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Tide quarterback battle still in limbo after spring game

Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker (14) had a so-so day in leading the White offense. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 18, 2015)

TUSCALOOSA – When Alabama coach Nick Saban said he didn’t have a number one quarterback, he wasn’t kidding.

A crowd of 65,175 braved the elements to attend Saturday’s A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with everyone keeping an eye on the battle to become Blake Sims’ successor at quarterback.


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Faulkner impressive in annual spring game

Faulkner football coach Charlie Boren was pleased with Friday's annual spring game. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(April 18, 2015)

Faulkner head football coach Charlie Boren liked what he saw during Faulkner’s annual Spring Game, a situational scrimmage of just more than an hour Friday night at Billy D. Hilyer Stadium.


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Kiffin to return to Crimson Tide staff for 2015

Nick Saban announced on Saturday that offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Lane Kiffin would return to the Alabama sidelines next season. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Combined Reports
(January 24, 2015)

TUSCALOOSA – University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Saturday that offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would remain in his current position with the Crimson Tide. Kiffin was a finalist for the Broyles Award last season, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.


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Norman named national player of year

Jared Norman of Evangel Family Christian was recently named D-2 National Homeschool Offensive Player of the Year. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(November 20, 2014)

Jared Norman, a junior at Evangel Family Christian Academy, the homeschool ministry of Evangel Church, was recently named the Division 2 National Homeschool Championship Series Offensive Player of the Year for the 2014 football season.


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PRESS PICKS: Like the Tide, Peacock continues to roll

Staff Report
(November 20, 2014)

In a week in which Alabama claimed the top spot in the College Football Playoff poll, the top of the Press Picks didn't change.


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Troy opens fall practice

Troy players gather prior to opening fall practice on Thursday. (Photo courtesy Troy Unv. Athletic Dept.)

Contributed
(July 31, 2014)

TROY, Ala. - The Troy football team opened fall camp on Thursday morning with a three-hour session on the practice fields adjacent to Veterans Memorial Stadium and Trojan Arena. The coaches worked the players in a number of different facets in preparation for the 2014 season, which is now just 30 days away.


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PREP SCHEDULES 2014: Class 5A, 6A and 7A at a glance (with late changes)

Staff Report
(July 31, 2014)

River Region Sports concludes its annual preview of the upcoming schedules for local high school teams. Today we take a look at teams in Classes 5A, 6A and 7A in the AHSAA.


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PREP SCHEDULES 2014: Classes 1A and 2A

Staff Report
(July 29, 2014)

River Region Sports continues its annual preview of the upcoming schedules for local high school teams. Today we take a look at teams in Classes 1A and 2A in the AHSAA.

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PREP SCHEDULES 2014: AISA at a glance

Staff Report
(July 28, 2014)

Believe it or not, high school football teams begin practicing this week. Teams in the Alabama Independent School Association can take the field in shorts and helmets on Thursday to begin preparations for the 2014 season.

Which means it's time for the annual schedule rehearsal for River Region teams.


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Two early TDs lift South over North

Contributed
(July 25, 2014)

The South struck quickly scoring touchdowns on its first two offensive plays to take an early 14-0 lead at Cramton Bowl Thursday en route to a 20-12 victory over the South in the AHSAA’s 55th North-South All-Star football game.

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Mauk ready to take next step as Mizzou quarterback

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk might not be considered the 'bearded wonder' yet but another solid season might change that. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(July 16, 2014)

HOOVER – Forgive Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk for attempting to continue a trend for the Tigers this season.

Apparently, beards are in. Refer any questions to him and take note of the growth on his chin.

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Spurrier, Gamecocks out to rewrite history

Steve Spurrier has the South Carolina Gamecocks in position to win its first SEC title - if things fall into place. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(July 15, 2014)

HOOVER –Steve Spurrier spent part of his time among Tuesday’s SEC Media Days throng rewriting history.

South Carolina’s candid head football coach was discussing the new rivalry with Texas A&M (which will be played opening weekend on Thursday, Aug. 28) and the trophy that will be rewarded to the winner each year.


