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  • Nick Saban wary of permitting undrafted college players to return to school

    Alabama "The number of underclassmen who enter the NFL draft only to go unselected is troubling to many around college football, Nick Saban included. This year, 149 underclassmen entered the draft, but 44 went unselected. With no mechanism in place to allow them to return to school (such as..." May 12

  • 4-star linebacker Drew Sanders flips to Alabama

    The Oklahoman "Drew Sanders flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to Alabama on Monday night.  Sanders, listed as an "athlete," is the 97th-ranked prospect in the 2020 class, according to Rivals. Sanders was recruited to play on the offensive side of the ball at OU, but he's..." April 30

  • Alabama, SEC have most draft picks again

    Pro Football Talk "Stop if you’ve heard this before: Alabama led all colleges with 10 selections in the 2019 draft, and the SEC again led all conferences with 64 picks. Ohio State had nine selections in the three-day draft, followed by Washington and Oklahoma with eight each and Texas A&M and..." April 28

  • Nick Saban sets record for most career first-rounders

    Pro Football Talk "Alabama had another three first-rounders Thursday night, which was one less than the Crimson Tide had in 2017 and one less than they had in 2018. But it set another record for Nick Saban. The Alabama head coach now has 34 first-round picks in his career, according to ESPN. Butch Davis..." April 26

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban to return to work ‘in the very near future’ after hip surgery

    Sporting News "Alabama football coach Nick Saban underwent success hip replacement surgery Monday and doctors expect him to be back at work "in the very near future." "Coach Saban underwent successful robotic assisted right hip replacement surgery this afternoon with our hip..." April 23

  • Steve Sarkisian 'Fired Up' to Return to Alabama ... 'Great Opportunity'

    TMZ "Steve Sarkisian says he's super excited to return to Tuscaloosa ... telling TMZ Sports he can't wait to get back to work as the offensive coordinator at Alabama.  Sark had a stint under Nick Saban as an offensive analyst back in 2016 -- where he helped the Tide get all..." April 21

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban to undergo hip replacement surgery ahead of 2019 season

    Alabama "Nick Saban revealed a hip injury less than a week ago and now he knows the plan moving forward. The 67-year old coach on Friday told USA Today he would be having a right hip replacement surgery. An Alabama spokesman told the procedure is expected to take place early next..." April 19

  • Alabama QB Layne Hatcher in transfer portal, expected to go to Arkansas State

    Touchdown Alabama "Another quarterback from the University of Alabama is in the transfer portal.  After losing Jalen Hurts to Oklahoma, Luke Matheson of the — part of Rivals network – reported on Monday that Layne Hatcher is expected to transfer to Arkansas..." April 16

  • Nick Saban getting hip evaluation in order to coach long-term

    Larry Brown Sports "Nick Saban offered another hint on Saturday that he is nowhere close to slowing down. After Alabama’s A-Day spring game, the coach noted that he was going to get his sore hip evaluated at the end of spring ahead of the new season. Why? Because in Saban’s words, he wants to..." April 14

  • Tua Tagovailoa likes the three-year rule but says he would go to NFL now if he could

    Clutch Points "The NFL has a rule where you cannot enter the NFL Draft until you have been removed from high school for three years, which is quite a bit different than the NBA, where one-and-dones currently run rampant. University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who just completed his sophomore..." April 13

  • Ronnie Harrison fires back at Nick Saban's NFL Draft take

    247 Sports "Nick Saban's comments on the NFL Draft this weekend aren't sitting well with one of Alabama's former players. Former Crimson Tide standout Ronnie Harrison, a third-round pick last season by the Jacksonville Jaguars, believes Saban's opinion on players' draft stock..." April 08

  • Nick Saban rails against the growing ‘culture' of underclassmen leaving early for the NFL

    Montgomery Advertiser "Nick Saban is once again railing against the rising number of collegiate underclassmen leaving school early for the NFL, and that includes several of his own now-former players. Over the last three offseasons, Alabama has had 15 total underclassmen leave for the NFL, including 12..." April 08

