Alabama Rumors & News

  • Alabama claims top spot in preseason FWAA-NFF Super 16 poll

    College Football Talk "Make it a trifecta for the defending champions. Just like the AP and Coaches’ polls, Alabama will enter the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the Super 16 poll, a joint venture between the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation. (Full disclosure: both..." August 25

  • Report: Alabama's Kendall Sheffield to transfer

    The Score "Alabama cornerback Kendall Sheffield, a former five-star recruit, is transferring out of the program, a family member told Gerry Hamilton of ESPN. The family member said Sheffield has been granted a conditional release that allows him to find a new home at any school outside the..." August 17

  • Why Alabama and LSU will both make the College Football Playoff in 2016

    Fox Sports "Five years ago, Alabama and LSU hijacked the 2011 college football season, staging not one but two No. 1 vs. 2 games, the latter marking the beginning of the end for the ill-fated BCS. Most of the public outside the Southeast revolted at not just the rematch but seemingly dinosaur..." August 15

  • Maurice Smith granted conditional waiver to transfer within SEC

    The Score "There is now nothing stopping Maurice Smith from heading to Georgia. The former Alabama defensive back has been granted a conditional release to transfer within the SEC. The Crimson Tide were initially blocking Smith's graduate transfer because he was planning to join Georgia, but finally..." August 12

  • Alabama reportedly grants release to Maurice Smith, pending SEC ruling

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Alabama has granted a full release to defensive back Maurice Smith, freeing him to transfer to another program as a graduate player. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Alabama had granted the release to Smith, who graduated last Saturday. Smith has made it clear he would like to transfer to..." August 11

  • Alabama will repeat, and nine other 2016 season predictions

    ESPN "After a summer full of hyperbole, promises, slogans, candidates and debate, we can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. No, I'm not talking about the U.S. presidential election, which won't end until Nov. 8. Thankfully, the start of the 2016 college football season is right around the..." August 09

  • Ex-Alabama receiver Daylon Charlot heading to Kansas

    KU Sports "Earlier this week, wide receiver Daylon Charlot announced he was leaving the powerhouse football program at Alabama. On Thursday evening, he surprised Kansas fans by tweeting out his decision to join David Beaty and the Jayhawks. “I would love to thank (Beaty) for the opportunity,” the..." August 05

  • Maurice Smith felt ‘ostracized’ by Alabama, had belongings thrown in trash

    Dawg Nation "When Maurice Smith informed Alabama of his intention to transfer, his locker was cleaned out, personal belongings thrown in the trash, he was banned from using the athletic facility, and he generally felt “ostracized.” That’s according to a letter Smith wrote to Alabama’s appeal committee on..." August 04

  • Maurice Smith ostracized, found ‘personal belongings in the trash’ after decision to transfer from ‘Bama

    College Football Talk "An ugly situation involving the defending national champions keeps getting uglier. Overnight, the mother of would-be Alabama graduate transfer Maurice Smith claimed that UA was blocking a move to Georgia. Smith has appealed the decision to block his transfer to UGA and reunion with former Tide..." August 03

  • Maurice Smith's mom says Nick Saban blocking transfer to Georgia

    ESPN "The mother of Alabama reserve defensive back Maurice Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her son is being blocked from transferring to Georgia by coach Nick Saban. Smith, a senior from Sugar Land, Texas, is still listed on Alabama's roster online. With two career starts under his..." August 03

  • Alabama lands 2017 studs Kendall Randolph, Kyriq McDonald

    247 Sports "Check two players off the 2017 target list for the Alabama Crimson Tide. In-state standouts Kendall Randolph and Kyriq McDonald both verbally committed to Alabama on Sunday through a special video production from's Justin King. Randolph's a four-star offensive tackle out of Madison..." August 01

  • Alphonse Taylor recorded 0.00 BAC level at DUI stop

    SI "Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor tested negative for alcohol, but performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to court documents observed by The Montgomery Advertiser. According to his lawyer, a head injury may have contributed to his state that caused him to fail the tests. He..." July 30

  • Alabama commit Jerry Jeudy a 'once-in-a-lifetime talent,' coach says

    Alabama "When Alabama was closing the deal on Calvin Ridley and Shawn Burgess-Becker in the 2015 class, Crimson Tide coaches were laying the ground work on another receiver they felt could be special. That was Jerry Jeudy, who was getting ready to play his sophomore season at Monarch High School in..." July 29

