Alabama Rumors & News

  • Nick Saban says national title expectations 'unrealistic' for first-year Alabama quarterbacks

    Alabama.com "The first official practice is still more than a week off, but the big-picture questions are rolling in. Most, in Alabama's case, circle back to the vacant quarterback job. It's been asked in just about every way without getting much of an answer from Nick Saban. The coach appeared on the..." July 23

  • NCAA approves waiver, allows Alabama scholarship for former prized recruit Elisha Shaw

    Alabama.com "Getting to Alabama was the goal for Elisha Shaw. Injuries ended his football career, but the former top recruit will end up in Tuscaloosa anyway. The NCAA on Monday approved a waiver to give him a non-football scholarship. Alabama confirmed the news Shaw posted on his Twitter account earlier in..." July 22

  • Bar owner: Alabama fan sucker-punched Titans QB

    USA Today "Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger was the victim of a sucker punch during an incident over the weekend at a popular Nashville nightspot, according to its owner. Steve Ford, owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill, said Mettenberger did nothing to provoke another bar patron,..." July 22

  • Alabama fan explains hysterical meaning of his vanity plate

    Fox Sports "To some, vanity license plates may seem narcissistic or self-indulgent. There's a message, and a bumper sticker just couldn't get the job done. But sometimes there's a reason to have one. That brings us to a Vine courtesy of "Bananas Foster" on Twitter, in which a proud Crimson Tide fan..." July 22

  • Wetumpka 4-star Brandon Kennedy picks Alabama

    Montgomery Advertiser "Wetumpka's four-star offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy added to an already strong 2015 recruiting class when he announced he would play his college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday. The 6-2, 295-puond No. 1 ranked center by Rivals chose the Tide over Auburn, Ole Miss and Clemson,..." July 18

  • Alabama QB to transfer to WKU

    Bowling Green Daily News "Quarterback Parker McLeod is transferring from Alabama to Western Kentucky and plans to join the team at the start of fall camp, the Daily News confirmed Thursday. McLeod is a 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pounder who graduated from Walton (Ga.) High in 2012 and enrolled early at Alabama in 2013. He did..." July 18

  • Alabama's Kenyan Drake, Jarran Reed suspended, but not off team after recent arrests

    Alabama.com "Alabama running back Kenyan Drake and defensive end Jarran Reed are "suspended but not kicked off the team" in light of their recent arrests, coach Nick Saban said Thursday at SEC Media Days. "They're suspended from activity," Saban said. "When they prove that I think or we think that they're..." July 17

  • Alabama fan says he sabotaged Kyle Field

    CBSSports.com "Just in case you'd forgotten that things are just kind of different in the SEC, this story should serve as a nice reminder. Earlier this week I wrote a post about a construction worker that was fired after he hung an Alabama flag while working on the renovations at Texas A&M's Kyle Field. Well,..." July 17

  • Book: Texas mulled $100M offer for Saban

    ESPN.com "Texas was prepared to offer Alabama coach Nick Saban a contract worth $100 million to coach the Longhorns, Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network writes in his new book. In Finebaum's book with Gene Wojciechowski, "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference," Finebaum writes: "Texas was dead serious..." July 17

  • Alabama, USC to meet in 2016 Cowboys Classic

    CBSSports.com "Alabama and USC will kick off the 2016 season against each other the Cowboys Classic. Unless the two teams meet in a bowl or the College Football Playoff, it will be the first time the Tide and Trojans have played since 1978. The Sept. 3, 2016 meeting continues the recent trend of noteworthy..." July 17

  • SEC defines QB 'strike zone' for defenders

    ESPN.com "In a move to further protect players from dangerous hits, the SEC has defined a "strike zone" from below the neck to above the knees in which an unabated defender may attempt to tackle an "offensive player in a passing posture." "This is a player safety issue," said Steve Shaw, the SEC's..." July 17

  • Alabama's 2016 recruiting class rockets up the rankings after picking up 3 commitments

    Alabama.com "In three days, Alabama has picked up three commitments for the class of 2016, and all three are highly regarded prospects. The trio have yet to suit up for a game in their junior seasons of high school, but two of the three say they're solid to Alabama even with the possibility of taking other..." July 16

  • Spurrier salutes Saban as 'greatest recruiter'

