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  • Why Alabama's new coaching staff will make college football history

    USA Today "As the poster child for ballooning staff sizes across the Football Bowl Subdivision, Alabama has collected a smorgasbord of former college head coaches willing to accept reduced pay and responsibilities in exchange for having their reputations cleaned, buffed and polished by Nick Saban and..." January 26

  • Alabama announces Doug Marrone is their offensive line coach

    Saturday Down South "Leave it to Nick Saban to have a few openings on his Alabama coaching staff and be able to fill those positions with two guys that served as NFL head coaches during the 2020 season. That’s just the latest sign that Saban has the power and influence to fix any coaching career..." January 25

  • Steve Sarkisian says Nick Saban will 'be OK' after losing coaches

    247 Sports "x New Texas head football coach Steve Sarkisian is finalizing his coaching staff in Austin and appears to be doing so by raiding the staff of his former boss, Alabama head coach Nick Saban. But while Sarkisian might be delivering a bit of a blow to the Crimson..." January 24

  • Alabama hires former Texans coach Bill O'Brien as offensive coordinator

    NFL.com "Three months after being fired by the Houston Texans, Bill O'Brien has been hired by Nick Saban as the University of Alabama's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced the news on Thursday. O'Brien, who held both..." January 21

  • Doug Marrone could join Alabama staff

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is poised to land on his feet in the college game. According to SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic, Marrone has emerged as a candidate to become offensive line coach at Alabama after being fired by the Jaguars at the end of the NFL..." January 18

  • Alabama assistant Charles Huff set to be hired as Marshall's new football coach

    ESPN "Marshall is expected to hire Alabama associate head coach/running backs coach Charles Huff as its new head coach, pending approval by the university's board of governors on Monday, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday. Huff, 37, is regarded as one of the top..." January 16

  • Quinnen Williams Says Nick Saban Is Greatest Football Coach Ever, Period

    TMZ "Sorry, Patriots fans ... Quinnen Williams says Bill Belichick is NOT the greatest football coach ever -- the Jets star tells TMZ Sports that honor now belongs to Nick Saban!! The NFL defensive lineman made the bold claim shortly after the Alabama..." January 16

  • Texas hires special teams coach Jeff Banks away from Alabama with $1 million annual salary

    CBS Sports "Alabama assistant Jeff Banks has joined Steve Sarkisian's staff at Texas becoming what is believed to be the first $1 million-a-year special teams coach, sources told CBS Sports. Banks, 45, just completed his third season at Alabama coaching tight ends and special..." January 14

  • Bill O'Brien finalizing deal with Alabama to replace Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

    CBS Sports "Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian took the vacant head coaching job at Texas earlier this month, which left a hole in the Crimson Tide coaching staff headed into the 2021 college football season. That vacancy is in the process of being filled. Bill..." January 14

  • Nick Saban denies GOAT status: I'm 'beneficiary' of Bear Bryant's success

    The Score "Nick Saban won a record seventh national title this season, but the Alabama head coach still doesn't believe he's done enough to surpass Paul "Bear" Bryant as the greatest college football coach ever. "I don't really think there should be a..." January 14

  • Nick Saban says Bill O’Brien having dual NFL role “probably impossible”

    Pro Football Talk "Alabama has not made the hiring of Bill O’Brien official yet, but head coach Nick Saban sounds as if it’s a done deal. O’Brien is expected to get back into coaching in Tuscaloosa as the national champions’ new offensive coordinator, replacing Steve Sarkisian...." January 13

  • Mac Jones’ Girlfriend Had A Great Time Celebrating The Crimson Tides’ National Title Win

    Total Pro Sports "Sophie Scott had a front row seat to watch her boyfriend Mac Jones’ memorable night. Scott, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback Jones, documented the experienced on her Instagram story as she shared clips from the Crimson Tide’s national title win Monday over Ohio..." January 12

  • Nick Saban: 'Ongoing process' to find new Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator

    ESPN "Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that it's an "ongoing process" to find a replacement for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who was named the head coach at Texas a week ago. Former Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has been..." January 12

  • Fourteen arrested, Tuscaloosa mayor 'disappointed' in massive downtown gathering after Alabama's win

    USA Today "Tuscaloosa (Ala.) police arrested 14 people Monday night as thousands of Alabama football fans gathered downtown to celebrate the Crimson Tide's national championship victory, police chief Brent Blankley said in a news conference Tuesday. Blankley said the..." January 12

  • National Championship TV ratings for Ohio State-Alabama game down

    Larry Brown Sports "The TV ratings for the National Championship between Ohio State and Alabama on Monday night were down compared many past years. The game drew 18.7 million viewers across ESPN TV (non-streaming) channels, ESPN shared. The 18.7 million viewers is a lot, but not by college..." January 12

  • Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Ramsey Slam Alabama For Playing Injured Jaylen Waddle

    TMZ "Several NFL stars had big bones to pick with Nick Saban on Monday night ... with Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Ramsey and others blasting the coach and the Tide for playing injured star Jaylen Waddle. The future NFL wideout broke his ankle against Tennessee back..." January 12

  • Nick Saban, greatest coach ever or greatest college football coach?

    Pro Football Talk "With Alabama coach Nick Saban winning his seventh national championship, there’s no question that he’s the greatest coach in college football history. But is he the greatest coach ever, in any sport? Simms and I had an unplanned debate on the subject earlier today..." January 12

  • Nick Saban is the GOAT, and his argument gets only stronger with time

    Yahoo! Sports "Former Florida coach Steve Spurrier went to speak at a high school clinic in Alabama in 2016 soon after he stepped down from South Carolina in the fall of 2015. Spurrier chatted up his old friend and foe, Nick Saban, and Spurrier offered a prediction: “You..." January 12

  • How to break up Nick Saban's monopoly at Alabama to improve college football

    USA Today "Sitting behind a microphone after winning another national championship, coach Nick Saban faced the news media Monday night and looked a little bored. This has gotten a little old – six titles in 12 years for his Alabama football team. What else is there for him to..." January 12

  • Alabama Fans Pack Tuscaloosa Streets After Championship Win, COVID Nightmare

    TMZ "When is a win really a loss? You're looking at it ... 'cause after Alabama hoisted the national championship trophy Monday night -- Tide fans packed the streets of Tuscaloosa to celebrate, and it was a COVID nightmare. Just minutes after 'Bama finished drubbing Ohio State,..." January 12

  • Alabama Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith Cements Himself as an All-Time CFB Great

    Bleacher Report "He left the field with a towel drenched over his mangled right hand. Another towel was dangling from his mouth. For a night as magical as this, it was a cruel way for DeVonta Smith's dazzling college football season and career to end.  It took one hit—an awkward tackle..." January 12

  • This could go down as epic fail for Ohio State defense

    USA Today "After one half at Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship against Alabama, it became clear that Ohio State’s path to victory hinged on a miracle or, barring that, the Crimson Tide becoming lost in the tunnels below Hard Rock Stadium and unable to return for the..." January 12

  • Mac Jones Says Alabama Is 'Best Team to Ever Play' After National Championship Win

    SI "After beating Ohio State 52–24 to capture a national championship win, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones didn't mince words about where he thinks his team stacks up all-time. "I think we're the best team to ever play," Jones said, via Yahoo Sports...." January 12

  • Alabama WR DeVonta Smith breaks records in first half, injures hand in second half of national championship

    CBS Sports "There was no Heisman Trophy jinx for Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith Monday night. College football's top playmaker tore up Ohio State's pass defense in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship, breaking playoff and SEC records..." January 12

  • DeVonta Smith, Steve Sarkisian Put Together Perfect Alabama Sendoff in Title Win

