Alabama Rumors & News

  • Pack makes splash, gets commit from Alabama QB David Cornwell

    Reno Gazette-Journal "Nevada football coach Jay Norvell made it clear one of his top priorities in recruiting the next three weeks would be quarterback. “A big emphasis for us is we’d like address our quarterback position,” Norvell said while introducing his staff earlier this week. Mission accomplished -- in a..." January 14

  • Cam Robinson, Marlon Humphrey, ArDarius Stewart to enter draft

    NFL.com "Three of Alabama's most talented underclassmen, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, left tackle Cam Robinson and WR ArDarius Stewart, intend to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. They announced their intentions on Friday at a press conference. Humphrey (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) is..." January 13

  • Oregon taps Alabama's Mario Cristobal for OC job

    USA Today "Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal is expected to be named Willie Taggart's offensive coordinator at Oregon, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is not finalized. Cristobal has been in..." January 13

  • Alabama running back announces he's transferring

    Alabama "Two days after the national championship game, the movement is starting on the Alabama football roster. Reserve running back Derrick Gore announced on Wednesday he was leaving after two seasons in Tuscaloosa. This is the time of year for transfers and Gore is the first new one since the season..." January 12

  • Ohio State receives commit from former Alabama 5-star cornerback

    Fanrag Sports "Kendall Sheffield will have quite the impressive dossier of documents he will have signed by the time his college career concludes, because the former Alabama cornerback now intends to sign with Ohio State after a year away from Division I. A former five-star recruit in the 2015 class,..." January 11

  • Jim Harbaugh says he slept through the Clemson-Alabama national title game

    Washington Post "College football fans may have been divided over the legality of the final scoring play in Monday’s Clemson-Alabama game, but everyone agreed on one thing: The 35-31 thriller to decide the national championship was an instant classic. But at least one major figure in college football, namely..." January 11

  • Alabama betting favorites to take home 2018 National Championship

    Covers.com "Before the confetti was even loaded into the cannons at the 2017 CFP National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, sportsbooks across Las Vegas were releasing their futures odds to win the 2018 title game. No matter which schools are represented at..." January 10

  • Clemson win is historic loss for Las Vegas books

    ESPN "The amount of money bet on the College Football Playoff championship game was historic and primarily orange. More money was bet on Monday's classic between Clemson and Alabama at William Hill's Nevada sportsbook than any other college football game in the company's history, according to vice..." January 10

  • The story inside Alabama's stunned locker room 'like a death in the family'

    Alabama "Reggie Ragland hugged Rueben Foster in the land of thousand-yard stares. Eddie Jackson consoled Ronnie Harrison in those agonizing moments when reality came fast, and then lingered on the Alabama sideline early Tuesday morning. Eyes of glass waited the inevitable. Alabama was going to lose..." January 10

  • Alabama star RB Bo Scarbrough suffers broken bone in his leg

    CBS Sports "Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough has a broken bone in his lower right leg, according to ESPN. The loss of Scarbrough was noticeable in Alabama's offensive attack. The Crimson Tide had just four running plays involving running backs for 24 yards after Scarbrough went down with an injury -- and..." January 10

  • Steve Sarkisian says OC transition didn't have much impact on Tide

    ESPN "Steve Sarkisian stood outside a somber Alabama locker room early Tuesday morning trying to find the right words. It was hardly the debut he was hoping for as the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator, and even with the surreal events surrounding his abrupt move into the playcalling role only a..." January 10

  • Clemson climbs to title with last-second TD

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- In a game that featured three lead changes in the final five minutes, Clemson got the last play -- and the national title. Deshaun Watson's third touchdown pass of the game, a 2-yard toss to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining, lifted the Tigers to a 35-31 win over..." January 09

  • Alabama's Crimson Tide is rolling in green

    CNN "Alabama, which is one of the most profitable college football programs in the country, defends its title against Clemson on Monday night. A win could bring in even more money for the school. The Crimson Tide's football program reported $103.9 million in revenue for 2016 and posted a $47..." January 09