  • Former Crimson Tide LB Christian Bell transferring to Wisconsin

    SEC Country "Former Alabama linebacker Christian Bell is transferring to Wisconsin, according to his twitter account. The former 3-star recruit committed as a member of the 2015 class but grayshirted last season. He enrolled in Tuscaloosa in January." July 29

  • Alabama DB Tony Brown's NCAA suspension expected to be reduced

    Alabama "Alabama defensive back Tony Brown's NCAA suspension is expected to be reduced from six games to four, sources told The junior's suspension stems from something that happened leading up to the Tide's Cotton Bowl matchup against Michigan State in late December. A former five-star..." July 28

  • Saban: I suspended Taylor over DUI charge because he endangered others

    The Score "It's been a tumultuous few weeks for Nick Saban and the Alabama program, capped off by the legendary coach's decision Monday to suspend guard Alphonse Taylor indefinitely due to a recent DUI arrest and charge. The disciplinary move came days after Saban decided Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones..." July 19

  • Alabama OL Alphonse Taylor suspended after DUI arrest

    Yahoo! Sports "A day after his arrest for DUI, Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor has been suspended indefinitely from the program. “We are very disappointed any time a player makes a choice that leads to this kind of behavior,” head coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “We are still in the process of..." July 18

  • Alabama’s Alphonse Taylor arrested on DUI charge

    SI "Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor was arrested Sunday and charged with DUI, according to the Tuscaloosa Country Sheriff's Office. Taylor’s bond has been set at $1,000." July 18

  • It's a Fine Line Between Alabama and Baylor

    The Big Lead "Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones were arrested on drug and weapons charges in May. The district attorney, with odd reasoning, declined to pursue charges in June. Coach Nick Saban, in July, confirmed that Robinson and Jones would not be suspended, as long as they don’t play..." July 14

  • Police officer rebukes alleged Nick Saban claim of LSU bias

    USA Today "If, as ESPN host Paul Finebaum said Wednesday, Nick Saban insinuated that the Monroe (La.) police officers who arrested two Alabama players last month may have looking through purple and gold lenses, it would make no sense to the department’s public information officer. “I can tell you for a..." July 14

  • Georgia safety Xavier McKinney decommits from Alabama

    Alabama "Alabama lost a commitment Thursday morning from Georgia four-star safety Xavier McKinney. McKinney bonded with Alabama commits last week at The Opening and said his commitment was 100 percent, but also said he would make visits to Florida and Clemson. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound McKinney had..." July 14

  • Cam Robinson: 'People are so quick to react without knowing ANY FACTS'

    Alabama "For two months, Alabama star left tackle Cam Robinson hadn't said anything publicly about the situation that led to his arrest in mid-May. That changed Wednesday. People are so quick to react without knowing ANY FACTS. — Cam. (@crobinson_68) July 13, 2016 Earlier Wednesday, Tide coach..." July 13

  • Alabama's Cam Robinson, Laurence Jones have chance to play in season opener after arrests

    ESPN "Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters at SEC media days that All-SEC left tackle Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence Jones faced internal discipline after their arrests on drug and weapons charges and will have a chance to play in the season opener against USC. The two..." July 13

  • Arkansas' Bret Bielema throws shade at Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State over offseason arrests

    Alabama "With Steve Spurrier enjoying retirement, SEC Media Days was unusually dry when it came to rhetoric at the podium. That was, of course, until Arkansas' Bret Bielema took the stage shortly before 11 a.m. Bielema isn't afraid to speak his mind or ruffle some feathers when he talks. Wednesday was..." July 13

  • Nick Saban, Paul Finebaum have heated exchange over Cam Robinson discipline

    Alabama "Things got heated on the SEC Network stage Wednesday morning in Hoover. Nick Saban and Paul Finebaum sparred over the decision to not suspend Cam Robinson or Hootie Jones following their May 17 arrest. The exchange continued into the commercial break in a ballroom full of reporters covering SEC..." July 13