    ESPN.com "Steve Spurrier has taken a few jabs at Alabama and its head coach this offseason, but when he came to SEC media days Tuesday morning he was full of compliments, calling Nick Saban a recruiter for the ages. "They've done extremely well, there's no question about that," South Carolina's coach..." July 15

  • Jarran Reed charged with DUI

    ESPN College Football Nation Blog "For the second time this month an Alabama football player was arrested and taken into custody by Tuscaloosa police. This time it was defensive lineman Jarran Reed, who was arrested and charged with a DUI on Sunday, according to the Tuscaloosa County Jail's website. Reed, a former JC100 prospect..." July 13

  • Report: Alabama RB Kenyan Drake charged with entering crime scene

    Tuscaloosa News "University of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake was arrested early Saturday after ignoring police orders to stay away from a crime scene, according to Tuscaloosa Police. Drake was at the downtown Temerson Square area around 1 a.m. Saturday when a Tuscaloosa Police officer shot at a man they..." July 06

  • OL Brandon Hill tweets he’s leaving ‘Bama

    College Football Talk "On the day before the Fourth of July, one member of the Alabama Crimson Tide declared his independence from Nick Saban‘s squad. In a couple of tweets posted to his Twitter account, Brandon Hill revealed that he has been granted a release from his UA scholarship. There was no word on to where..." July 05

  • Ex-Alabama football star gets help to pay $10,000 in student loans

    CBSSports.com "Former Alabama football star Tyrone Prothro, who testified at the Ed O'Bannon trial that he owes $10,000 in student loans, has help from an environmental cleanup company in Birmingham, Ala., to relieve the debt he says he accumulated in college. Shannon Riley, CEO of One Stop Environmental,..." July 02

  • Spurrier: Nick Saban hasn't won as much as he should at Alabama

    Fox Sports "Steve Spurrier is one of college football's true gems. The South Carolina coach isn't afraid to give his honest opinion, even if that means having a little fun at a rival's expense or jokingly suggesting Alabama should be forced to sit out a year of recruiting if the SEC is concerned about..." June 24

  • 4-star offensive lineman Tyler Carr commit to Auburn over Alabama

    Alabama.com "At 10:30 a.m., Southside-Gadsden's Tyler Carr will announce his college choice. His finalists are Alabama and Auburn, and the 4-star offensive lineman appears to be torn the day before his decision." June 24

  • Ex-Alabama RB Alvin Kamara commits to Tennessee

    CBSSports.com "Tennessee got some good news on the recruiting front over the weekend, landing a commitment from Alvin Kamara, one of the top junior college prospects in the 2015 class. Kamara transferred from Alabama in January and joined the program at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College with plans of..." June 22

  • Former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara now headed to one of Tide's biggest rivals

    Alabama.com "After one season at Alabama, former top prospect Alvin Kamara is headed to one of the Crimson Tide's top rivals. The running back confirmed the chatter on Twitter by announcing he'll play at Tennessee. Kamara redshirted his freshman year in Tuscaloosa with a loaded depth chart at running..." June 21

  • 4-star quarterback Blake Barnett commits to Alabama

    Alabama.com ""When I went down there, I absolutely fell in love with the coaches, with the school itself. I think Alabama's the place for me. I think it's the place that's going to develop me as a person and as an athlete," Barnett told Bleacher Report. Barnett visited Alabama late last week with his..." June 19

  • Ex-Alabama star says he still owes nearly $10,000 in student loans

    CBSSports.com ""The Catch" came up on the monitor. Tyrone Prothro, sitting on the witness stand wearing a dress shirt with an Alabama Crimson Tide elephant, smiled and enjoyed seeing what he used to do. The play in 2005 is still one of the most remarkable catches in recent college football history. Prothro, a..." June 12

  • Alabama LB Rashaan Evans honed his speed, athleticism by running with horses

    Alabama.com "The first time Rashaan Evans shows off his speed, flies around the edge and sacks an opposing quarterback, the credit shouldn't just go to the scheme that put him in the proper place or the Alabama strength program that further enhanced his athleticism. Save some of that praise for..." June 08

  • Two of three injured Alabama players cleared for football activity

    College Football Talk "Nick Saban feels optimistic about a couple of Alabama football players rehabbing from injuries that cut the availability of each during the spring, but one player still has a long way to go before contributing to the Crimson Tide in 2014. The head coach shared injury updates on cornerback Eddie..." June 05

