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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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NOTES: AHSAA announces Bryant-Jordan winners; Tide hoops to open season in Vet Classic

Contributed
(April 11, 2017)

Opelika High School’s RaKavius Chambers and Elkmont High School’s Leah Seibert were named the overall winners at the 32st annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel... The Alabama men’s basketball team will participate in the 2017 Veterans Classic, the U.S. Naval Academy announced on Monday.


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NOTES: Biscuits set for Opening Night; ASU star named POY

Combined Reports
(April 4, 2017)

The Montgomery Biscuits will open the 2017 campaign against the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers) on Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium...Alabama State University senior Britney Wright added another piece of hardware for the 2016-17 season, named the BOXTOROW Division I National Player of the Year.


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Tigers knock off Tide again in Capital City Classic

Coaches Greg Goff and Auburn's Butch Thompson meet at home plate to exchange lineup cards prior to the Capital City Classic Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 29, 2017)

The MAX Capital City Classic is anything but predictable. Predictions of a defensive struggle turn into an offensive shootout and evenly matched squads often rout the other when Alabama and Auburn get together at Riverwalk Stadium.

Tuesday night’s matchup actually followed the script, however. Two very average teams were on display Tuesday and Alabama, which has struggled to do the little things right in a self-destructing season, continued that trend on Tuesday night. Auburn, which has found a way to unimpressively find ways to win, continued that trend as well, taking a 4-3 victory in front of a crowd of 7,605, the largest to ever witness a game at Riverwalk Stadium and the second largest to ever watch a regular season battle between the Tigers and the Tide.


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Former St. James star Poe fulfilling dream at Alabama

Alabama senior catcher Taylor Poe gets his final shot at Auburn in the ninth-annual Capital City Classic on Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletics)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 27, 2017)

Taylor Poe grew up an Alabama fan and dreamed of playing baseball for the Crimson Tide.

Some of his earliest memories of his favorite college team came from watching the MAX Capital City Classic. They’re not good memories, however. Alabama has won each of the last five season series with the Tigers but only has one Classic victory over that same span.


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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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NSD 2017: Ruggs follows advice of fallen friend and picks Alabama

Henry Ruggs made his college choice known with a moving tribute video to his friend, Rod Scott. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 1, 2017)

The powerful presentation of a video made the announcement for Robert E. Lee High star Henry Ruggs, III on Wednesday, but there were two separate endings filmed because he couldn’t choose between Alabama and Florida State.

The video conveyed the loss Ruggs felt last March as a junior when senior Rod Scott, a teammate on the Generals’ basketball team, was killed in an automobile accident on the way to the state basketball tournament in Birmingham. It depicts Ruggs working out in the weight room and on the football field, along with clips of him visiting his friends’ graveside.


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New Alabama AD Byrne makes good impression in opening press conference

New Unv. Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne was formally introduced during a press conference on Thursday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 20, 2017)

TUSCALOOSA – His Twitter handle is @Greg_Byrne. He lists his Twitter goals as “engage, communicate and have some fun.”

It’s safe to say that none of the last seven athletic directors at the University of Alabama had Twitter (or would have had it had it existed in their time) or would have been interested in engaging or communicating with the Alabama fan base in an effort to “have some fun.”

Welcome to the new world of progressive thinking.


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Former JD 'Miss Basketball' Walker transfers to Alabama

Former Jeff Davis star Jasmine Walker has transferred from Florida State to Alabama. (Staff Photo)

Combined Report
(January 17, 2017)

Former Jeff Davis star Jasmine Walker signed with the University of Alabama, head coach Kristy Curry announced on Tuesday.

The state's "Miss Basketball" in 2016, Walker began her collegiate career at Florida State. She will enroll in classes this semester but will sit out from competition for one calendar year due to NCAA transfer rules.


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Battle to retire as Bama AD; Byrne to be replacement

Greg Byrne is expected to be named the new athletic director at Alabama, replacing outgoing Bill Battle. (Photo contributed)

Combined Report
(January 16, 2017)

Bill Battle, Director of Athletics at The University of Alabama, announced Sunday that he is going to retire from his post to assume a new role as Special Assistant to the President.

According to several sources, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne has been tabbled to replace Battle and the announcement could come as early as Monday.


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COLLEGE NOTES: Lashlee leaves Auburn; Bama A-Day set

Combined Reports
(January 12, 2017)

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is leaving the Tigers and headed to the Univeristy of Connecticut.


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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: 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: 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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COLUMN: Pre-season favorites reach the final game

Nick Saban and Alabama continue preparations for Monday's College Football Playoff championship against Clemson. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 7, 2017)

The end of another college football season is upon us. After several weeks of entertaining bowl games (including two fairly boring College Football Playoff semifinal games), we have a rematch for the national title. It all comes down to this — one game for all the marbles. After Alabama’s thrilling 45–40 victory in last season’s national championship, Clemson will finally have a shot at redemption on Monday night in Tampa Bay.


