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  • What will Tommy Rees bring to Nick Saban, Alabama football from Notre Dame?

    The Athletic "Tommy Rees had been virtually everything at Notre Dame, a starter and backup, a solution and problem, credited for quarterback development and questioned for why he couldn’t land better material. There were game plans that hit so well they turned heads nationally, including in..." February 07

  • Alabama hires Kevin Steele, Tommy Rees: How new coordinators will impact Crimson Tide in 2023

    CBS Sports "Alabama coach Nick Saban typically doesn't fire coordinators. He will, however, open the door and forcefully push them through it. That's apparently what happened with former defensive coordinator Pete Golding and former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, opening the door..." February 06

  • Alabama hires Kevin Steele as defensive coordinator

    CBS Sports "Alabama has hired Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Steele to the same position, according to ESPN. Steele replaces Pete Golding, who left after five seasons in Tuscaloosa to take the same position at Ole Miss.  Steele, 64, has a lengthy history around..." February 05

  • Eight Notre Dame offensive coordinator candidates to replace Tommy Rees

    The Athletic "Notre Dame needs a new offensive coordinator, as Tommy Rees is Alabama-bound after a three-day courtship highlighted by the Crimson Tide sending a plane to South Bend International to give him a tour of Tuscaloosa. Rees had a Zoom meeting with Alabama on..." February 04

  • Alabama reaches deal with Tommy Rees for offensive coordinator role

    Larry Brown Sports "The Alabama Crimson Tide have their new offensive coordinator. According to multiple reports, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees has accepted the same job at Alabama. The two sides had agreed a deal already as well, though terms were not available immediately. " February 03

  • Alabama targeting Notre Dame's Tommy Rees as offensive coordinator to replace Bill O'Brien

    CBS Sports "Nick Saban is zeroing in on Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees as the top target to fill the same roll at Alabama, according to multiple reports. Rees is scheduled to meet Saban in Tuscaloosa on Thursday. Saban is seeking a new play-caller after Bill..." February 03

  • Nick Saban turned away 2 players over big NIL money requests

    The Score "While speaking at the 18th annual Alabama Football Coaches Association (ALFCA) convention in Montgomery on Thursday night, Alabama head coach Nick Saban revealed that he rejected two players after their name, image, and likeness requests turned out to be too expensive for his..." February 01

  • Alabama, Nick Saban interested in Washington's Ryan Grubb for OC opening

    Clutch Points "As Alabama looks for their next offensive coordinator, Nick Saban and company have decided to look to the West. Saban and the Crimson Tide are reportedly interested in one of the Pac-12’s best offensive coordinators. Things have reportedly, “heated..." January 30

  • Nick Saban kicks tires on Jeremy Pruitt as Alabama continues search for next defensive coordinator

    CBS Sports "Alabama coach Nick Saban has reached out to former Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt regarding the Crimson Tide's vacant defensive coordinator position, sources tell CBS Sports. It is believed no offer has been made at this time, and Alabama would not speak on Pruitt's candidacy when..." January 30

  • Henry To’o To’o makes surprising Senior Bowl decision

    Clutch Points "Henry To’o To’o, star linebacker for Alabama football, won’t be playing in the 2023 Senior Bowl. To’o To’o, who accepted the invitation to play in the bowl game back in December, has withdrawn from the event due to an undisclosed injury, according to..." January 30

  • Best Alabama-Bryce Young replacements in 2023

    Clutch Points "Alabama did not make the College Football Playoff this past season, and that’s almost certainly going to mean extra motivation for head coach Nick Saban’s team in 2023. The Crimson Tide has been the premier program in college football, and it seems quite likely that..." January 27

  • Alabama football: 3 best candidates to replace Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator

    Clutch Points "Alabama football, already in search of its next defensive coordinator after Ole Miss pried away Pete Golding, will now also have to fill their offensive coordinator post with play-caller Bill O’Brien headed back to the NFL for the same role with the New England..." January 26

  • Alabama’s biggest recruiting needs before National Signing Day

    Clutch Points "Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have one mission in 2023: prove they’re still on top. After Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs won their second-straight National Championship, many have claimed that Alabama football is no longer the top dog in college..." January 23