  • Alabama officially approves contract extension, raise for Nick Saban

    CBSSports.com "Nick Saban's new contract, which includes an extension and pay rise, was officially approved by Alabama's Board of Trustees on Tuesday. According to Michael Casagrande, of AL.com, the motion was passed unanimously to bump Saban's compensation to $6.5 million per year with a $400,000 completion..." June 03

  • Report: Miami discussing future game with Alabama or LSU

    College Football Talk "No we’re getting somewhere, schedule-wise. While the talks are said to be very preliminary, the Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson writes that Miami “has been approached about opening the football season against Alabama in 2017 in Atlanta or LSU in 2018 in Arlington, Tex.” Jackson stresses that the..." June 03

  • 4-star Louisiana defensive tackle T.D. Moton commits to Alabama

    Alabama.com "Alabama has picked up its 18th verbal commitment of the 2015 class from Shreveport, La., defensive tackle T.D. Moton. Moton announced his commitment on his Twitter account. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Moton was visiting Tuscaloosa for its first summer camp. Moton, who attends Woodlawn High..." June 03

  • Alabama desperate for 12th game in 2015, will 'take anybody'

    CBSSports.com "Bill Battle has tried everything. He's called dozens of teams. He's deployed help from ESPN and SEC. He's inquired about teams switching dates to come to Tuscaloosa. After all that, he still has one vacancy on Alabama's 2015 schedule. “Right now we'd take anybody,” Battle said. This..." May 30

  • Nick Saban would recruit openly gay player to Alabama

    College Football Talk "Would Alabama ever recruit a gay football player? If Nick Saban is the head coach, the answer is yes. The question has been a popular one this offseason, especially in light of the recent NFL Draft seeing Missouri defensive end Michael Sam make some history by becoming the first openly gay..." May 28

  • Alabama loses 5th QB to transfer under Saban

    Alabama.com "Redshirt freshman quarterback Parker McCleod has Alabama's blessing to scope out transfer possibilities, coach Nick Saban told reporters Tuesday at the SEC's spring meetings. BamaOnline first reported the news of McLeod's impending transfer. McLeod would be the fifth quarterback signed by..." May 27

  • Hentges, No. 2 TE, commits to Crimson Tide

    ESPN.com "Much has been written about Missouri's ability to recruit players from the Southeast since the Tigers' entry into the SEC, but on Sunday the Tigers discovered the recruiting trail can be a two-way street. Alabama landed a commitment from tight end Hale Hentges, the No. 56 player in the ESPN 300..." May 27

  • Five-star Auburn recruit: Nick Saban has 'little man syndrome'

    Fox Sports "Tre Williams will be playing football at Auburn this fall, which means his most important offseason duty is learning how to flame the Iron Bowl rivalry. Young Williams is proving to be quite gifted at that so far. Last week, Williams told AL.com "Auburn owns Mobile," a fertile piece of..." May 26

  • The 2012 Bama-LSU title game has produced 43 NFL draft picks

    Fox Sports "Unless you're an Alabama fan, you've probably forgotten about the 2012 BCS national championship game. Why would you remember it? The Crimson Tide beat LSU 21-0 in New Orleans on a night that lacked any semblance of intrigue. But there is one incredible thing about that game that ace..." May 13

  • Bengals QB AJ McCarron: 'I wasn't healthy at Alabama'

    Sporting News "If NFL Draft prospects were evaluated solely based on winning, former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron may have gone No. 1 overall — The Crimson Tide won 34 of their 36 games with McCarron as the starter. Wins are great, but much more goes into players' draft evaluations, which is likely why the..." May 13

  • Jacob Coker graduates, arrives in Tuscaloosa to take next step in Alabama QB competition

    Alabama.com "Jacob Coker's twice-a-week, three-hour drives between Tallahassee and Mobile are officially a thing of the past. Coker made one last road trip over the weekend, trekking a little more than three hours north from Mobile to Alabama's campus. Freshly graduated from Florida State, the Crimson Tide..." May 07

  • Four-star QB Torrance Gibson announces his top 15

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Four-star quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage may be one of Ohio State's top quarterback targets in the 2015 recruiting class. But the Buckeyes aren't Gibson's top school. At least not yet. Gibson released his top 15 in order Monday night, and Ohio State..." May 06

