Alabama Rumors & News

  • Alabama's Nick Saban thinks high school football recruits could start skipping senior seasons

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey skipped their bowl games last season to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft, creating one of the hottest topics of the offseason. Nick Saban is concerned that the trend will soon trickle down to the high school level. The Alabama football coach fears that..." July 25

  • Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State offer scholarships to 286-pound eighth-grader Jaheim Oatis

    ESPN "Some college football programs will make offers to middle school prospects to gain attention on a national level. It appears to be much more than that in the case of 6-foot-4, 286-pound Jaheim Oatis. According to a tweet posted Friday by Oatis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama have made..." July 24

  • Nick Saban: High school players could start skipping senior seasons

    Sportsnaut "There’s been a recent trend in college football in which star players have skipped bowl games to prepare for the NFL draft. Now that the NCAA is almost certain to move national signing day to December, rather than after the season has concluded, Nick Saban thinks high school players could start..." July 23

  • Alabama loses former No. 1 RB recruit Emmons to transfer

    SEC Country "B.J. Emmons, who would have been a sophomore running back at Alabama this season, has transferred from the program, SEC Country has learned. Emmons, a former 4-star prospect from Freedom High School (Morganton, N.C.), rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown during the Crimson Tide’s first seven..." July 20

  • Notre Dame AD 'would love to play' Alabama

    Sporting News - NCAAF "A rematch of the 2013 BCS National Championship between Notre Dame and Alabama could be on the horizon. During a Q&A session with the Indianapolis Star, Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick discussed the possibility of a matchup after the addition of several SEC teams to the school's future..." July 16

  • Nick Saban: Football unfairly criticized regarding concussions and injuries

    CBS Sports "It wasn't too long ago -- three years to be exact -- when Alabama coach Nick Saban was criticizing the proposed "10-second rule" at SEC Media Days as a potential health hazard to players who needed to get off the field. Wednesday morning during his 2017 appearance at the annual preseason event,..." July 12

  • Nick Saban leaves Auburn off list of SEC teams he respects

    247 Sports "Alabama coach Nick Saban has a "lot of respect" for many of the teams in the SEC. Saban was asked a similar version of the question most coaches have fielded about the gap between Alabama and the rest of conference when taking the stage at SEC Media Days. The Alabama coach mentioned what..." July 12

  • Alabama lands commitment from 4-star DE Stephon Wynn

    Alabama "Alabama started off July with a bang, landing a huge commitment in four-star defensive end Stephon Wynn. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Wynn is from Anderson, S.C., but is playing his senior season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Wynn chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia and South Carolina...." July 02

  • Alabama WR T.J. Simmons transferring to West Virginia

    Gridiron Now "Alabama wide receiver T.J. Simmons will transfer to West Virginia, he announced Sunday on Twitter. “Words are not enough to explain how thankful I am for having the opportunity to play for the University of Alabama,” Simmons wrote. “However, I am blessed to announce that I will be transferring..." June 27

  • St. Paul's four-star DB Jalyn Armour-Davis commits to Alabama

    Alabama "St. Paul's four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis announced his commitment to Alabama on Friday. The rising senior narrowed his list to the Crimson Tide, Auburn and Florida State recently before settling on Alabama. "He committed to the premier program in the country," St. Paul's head coach..." June 24

  • Nick Saban has no timetable for retirement

    Tide Sports "The questions were bound to come. As soon as Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retired Wednesday afternoon, the questions were coming for Nick Saban. Saban, who is nearly 9 years older than Stoops, said he’ll coach as long as his health holds. Saban spoke with reporters at his annual Nick’s Kids..." June 09

  • In addition to nearly $7 million paycheck from Alabama, Nick Saban made six figures from outside sources last year

    College Football Talk "Being the king of college football comes with plenty of perks for Alabama head coach Nick Saban and one of those is an unquestionably rich paycheck. Just last year, Saban was paid a whopping $6.9 million by the Crimson Tide and a recent contract extension will bump that up even further in 2017..." June 03

  • Terry Bradshaw calls Nick Saban's Alabama salary 'shameful'

    USA Today "Alabama coach Nick Saban is the highest paid college football coach — set to haul in more than $11 million next season — as well as one of the highest-paid public employees in the country, according to USA TODAY Sports’ salary research database. That doesn’t sit too well with Super Bowl..." May 25

  • Former Alabama coach Stallings suffers slight stroke

    Alabama "Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings suffered a slight stroke Thursday and was hospitalized in Montgomery. "I know I wasn't feeling good around 12 o'clock," he said from his home in Paris, Texas. Nevertheless, Stallings, 82, attended the Jimmy Rane Foundation charity golf tournament dinner in..." May 22

  • Nick Saban to be paid $11.125 million this season after Alabama contract extension

    USA Today "Alabama football coach Nick Saban will be paid $11.125 million this season under a three-year contract extension that includes a $4 million signing bonus approved Tuesday by the university board of trustees’ compensation committee.... Altogether, the eight-year deal running through 2025 is..." May 02