  • Source: Najee Harris requests a flight change — to Alabama

    247 Sports "The saga of No. 1 recruit Najee Harris appears all but over. Per an U.S. Army All-American Bowl operations source, Harris has requested a flight change — asking to land in Birmingham now, instead of back home in California (Oakland). That would put the running back on Alabama's campus by Sunday..." January 05

  • 3 things Clemson learned about Alabama from its win over Washington

    Fox Sports "As hard as it is to believe, there’s only one game left in the college football season. But boy, is it a good one. For the second straight year, Alabama faces Clemson for the national championship. Last year, the Crimson Tide won 45-40, but if we learned anything from last Saturday’s semifinal..." January 05

  • Nick Saban snaps at question regarding how offense will change without Lane Kiffen

    Sportsnaut "Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have a lot in common, including how they tend to bristle at media questions about how they are preparing for games. On Tuesday, Saban was asked about how the offense might change now that Lane Kiffen has officially been replaced by Steve Sarkisian as the offensive..." January 03

  • Lane Kiffin may not be completely done at Alabama after all, could be at title game

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the surprising announcement was made that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would not coach with the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship against Clemson. The chief reason for the exit, at least according to Kiffin and coach Nick Saban, was that..." January 03

  • Lane Kiffin will not coach Alabama in title game against Clemson

    CBS Sports "Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will leave his post with the Crimson Tide prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in order to start on his duties as the next head coach of FAU. " January 02

  • Alabama lands commitment from 4-star safety Xavier McKinney

    The Spun "The Tide received yet another commitment. 4-star safety Xavier McKinney announced his commitment to Alabama at the Under Armour All-America Game. Mckinney, product of Roswell, GA, looked as though he might select Clemson, yet donned an Alabama hat when it came time to decide. According to..." January 02

  • Alabama DE Allen: Washington players were 'soft'

    ESPN "After Alabama's dominating 24-7 victory against Washington on Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Crimson Tide defensive end Jonathan Allen called the Huskies "soft." That was actually an improvement over what he called them walking off the field at halftime. "They were soft," Allen told..." January 01

  • Deshaun Watson: We wanted to play Alabama in title game

    NFL.com "The "We Want Bama" signs around college football are often hoisted in jest by fans who know better. For Deshaun Watson, however, the wish was real. The Clemson quarterback acknowledged he wanted the Crimson Tide to advance in the Peach Bowl on Saturday -- which they did in a 24-7 win over..." January 01

  • No. 1 Alabama dominates No. 4 Washington to reach title game

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Unbeaten Alabama is one victory away from a second straight national championship and fifth in nine seasons thanks to a breakout game from sophomore running back Bo Scarbrough and its usual dominant defense. Scarbrough scored two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder early in the..." December 31

  • Chris Petersen nominates Nick Saban for commish; can he start today?

    USA Today "Each year, for some reason, someone broaches the subject of college football having a commissioner. For the record, it’s not in the works nor is there some major push for it. But questions come, and coaches opine anyway. At the Peach Bowl joint head coaches’ news conference Friday morning,..." December 30

  • Nick Saban says he has turned down NFL offers, will continue to do so

    Larry Brown Sports "No matter what he says and does, Nick Saban will continue to be linked to NFL head coaching vacancies on an annual basis. As you might expect, Saban says his level of interest in those jobs remains unchanged. There is none. During a press conference on Thursday, Saban confirmed that NFL..." December 29

  • Alabama's Dakota Ball blew off his own index finger with a shotgun

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Dakota Ball doesn't necessarily stand out among Alabama's crop of star defensive players, but the injury that will keep him out of Saturday's Peach Bowl certainly does. The senior defensive lineman arrived at media day in Atlanta on Thursday with his left hand heavily wrapped, and promptly told..." December 29

  • Alabama team buses left Lane Kiffin at the stadium (again)