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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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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: 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: 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: Former Tallassee star Ansley on fast track as Tide assistant

Former Tallassee great Derrick Ansley is back at Alabama where he is the defensive backs coach for the Crimson Tide. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(December 31, 2016)

ATLANTA – Former Tallassee High School star Derrick Ansley may not have a Midas Touch. But there seems to be a lot of beneficiaries wherever he lands.

At the young age 34, there seems to be a pattern to his success – where he goes, he is successful. So is the team.


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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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CFP/PEACH BOWL Q&A: Pruitt, Allen credit Tide head coach for success

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen field questions from the media during Tuesday's Peach Bowl press conference. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

Combined Report
(December 27, 2016)

ATLANTA – Alabama will attempt to win its second-straight College Football Playoff championship but to do it, the Crimson Tide must defeat Pac-12 champ Washington in order to get to the championship game.

While the Tide has been dominant on both sides of the ball, the defense, under new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, has been spectacular, leading the nation in several categories.

A big part of the success is due to senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, who was a unanimous All-American and winner of several individual awards.

The two sat down with the media on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming matchup with Washington.


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CFP/PEACH BOWL Q&A: Washington QB Browning understands task

Washington quarterback Jake Browning will attempt to solve the Alabama defense on Saturday. (Photo contributed)

Combined Report
(December 27, 2016)

ATLANTA - Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith is well aware of what his Huskies’ defense is up against on Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Huskies face what might be the best Alabama defense since Nick Saban took over the program 10 years ago.

The Crimson Tide is big, fast and, more importantly, undefeated heading into the first of two College Football Playoff semifinal matchups.

Both Smith and Browning took questions on Tuesday morning to discuss their outlook on what it will take to beat the Tide as well as a few other tidbits heading into Saturday’s game.


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2017 CFP/PEACH BOWL: Tide, Huskies arrive in Atlanta

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban holds his initial press conference in Atlanta leading to Saturday's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. (Photo contributed)

Staff Report
(December 26, 2016)

ATLANTA - The Alabama Crimson Tide football team arrived in Atlanta on Monday to begin game-site preparations at the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Alabama and Washington will meet on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. CT in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in the Georgia Dome.


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Saban announces Sarkisian as the new offensive coordinator

Nick Saban announced on Friday that Steve Sarkisian would be the new Crimson Tide offensive coordinator effective after the bowl season. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(December 16, 2016)

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Steve Sarkisian on Friday. Sarkisian will serve as Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.


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Tide dominates All-SEC, All-American teams

Alabama's Jalen Hurts was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Media Relations)

Combined Reports
(December 7, 2016)

The awards continue to roll in for the Alabama Crimson Tide and its players.

The Southeastern Conference champion claimed five of the SEC’s seven individual football awards as voted on by the league’s head coaches, announced Wednesday.


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Tide's Allen wins Nagurski award

Alabama's Jonathan Allen was named the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Media Relations)

Contributed
(December 5, 2016)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is the recipient of the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the national collegiate defensive player of the year.


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Tide gets Washington in CFP semis

Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Alabama Crimson Tide will face Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31 in the Georgia Dome. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 4, 2016)

Washington coach Chris Petersen called it the “biggest challenge we’ve ever had as coaches, as players, to play this great Alabama team” and oddsmakers agreed, installing the top-ranked Crimson Tide as an early two-touchdown favorite in the College Football Playoff semifinal on Dec. 31 at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.


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SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Humphrey reliving glory days through son's success

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 30, 2016)

Bobby Humphrey was always an offensive-minded person until his son became an integral part of the Alabama defense. Now the tune has changed a little for the former Crimson Tide record holder.


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SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Florida's McElwain looking for offensive answers

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 27, 2016)

After struggling the past two weeks against LSU and Florida State, Florida coach Jim McElwain was asked how he would get his offensive unit in the proper frame of mind to take on top-ranked Alabama this week.

“I think the first thing you do is don’t show them the film,” the Gators’ head coach joked. “Those guys are pretty good.”

The former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator hasn’t lost his sense of humor, staying good natured and upbeat in his assessment of this weekend’s 25th Southeastern Conference Championship Game in the Georgia Dome.


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IRON BOWL: Panel is all Bama

Staff Report
(November 24, 2016)

Two weeks ago, it looked like the 81st Iron Bowl would have major implications on both the SEC and national championship race.

But a loss to Georgia for Auburn ended that. Now it's about whether or not Alabama can continue its perfect season or Auburn can possibly spoil those plans.

Either way, it's still a big game as usual.


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IRON BOWL: Former player Neighbors praises Tide frosh QB

Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has been a catalyst for the Crimson Tide this season and has caught the attention of former players like Wes Neighbors. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 23, 2016)

TUSCALOOSA – He continues to rewrite the record book.