  • Lincoln Riley Says Oklahoma QB Battle Is ‘Very Real’

    The Spun "Jalen Hurts didn’t transfer to Oklahoma to ride the bench. The former Alabama star expects to be the Sooners starter come Week 1, after leaving behind the program at which he had so much success. He won’t just be handed the job though. Right now, he is technically in a..." April 05

  • Alabama’s starting punter for last half of 2018 to transfer

    College Football Talk "For the fourth time this offseason, Alabama has seen a player place his name into the mystical portal, signaling a potential move away from Tuscaloosa. The latest to do as much is Mike Bernier, with Matt Zenitz of being the first to report that the..." April 04

  • Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian locks in three-year, $4.8 million contract

    CBS Sports "Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is back after two years leading the Atlanta Falcons offense, and he'll be in town for a while based on his new deal. According to 247Sports, the Alabama Board of Trustees approved the contracts for its new football staff, which..." March 22

  • Alabama gives 3-year deals to OC Sarkisian, DC Golding

    College Football Talk "After being let go by the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, many expected veteran offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to remain in the NFL after finding a solid amount of success at the next level. There were even a few rumors that he would be linking up with Kliff..." March 20

  • Emmitt Smith’s Son Has Received A Massive Scholarship Offer

    The Spun "Emmitt Smith’s son, EJ Smith, is looking to follow in his father’s footsteps. The high school running back is considered a top running back recruit in the 2020 class. EJ Smith, a four-star all-purpose back, is starting to rack up the scholarship offers. He received a big..." March 07

  • Ex-Alabama QB commit Beck headed to Georgia

    The Score "Four-star quarterback Carson Beck, formerly an Alabama commit, announced his new pledge Sunday to Georgia. The Jacksonville, Fla. native is ranked 83rd overall on the ESPN 300 for the class of 2020, and fourth among pocket passers. " March 03

  • Tua Tagovailoa favorite to win Heisman next season

    ESPN "Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won't be sneaking up on anyone this year. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has opened odds on the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner with Tagovailoa as the favorite at +250, followed by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at 3-1. Jalen Hurts..." February 27

  • Josh Jacobs to be limited by injury at NFL Combine, per report

    247 Sports "Another Alabama draft prospect is dealing with an injury ahead of the 2019 NFL Combine. Former Crimson Tide running back Josh Jacobs is dealing with a groin injury and will do limited work in Indianapolis, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “Nothing..." February 25

  • Safety prospect Deionte Thompson has surgery, unlikely for combine

    Saturday Down South "Departed Alabama S Deionte Thompson is considered one of the top safety prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft, but it looks like he won’t get to show off for teams at the upcoming Combine. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that Thompson had surgery Friday morning to..." February 23

  • Reports: Former Houston coach Major Applewhite returning to Alabama as analyst

    Yahoo! Sports "Major Applewhite is the latest former college football head coach to join Alabama’s staff as an analyst. According to reports from and ESPN, the former Houston coach is rejoining Alabama for the 2019 season. Applewhite was fired at the end of the 2018..." February 20

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban announces seven new additions to Crimson Tide coaching staff

    CBS Sports "Alabama coach Nick Saban announced his coaching staff for the 2019 season on Friday, and it's filled with plenty of new faces. The staff features 11 total coaches (Saban and 10 assistants), and seven of the 10 assistants will be new to the staff in the 2019 season. "We..." February 16

  • Alabama locks up No. 1 spot in recruiting rankings with stellar class

    CBS Sports "Stop us if you've heard this before: Alabama has brought in the top-rated recruiting class in the nation. With National Signing Day still in progress on Wednesday, coach Nick Saban and Co. have locked up the No. 1 roster in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports. Not only do..." February 06

  • 4-star DT Ishmael Sopsher signs with Alabama

    USA Today High School Sports "It can be hard for an up and coming football recruit from the state of Louisiana to reject the charms of the home state LSU Tigers. Just ask elite four-star Amite (La.) High School recruit Ishmael Sopsher. He did it, but it clearly wasn’t easy. Sopsher, one of the nation’s..." February 06