  • Nick Saban explains why SEC Media Days are a waste of everyone’s time

    SEC Country "Nick Saban is the king of working himself up mid-monologue, and his Wednesday appearance at SEC Media Days proved why he’ll keep the crown this season. Around the sixth minute of his lengthy introduction, Saban decided to tear down the charade at one of college football’s largest offseason..." July 13

  • Report: Adonis Thomas to transfer from Alabama

    The Score "Alabama looks set to lose some linebacker depth, as a source told's Matt Zenitz that Adonis Thomas has decided to transfer out of the program. Thomas came to Alabama as a highly touted four-star recruit out of Lawrenceville, Ga., in the 2015 class. " July 07

  • Bama Quarterback Blake Barnett Got Engaged to Professional Surfer Maddie Peterson

    The Big Lead "Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett, who is in the competition to be the team’s starter this upcoming season, announced his engagement to professional surfer Maddie Peterson on his Twitter account. They appear to be quite happy, as they should. " July 06

  • Alabama self-reports 5 low-level NCAA violations

    The Score "The athletic year ended on June 30 for Alabama, and following its conclusion the school released information regarding 19 low-level NCAA violations, including five on the football program. The violations reported are all minor in nature, with the five football transgressions being: Former..." July 05

  • Five-star ‘Bama signee set for second surgery in three months

    College Football Talk "Even as Lyndell Wilson has yet to play a down of college football, the highly-touted 2016 signee simply can’t buy an injury break. In late March, Wilson announced via Twitter that he would be undergoing surgery in short order to repair a torn labrum in one of his shoulders. Three months later,..." June 28

  • Former Alabama safety transferring to AAC school

    Alabama "Former Alabama safety Shawn Burgess-Becker is transferring to Central Florida, a source close to Burgess-Becker told A Coconut Creek, Florida native, Burgess-Becker contributed on special teams as a true freshman for the Tide last season, playing in 13 games and making three tackles." June 23

  • Mom of Alabama RB Damien Harris apologizes for Facebook joke

    Gridiron Now "Alabama sophomore running back Damien Harris’ mother, Lynn, sent shockwaves through the Crimson Tide fan base Wednesday with a morning Facebook post announcing her son was transferring. “It is with a very light heart that I announce Damien has decided to leave the University of Alabama and..." June 22

  • Jeremy Pruitt is next million-dollar Alabama defensive coordinator

    Alabama "New Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will save the program a little cash. Though he'll be one of the highest paid defensive coordinators in the country, his salary will be considerably less than his predecessor. The deal approved Tuesday will pay Pruitt $1 million a year and spans..." June 22

  • Why the DA is dropping charges against Alabama's Cam Robinson, Hootie Jones

    CBS Sports "The charges against Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones stemming from a traffic stop on April 17 have been dropped by the district attorney in Louisiana's 4th district. Robinson, the star left tackle for the Crimson Tide, was facing two misdemeanor charges for possession of..." June 21

  • DA won't prosecute Alabama's Cam Robinson, Hootie Jones on weapons, drug charges

    Alabama "The legal situation facing two Alabama football players ended Monday. The district attorney in Monroe, La., decided not to pursue prosecution of Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones, confirmed. The district attorney did not find sufficient evidence to prosecute, according to the county..." June 20

  • Veteran defensive back transferring out of Alabama

    Alabama "A veteran defensive back is transferring out of Alabama's program. Senior Maurice Smith, who was in the mix to be the Tide's starting nickel back, is leaving and will join another program as a graduate transfer, a source told The Sugar Land, Texas native was the first-team nickel..." June 18

  • Four-star offensive lineman D'Antne Demery chooses Georgia over Alabama

    Macon Telegraph "Georgia’s class of 2017 just got bigger in numbers and in size. Brunswick offensive lineman D’Antne Demery, a four-star recruit according to the composite, announced his commitment to the Bulldogs early Wednesday afternoon. Demery is a 6-foot-5 and 319-pound prospect who fits the..." June 15

  • Auburn alum Charles Barkley has a sneaky plan to get Nick Saban stuck in Cuba

    Fox Sports "Charles Barkley has never been reluctant to share his love for Auburn. Having played three years of basketball at the university, it's easy to understand why he's still such a big supporter of the Tigers. It's also simple to see why Barkley (jokingly) wants to get rid of the coach that's given his..." June 15