  • Another Saban assistant at Bama will make nearly $1M

    CBS Sports "Alabama approved a contract extension for Nick Saban on Tuesday, adding three years and a pay bump to his deal to be the Crimson Tide head football coach. The school's Board of Trustees approved the extension, pay raise and new contracts for Alabama's assistant football coaches. Saban's deal..." May 02

  • Hey, Nick Saban, the NCAA is coming to limit the size of your football staff

    CBS Sports "They're coming for you, Nick Saban. They're coming for you hard. When NCAA Football Oversight Committee chairman Bob Bowlsby basically went out of his way Friday to say the association will take a "deep dive" into the size of football staffs, the NCAA's lasers were aimed directly at Tuscaloosa,..." April 20

  • Lane Kiffin on Nick Saban: 'I'm not really big on humiliating assistant coaches'

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Lane Kiffin has been the head coach at Florida Atlantic for four months, but that hasn't stopped him from talking about Alabama coach — and former employer — Nick Saban. Kiffin, during a Wednesday interview with SiriusXM College Sports Nation, was asked whether he would talk to his assistants..." April 19

  • Alabama's Deionte Thompson wanted in assault case

    Campus Sports "Alabama football player Deionte Thompson is one of four men wanted stemming from an aggravated assault investigation, according to reports. The investigation is into a Spring Break brawl that left the victim unconscious and with facial fractures. The warrant out for Thompson is for felony..." April 14

  • Alabama QB Jalen Hurts gets advice from Tom Brady over FaceTime

    College Football Talk "Alabama may have fallen just shy of a second straight national championship last January, so why not emulate some of the plays used by a Super Bowl champion? The hiring of a former New England Patriots assistant coach as offensive coordinator was bound to make that a possibility. Brian Daboll..." April 06

  • Former Alabama receiver files fraud lawsuit against Lane Kiffin, FAU over staff position

    SEC Country "Former University of Alabama wide receiver Antonio “A.C.” Carter has filed a fraud lawsuit against coach Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic and the state of Florida. In the complaint, submitted Tuesday in Shelby County, Ala., where Carter resided, he claims Kiffin deliberately misled him regarding a..." March 22

  • Nick Saban already pissed at media on first day of Alabama spring practice

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Alabama coach Nick Saban didn't even make it a day into Alabama's spring camp before gifting us with his first epic rant of the 2017 football season. Saban on Tuesday blasted a hapless reporter who dared ask him if the Tide would move to a ball-control offense with former New England Patriots..." March 22

  • Ex-Alabama LB Reuben Foster booted from NFL combine

    ESPN "Former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster, a potential top-10 pick in next month's NFL draft, is being sent home from the Indianapolis scouting combine for a "heated altercation" he got into Friday with a hospital worker, according to multiple sources. All one NFL spokesman would say..." March 04

  • Nick Saban turned down interest from six NFL teams

    Larry Brown Sports "Six NFL coaching jobs came available this offseason, and according to a report, Nick Saban rejected the chance to be a candidate for all of them. According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, all six teams with an opening contacted the Alabama head coach to gauge his interest in returning to..." March 01

  • Brian Daboll leaving Patriots for Alabama

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots Tight Ends Coach Brian Daboll will be the new offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama,’s Chris Low reported Friday. Daboll worked under Alabama coach Nick Saban as a graduate assistant at Michigan State early in his career before moving on to his first stint with..." February 18

  • High school football coach loses job after publicly going after Alabama

    CBS Sports "Recruiting is about relationships. Relationships between prospects and college coaches. Relationships between college coaches and high school coaches. Relationships between college coaches and family/friends. You get the picture. Apparently, Alabama did something -- or many things -- to damage..." February 17

  • Eagles personnel exec returning to coach at Alabama

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles are set to have an opening in their personnel department. They hired Joe Pannunzio as their director of personnel operations before the 2015 season after spending four years as the director of football operations at the University of Alabama. Pannunzio was hired when Ed Marynowitz..." February 17

  • Louisiana high school coach won't let Alabama on his campus to recruit anymore

    CBS Sports "Given the success that Alabama football has had over the last decade, there’s never a shortage of high school players who would love to play for the Crimson Tide. For players at one high school in Louisiana, however, they’ll have to find a way to get in touch with the Tide on their own because..." February 16

  • Blake Barnett: Saban's comments played role in leaving Alabama

    ESPN "Blake Barnett doesn't want to talk about the past. The former five-star quarterback recruit doesn't want to talk about Alabama or why he left or what folks said about him when he did. He'd rather talk about the future at Arizona State. But he also admits that when you play for Nick Saban, a..." February 16

  • Former Texans coordinator a candidate at Alabama also

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll is interviewing for the offensive coordinator job at Alabama, and he’s not the only Bill Belichick protege talking to Nick Saban about that job. According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, former Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey is also on the..." February 14

  • Brian Daboll expected to interview for Alabama offensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "The University of Alabama thought they had their offensive coordinator for the 2017 season in Steve Sarkisian, but Nick Saban needs to run another search because Sarkisian jumped to the Falcons to replace Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator. Another NFL assistant appears to be in the..." February 13

  • Chip Kelly not interested in Alabama OC job

    Larry Brown Sports "You can shoot down all that speculation about Chip Kelly going to Alabama. Speaking on Bleacher Report’s “Inside Buzz,” Jason Cole reported Wednesday that Kelly will not be going to Alabama to replace Steve Sarkisian as the school’s offensive coordinator. Alabama is looking for its third..." February 08

  • Is Nick Saban’s revolving door of coordinators cause for concern at Alabama?

