Alabama Rumors & News

  • 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 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, 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

  • Nick Saban: Lane Kiffin 'absolutely' ready to be head coach again

    Alabama "Speculation continues to percolate that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's tenure in Tuscaloosa could be nearing its end. According to a new report by SB Nation, Kiffin will interview with the University of Houston for the school's head coach position recently vacated by Tom Herman...." December 02

  • Lane Kiffin, Les Miles candidates for Houston opening

    ESPN "Former LSU coach Les Miles has been contacted about Houston's head coach vacancy and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has also emerged as a candidate, sources told ESPN. "Les Miles has always recruited Texas (while head coach at LSU and Oklahoma State) and has friends in Houston," a..." December 01

  • LSU Offers 5-Star Alabama QB Commit Tua Tagovailoa

    Tiger Droppings "LSU extended an offer to five-star Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa from Honolulu, HI on Tuesday. He is No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country for 2017. Tagovailoa, a 6-1, 212-pound dual-threat prospect has been committed to the Crimson Tide since May and is expected to..." November 30

  • No. 1 Alabama knocks off Auburn in 81st Iron Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 1 Alabama's defense shut down Auburn and its offense did just enough to win the 81st Iron Bowl. The Crimson Tide (12-0) got three touchdowns from quarterback Jalen Hurts and a big receiving day from ArDarius Stewart en route to a 30-12 victory on Saturday...." November 26

  • New LSU coach Ed Orgeron will reportedly try to hire away Alabama's Lane Kiffin

    CBS Sports "Ed Orgeron will be announced as LSU's next full-time football coach on Saturday, assuming the job after going 5-2 as an interim coach following the dismissal of Les Miles. According to multiple reports, including The Advocate and, one of Orgeron's first moves will be to pursue..." November 26

  • Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson hold on to top four spots

    ESPN "With wins by each of the top four teams this past weekend, the College Football Playoff rankings remain unchanged at the top ahead of an intriguing rivalry weekend slate of games. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson continue to hold the inside track for spots in the PlayStation Fiesta..." November 23

  • Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway 'expected' to play in Iron Bowl

    Alabama "Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway is expected to play in this week's Iron Bowl. The 6-foot, 240-pound Pettway has missed the past two games due to a leg injury suffered late against Vanderbilt on Nov. 5. "I can't guarantee he's going to be 100 percent at this point," Auburn coach Gus..." November 22

  • Dolphins C Anthony Steen dishes on why ‘a lot of ‘Bama players are hurt’

    Palm Beach Post "When Anthony Steen was growing up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, starting a football game for the Miami Dolphins at the Los Angeles Rams was not exactly part of the grand plan. “Heck, I promised my grandma I would grow up and be a country singer and buy her a ranch so she could live out in the..." November 19

  • Alabama reclaims No. 1 recruiting class

    247 Sports "After picking up a commitment from four-star tackle Jedrick Wills on Tuesday morning, Alabama now has the top-ranked recruiting class for the 2017, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Crimson Tide have moved ahead of Ohio State, which had previously held the top spot. Alabama has 22 total..." November 16

  • Lafayette football star Jedrick Wills commits to Alabama over Kentucky

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills — one of the highest-ranked players in the state’s recent history — announced Tuesday that he has committed to Alabama. Wills revealed his college decision with a video posted to his Twitter account that showed him trying on suits in colors..." November 15

  • No. 1 Alabama overwhelms Mississippi State

    The Sports Xchange "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Behind four passing touchdowns from freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts, No. 1 Alabama cruised to a 51-3 victory over Mississippi State in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. Three of Hurts' touchdown passes went to ArDarius Stewart, as both parts of the duo had career..." November 12

  • Brian Kelly: Saban practicing with pro players is “ludicrous”

    Pro Football Talk "When former NFL running back Trent Richardson practiced with Alabama to help his alma mater prepare to face LSU, it raised questions about why college players can practice against grown men when they’re not allowed to play among grown men. It also raises questions in college football about why..." November 11

  • Nick Saban unaware of election: 'We're focused on other things here'

