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  • Alabama’s Devonta Smith Throws Punch, Gets Ejected

    Sportsnaut "Late during Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, Alabama’s DeVonta Smith threw a punch at an Aggie and was disqualified for his action. He had been thrown down to the ground and wasn’t happy with the treatment. " October 12

  • Tua Tagovailoa breaks Alabama career passing TD record in first quarter vs. Texas A&M

    CBC Sports "Heisman Trophy frontrunner Tua Tagovailoa continued to make history on Saturday, setting an Alabama program record for career passing touchdowns. Tagovailoa broke his tie with A.J. McCarron in the first quarter of the SEC clash when he threw his 78th career scoring pass..." October 12

  • Nick Saban, Alabama's freshmen tackling the unexpected on defense

    ESPN " It didn't seem to matter that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wideout DeVonta Smith had record-setting performances. Nor did it matter that Alabama improved to 5-0 and set itself up for a return to No. 1 in the rankings. The mood after the Crimson Tide..." October 08

  • Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in college football poll

    ESPN "Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Florida surged to No. 7 after a big victory. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson held their spots Sunday after a week off for both, but the Buckeyes caught up to the Bulldogs in the AP Top 25..." October 07

  • Nick Saban says his players listen to the media more than they listen to him

    Larry Brown Sports "Few coaches in the history of sports have been more wary of the media than Nick Saban, but the Alabama coach thinks writers, reporters and analysts are better at one aspect of his job than he is — getting players to listen. If Saban has an important message to deliver to his..." September 27

  • Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa: I nearly transferred to USC

    247 Sports "The 2019 college football season is still young, but it’s already a game of quarterback roulette for Clay Helton and No. 21 USC. Through four games, the Trojans have already gone through three quarterbacks, though it hasn’t been by design. Sophomore starter J.T...." September 26

  • Top 5 Heisman Trophy candidates for 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "The college football season is nearing the quarter mark, and the race for the College Football Playoff is in full swing. So is the race for the Heisman Trophy, with a talented group of players — primarily quarterbacks — who have already put themselves in contention for the..." September 25

  • Tua Tagovailoa Confirms Nick Saban Tells Deez Nuts Jokes

    The Big Lead "Tua Tagovailoa went on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to answer a strange line of questioning that ended with him confirming that Nick Saban is the type of person who makes "deez nuts" jokes. The clip starts with Patrick asking Tagovailoa about the last time..." September 25

  • Alabama wide receivers use rock, paper, scissors to determine who runs potential touchdown routes

    CBS Sports "Not surprisingly, No. 2 Alabama had no problem with Southern Miss in Week 4, winning 49-7. Not much of a story there -- except for how good Alabama's wide receivers are. Yes, it's widely known that Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III are first-round..." September 24

  • Five-star 2020 quarterback flips to Alabama from USC after weekend visit to Tuscaloosa

    USA Today "Alabama’s future at quarterback received a massive lift Sunday afternoon when Bryce Young, one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks according to, flipped his commitment from Southern California to Alabama. Young, from Mater Dei in Santa..." September 23

  • Nick Saban: Top Alabama recruit Antonio Alfano 'basically quit'

    The Spun "Alabama head coach Nick Saban updated the status of Crimson Tide five-star freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano this evening. “The guy basically quit,” Saban told reporters. Alfano, a five-star prospect and the No. 5 player overall in the 2019 class, has not..." September 19

  • Alabama DL LaBryan Ray to Miss at Least Six Weeks While Recovering From Foot Surgery Play Video

    SI "Alabama defensive lineman LaBryan Ray is expected to miss at least six weeks after undergoing foot surgery, coach Nick Saban said Wednesday. Ray suffered the injury during Saturday's win at South Carolina. Saban added that the timetable for his return will depend on his progress..." September 19

  • Nick Saban earns induction into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 15 years after LSU departure

    USA Today " Nick Saban is coming back after all. The former LSU football coach, whom LSU fans have loved to hate since he became rival Alabama's coach in 2007 but have frequently fantasized about his return as LSU's coach, will be forever enshrined in Louisiana. The..." September 19

  • Alabama starting DE LaBryan Ray out for an 'undetermined' time with foot injury

    Montgomery Advertiser "Alabama's defense received another bite from the injury bug as junior defensive end LaBryan Ray is expected to be out an "undetermined" amount of time after re-aggravating a lingering foot injury. "LaBryan Ray is probably out for sure for this game (against Southern..." September 16

  • Forbes Reveals Most Valuable College Football Programs With Surprising School at No. 1

    12 Up "Over the last 4-5 years, the top two college football programs have been the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide, with everyone else far behind. You can imagine, then, that each school is raking in serious revenue befitting such success. And yes, both programs are...." September 13

  • Antonio Alfano asks to enter transfer portal, per his parents

    247 Sports "Alabama’s top signee from its 2019 recruiting classes has asked to enter the transfer portal. Freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano has not been on the field the last week as he has been “going through some discipline things with” head..." September 13