    Bleacher Report "As the reality set in for the Ohio State faithful Monday, a simple look at the box score explained the story. Alabama quarterback Mac Jones had 342 yards and four touchdowns, and running back Najee Harris had accounted for 111 yards and two scores. Wide receiver DeVonta..." January 12

  • In taking Tide to title, Mac Jones put together greatest season by any Alabama quarterback

    USA Today "He wasn’t as familiar as AJ McCarron, as popular as Jalen Hurts or as flashy as Tua Tagovailoa. In many ways, Mac Jones began the 2020 season as the archetype of so many forgettable Alabama quarterbacks whose existence was defined by simply not messing up.   Jones..." January 12

  • Alabama to hire Bill O'Brien as offensive coordinator

    247 Sports "Minutes before Alabama was set to kick off against Ohio State in the national championship game, major news about the team's soon-to-be offensive coordinator vacancy rolled in. According to FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman, a deal between former Houston Texans coach Bill..." January 11

  • Twitter reacts after Alabama's Jordan Battle ejected for targeting foul

    USA Today "Alabama DB Jordan Battle has been ejected from Monday’s College Football Championship for a targeting penalty on Ohio State’s Jeremy Ruckert. The play set the Buckeyes up with a first-and-goal but they only got a field goal out of it to close within..." January 11

  • Nick Saban outlines how Jaylen Waddle may be used in championship game

    Larry Brown Sports "Will Jaylen Waddle play in Monday night’s national championship game? Nick Saban is staying tight-lipped, but we know how it will happen if it does. Waddle, who has been out since Oct. 24 after suffering a major ankle injury, could potentially appear in the College Football..." January 11

  • Who did Lee Corso pick on ESPN's College GameDay today?

    NCAA "Lee Corso has been many things — a college football coach, Burt Reynolds' college roommate and America’s favorite college football lovin’ crazy grandfather on ESPN GameDay where he makes his 'headgear picks' each week on location during College Football..." January 11

  • Alabama FB Gets Hyped For Title Game With Private Movie Screening

    TMZ "Alabama players could be channeling their inner Liam Neeson when they take the field Monday ... 'cause the whole team got a private screening of the Hollywood badass' newest flick the night before the big game!! TMZ Sports has learned ... Nick..." January 11

  • NFL draft talent runs deep in Alabama-Ohio State national championship game

    Pro Football Talk "Alabama plays Ohio State in tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game, and you’ll hear a lot of names tonight that you’ll also hear during the NFL draft. Here are some of the players worth keeping an eye on: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State: The..." January 11

  • An update on Jaylen Waddle

    Alabama "Hours before the national title game matchup between Alabama and Ohio State, the main question at this point has to do with Alabama injured star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. Will he play? Here’s what we know as of early this afternoon via sources. It seems..." January 11

  • Alabama-Ohio State title game lands in sea of COVID-19 in Miami area

    USA Today "Hard Rock Stadium in metro Miami has become a strange scene to behold this week during a state surge of COVID-19. On Friday, long lines of cars waited at the stadium for vaccinations for residents who are 65 and older — a reminder that a deadly virus is on the loose..." January 10

  • CFP director: Alabama-Ohio State national title game to proceed as scheduled

    The Score "The national championship game between Alabama and Ohio State is expected to be played as scheduled Monday despite earlier COVID-19 concerns surrounding the Buckeyes. "As I have said all week, the game is on. Alabama's team will be traveling to Miami..." January 08

  • Can Ohio State coach Ryan Day rise to the moment vs. Alabama?