And Jalen Hurts’ storybook season still has chapters remaining, but it’s already a special one to the former players who have watched the Crimson Tide over the years.

Former Alabama center Wes Neighbors struggles to find the right adjectives to describe the true freshman from Channelview, Texas. The last time a true freshman started at quarterback for Alabama, in 1984, Neighbors was the center.


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Allen, Hurts, Foster named award semifinalists

Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen was named as a semifinalist for both the Walter Camp and Bronko Nagurski awards on Thursday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Media Relations)


Combined Reports
(November 17, 2016)

Alabama senior Jonathan Allen and freshman Jalen Hurts were selected to a list of 15 semifinalists for the 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Thursday. The Walter Camp Award is presented annually to the National Player of the Year. Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry was the 2015 winner.


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Former Tide coach Perkins recalls Tide-Vols rivalry

Former Alabama player and coach Ray Perkins had an understanding of the "Third Saturday in October" losing three of four matchups against the Vols during his coaching tenure. (Photo Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(October 11, 2016)

TUSCALOOSA - It’s Tennessee week.

For many in today’s generation, that part of the calendar isn’t significant. For Ray Perkins and many of his era who played for Paul “Bear Bryant, it’s never forgotten.

“A lot of people thought with Coach Bryant, Auburn was the big deal, but I don’t necessarily think so,” said Perkins, who recently returned to Alabama for a Homecoming game with Kentucky. “I think when you really get down to it, Coach Bryant, secretly, thought about Tennessee before he did Auburn.”


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Former Tide star Todd still holds lasting distinction

Former Alabama great Richard Todd was part of the history when two or more quarterbacks played in each game. He later went on to be a No. 1 pick in the 1976 NFL Draft. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Paul Bryant Museum)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(October 6, 2016)

TUSCALOOSA - Former University of Alabama quarterback Richard Todd returns to Tuscaloosa from time to time to visit old friends or to check on his son, who is in his junior year at the Capstone.

He admits that, today, he can walk the school’s grounds in relative obscurity.

“I’m too old so nobody probably remembers me,” Todd said with a grin.


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Tide, Tigers baseball dates announced; Capital City Classic set for March 28

New Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff will bring his team to Montgomery on March 28 to face Auburn in the annual Capital City Classic. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Staff Report
(September 20, 2016)

The ninth annual Max Capital City Classic will be held on March 28, 2017 at Riverwalk Stadium, featuring second-year Auburn coach Butch Thompson and new Alabama coach Greg Goff.

Officials at both schools released their 2017 baseball schedules this week and both schedules include new opponents as well as one of the nation’s best attended college games in Montgomery.


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TIDE-USC NOTES: Trojans coach credits Tide QBs

ArDarius Stewart hauls in Alabama's first touchdown of 2016 during Saturday's win over USC. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(September 4, 2016)


ARLINGTON, Texas – Nick Saban credited freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts’ athleticism with opening up Alabama’s rushing attack in the second and third quarters of the Tide’s 52-6 romp over USC in the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night.

USC coach Clay Helton sort of sidestepped the question when he was asked whether Hurts’ presence in the third series of the season opener was expected or not.



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HURTS SO GOOD: Freshman leads Tide to easy victory

True freshman Jalen Hurts entered the game on Alabama's third offensive possession to lead the Crimson Tide to a season-opening win over USC. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(September 4, 2016)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Nick Saban was quick to clarify one issue after Alabama’s 52-6 win over USC on Saturday night.

He had been asked on Monday about the starting quarterback and said he narrowed the decision to Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett.

“What I was really puzzled about is I said that we were going to pick a starter between Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett, I never said Jalen Hurts wasn’t going to play and y’all never asked,” he said.

So much for clarity.


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COLUMN: USC-Bama history filled with fables

Former USC running back Sam Cunningham has been part of the lore of integration of Alabama football for more than 40 years. (Photo courtesy Unv Southern California)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(August 31, 2016)

In the recent movie, Woodlawn, an early scene depicts Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant going into the locker room of the Southern Cal Trojans after a 42-21 shellacking of the Crimson Tide and congratulating running back Sam Cunningham, for all intensive purposes, helping Bryant make the point that Alabama football needed to integrate.

It was a moving scene and it set up what turned out to be a pretty good flick.

It was also another example of fact and fiction coming together to create a story.


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Johnson announces Tide's non-conference schedule for 2016-17

Coach Avery Johnson announced Alabama's upcoming non-conference schedule for 2016-17. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Contributed
(July 28, 2016)

BIRMINGHAM - The Alabama men’s basketball team finalized its 2016-17 non-conference schedule, head coach Avery Johnson announced at the Summer Tip Off event in Birmingham on Wednesday night.