  • Alabama had 56 players on Week One rosters

    Pro Football Talk "The pipeline of players Nick Saban is sending to the NFL is truly remarkable. Saban’s Alabama program had 56 players on NFL Week One rosters, by far the most of any college. No other college football team even had 45 players on NFL Week One rosters. " September 13

  • Nick Saban Enjoys Making Deez Nuts Jokes

    The Big Lead "Nick Saban is way different than the average Connor living at the end of your freshman dorm’s floor but he is alike in a few very specific ways. First, he’s super into college football. Second, he doesn’t have the healthiest breakfast habits.  Third, he is..." September 13

  • Alabama using tracking technology on cell phones to incentivize students to stay longer at home games

    New York Times "Sweat from an afternoon under a unrelenting sun and in stifling 100-degree heat had soaked through parts of Taylor Pell’s fraternity pledge uniform: khaki pants, blue blazer, white shirt and crimson tie. But he was embracing the grind. “Games like this is when it..." September 13

  • Three SEC teams in the Playoff? Exploring college football's doomsday scenario

    Sporting News "The SEC is the only conference to ever put two teams in the same four-team College Football Playoff. Is there room for one more? After two weeks, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 LSU occupy three of the top four spots in the AP Top 25 and would likely be in the same..." September 11

  • Auburn coach Gus Malzahn appears to throw subtle shade at Alabama over early kickoff times

    CBS Sports "On Monday, Alabama released a statement expressing its "disappointment" at being placed in the noon ET kickoff window for its Sept. 21 game vs. Southern Miss. Less than 24 hours later, true to form of the great Iron Bowl rivalry, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn had a heaping amount of shade..." September 10

  • Alabama not happy with start time due to heat

    ESPN "Alabama's administration isn't pleased that the Sept. 21 football game against Southern Mississippi will be played at 11 a.m. local time, when temperatures are routinely in excess of 90 degrees this time of year. University President Stuart R. Bell and athletic director Greg..." September 10

  • 2020 NFL Draft QB Stock Watch: Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa was clinical in debut, former backup Jalen Hurts was better

    CBS Sports "We all knew Tua Tagovailoa headed into the 2019 college football season as one of the country's best quarterbacks. And that, in all likelihood, would translate into a first-round grade once the NFL Draft rolls around in the spring. But few people..." September 07

  • Nick Saban's wife made him run on treadmill over unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Alabama's win over Duke

    CBS Sports "Alabama rolled over Duke in its season opener last weekend, but that didn't mean head coach Nick Saban kept a level head on the sidelines. Following a Trevon Diggs interception in the third quarter, one of Alabama's coaches celebrated a tad too much and stepped onto the field...." September 05

  • Alabama suffers another blow, top recruit Javier Morton decommits from program

    Sportsnaut "The hits keep on coming for head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide ahead of Saturday’s season opener against Duke. Short-term, the Crimson Tide are going to be short handed following the suspensions of four key players for the first half of the season opener...." August 28

  • Alabama star LB Dylan Moses suffers major knee injury

    Alabama "Alabama will have to move forward without one of its top players. Star inside linebacker Dylan Moses suffered a torn ACL during the team’s practice on Tuesday and is out for the year, sources told It’s a huge, huge blow for the Crimson Tide. The..." August 28

  • Nick Saban Suspends 2 Alabama Players For The First Half On Saturday

    The Spun "Alabama will be without two of their offensive players in the first half of their season opener against Duke. Head coach Nick Saban has suspended two running backs — Najee Harris and Brian Robinson — for one half of football on Saturday. Both players missed a team function..." August 28

  • Report: Alabama tried scheduling game against Portland State

    Sportsnaut "Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have received justifiable push back for scheduling some cupcake games. That includes the likes of New Mexico State and Western Carolina this season. The idea is to get right against lesser competition in between big time SEC..." August 27

  • Tua Tagovailoa seems pumped about winning Alabama holder job

    Larry Brown Sports "Tua Tagovailoa is always going to be best known for his role as Alabama’s quarterback. However, he has a new role on the team that he seems just as excited about. Tagovailoa will handle holding duties for the Crimson Tide in 2019, and he seemed extremely enthusiastic about..." August 26

  • Nick Saban explains why he invited Ray Rice to speak to Alabama players

    Alabama "Alabama’s had a few noteworthy speakers address the football team this preseason. Figures like Jay Bilas and Mike Tyson have been through the Crimson Tide athletics complex to speak with the team as part of fall camp. Nick Saban on Thursday mentioned in his news conference..." August 24

  • Clemson, Alabama stars headline AP preseason All-America team

    The Score "Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team. Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years,..." August 20

  • The 10 college football coaches with the hottest of hot seats entering the season

    USA Today "For every head coach with rock-solid job security — Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban, to name two — there are a couple of dozen firmly on the hot seat heading into the 2019 season. One name in particular stands out: Southern California coach Clay Helton. On the heels of last..." August 19

  • Meet CFB's Scariest Unit

    Bleacher Report "Weeks from now, the end zones will be painted. The field will be pristinely lined. And Alabama's wide receivers, perhaps the greatest collection of talent at the position the sport has seen, will torment defensive coordinators as yet another title hunt takes shape.   ..." August 17