  • Hurricanes flip four-star cornerback Christian Williams from Alabama

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Hurricanes entered National Signing Day hoping to snag a couple of players who had already pledged to play elsewhere. Mission accomplished, at least on one front. Four-star cornerback prospect Christian Williams, who had been committed to powerhouse Alabama,..." February 06

  • Four-star DE Khris Bogle flips from Alabama to Florida

    CBS Sports "National Signing Day is off and running, and we already have a major flip before 9 a.m. ET. Khris Bogle, a four-star defensive end from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has flipped to Florida from Alabama. Bogle had only been committed to the Crimson Tide for about..." February 06

  • Alabama 5-star recruit Eyabi Anoma in transfer portal, report says

    Sporting News "Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma is reportedly in the NCAA's transfer portal, according to The rising sophomore was the No. 4 overall recruit in the nation in the recruiting class of 2018. The 5-star recruit chose the Crimson Tide over numerous other offers,..." February 05

  • Stoops expected to join Alabama as off-field analyst

    USA Today "Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is finalizing a deal to join Alabama’s staff in an off-field position, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because the move is not official. Stoops becomes the latest in a..." January 30

  • Oklahoma grad transfer Hurts excited to 'go out with a bang'

    The Score "Oklahoma made quarterback Jalen Hurts' transfer to the program official on Tuesday, and the former Alabama signal-caller is raring to go. Hurts announced his decision to join the Sooners for his final season of eligibility last week. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to..." January 23

  • Alabama's Quinnen Williams: My First NFL Paycheck??

    TMZ "Quinnen Williams is about to make his grandma VERY happy ... 'cause the Alabama superstar says with his first NFL paycheck -- a gift for grams is on the way!!! "I think I'm going to buy my grandma a car," the DT tells TMZ Sports. Quinnen's projected to..." January 20

  • Dan Enos disputes report about his departure from Alabama to take Miami offensive coordinator job

    CBS Sports "Dan Enos was in line to be Alabama's new offensive coordinator after Mike Locksley left to take the head coaching job at Maryland. But instead of leading Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Najee Harris and the rest of the talented Crimson Tide, he made a lateral move and joined first-year Miami..." January 18

  • Dan Enos didn't tell Nick Saban he was leaving for Miami

    247 Sports "Since the Alabama Crimson Tide lost to the Clemson Tigers in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship to end the season, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has seen offensive coordinator Mike Locksley (Maryland), quarterbacks coach Dan Enos (Miami), defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi..." January 17

  • Jalen Hurts announces he will transfer to Oklahoma

    Dallas Morning News "Oklahoma has thrived on transfer quarterbacks during Lincoln Riley’s tenure in Norman, and Sooners have added another one in the form of ex-Alabama QB Jalen Hurts. Hurts made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon via a Players' Tribune article. He was..." January 16

  • Maryland is heavy favorite to land Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts

    Sportsnaut "Decision day is approaching for Jalen Hurts, and the odds suggest the Alabama quarterback will be following a former coach to his new program. Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports shared the most recent release from Bet Online, showing Maryland as the most likely landing spot for..." January 15

  • Alabama’s Mack Wilson to enter draft

    247 Sports "Alabama junior linebacker Mack Wilson has made his NFL draft decision. Wilson is expected to forego his senior season with the Crimson Tide and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft, BamaOnLine has learned.’s Matt Zenitz was first to report Wilson’s..." January 14

  • Deionte Thompson entering NFL draft

    Tide Sports "Redshirt junior safety Deionte Thompson is leaving for the NFL. He made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday. Thompson broke into the starting lineup during Alabama’s postseason in 2017 and became a key player in the secondary this season. He was second on the team with 79..." January 13

  • Report: Steve Sarkisian declines Cardinals' coordinator offer, headed back to Alabama

