Alabama Rumors & News

  • Why Wasn't Alabama's Blake Sims A Heisman Finalist? "For all practical purposes, the modern college football climate demands that the Heisman award go to the best or favorite quarterback in the country. So matter who is invited to New York—this year it's Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, and Alabama wideout Amari Cooper—it's..." December 13

  • Alabama's Lane Kiffin expects Amari Cooper to enter 2015 draft "Add Lane Kiffin to the list of college football coaches that have all but waved goodbye to a star underclassman whom they expect to declare early eligibility for the 2015 NFL Draft. The Alabama offensive coordinator thinks the College Football Playoff will be his last chance to work with junior..." December 11

  • Mariota, Cooper, Gordon are Heisman finalists "Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will be joined by Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper in New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday night in New York City. Mariota has been the betting favorite to win the award for most of the season's..." December 09

  • Ohio State bumps TCU from CFP "Ohio State will join Alabama, Oregon and Florida State in the inaugural College Football Playoff. The No. 1 Crimson Tide will face the No. 4 Buckeyes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the second-seeded Ducks will face the third-seeded Seminoles in the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual,..." December 08

  • Shane Ray ejected for targeting "Missouri standout defensive end Shane Ray was ejected for targeting early in the second quarter of the SEC championship game against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. Ray's helmet and hands appeared to hit Alabama quarterback Blake Sims' facemask as Sims was in a prone position after releasing a..." December 07

  • Fight at Alabama - Auburn party ends when guy pulls a gun

    Busted Coverage "How do fights at Alabama-Auburn parties end? At least one party Saturday night ended when some redneck pulled a gun on another redneck who wanted to whoop some ass. According to Ashton Poellnitz, who admits he was “abt drunk,” this all went down in Piedmont, Alabama and the guy in the car pulled..." December 02

  • Amari Cooper owns every major Alabama receiving record

    Fox Sports - College Football "Every college football fan's aware that Alabama wide receiver and probable Heisman Trophy candidate Amari Cooper is a beast. But with the season he's had, it's worth taking a moment to pause and reflect on all Cooper's accomplished. That's what one thoughtful Reddit user did this morning,..." December 02

  • Unpopular Lane Kiffin turning into brilliant hire by Nick Saban

    New York Post "The hire was as stunning as it was unpredictable. The buttoned-down Nick Saban bringing in a controversial figure like Lane Kiffin, fresh off his failure in USC, to be his offensive coordinator. The move surprised the college football world. Even Alabama athletic director Bill Battle was caught..." December 01

  • Nebraska fires coach Bo Pelini "Despite finishing with a 9-3 record in 2014, coach Bo Pelini lost two of the team's final three games and was fired by Nebraska on Sunday morning. The Huskers dropped those two games -- to Big Ten West contenders Wisconsin and Minnesota -- and subsequently fell out contention for a berth in the..." December 01

  • Amari Cooper likely to become Alabama’s first Biletnikoff winner

    College Football Talk "And then there were three. The competition for the Biletnikoff Award is down to three of the nation’s top wide receivers. Alabama’s Amari Cooper is the lone player from a College Football Playoff contender in the running, although that should not diminish the accomplishments of two others up for..." November 26

  • The Iron Bowl that launched Saban's Alabama dynasty, five years later

    Fox Sports - College Football "k some of Alabama's most prominent football alums what they believe to be the moment that launched Nick Saban's dynasty, and you're bound to get a few different answers. Quarterback Greg McElroy mentioned the 2007 Independence Bowl; in Saban's first year, the team used 15 practices before the..." November 26

  • Western Carolina coach fires back at Kirk Herbstreit

    Sporting News - NCAAF "This past college football Saturday may not have been the most competitive, but there were still good moments. Florida State received quite the scare against Boston College but the rest of the teams took care of business easily. One College GameDay, Kirk Herbstreit made comments that this is..." November 25

  • Two key Alabama offensive players are 'questionable' for Iron Bowl with knee injuries "Two days after a long line of Alabama starters left the homecoming game with injuries, the concern moving forward surrounds two offensive players. Nick Saban mentioned only tight end Brian Vogler and ArDarius Stewart by name as players who are "most questionable" for the 6:45 p.m. Saturday..." November 24

  • Nick Saban: Will Muschamp 'did a really good job' at Florida

    Fox Sports - College Football "Florida announced on Sunday that coach Will Muschamp will not be back next season. The Gators went 4-8 last season and are currently 5-4. On Monday, athletic director Jeremy Foley expressed the program's need to bring in a head coach that can spark the offense. As the Gators begin to..." November 20

  • 4-star P.J. Blue on meeting Nick Saban: 'It was almost like talking to God' "Meeting Nick Saban and getting to spend one-on-one time with him was a mythical experience for P.J. Blue. "It was almost like talking to God," Blue said. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior athlete from Jemison High School said as a kid he never envisioned he'd get a chance to meet people like..." November 18

