Alabama Rumors & News

  • Brian Daboll leaving Patriots for Alabama

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots Tight Ends Coach Brian Daboll will be the new offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama,’s Chris Low reported Friday. Daboll worked under Alabama coach Nick Saban as a graduate assistant at Michigan State early in his career before moving on to his first stint with..." February 18

  • High school football coach loses job after publicly going after Alabama

    CBS Sports "Recruiting is about relationships. Relationships between prospects and college coaches. Relationships between college coaches and high school coaches. Relationships between college coaches and family/friends. You get the picture. Apparently, Alabama did something -- or many things -- to damage..." February 17

  • Eagles personnel exec returning to coach at Alabama

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles are set to have an opening in their personnel department. They hired Joe Pannunzio as their director of personnel operations before the 2015 season after spending four years as the director of football operations at the University of Alabama. Pannunzio was hired when Ed Marynowitz..." February 17

  • Louisiana high school coach won't let Alabama on his campus to recruit anymore

    CBS Sports "Given the success that Alabama football has had over the last decade, there’s never a shortage of high school players who would love to play for the Crimson Tide. For players at one high school in Louisiana, however, they’ll have to find a way to get in touch with the Tide on their own because..." February 16

  • Blake Barnett: Saban's comments played role in leaving Alabama

    ESPN "Blake Barnett doesn't want to talk about the past. The former five-star quarterback recruit doesn't want to talk about Alabama or why he left or what folks said about him when he did. He'd rather talk about the future at Arizona State. But he also admits that when you play for Nick Saban, a..." February 16

  • Former Texans coordinator a candidate at Alabama also

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll is interviewing for the offensive coordinator job at Alabama, and he’s not the only Bill Belichick protege talking to Nick Saban about that job. According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, former Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey is also on the..." February 14

  • Brian Daboll expected to interview for Alabama offensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "The University of Alabama thought they had their offensive coordinator for the 2017 season in Steve Sarkisian, but Nick Saban needs to run another search because Sarkisian jumped to the Falcons to replace Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator. Another NFL assistant appears to be in the..." February 13

  • Chip Kelly not interested in Alabama OC job

    Larry Brown Sports "You can shoot down all that speculation about Chip Kelly going to Alabama. Speaking on Bleacher Report’s “Inside Buzz,” Jason Cole reported Wednesday that Kelly will not be going to Alabama to replace Steve Sarkisian as the school’s offensive coordinator. Alabama is looking for its third..." February 08

  • Is Nick Saban’s revolving door of coordinators cause for concern at Alabama?

    Fox Sports "We’ve devoted countless words in this column to Alabama’s success on the football field. Can we talk for a second about its uncanny ability to remain in the news nearly 365 days a year? Hey Stewart. Given the last-minute replacement of Lane Kiffin as Bama’s OC, and then his replacement Steve..." February 08

  • Alabama’s Alphonse Taylor Rips Steve Sarkisian As He Leaves For Atlanta Falcons Job

    The Spun "Steve Sarkisian is unexpectedly leaving Alabama after one game as offensive coordinator to take the same role with the Atlanta Falcons. Crimson Tide lineman Alphonse Taylor is not amused. Sarkisian drew mixed reviews from his one game as OC, replacing Lane Kiffin ahead of the national..." February 08

  • Falcons expected to hire Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "No one was surprised when the 49ers hired Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to be their next head coach. Everyone will be surprised by the identity of the Falcons’ next offensive coordinator. Steve Sarkisian is poised to get the offensive coordinator job in Atlanta, according to..." February 07

  • Chip Kelly a possible candidate for Alabama OC job

    Larry Brown Sports "With Steve Sarkisian leaving Alabama to take the offensive coordinator job with the Atlanta Falcons, you knew it wouldn’t be long before the Chip Kelly rumors started to fly. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports is reporting that Kelly is one of the names to watch now that Nick Saban has a vacancy on..." February 07

  • Nick Saban comments on Steve Sarkisian landing with Falcons

    Sportsnaut "After spending less than two months with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Steve Sarkisian is leaving Nick Saban’s program to join the Atlanta Falcons. Not long after the news broke that the Falcons were hiring Sarkisian, Saban issued a statement in response. “We appreciate all Coach Sarkisian did..." February 07

  • Steve Sarkisian, Nick Saban relationship ‘deteriorated’ this past month

    Sportsnaut "In one of the most shocking moves we’ve seen in quite some time around the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons signed Steve Sarkisian to be their next offensive coordinator. One of the reasons this was such unbelievable news was that Sarkisian was named Alabama’s offensive coordinator just one month ago to..." February 07

  • Falcons hire Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have a huge hole to fill with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan leaving to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Surprisingly, Atlanta went outside the NFL to hire former USC coach and Alabama offensive assistant Steve Sarkisian as the team’s next offensive..." February 07

  • Alabama loses commitment from 2018 4-star TE Malcolm Epps

    SEC Country "It was always going to be hard for Alabama to hold on to Malcolm Epps‘ commitment because he hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa since pledging to the Crimson Tide in February 2016. On Saturday, he backed off his commitment. Epps, the nation’s No. 6 tight end from Dekaney High School (Houston), has..." February 05

  • Steve Sarkisian 'I Want To Be A Head Coach Again ... But I Love Bama'

    TMZ "Steve Sarkisian says he DEEPLY appreciates his offensive coordinator job at Alabama ... but admits he does want to be a head coach again one day -- when he's ready. TMZ Sports spoke with Sark at LAX -- and he shot down critics who blamed Bama's loss in the National Championship game on the..." February 03

  • 5-star DE LaBryan Ray picks Alabama over other SEC schools

    Alabama "The top recruit in Alabama will play college football at Alabama. James Clemens five-star defensive end LaBryan Ray picked the Crimson Tide over Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss during a ceremony this morning in Madison. The 6-foot-4, 275 pound Ray is rated the nation's No. 26 player and the..." February 01

  • Arizona State transfer QB Blake Barnett wins eligibility appeal

    Arizona Republic "Arizona State transfer quarterback Blake Barnett is immediately eligible to play per an appeal ruling from the NCAA. Barnett left Alabama on Sept. 28, 2016, playing in the Tide's first game against USC and leaving after four games. When he signed with ASU in December, it was thought that he..." February 01

  • Four-star DT commits to Alabama from former teammate's gravesite

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Phidarian Mathis, a defensive tackle from Monroe, La., became the 15th four-star player to join Alabama’s top-ranked 2017 recruiting class on Tuesday, and he did so in the most venerating way possible. Mathis honored his late friend and fellow Louisiana high school football player Tyrell..." February 01

  • Alabama assistant coach arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Sporting News - NCAAF "An Alabama Crimson Tide coach was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI, reported. Josh Chapman, an assistant strength and conditioning coach, was booked at the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where his bond was set at $1,000." January 29

  • Report: Alabama loses second assistant as Billy Napier to be named Arizona State OC

    CBS Sports "It looks like Nick Saban is in the market for a new wide receivers coach. According to a report from, Alabama assistant Billy Napier is about to change his title to offensive coordinator at Arizona State. Napier has been Alabama's receivers coach since the 2013 season, but he does..." January 29

  • Former Alabama QB Cooper Bateman to join Utah as WR

    Salt Lake Tribune "A former four-star quarterback has enrolled at Utah with little fanfare. Cooper Bateman, a prep standout at Cottonwood High who has spent the last four seasons at Alabama, is a student at the University of Utah according to a student directory search first noted by Scott Garrard of 1280 The..." January 27

  • 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 "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 "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 "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