    Fox Sports "Incoming Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is still sticking around Alabama for the remainder of the College Football Playoffs, but the Crimson Tide didn’t bother waiting for him after Peach Bowl media day concluded at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. According to ESPN, Kiffin was the last..." December 29

  • Lane Kiffin can’t ‘recall a happy moment’ while working for Nick Saban at Alabama

    Fox Sports - College Football "Lane Kiffin is in his final days as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, meaning he can open up about his past three years with Nick Saban without having to fear the wrath of the Crimson Tide’s head coach. Kiffin, who will shift his full-time attention to being the new head coach at Florida..." December 29

  • Former UGA, Alabama lineman pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault, battery

    Athens Banner-Herald "The domestic violence case against former Georgia and Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor was resolved earlier this month, as the defensive lineman plead guilty to misdemeanor counts of simple assault, battery and simple battery, according to documents in Athens-Clarke County Superior..." December 28

  • Nick Saban blames advent of CFP for players choosing to skip bowl games

    Alabama "As the head coach of Alabama, Nick Saban moonlights as college football's overlord and protector. Ask him about any relevant issue in the sport and there's a good chance he will pontificate on the subject. So, it was no surprise that Saban delivered an animated soliloquy Wednesday when he was..." December 23

  • Lane Kiffin says he was ‘very close’ to going to Houston

    Larry Brown Sports "There have been a few different stories as to how close Lane Kiffin was to getting the Houston job, but the man himself feels he was not far away. Kiffin told Evan Cohen of ESPN Radio West Palm on Tuesday that he was close with both Houston and Florida Atlantic at the same time. “Yeah, we..." December 22

  • Alabama names Steve Sarkisian offensive coordinator

    USA Today "Alabama has hired another former USC head coach as offensive coordinator, turning to Steve Sarkisian to once again replace Lane Kiffin. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced the move Friday with Kiffin having been hired to take over the Florida Atlantic program. Sarkisian will also coach the..." December 17

  • Alabama supposedly ‘scared’ of trick plays Washington runs

    Larry Brown Sports "he only way Washington stands a chance at pulling off an upset against Alabama in the College Football Playoff is to get creative, and Nick Saban is apparently preparing for the Huskies to do just that. Washington coach Chris Petersen is known for his willingness to take risks and affinity for..." December 15

  • Lane Kiffin was once banned from high school located near Florida Atlantic

    Larry Brown Sports "It turns out Lane Kiffin has some previous experience in the part of Florida he’ll be coaching in going forward, and it’s not necessarily positive. As Tennessee head coach, Kiffin once made controversial remarks about Pahokee High School and the surrounding area that got him banned from the..." December 15

  • PK Sam claims Nick Saban cut him for flying home to hug father before he died

    Larry Brown Sports "Nick Saban is well known for being tough on his players, but one former NFL wide receiver who played for him claims the coaching style resulted in a lack of basic human decency when Saban was in charge of the Miami Dolphins. P.K. Sam, a former Florida State star who bounced around the NFL for a..." December 14

  • Alabama adds commitment from nation’s No. 1 junior college DE Isaiah Buggs

    SEC Country "Alabama has reportedly picked up a giant commitment from the nation’s No. 1 junior college defensive end Isaiah Buggs, he announced on Twitter. Buggs, a 4-star prospect from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, Miss.), committed to Alabama over longtime favorite, LSU. The..." December 13

  • How Alabama's Offense Can Withstand Lane Kiffin's Departure to FAU

    Bleacher Report "Just like that, the Lane Kiffin era at Alabama is over. Well, after one or two more games, of course. After three years as the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator in which Kiffin took three different quarterbacks to the SEC title and College Football Playoff, the former Tennessee and USC..." December 12

  • Florida Atlantic hires Lane Kiffin as head coach

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Who knew that little Florida Atlantic could compete with the big boys? According to ESPN's Chris Low Monday, the Owls hired as its head coach Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who had been Orgeron's No. 1 target as LSU's next offensive coordinator. Kiffin, 41, had been a candidate..." December 12

  • Did Texas high school coaches keep Lane Kiffin from getting the Houston job

    Fox Sports "Of all the wild twists and turns on this year's college football coaching carousel, the most fascinating may have come at Houston within the past couple of days. After Tom Herman left to replace Charlie Strong at Texas, reports surfaced Thursday that Lane Kiffin was set to become the Cougars' next..." December 10

  • Did talks break down between Kiffin, FAU?