    ESPN "Nick Saban said he wasn't aware that millions of Americans went to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the next president of the United States. "It was so important to me that I didn't even know it was happening," Alabama's head football coach told reporters in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday evening...." November 10

  • Trent Richardson is running scout team at Alabama practice

    Pro Football Talk "When we last heard from former NFL draft bust Trent Richardson, he was trying out for the Chiefs. Kansas City didn’t want him, and neither does any other NFL team, but Richardson is still putting on the pads. At Alabama. Richardson, who was the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft after a..." November 07

  • No. 1 Alabama shuts out No. 13 LSU

    The Sports Xchange "BATON ROUGE, La. -- It was ugly, but in Nick Saban's world of performance-based metrics -- where there is winning or there is misery -- it was a thing of old-school beauty. For three quarters on Saturday night before 102,231 at Tiger Stadium, No. 1 Alabama and No. 13 LSU played defense and..." November 06

  • Alabama students arrested after defacing midfield logo before rivalry game

    Fox Sports "Two Alabama students were arrested after they broke into Tiger Stadium the night before the Alabama-LSU game and defaced the "eye of the tiger" logo at midfield. ESPN's Marty Smith shared a photo of the damage on Twitter, but it was repaired before the game." November 06

  • Nick Saban: Leonard Fournette ‘looks as good as ever and maybe even better’

    SEC Country "Leonard Fournette’s huge performance against Ole Miss last Saturday impressed a lot of people, including Alabama coach Nick Saban. Fournette ran for 284 yards (17.8 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns in LSU’s 38-21 win. “I haven’t really seen a guy dominate a game like he did that game for a..." October 26

  • Alabama lands 4-star tight end Major Tennison

    Alabama "Major Tennison, a tight end from Bullard, Texas, has committed to Alabama following his official visit to the school. Tennison is a three-star recruit on the 247Sports composite. He's the No. 11-ranked tight end in the country and the No. 44 prospect in Texas. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound..." October 24

  • Top-ranked Alabama topples No. 6 Texas A&M

    The Sports Xchange "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Top-ranked Alabama thumped No. 6 Texas A&M 33-14 in front of a packed Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday and in the process extended its winning streak to 20 games. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) got three total touchdowns from quarterback Jalen Hurts while dispatching the..." October 22

  • 100,000 people asked to not use bathrooms at Alabama game

    USA Today "This seems bad. During the Alabama-Texas A&M game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, reporters shared that an announcement was made to inform everyone there some sort of water pressure issue developed … and that everyone should try not to use any of the restrooms or water facilities." October 22

  • Alabama used Blake Sims as scout team QB to prepare for Texas A&M

    247 Sports "In order to prepare for Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, Alabama used one of its own former signal-callers. Blake Sims, who is similar in size, mimicked Knight during the Crimson Tide practices this week. It's a unique scenario, considering Sims is not employed by Alabama. Sims, who led..." October 22

  • Top-ranked Alabama pummels Tennessee

    The Sports Xchange "KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Top-ranked Alabama literally ran over No. 9 Tennessee on Saturday and remained unbeaten with a 49-10 victory in Neyland Stadium. Behind 438 rushing yards, the Crimson Tide dominated the Volunteers in the Southeastern Conference rivalry game. "We were just making a..." October 15

  • Major programs after Alabama transfer QB Blake Barnett

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Blake Barnett may not lead the Alabama program, but he’ll be at a Power 5 school soon enough. According to a report by, at least eight major programs are after the former five-star recruit who recently announced his transfer out of Tuscaloosa. Barnett, who has already enrolled..." October 11

  • No. 1 Alabama tops No. 16 Arkansas 49-30

    The Sports Xchange "FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Alabama's defense scored for the sixth and seventh times this season and forced a season-high five turnovers Saturday night. But it was a balanced, quick-strike, big-play offense that paved the way for the Crimson Tide. Top-ranked Alabama recorded five scoring..." October 09

  • No. 1 Alabama pulls away from Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After an uninspiring first half, sophomore wide receiver Calvin Ridley woke top-ranked Alabama's offense from its slumber. Ridley caught 11 passes for 174 yards and two second-half touchdowns as the No. 1 Crimson Tide took care of business with a 34-6 victory over..." October 01