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Marshall absent from SEC Media Days but still topic of conversation

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn talks football on set with ESPN during Monday's SEC Media Days event in Hoover. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(July 14, 2014)

HOOVER – Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was all about walking down memory lane in his opening statement at the 2014 SEC Media Days on Monday. The event’s first coach at the podium opened with his explanation of the Auburn Tigers’ theme in 2013 – “Together” - and worked into discussion of great recollections.

But the print media wasn’t interested in long ago. The first question had to do with the past weekend and didn’t beat around the bush.


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SEC Media Days No. 30 hits Hoover; RRS, WTLS ready to cover

Combined Report
(July 14, 2014)

Now that the World Cup is handed off to Germany, it's time to talk SEC football.

Make that serious talk of SEC football.

Monday begins the pageantry of what has become the event itself with the 30th annual SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

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SEC Media Days schedule released

Combined Report
(July 9, 2014)

The SEC has announced the student-athletes that are scheduled to attend the 2014 SEC Media Days event at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.


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River Region teams move closer to preseason workouts at Faulkner's 7-on-7 camp

Quarterback Chandler Taylor and Alabama Christian were part of several teams participating in Tuesday's 7-on-7 Tournament at Faulkner University. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(July 8, 2014)

Alabama Christian Academy quarterback Chandler Taylor hasn’t spent much time on the gridiron this summer. Considering he is one of the top baseball prospects in the state of Alabama, it makes sense.

But, when he’s in town, he spends time on the ACA campus for workouts and throwing to receivers.

On Tuesday, he joined his teammates at Faulkner University for the annual 7-on-7 tournament.

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Harris to take his talents to Auburn in 2015

St. James senior Jalen Harris (left) credited former Auburn star Philip Lutzenkirchen with moving forward in his work ethic which put him in position to play for Auburn in 2015. (Photo courtesy Jeff Shearer/WSFA)

Staff Report
(June 26, 2014)

It took a few years before St. James senior Jalen Harris realized what he wanted to do with his future. Early in life, he was all about basketball.

Then he grew several inches, added weight and almost overnight, Harris became interested in another sport.


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2014 Cramton Bowl schedule released

Coach Tyrone Rogers and Robert E. Lee open their 2014 season on Aug. 21 against Sidney Lanier. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(June 20, 2014)

The city of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department has released the 2014 football schedule for Cramton Bowl.

It begins in July with the annual North-South All-Star Game as part of All-Star Sports Week.


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ESPN announces SEC TV schedule for first three weeks

Contributed
(May 30, 2014)

ESPN announced Friday that the Alabama's football game against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 13 will be televised on ESPN2 with kickoff slated for 5 p.m. CT in Bryant-Denny Stadium.


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SEC sets non-division rotation for next 12 football seasons

Combined Reports
(May 19, 2014)

The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced a 12-year rotation of non-division opponents for SEC football schedules through 2025.


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Camelia Bowl gets favorable date, time

Staff Report
(May 10, 2014)

Montgomery’s newest bowl game now has a date and a time.

Officials announced on Friday that the Camellia Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 20, with a prime time kickoff. Johnny Williams, executive director of Montgomery’s bowl game, made the announcement through Raycom Media.


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SEC Network sets first month schedule

Contributed
(May 1, 2014)

The SEC Network, the new national sports network launching August 14 and operated by ESPN, will air a game featuring every football team in the Southeastern Conference within the first four weeks of the 2014 college football season. The first 16 games, released today by the SEC and ESPN, include a home game from all 14 SEC football stadiums.  In addition, eight SEC schools will open their 2014 seasons on the network, including the defending SEC Champion, Auburn, and Arkansas in a conference matchup at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 30.


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Alabama gets 2:30 p.m. timeslot on ABC for season opener

Coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide will open the 2014 season on ABC against West Virginia at 2:30 p.m. CDT. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Combined Report
(April 16, 2014)

Alabama will open the 2014 football season against West Virginia in Atlanta on ABC.

The network announced the kickoff time for the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday, August 30.