    CBS Sports "ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit reported Saturday morning on "College GameDay" that Kiffin had a deal in place with an unidentified school but that talks ultimately broke down. Herbstreit would not reval the school, which was widely reported Friday as Florida Atlantic, nor the reason talks broke..." December 10

  • FAU pursuing Lane Kiffin for head coach

    ESPN "Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is being pursued by Florida Atlantic to become the Owls' next head coach. Kiffin and the Owls have had discussions, and Kiffin is weighing his options, sources told ESPN's Chris Low on Friday. FAU's interest in Kiffin was first reported by Football..." December 10

  • Houston decides on Lane Kiffin as next coach

    USA Today "Houston has decided on Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to be its next football coach, pending a Thursday meeting at which school President Renu Khator will have to give the final OK, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. Those people spoke on the condition of..." December 08

  • Former Auburn RB Says A Tow Truck Has Been Called For Nick Saban’s Helicopter Parked On High School Field

    The Spun "Nick Saban flew in on a helicopter to recruit players at Grayson High School in Georgia, and a former Auburn running back isn’t impressed. Grayson High School in Loganville is absolutely stacked this year. According to 247Sports, three of the top 25 2017 recruits in Georgia (and 11 of the..." December 08

  • Conflicting reports on whether Houston has hired Lane Kiffin

    SI "Houston is set to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to be its next football coach, USA Today's Dan Wolken reports.. According to the report, the hire is dependent on Kiffin meeting with school officials on Thursday, but Kiffin "has been operating" as if he will be the school's next..." December 08

  • 4-star safety Daniel Wright flips commitment from Florida State to Alabama

    Alabama "Alabama landed a top-ranked safety on Thursday when four-star Daniel Wright flipped his commitment from Florida State to the Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Wright had been committed to Florida State since the summer. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native officially visited Alabama for the..." December 08

  • Ex-Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett commits to Arizona State

    ESPN "Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett has committed to Arizona State. He revealed his choice Monday night in a tweet accompanied by a photo with Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey and receivers coach Jay Norvell. In September, Barnett..." December 06

  • Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton suffered torn ACL vs. Florida

    Alabama "Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the Tide's SEC championship win over Florida on Saturday, sources told AL.com. Hamilton sustained the injury late in the second quarter. All coach Nick Saban said after the game is that Hamilton has a knee..." December 06

  • Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington picked for College Football Playoff

    USA Today "The College Football Playoff pairings are set. After months of debate and 14 weeks of games, the committee came down with its final decision Sunday. No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl. No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State will face off in the Fiesta Bowl. The..." December 04

  • Alabama's Cooper Bateman to transfer

    SEC Country "Alabama has already had one high profile quarterback transfer this season, as Blake Barnett left the team in the middle of the season. Now, Cooper Bateman will be the second quarterback to do so. Per Matt Zenitz of Al.com, Bateman will transfer. It is unclear if he will stay with the team..." December 04

  • No. 1 Alabama wins SEC with rout of Florida

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Alabama won the national championship in 2009, the last time it followed an unbeaten regular season with a victory over Florida in the SEC Championship Game and the Crimson Tide appear poised for a repeat. Alabama, which won national titles in 2011, 2012 and 2015 with one loss, is..." December 03

  • Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban has no interest in comparisons to Paul 'Bear' Bryant

    ESPN "Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't worried about joining likes of Paul "Bear" Bryant, no matter how many times he's compared to the legendary Crimson Tide icon. Saban, however, is one national championship away from tying Bryant's record of six. Saban currently has four with Alabama -- 2009, 2011,..." December 02