    USA Today "One of the first things people notice about Ryan Day is his cheeks. They’re rosy red. Sort of like Santa Claus'. And people often wonder the reason for it, especially after his journey to become the head football coach at Ohio State. “I thought he..." January 08

  • Alabama Crimson Tide players take home several major college football awards

    ESPN "As Alabama prepares for Monday's national championship game, multiple Crimson Tide players were honored with individual awards Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards. As expected, Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith won the Fred Biletnikoff..." January 07

  • Nick Saban: Jaylen Waddle ‘probably will be a game day decision’

    Alabama "Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday that wide receiver Jaylen Waddle will be a “game day decision” for Monday’s national championship game against Ohio State. “He’s been able to practice some,” Saban said. “Status for the game is still..." January 07

  • Ohio State’s Shaun Wade excited to face Alabama’s DeVonta Smith

    New York Post "Shaun Wade smiled upon hearing the question — Who do you want to be matched up with? — and didn’t hesitate. “You already know who I want to go up against at the end of the day,” the Ohio State All-American cornerback said on Wednesday over..." January 07

  • How Najee Harris has carried burdens and exceeded expectations from Antioch to Alabama

    CBS Sports "On his way to and from high school each day, Najee Harris would walk a route they called "The Zone". In Antioch, California, the label had nothing to do with football and everything to do with survival. "A lot of people won't say it. There was a lot of..." January 07

  • Alabama OL coach Kyle Flood expected to join Steve Sarkisian at Texas

    Burnt Orange Nation "One of the key targets for new Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian is close to falling into place, as Chip Brown of Horns247 reported on Wednesday morning that Alabama offensive line coach Kyle Flood is expected to join Sarkisian’s staff. Flood will..." January 06

  • DeVonta Smith says focus is on Ohio State Buckeyes after winning Heisman Trophy

    ESPN "Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian did their best to keep the focus off their own career-defining moments as they prepare for Monday's matchup with Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National..." January 06

  • Nick Saban’s daughter apologizes for Ohio State tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Nick Saban’s daughter Kristen apologized on Tuesday after sending a few tweets suggesting Ohio State was using COVID as an excuse to try and give Justin Fields more time to heal for the national championship game. Word emerged on Tuesday saying that the National Championship..." January 06

  • Steve Sarkisian focuses on Alabama assistants, Mississippi State DC Zach Arnett for Texas staff

    CBS Sports "As Steve Sarkisian prepares for the College Football Playoff National Championship as the offensive coordinator of No. 1 Alabama, his Texas staff continues to take shape. And there is clearly going to be an SEC and Alabama flavor on both sides of the ball. Mississippi..." January 06

  • Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith wins Heisman Trophy

    ESPN "The nearly three-decade drought of wide receivers failing to win the Heisman Trophy ended when Alabama senior DeVonta Smith was presented the award during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday night. Smith is the third player from Alabama to claim college football's most..." January 05

  • DeVonta Smith shares important message after winning Heisman Trophy

    Larry Brown Sports "DeVonta Smith on Tuesday won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first wide receiver since Desmond Howard in 1991 to win the award. The Alabama wide receiver gave a speech after winning the trophy and shared an important message. “To all the young kids out there that are..." January 05

  • Nick Saban’s Daughter Calls Out Ohio State For Faking COVID Cases To Get Justin Fields Healthy

    Total Pro Sports "On Tuesday, major news broke that Ohio State is having COVID-19 issues and it could cause the College Football Playoff national title game against Alabama to be moved. Nick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, was among the Crimson Tide fans who suggested Ohio State is avoiding playing..." January 05

  • COVID-19 concerns threaten to disrupt national title game

    Alabama "In the latest twist of a season full of disruptions, there are COVID-19 related concerns that threaten to disrupt Monday’s national championship game between Alabama and Ohio State. There are concerns related to Ohio State’s player availability for the game, according to..." January 05

  • Nick Saban’s daughter apologizes for Ohio State tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Nick Saban’s daughter Kristen apologized on Tuesday after sending a few tweets suggesting Ohio State was using COVID as an excuse to try and give Justin Fields more time to heal for the national championship game. Word emerged on Tuesday saying that the National Championship..." January 05

  • Alabama’s DeVonta Smith, a Heisman finalist, poses big threat to Ohio State in college football title game

    USA Today "The one guarantee in a season of week-to-week uncertainty has been Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith’s tormenting of opposing defenses.  On Jan. 11 in the College Football Playoff championship game, Ohio State can either be the team..." January 05