  • Crimson Tide eyeing Jeff Lebby as potential Bill O’Brien replacement

    Clutch Points "ESPN’s Pete Thamel mentioned Oklahoma football offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby as a potential name to replace Alabama OC Bill O’Brien should he find his way onto another coaching staff, Sooners Wire writer Ben Dackiw wrote in a Thursday article. “I would..." January 19

  • Alabama DC Pete Golding expected to join Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss staff

    The Athletic "Ole Miss is expected to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding for the same role on Lane Kiffin’s Rebels staff, sources with knowledge of the move told The Athletic. ESPN first reported the hire. Here’s what you need to know: The 38-year-old Golding..." January 13

  • Can Nick Saban and Alabama respond to Kirby Smart and Georgia’s dominance?

    The Athletic "By now, you probably have seen the clip: David Pollack, an ESPN analyst and a Georgia legend, stating that Georgia “has taken hold of college football,” sitting next to Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who sat stone-faced, perhaps wondering why he bothered to fly to Los..." January 12

  • Has Kirby Smart passed Nick Saban as college football's greatest coach?

    CBS Sports "Georgia coach Kirby Smart led Georgia to a 65-7 win over TCU on Monday night, and in the process, he became the first head coach to win back-to-back national titles since Nick Saban led Alabama to consecutive crowns in 2011-2012. Smart, who served on..." January 10

  • Eli Gold, longtime Alabama football announcer, reveals cancer diagnosis

    Clutch Points "Longtime Alabama football announcer Eli Gold revealed that he’s battling a “treatable” form of cancer, per Michal Casagrande of Gold released a statement on his situation, per Crimson Tide Sports Network on Twitter. “I want to thank..." January 06

  • Trey Sanders transfers to TCU

    CBS Sports "No. 3 TCU will square off with No. 1 Georgia on Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship for the honor of calling itself national champions, and it just got great news for the 2023 season. Former Alabama running back Trey..." January 05

  • Alabama S Brian Branch To Enter Draft

    SI "After playing one of the best games of his Alabama career in the Sugar Bowl, Crimson Tide defensive back Brian Branch will be heading to the NFL. Branch made the announcement that he will be foregoing his senior season via social media on Monday afternoon. " January 03

  • Alabama’s Bryce Young, Will Anderson Jr., Jahmyr Gibbs Declare For Draft

    Pro Football Rumors "In a move which comes as no surprise, three of Alabama’s top players from this season are set to turn pro. In a joint announcement made on Monday, quarterback Bryce Young, pass rusher Will Anderson Jr. and running back Jahmyr Gibbs confirmed that they..." January 02

  • Alabama football coach Nick Saban bashes transferring players and ‘energy vampires’

    Sportsnaut "Alabama football head coach Nick Saban is going to be short-handed for the team’s bowl game due to a slew of transfers this season, and he let the media know all about it and his dislike for the transfer portal on Friday. It is probably safe to say that the Alabama Crimson..." December 31

  • 5-Star CB Desmond Ricks Commits to Alabama Over Florida, LSU

    Bleacher Report "And the rich get richer. The Alabama Crimson Tide, who already have the No. 1 class in the country for 2023, added a top-ranked cornerback to their group Thursday. Hayes Fawcett of On3 Sports reported Desmond Ricks chose Alabama over LSU and Florida in a battle..." December 22

  • Alabama recruiting class is one of Nick Saban’s most impressive feats

    The Athletic "What Nick Saban accomplished Wednesday, the culmination of more than a year’s work, won’t be fully appreciated because it’s become the norm. After all, No. 1 recruiting classes have been signed time and again under his watch. But Alabama football fans need..." December 22

  • Alabama signs 5-star teammates James Smith, Qua Russaw

    The Athletic "Alabama added two more five-star prospects to its top-ranked 2023 class with the commitments of defensive lineman James Smith and edge rusher Qua Russaw, teammates at Montgomery (Ala.) Carver. Smith is ranked No. 18 overall and the No. 2 defensive lineman in the nation in the..." December 21

  • Alabama flips 5-star OT Kadyn Proctor from Iowa

    The Athletic "Kadyn Proctor, a five-star offensive tackle, flipped his commitment from Iowa to Alabama, according to Proctor, the highest-ranked recruit in the history of the state of Iowa, had been committed to the Hawkeyes since June. Here’s what you need to know: Proctor..." December 20