    Yahoo! Sports "The Arizona Cardinals wanted to make Steve Sarkisian their new offensive coordinator under rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury, but Sarkisian is reportedly heading back to the college game. Via ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Arizona offered Sarkisian a job as coordinator, but he has..." January 13

  • Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long speaking with Alabama about job

    One Foot Down "There are multiple reports coming in that Chip Long may have seen his last days as the offensive coordinator for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Okay... that’s a lot to take in for Notre Dame fans. Basically, the reports read as if Chip Long is looking for a way out of Notre Dame..." January 13

  • Saivion Smith will enter NFL Draft

    247 Sports "After one season at Alabama, junior cornerback Saivion Smith will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2019 NFL Draft, he announced via Twitter on Saturday. Smith, a junior college transfer, appeared in all 15 games and made 12 starts at cornerback for the Crimson..." January 12

  • Jalen Hurts visits Oklahoma day after Maryland

    Larry Brown Sports "Jalen Hurts is a busy man on the transfer circuit. Hurts entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal during the week, indicating his intention to transfer from Alabama. The quarterback, who has one year of college eligibility left and could transfer immediately as a grad transfer, is..." January 12

  • Alabama defensive end LaBryan Ray arrested on public intoxication charge

    USA Today "Alabama sophomore defensive end LaBryan Ray was arrested Friday night on an alleged charge of public intoxication, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office online arrest database. The violation carries a bond of $500, and Ray was still listed in the Tuscaloosa..." January 12

  • Julio Jones on ‘Bama blowout loss: Dabo was the better coach

    Sportsnaut "Julio Jones is a Nick Saban disciple. He’s Alabama Crimson Tide through and through, so his thoughts on the title game are not insignificant. Neither is the stark truth he laid out. Speaking with TMZ Sports, Jones said, “Dabo (Swinney) was just the better..." January 12

  • Miami hires Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos as Hurricanes offensive coordinator

    Sun Sentinel "New Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz has his offensive coordinator. After days of speculation about who would be hired to fix Miami’s beleaguered offense, Diaz has chosen former Alabama associate head coach and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos to do just that, Miami announced on Friday..." January 12

  • Report: Jalen Hurts expected to draw interest from Oklahoma

    Sportsnaut "In addition to Maryland and Miami, Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts is reportedly expected to draw interest from Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners. Alex Scarborough of ESPN reported Friday evening that Hurts will be traveling to Maryland for a visit before heading..." January 11

  • Quinnen Williams, Josh Jacobs among four Alabama stars leaving for pros

    CBS Sports "Alabama coach Nick Saban has plenty of experience replacing star players who declare early for the NFL Draft, and this offseason will be no different. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, running back Josh Jacobs, tight end Irv Smith and offensive lineman Jonah Williams all..." January 11

  • Alabama wide receivers coach Josh Gattis taking over as Michigan offensive coordinator

    Alabama "Josh Gattis is headed back to the Big Ten. Gattis, Alabama’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, is leaving the Crimson Tide and taking over as Jim Harbaugh’s offensive coordinator at Michigan, according to a report from The Athletic. Gattis had..." January 10

  • Jalen Hurts, Miami appear to have mutual interest

    Larry Brown Sports "Jalen Hurts and the Miami Hurricanes appear to have mutual interest. Hurts has entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal. Since he graduated in December as a junior, Hurts still has one year of eligibility remaining and could play immediately upon..." January 10

  • Raekwon Davis passing on NFL draft, returning to Alabama

    Alabama "Alabama will have at least one of its defensive linemen back from this year’s team. Raekwon Davis announced Wednesday night that he’s returning to the Crimson Tide for his senior season instead of turning pro. Davis entered the season with an early first-round..." January 09

  • Jalen Hurts Reportedly in NCAA Transfer Portal, Intends to Leave Alabama

    Bleacher Report "Alabama's Jalen Hurts is reportedly in the transfer portal, according to Barton Simmons of CBS Sports, a strong indication that the quarterback will transfer from the Crimson Tide this offseason. The news doesn't come as a major surprise, as Hurts saw his starting..." January 09