  • Alabama's NFL draft success lacks one key position: Quarterback

    CBSSports.com "Alabama has built an NFL draft-pick machine. The Crimson Tide have produced so many NFL players lately that draft picks have become as much a symbol of the program as its national championships. That is, except for one position -- quarterback. Alabama has struck out lately at the most valuable..." May 06

  • A.J. McCarron told he'll be taken between No. 16 and 35

    CBSSports.com "It's silly season right now, a time when the NFL world is covered in smoke. Anything you hear is a lie, whether you're a media member, fan or even a player. So take what A.J. McCarron was told by teams with a grain of salt. McCarron, appearing on the Paul Finebaum Show, said teams told him he'd..." April 29

  • T.J. Yeldon still Bama's top running back

    ESPN.com "Four touchdowns versus 14. Three hundred and eighty-two yards versus 1,235. Thirty-five carries versus 207. Two 100-yard games versus six. If it weren’t Derrick Henry, we wouldn’t be making the comparison. His freshman season was promising with 382 rushing yards and four total..." April 23

  • Report: ex-Tide lineman expected to join Buckeyes

    College Football Talk "It appears that, the way it have on the field the past decade, Ohio State is going to get over on bitter rival Michigan on the transfer front as well. Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com tweeted Tuesday afternoon that offensive lineman Chad Lindsay has decided to transfer to Ohio State and continue..." April 22

  • Alabama inks lucrative $150-$160 million multimedia rights deal

    Sports Business Daily "Roll Tide is right. The University of Alabama is set to capitalize on its success over the last five years by signing one of the nation’s most lucrative multimedia rights deals with Learfield Sports worth at least $150 million to $160 million over 10 years. The extension of a long-term..." April 21

  • Tide tops in spring game attendance despite lowest turnout of Saban era

    College Football Talk "Only at football-mad Alabama could being tops at something nationally also, at the same time, result in a low-water mark for the current era. Such was the case Saturday afternoon as a total of 73,506 fans took in their Crimson Tide’s annual A-Day spring game. That total topped the previous..." April 20

  • Meeting of the minds: Peyton visits Saban at Alabama

    Pro Football Talk "It’s not uncommon for coaches to pick the brains of one another in the offseason. But Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning joined the loop, putting at risk his God-like status in the state of Tennessee. According to Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com, Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam..." April 18

  • Top QB reflects on flipping from Alabama to USC

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "More than two months have passed since Ricky Town, the golden boy from California, caused a rippling effect in recruiting circles from coast to coast after he switched his commitment from Alabama to USC. The 5-star quarterback with NFL arm strength and body size seemed at peace with his..." April 15

  • Oregon State's Luke Del Rio ruled immediately eligible

    CBSSports.com "Unlike most transfers, Luke Del Rio will not have to sit out a season before he's eligible to play again. Del Rio transferred to Oregon State from Alabama in March, and on Friday the NCAA ruled that he will be eligible to play beginning in the 2014 season. “We were thinking he would not be..." April 12

  • Asked about Jacob Coker and Alabama's QB competition, Nick Saban mentions two other names

    Alabama.com "Last weekend, Alabama coach Nick Saban said three players had separated themselves from the pack in a crowded spring quarterback competition -- Blake Sims, Cooper Bateman and Alec Morris. Asked Tuesday night about Jacob Coker, the Mobile native and transfer from Florida State who will arrive..." April 10

  • Alabama athletic revenues more than any NHL team

    CBSSports.com "The movement at Northwestern to unionize college athletes has (no surprise) sparked fierce debate -- particularly in the big-money fields of college football and men's basketball -- over what those athletes deserve, and don't deserve, and what the best method of getting them what they do deserve..." April 08

  • Alabama CB Eddie Jackson suffers torn ACL

    CBSSports.com "Cornerback was arguably the weakest point on the entire Alabama roster during the 2013 season -- a major reason why true freshman Eddie Jackson was able to emerge by season's end as one of the Tide's more dependable options at the position, even starting the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. So ESPN's..." April 07

  • Alabama cornerback Eddie Jackson, linebacker Reuben Foster injured at spring scrimmage

    Alabama.com "Alabama cornerback Eddie Jackson will undergo an MRI on Sunday after injuring his knee at Saturday's scrimmage. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Jackson landed on his knee awkwardly after he jumped to catch a pass. It was a non-contact injury, he said. Sophomore linebacker Reuben Foster..." April 06