  • Alabama fan who killed Auburn trees not paying up

    USA Today "Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan who pleaded guilty to poisoning famous oak trees at Auburn University's Toomer's Corner six years ago, has not been making court-ordered payments and is being summoned back to court to address the matter.  Lee County District Attorney..." August 15

  • 25 Names You Need to Watch for 2019 College Football Season

    Bleacher Report "Heading into the 2019 season, there is a general consensus on the top players in college football. However, the order changes a bit when thinking about the most noteworthy. We've highlighted 25 names you should prepare to hear constantly this campaign. Many of them are..." August 15

  • Alabama linebacker Joshua McMillon likely to miss 2019 season with knee injury, report says

    CBS Sports "Alabama may have lost a starting linebacker for the season just weeks before the team's season-opener against Duke. According to, senior linebacker Josh McMillon suffered a knee injury during a scrimmage on Saturday that will ultimately keep him sidelined for, if not the..." August 12

  • Alabama five-star freshman RB Trey Sanders expected to miss season with foot injury, per report

    Alabama "Alabama will have to move forward without the top-ranked offensive player from this year’s freshman class. Five-star freshman running back Trey Sanders suffered a significant foot injury on the last play of the team’s practice Thursday night and is expected to miss the..." August 10

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban again calls for teams to play at least 10 Power Five schools per season

    CBS Sports "Alabama coach Nick Saban once again called for all Power Five teams to play at least 10 games against other Power Five programs, a desire that he has shared on multiple occasions throughout his college coaching career. Saban spoke with ESPN on Friday and expanded on the subject,..." August 10

  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney shuts down the 'SEC grind' argument made for Alabama

    CBS Sports "If anyone still thinks that Alabama lost the national championship 44-16 because of fatigue, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney would like a word.  Swinney took issue with the notion that the Crimson Tide entered the national championship game in January more banged up because of the..." August 07

  • Former Alabama LB Eyabi Anoma chooses Houston as transfer destination, report says

    CBS Sports "The offseason saga of now-former Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma is finally over .. well, reportedly, anyway. reports that Anoma has committed to Houston to continue his college football career one week after entering the transfer portal for the second time since February. The report adds..." August 04

  • Nick Saban denies offering coaching job to former Ohio State coach Zach Smith at Alabama

    CBS Sports "Alabama coach Nick Saban opened his first news conference for the 2019 season answering questions about Ohio State and former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. After a public records release on Friday by Ohio State revealed text messages from Urban Meyer to an unknown recipient about Smith's..." August 03

  • Ex-Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in texts that assistant Zach Smith offered job at Alabama

    USA Today "Former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer suggested in text exchanges in January 2018 that troubled former assistant coach Zach Smith was close to accepting a coaching job under Nick Saban at Alabama, and that Meyer ultimately talked him out of it.  The text messages were..." August 02

  • Alabama, Wisconsin schedule future home-and-home football series for 2024, 2025 seasons

    CBS Sports "Alabama and Wisconsin announced on Monday that the two programs have agreed to a home-and-home series set to take place in the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The Badgers and Crimson Tide will play at Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 14, 2024 and Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sept. 13,..." July 29

  • Alabama LB Eyabi Anoma enters NCAA transfer portal

    247 Sports "Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma has entered the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports has learned.’s Matt Zenitz first reported the transaction. The news comes two days after we learned Anoma is “currently not attending classes at..." July 29

  • Nick Saban Fires Back At People Criticizing Alabama’s Schedule

    Total Pro Sports "It’s pretty much every year around this time when folks began to complain about top football programs having a pretty soft schedule that gets them where they want to at the end of the season. The #1 culprit for people seems to be the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Crimson Tide play a..." July 28

  • Alabama OLB Eyabi Anoma 'currently not attending classes' at the university

    Montgomery Advertiser "Alabama could be without one of its top talented pass rushers when the Crimson Tide kick off preseason camp next Friday. Sophomore outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma is “currently not attending classes at The University of Alabama,” according to a statement by the..." July 26

  • 4-Star QB Drake Maye Commits to Alabama over Clemson, Georgia, More

    Bleacher Report "Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide may have found their quarterback of the future.   Drake Maye, a highly regarded recruit in the 2021 class, announced his decision to join the Crimson Tide on his Twitter page Wednesday: July 18

  • Auburn 'expects' a notice of allegations and possible penalties from the NCAA related to bribery case

    CBS Sports "Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person received a lenient sentence on Wednesday for his involvement in the college basketball bribery scandal, but his former employer may not get off as easy. In a victim impact statement issued by Auburn as part of..." July 18

  • Tua: Learned many lessons from loss to Clemson

    ESPN "Six months after a blowout loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoais appreciating the lessons offered by the Crimson Tide's rare defeat. "I think it's good to both get the..." July 17

  • Jalen Hurts has not won starting job yet, Lincoln Riley says

    Sportsnaut "Lincoln Riley added to what figures to already be a pretty big chip on Jalen Hurts’ shoulder on Monday saying the quarterback has yet to earn the starting job. Hurts, who transferred to Oklahoma from Alabama, will almost certainly be the starter for the Sooners this..." July 15