  • Why Bryce Young, Will Anderson are right to play in Sugar Bowl

    Clutch Points "The Alabama Crimson Tide entered the 2022 season full of expectations. The team had hopes of winning its second national title in three years, but things went far from perfect. Alabama finished 10-2 and out of the College Football Playoff at No. 5. Because of that, the Crimson Tide are set to..." December 20

  • Alabama's Will Anderson, Bryce Young opt in for Sugar Bowl, Nick Saban says

    ESPN "Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. and quarterback Bryce Young, rated by ESPN's Todd McShay as the top two prospects in the 2023 NFL draft, both plan to play in the Crimson Tide's bowl game. Coach Nick Saban told ESPN he doesn't expect the Tide to..." December 16

  • College football recruiting: Georgia, Notre Dame pushing Alabama for No. 1 class on National Signing Day

    CBS Sports "Next week marks the sixth year of the early signing period as National Signing Day takes over the college football world on Wednesday, Dec. 21. With the NCAA transfer portal becoming more prevalent than ever, NIL dominating the landscape and another coaching carousel that resulted in over 20..." December 13

  • Alabama lands DE Keon Keeley, former Notre Dame commit

    ESPN "Keon Keeley, the top remaining uncommitted defensive end in the 2023 class, announced Monday that he's going to play at Alabama. Keeley, who decommitted from Notre Dame in August, is No. 20 overall in the 2023 ESPN 300 and the top defensive end..." December 12

  • Alabama's Charles Kelly joins Colorado as defensive coordinator

    247 Sports "Colorado is expected to hire Alabama associate defensive coordinator and safeties coach Charles Kelly as the program's defensive coordinator under new head coach and NFL legend Deion Sanders, according to ESPN. The 55-year old Kelly has served as the associate defensive..." December 08

  • For Alabama, the road to another championship gets no easier from here on out

    Yahoo! Sports "Nick Saban’s appearance at halftime of the Big Ten championship game Saturday night had all the pomp and circumstance of a breaking-news presidential address, with breathless promotion beforehand, deferential platitudes from Fox commentators, and a solemn atmosphere looming over it all as..." December 06

  • Alabama starting left guard Javion Cohen entering transfer portal

    247 Sports "Alabama offensive lineman Javion Cohen is entering the transfer portal, he announced Sunday, becoming the ninth Crimson Tide player to transfer during the 2022 season.  "I want to first thank my heavenly father for all of the blessings he has bestowed upon..." December 05

  • What Nick Saban said about Alabama missing College Football Playoff, Sugar Bowl opt-outs

    USA Today "Alabama football will not be part of the College Football Playoff for the second time in the championship format's history. The Crimson Tide (10-2) was ranked No. 5 in the final rankings announced Sunday, making it the first team out among teams still in contention for a..." December 05

  • Alabama receiver Traeshon Holden to enter transfer portal

    Sportsnaut "Alabama receiver Traeshon Holden said Wednesday that he plans to enter the transfer portal. Holden caught six touchdown passes in the 2022 season and caught 25 passes for 331 yards in 10 games for Nick Saban’s squad. The former four-star prospect announced his upcoming..." November 30

  • Bryce Young and 2 college football players with rising NFL Draft stock

    Clutch Points "Up to this point in the season, several players around the country have managed to stand out. Some of them, such as Bryce Young and Bijan Robinson were expected to perform this way. Others, such as Max Duggan, have been surprises of the season. But regardless of how they have found success,..." November 29

  • Hugh Freeze wants all the smoke with Alabama, Nick Saban

    Clutch Points "Hugh Freeze can’t wait to play the Alabama Crimson Tide again. Freeze was formally introduced as the new head coach of the Auburn Tigers Tuesday, and in his speech, he mentioned that he is looking forward to Auburn football playing the Iron Bowl while dropping a harmless warning..." November 29

  • Alabama, Auburn and the Iron Bowl that set the stage for Nick Saban’s dynasty

    The Athletic "He doesn’t remember which phone he had. He thinks it might have been the iPhone 3G, though he’s not positive. But he clearly remembers the text message that was on it that day, the picture he received on Nov. 29, 2008. As he sat in the home locker room inside Bryant-Denny..." November 23