  • Saban 'disappointed' in transfer of five-star Alabama QB who began year as starter

    CBS Sports "In a statement, Nick Saban confirmed late Thursday that five-star quarterback Blake Barnett has left the Alabama football team. "We received word this afternoon that Blake Barnett has officially withdrawn from school and is no longer with our program. The quarterback position is a very unique..." September 30

  • Alabama star linebacker Tim Williams arrested on gun charges

    CBS Sports "Alabama linebacker Tim Williams was arrested by university police and charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, according to Alabama's Rivals site, Williams was reportedly booked into a jail at 2:09 a.m. and released on bond. A senior, WIlliams is one of Alabama's best..." September 29

  • Alabama's season-opening starting quarterback is transferring

    Fox Sports "With Jalen Hurts entrenched as the Alabama quarterback, and three upperclassmen behind him, it only seemed to be a matter of 'when,' not 'if' someone would transfer out of the program. That 'when' came on Wednesday, when reported that Blake Barnett would be leaving the..." September 29

  • LSU football reportedly will ‘gauge the interest’ of Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and others

    Sportsnaut "After firing Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, LSU football is reportedly setting its sights on the top coaches in the nation, including Nick Saban and Urban Meyer. Currently, the LSU football program is under the interim guidance of former USC interim Ed Orgeron, who coached the..." September 27

  • No. 1 Alabama crushes Kent State

    The Sports Xchange "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Top-ranked Alabama pounded Kent State 48-0 on Saturday in its final tune-up before SEC play. The Crimson Tide moved to 4-0 while Kent State dropped to 1-3 overall. "The goal going into this game was to play a complete game," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "We..." September 24

  • Did Lane Kiffin almost end up as head coach at Arkansas?

    Fox Sports - College Football "One of the most interesting stories to come out of the college football weekend came courtesy of Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals. By now you know that the Cardinals crushed Florida State, but what's been more interesting is the reaction to Petrino specifically. A guy who was once..." September 20

  • Top-ranked Alabama overhauls Ole Miss

    The Sports Xchange "OXFORD, Miss. -- Top-ranked Alabama needed all 60 minutes to escape Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with a 48-43 win over No. 19 Mississippi on Saturday. The Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 SEC) got 146 rushing yards from quarterback Jalen Hurts, a punt return touchdown and two defensive touchdowns in the..." September 17

  • The five college football programs with the most NFL players

    Fox Sports - College Football "Which colleges produce the most future NFL players? With preseason cuts officially over, we decided to take a look. Obviously these numbers are subject to change -- based on injuries, free agent signings and general roster transactions -- but as of right now, here are the five schools which..." September 14

  • Alabama's Nick Saban: Argument with OC Lane Kiffin was a 'chewing'

    ESPN "There's nothing passive-aggressive about the relationship between Alabama coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. When Saban isn't happy, Kiffin knows it. And sometimes, like during Bama's 38-10 win against Western Kentucky on Saturday, the whole world gets to see his..." September 11

  • No. 1 Alabama gets past Western Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It wasn't pretty, but top-ranked Alabama recorded a 38-10 win over Western Kentucky in its home opener in front of a sell-out crowd of 101,821. Alabama coach Nick Saban was not happy following the win. "We have lots of work to do as we're going to play a lot better..." September 10

  • Lane Kiffin becomes highest paid offensive coordinator

    Alabama "As Lane Kiffin moves into the final year of his contract, the University of Alabama is extending his term. The UA Board of Trustees Compensation Committee approved a short extension and a raise Friday morning. He'll be paid $1.4 million for the eight months between July 1, 2016 through Feb. 28,..." September 09

  • Alabama freshman DL cleared by the NCAA

    Alabama "After missing the first game of the year, an Alabama freshmen is now eligible. Nick Saban said defensive lineman Raekwon Davis was cleared by the NCAA on Wednesday. The 6-foot-7 defensive tackle was one of the better recruits in the country at his position. "He's been able to practice the..." September 08

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