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Dubose named Alabama-Mississippi coach

Contributed
(April 12, 2014)

Charles Henderson High School and former Prattville head football coach Jamey DuBose has been named head coach of the Alabama squad for the upcoming 2014 Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game scheduled at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl next December announced Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.

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Eagles look to replace Hollingsworth as spring drills open

Faulkner’s David Cochran will battle for the starting job at quarterback for the Eagles this spring. (Photo courtesy Ryan Bartels/ Faulkner Unv. Athletic Dept.)

Contributed
(March 18, 2014)

The main focus of the past two years of spring practices for the Faulkner football team has been on defense, with head coach Brent Barker and his staff confident with where they stood on offense, considering All-American quarterback Josh Hollingsworth and other experienced players were there to provide continuity.

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City high school football schedule creates headaches

Robert E. Lee and Sidney Lanier will meet on Aug. 21 to begin the 2014 high school football season. (Staff Photo)


By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

(March 12, 2014)

The 2014 high school football schedule has been released. In any other year, the news would be routine.

But with the addition of another program in Park Crossing this fall, fitting five teams into a two-day hole each week creates complications.


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Musburger named key announcer for SEC Network

Brent Musburger has been tabbed as the primary play-by-play announcer for the SEC Network football telecasts. (Photo courtesy ESPN)

Contributed
(March 12, 2014)

Sports broadcasting legend Brent Musburger will be joined by college football analyst Jesse Palmer in the booth every Saturday on the SEC Network when it launches next fall. The Hall of Fame sportscaster and the former Florida quarterback have each reached an agreement with ESPN to be the lead college football game commentators on the new network. The pair will kick off the season with Texas A&M at South Carolina on the SEC Network Thursday, Aug. 28.


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Big change in ASU 2014 football schedule

Combined Reports
(March 4, 2014)

Alabama State University announced its 2014 football schedule today, with six home games on the 12-game slate.

And one major change.

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Grider rolls up his sleeves, ready to lead new Park Crossing football program

Smitty Grider was officially announced as the new head football coach and athletic director at Park Crossing High School on Wednesday. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

(February 26, 2014)

When Smitty Grider was announced as the new athletic director and head football coach at Park Crossing High School on Wednesday, one had to wonder if his sleeves were rolled up underneath his sportcoat.

“I’m itching to get started,” he said with enthusiasm during the press conference held in the school’s media center.


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BREAKING NEWS: Grider approved as AD, head football coach at Park Crossing

Staff Report
(Feburary 25, 2014)

Smitty Grider is coming home.

Grider was officially approved as the new (and first) head football coach for the new Park Crossing High School varsity football team.  He also was named the school’s athletic director.


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Croyle to speak at final QB Club meeting

Contributed
(Feburary 10, 2014)

The Montgomery Quarterback Club will hold its Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday. John Croyle will be the featured speaker. Croyle is the founder of The Big Oak Ranch and a former University of Alabama football star. The meeting will be held at the Montgomery Country Club on Narrow Lane Road with the social hour beginning at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7.


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COLUMN: Saban's recruiting is record breaking but old news

Alabama coach Nick Saban was all smiles on Wednesday when discussing his new crop of recruits. The class was rated No. 1 by recruiting services. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

(February 6, 2014)

It’s become a broken record.

Say that to any of the thousands of football recruits who signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on Wednesday and they will probably give you a look of bewilderment.

But that’s the best way to describe Nick Saban and Alabama’s continual dominance of recruiting on a national scale.

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Kiffin named offensive coordinator at Alabama

Former Tennessee and USC head coach Lane Kiffin was named offensive coordinator for Alabama on Friday. (Photo courtesy University of Southern California Athletic Dept.)

Combined Reports
(January 10, 2014)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of former Southern Cal head coach Lane Kiffin on Friday.


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Buchanan wins another Press Picks title

Staff Report
(January 10, 2014)

Gary Buchanan does it again.

Buchanan won his second-straight title in the Press Picks contest, edging WTLS counterpart Michael Butler by three games in the standings.


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