The event, which was held in front of a standing room only crowd at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, featured one-on-ones with Johnson and the rest of the coaching staff, while each Crimson Tide player used a touch screen to unveil the schedule game-by-game in what was a first-of-its-kind event.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Ridley, Fournette, Kelly lead all-conference teams

Alabama's Calvin Ridley was among the top vote getters in the All-SEC selections announced by the SEC on Friday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Combined Report
(July 15, 2016)

HOOVER – LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly and Alabama wide reciver Calvin Ridley were the top vote getters on the 2016 All-SEC team, selected by members of the media who attended this weeks event at the Hoover Wynfrey.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Football takes back seat to social topics for Saban

Alabama coach Nick Saban fields questions during SEC Media Days on Wednesday. (Photo by Gary Buchanan)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 14, 2016)

HOOVER – Forgive Nick Saban for feeling a little frustrated at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday.

The Alabama football coach was certain he would address questions about his starting quarterback, depth in the backfield and replacing some talented defensive linemen.

Instead, he was asked for his thoughts on gun control, domestic violence and early entry into the NFL draft. So much for football.


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Tide's Howard making most of newfound success

O.J. Howard of Alabama got his time at the mic during SEC Media Days on Wednesday. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 13, 2016)

HOOVER – O.J. Howard didn’t know what to expect when he arrived Wednesday at the Wynfrey Hotel and SEC Media Days.

He already knew about the Alabama fans and how dedicated they were.

But the filled lobby with colorful personalities spoke more volume.

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New Tide baseball coach has developed winning attitude at previous stops

New Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff speaks during his press conference on Friday. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 18, 2016)

He grew up in Jackson, Tenn., a little bit of an outcast considering his collegiate ties.

“As a kid growing up in Tennessee, I was an Alabama fan but you couldn’t say that very much,” said Greg Goff moments after he was introduced as Alabama’s new baseball coach. “This is my dream job. This is where I always wanted to be. When I was here (in the state) working and watching from afar at Montevallo, seeing coach (Jim) Wells and what they were doing, it was just a dream job for me.”


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Gaspard out as Bama baseball coach

Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard announced his resignation on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Contributed
(May 30, 2016)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama baseball head coach Mitch Gaspard has resigned from his position effective immediately, Director of Athletics Bill Battle announced Monday.

The announcement came shortly after the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tourney field was announced which excluded Alabama. It was the second straight season the Crimson Tide has missed the field.


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Macon East baseball, softball tune up for playoff run
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SportsTalk - RIVER REGION SPORTS, 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM, 12-2 p.m. weekdays (click to listen)
 
 
Friday
HSBASE - AHSAA 2nd Round (click for schedule)
HSSOC - AHSAA 1st Round (click for schedule)
SLBASE - Birmingham (White Sox) at Biscuits 7 p.m.
CBASE - LSU at Alabama, 6:30 p.m. (WTLS 106.5 FM)
CBASE - Auburn at Miss St., 6:30 p.m.
CBASE - Troy at Coastal Carolina, 5 p.m.
CBASE - Miss Valley St at Alabama St, 6 p.m.
CBASE - Ga College at AUM, 6 p.m.
CBASE - Faulkner at Mobile, 1 p.m.
CSOFT - Miss St at Auburn, 6 p.m.
CSOFT - Alabama St at Miss Valley St., 6 p.m.
Saturday
HSBASE - AHSAA 2nd Round "if games" (click for schedule)
HSSOC - AHSAA 1st Round (click for schedule)
SLBASE - Birmingham (White Sox) at Biscuits 6:30 p.m.
CBASE - LSU at Alabama, 2 p.m. (WTLS 106.5 FM)
CBASE - Auburn at Miss St., 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
CBASE - Troy at Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.
CBASE - Miss Valley St at Alabama St, 4 p.m.
CBASE - Ga College at AUM, 4 p.m.
CSOFT - Alabama at Ole Miss, 2 p.m.
CSOFT - Miss St at Auburn, 6 p.m.
CSOFT - Alabama St at Miss Valley St., 6 p.m.
CSOFT - Troy at Texas St (DH), 1 p.m.
CSOFT - Alabama St at Miss Valley St (DH)., 1 p.m.
Sunday
SLBASE - Birmingham (White Sox) at Biscuits 2 p.m.
CBASE - Auburn at Miss St., 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
CBASE - Troy at Coastal Carolina, 12 p.m.
CBASE - Ga College at AUM, 1 p.m.
CSOFT - Miss Valley St. at Alabama St, 1 p.m.
CSOFT - Alabama at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. (SEC Network)
CSOFT - Miss St at Auburn, 1 p.m.
CSOFT - Troy at Texas St, 12 p.m.
 
For a complete list of spring AHSAA events, click here
 

 

 

 

 

 

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