  • Four-star WR Tyrell Shavers commits to Alabama

    SI - College Football "Four-star wide receiver Tyrell Shavers has committed to Alabama, he announced Monday on Twitter. “I would like to thank all the coaches for giving me the opportunity to come and play football and attend their University,” Shavers wrote. “After talking with my family and coaches I am closing..." June 14

  • 4-Star LB Markail Benton Commits To Alabama Over Florida State, Auburn

    College Spun "Four-star outside linebacker, rated as the No. 3 player at his position in the country by 247 Sports, announced his commitment to Alabama Friday afternoon, choosing the Tide over both Florida State and Auburn. The 6-foot-1.5, 237-pounder is a huge addition to Alabama’s 2017 class. Tuscaloosa..." June 10

  • Nick Saban: 'I have no beef' with Jim Harbaugh

    Alabama "Nick Saban had no interest in continuing a war of words with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh on Thursday. After trading barbs in recent weeks with Harbaugh, the Alabama head coach said before his Nick's Kids charity golf tournament that he has no issue with the headline-chasing Big Ten head..." June 09

  • Four-star QB Mac Jones flips from Kentucky to Alabama

    SI - College Football "Four-star quarterback prospect Mac Jones has flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Alabama, he announced Tuesday. Jones is currently playing high school football in Jacksonville, Fla., and will be a member of the Crimson Tide’s 2017 recruiting class. Jones had offers from Ole Miss, Cal,..." June 08

  • Report: Alabama 4-star DT Kendell Jones fails to qualify; will not enroll

    Gridiron Now "Kendell Jones, a four-star defensive tackle who signed with Alabama in February, will not enroll at Alabama this season after failing to qualify academically, SEC Country reported Monday. His father, Kendell Sr., said Jones has enrolled in a junior college. He will need two years to qualify at..." June 07

  • Report: Alabama's Burgess-Becker transferring out of program

    The Score "Sophomore safety Shawn Burgess-Becker is transferring out of Alabama, according to Matt Zenitz of The former four-star recruit out of Monarch High School contributed mostly on special teams last season as a freshman" June 07

  • Nick Saban: OT Cam Robinson's status dependent on legal process

    ESPN "Alabama coach Nick Saban told on Wednesday he is still determining the status of offensive tackle Cam Robinson and what action to take, but said the door remains open for Robinson to play for the Crimson Tide next season. Robinson and teammate Hootie Jones were arrested and charged..." June 02

  • Nick Saban responds to Jim Harbaugh: 'I don't care what he thinks'

    Fox Sports "At the SEC spring meetings on Tuesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban got alittle fired up when discussing satellite camps. Saban's main problem with the camps is the lack of compliance oversight and how that can potentially put programs in position to violate NCAA rules because they don't know..." June 01

  • Plaxico Burress goes in on Jim Harbaugh, defends Nick Saban in spat

    CBS Sports "Step one: Alabama's Nick Saban treats the podium like a pulpit with a turned-up rant against satellite camps, including the veiled allegation that some activity might not fall within NCAA rules since it's impossible to keep an eye on these events. He did not blame Jim Harbaugh for the trend of..." June 01

  • Jim Harbaugh fires back at Nick Saban for satellite camp 'lecturing'

    ESPN "Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh fired back at Nick Saban's "lecturing" in a tweet Tuesday night after the Alabama coach called satellite camps "bad for college football" and compared them to "the wild, wild West" during Tuesday's SEC spring meetings. After initially saying he would not discuss..." June 01

  • Saban, Bielema want changes to underclassmen system "Alabama's Nick Saban and Arkansas' Bret Bielema took aim on Tuesday at policies regarding underclassmen and early NFL draft entry. Each coach held a press conference at the SEC's spring meetings in Destin, Fla., and both said they are looking for ways to allow underclassmen that go undrafted to..." May 31

  • 'Bama's Nick Saban calls satellite camps 'wild west,' wants a commish

    Detroit Free Press "Alabama football coach Nick Saban is known as a fiery guy. But it seems few topics light his fuse more than discussing satellite camps. Speaking to the media Tuesday on the first day of Southeastern Conference spring meetings in Destin, Fla., Saban became "passionate" about the..." May 31

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