    Fox Sports "We’ve devoted countless words in this column to Alabama’s success on the football field. Can we talk for a second about its uncanny ability to remain in the news nearly 365 days a year? Hey Stewart. Given the last-minute replacement of Lane Kiffin as Bama’s OC, and then his replacement Steve..." February 08

  • Alabama’s Alphonse Taylor Rips Steve Sarkisian As He Leaves For Atlanta Falcons Job

    The Spun "Steve Sarkisian is unexpectedly leaving Alabama after one game as offensive coordinator to take the same role with the Atlanta Falcons. Crimson Tide lineman Alphonse Taylor is not amused. Sarkisian drew mixed reviews from his one game as OC, replacing Lane Kiffin ahead of the national..." February 08

  • Falcons expected to hire Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "No one was surprised when the 49ers hired Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to be their next head coach. Everyone will be surprised by the identity of the Falcons’ next offensive coordinator. Steve Sarkisian is poised to get the offensive coordinator job in Atlanta, according to..." February 07

  • Chip Kelly a possible candidate for Alabama OC job

    Larry Brown Sports "With Steve Sarkisian leaving Alabama to take the offensive coordinator job with the Atlanta Falcons, you knew it wouldn’t be long before the Chip Kelly rumors started to fly. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports is reporting that Kelly is one of the names to watch now that Nick Saban has a vacancy on..." February 07

  • Nick Saban comments on Steve Sarkisian landing with Falcons

    Sportsnaut "After spending less than two months with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Steve Sarkisian is leaving Nick Saban’s program to join the Atlanta Falcons. Not long after the news broke that the Falcons were hiring Sarkisian, Saban issued a statement in response. “We appreciate all Coach Sarkisian did..." February 07

  • Steve Sarkisian, Nick Saban relationship ‘deteriorated’ this past month

    Sportsnaut "In one of the most shocking moves we’ve seen in quite some time around the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons signed Steve Sarkisian to be their next offensive coordinator. One of the reasons this was such unbelievable news was that Sarkisian was named Alabama’s offensive coordinator just one month ago to..." February 07

  • Falcons hire Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have a huge hole to fill with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan leaving to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Surprisingly, Atlanta went outside the NFL to hire former USC coach and Alabama offensive assistant Steve Sarkisian as the team’s next offensive..." February 07

  • Alabama loses commitment from 2018 4-star TE Malcolm Epps

    SEC Country "It was always going to be hard for Alabama to hold on to Malcolm Epps‘ commitment because he hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa since pledging to the Crimson Tide in February 2016. On Saturday, he backed off his commitment. Epps, the nation’s No. 6 tight end from Dekaney High School (Houston), has..." February 05

  • Steve Sarkisian 'I Want To Be A Head Coach Again ... But I Love Bama'

    TMZ "Steve Sarkisian says he DEEPLY appreciates his offensive coordinator job at Alabama ... but admits he does want to be a head coach again one day -- when he's ready. TMZ Sports spoke with Sark at LAX -- and he shot down critics who blamed Bama's loss in the National Championship game on the..." February 03

  • 5-star DE LaBryan Ray picks Alabama over other SEC schools

    Alabama "The top recruit in Alabama will play college football at Alabama. James Clemens five-star defensive end LaBryan Ray picked the Crimson Tide over Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss during a ceremony this morning in Madison. The 6-foot-4, 275 pound Ray is rated the nation's No. 26 player and the..." February 01

  • Arizona State transfer QB Blake Barnett wins eligibility appeal

    Arizona Republic "Arizona State transfer quarterback Blake Barnett is immediately eligible to play per an appeal ruling from the NCAA. Barnett left Alabama on Sept. 28, 2016, playing in the Tide's first game against USC and leaving after four games. When he signed with ASU in December, it was thought that he..." February 01

  • Four-star DT commits to Alabama from former teammate's gravesite

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Phidarian Mathis, a defensive tackle from Monroe, La., became the 15th four-star player to join Alabama’s top-ranked 2017 recruiting class on Tuesday, and he did so in the most venerating way possible. Mathis honored his late friend and fellow Louisiana high school football player Tyrell..." February 01

  • Alabama assistant coach arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Sporting News - NCAAF "An Alabama Crimson Tide coach was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI, reported. Josh Chapman, an assistant strength and conditioning coach, was booked at the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where his bond was set at $1,000." January 29

  • Report: Alabama loses second assistant as Billy Napier to be named Arizona State OC

    CBS Sports "It looks like Nick Saban is in the market for a new wide receivers coach. According to a report from, Alabama assistant Billy Napier is about to change his title to offensive coordinator at Arizona State. Napier has been Alabama's receivers coach since the 2013 season, but he does..." January 29