  • Nick Saban’s honest admission on ex-Alabama players saying culture has slipped

    Clutch Points "Nick Saban is not used to this. His Alabama Crimson Tide are on the outside looking in when it comes to the College Football Playoff, a venue they have come to dominate over the past several years. A near loss to Texas- and two actual losses to SEC rivals Tennessee and LSU..." November 18

  • Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud Headline 2022 Walter Camp Player of the Year Semifinalists

    Bleacher Report "Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud are among the semifinalists for the 2022 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Here's the full list for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's watch list: Israel Abanikanda,..." November 17

  • Nick Saban on Alabama's Issues: 'If the Pupils Don't Get it, I Put it on Me'

    Bleacher Report "Alabama football head coach Nick Saban took responsibility for the Crimson Tide's problems this season during an interview with ESPN's Mark Schlabach that published Thursday. The Crimson Tide have particularly struggled in the turnover-margin department (six..." November 11

  • Brian Kelly's LSU move paying off in Year 1 with Alabama victory propelling Tigers back to 'elite' level

    CBS Sports "Brian Kelly knows the current sunshine in which he's basking is the reason he took the LSU job in the first place. You don't even have to coax it out of him after a season-altering win over Alabama. "You have to be elite, but you don't have to be perfect," said..." November 09

  • Auburn football is a trap job? Wrong attitude. Nick Saban is slipping, you know?

    USA Today "All Auburn needs is one good football coach with a sizable ego. One coach who sees Auburn as a snoozing giant ready to ascend under his leadership, especially now that neighborhood bully Nick Saban is approaching retirement. One coach who sees the potential..." November 09

  • Predictions I got wrong: Bo Nix, Alabama O-line, TCU's surge

    ESPN "It's pretty easy to get a lot of the big-ticket predictions right in college football. For the most part, this year's best teams will be last year's best teams. You can craft a semi-reliable Heisman favorites list by simply writing down the names of the quarterbacks from those top..." November 07

  • Did Nick Saban put Bill O’Brien on notice after Alabama football’s loss to LSU?

    Clutch Points "Nick Saban and Alabama suffered a shocking upset loss at the hands of the LSU Tigers, a defeat that puts the Tide’s College Football Playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. Naturally, Saban had to answer for the surprising turn of events, both in the aftermath of the contest and..." November 07

  • Lane Kiffin calls out Paul Finebaum over Nick Saban comments

    Larry Brown Sports "Lane Kiffin is tired of hearing about the end of Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty from radio host Paul Finebaum, and he even coined a new term to describe what Finebaum was doing. Finebaum had reacted strongly to Alabama’s loss to LSU on Saturday, telling SportsCenter on..." November 07

  • Alabama football’s Nick Saban reveals message to Brian Kelly before LSU hire

    Clutch Points "Alabama football legendary head coach Nick Saban reportedly gave Brian Kelly advice prior to Kelly taking over coaching duties for LSU football, per Saban recently revealed what he told Kelly. “Not to divulge anything that I talked to anybody else about, but LSU..." November 04

  • Julian Sayin, top 2024 QB in California, commits to Tide over Georgia, LSU

    CBS Sports "Alabama's string of blue-chip quarterback commitments continued on Wednesday, with the Crimson Tide gaining a pledge from one of the top signal-callers in the Class of 2024. Julian Sayin, the top-rated quarterback recruit in California according to 247Sports, committed to the..." November 02

  • Alabama DL Justin Eboigbe unlikely to play again in 2022 season

    247 Sports "Alabama head coach Nick Saban provided the latest on Justin Eboigbe. The defensive lineman didn’t travel with the Crimson Tide to its Oct. 1 road game at Arkansas and missed the entire month of October with a neck injury. Saban previously said that Eboigbe wouldn’t..." October 27

  • Nick Saban's explanation of Jermaine Burton incident sets a dangerous precedent

    USA Today "I cannot know what Alabama wide receiver Jermaine Burton felt while he exited Neyland Stadium as Tennessee fans rushed the field following the Vols’ upset of the Crimson Tide. But I think I have a good idea of what one Tennessee fan must have been..." October 24