  • Nick Saban still isn’t sure how much RB T.J. Yeldon will play

    College Football Talk "A sprained ankle isn’t going to keep Alabama Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon from playing in the biggest game of the year against the No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs. But the injury may limit Yeldon’s participation in the contest. The Crimson Tide’s starting tailback originally injured..." November 15

  • CBS has to take the Egg Bowl instead of the Iron Bowl because it shows Alabama too often

    USA Today "College football fans probably know that Alabama tends to play on CBS most weeks. Well, the Southeastern Conference’s schedule-makers noticed, too. When CBS decided to pick up Saturday’s game between No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Alabama, it unofficially gave up rights to the Iron Bowl..." November 12

  • LSU AD apologizes for 'profane' chant at Nick Saban during Alabama game

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "A tense and great night for football between SEC West rivals LSU and Alabama was nearing the end Saturday night when a small portion of the capacity crowd put a black mark on the night. With action stopped, a small group which sounded primarily like the student section began chanting 'F___ you..." November 11

  • Someone voted Tide receiver Amari Cooper for Alabama governor

    Fox Sports "Tuesday is Alabama's general election. Among other posts, citizens are voting for governor. The two heavyweights on the ballot for that job are Democrat Parker Griffith -- a former Army reservist doctor and member of the House of Representatives -- and incumbent Republican Robert..." November 04

  • Alabama running back Tyren Jones suspended "Alabama running back Tyren Jones wasn't seen at practice Tuesday and is "suspended for now," coach Nick Saban said. Saban did not provide any details on the nature of the suspension. "If Tyren Jones does what he's supposed to, maybe he'll be back sometime soon," Saban said after Tuesday's..." October 29

  • Alabama freshman Cam Robinson out for 'couple weeks,' per report

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The No. 16-ranked LSU and No. 3-ranked Alabama are on a bye this week, but the two SEC West powerhouses will meet in primetime in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium on Nov. 8. Though, the Crimson Tide could be without Louisiana native Cam Robinson, who has started every game this season at left..." October 28

  • Crimson Tide Foundation bought Saban home for $3.1 million "Nick and Terry Saban's current home was bought for $3.1 million by the Crimson Tide Foundation in March 2013, reported Monday. The Crimson Tide Foundation is a private, donor-funded nonprofit dedicated to supporting Alabama athletics. Its assistant secretary, Scott Phelps, told" October 27

  • Lane Kiffin’s mom worried about son’s safety in return to Tennessee

    Larry Brown Sports "Lane Kiffin is going to return to a chorus of boos when the Alabama offensive coordinator travels to Tennessee with his team on Saturday. Kiffin’s mother, Robin, is terrified that some fans in Knoxville will go beyond just booing. In a fantastic piece that was written by Jon Solomon of..." October 23

  • Now is not the time to bet against Nick Saban, Alabama

    New York Post "By this time next week, we will have seen the first set of rankings compiled by the playoff committee, but it’s already obvious that we are barely better off than we were the past 16 years and still at least another dozen years from a logical and equitable solution in determining college..." October 23

  • Alabama to get starting center Ryan Kelly back after missing 2 weeks with knee injury "After missing the last two starts with a minor knee injury, Alabama's starting center should be back this week. Ryan Kelly, who dressed for Saturday's win over Texas A&M but didn't play, wasn't spotted practicing last week. But coach Nick Saban said he'll be back this week as Alabama heads to..." October 20

  • Alabama freshman RB Ronnie Clark out for season

    The Anniston Star "Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday that freshman Ronnie Clark tore his Achilles during Tuesday’s practice and will be out for the remainder of season. Clark suffered the injury in a non-contact situation and limped off the field during the media's viewing period of practice. Saban..." October 16

  • Search of Alabama football player's room turns up 112 grams of marijuana and $4,600 "A search of a University of Alabama football player's dorm room in Bryant Hall last week yielded more than 100 grams of marijuana and almost $5,000 in cash, court records filed Monday show. According to a fruits of crime forfeiture complaint filed Monday, agents of the West Alabama Narcotics..." October 14

  • Nick Saban's right to be angry about criticism over 1-point win

    USA Today "Because of the nature of the college football playoff and being a coach in the SEC, Nick Saban at this point in his career has to be used to the expectations that Alabama wins every game. But in a press conference on Monday, he called out detractors who seemed perturbed that Alabama only won..." October 14

  • AJ McCarron backtracks on criticism of Alabama, calls out the media

    USA Today "AJ McCarron raised eyebrows when he criticized Alabama coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide offense in the wake of Alabama’s loss to Ole Miss last weekend, but he returned to Tuscaloosa’s Tide 99.1-FM Wednesday night to clarify his comments. McCarron said Tuesday that Alabama’s offense was too..." October 09

  • AJ McCarron wonders if Saban is 'putting the handcuffs on Lane' "AJ McCarron has hardly disappeared from the Alabama spotlight since trading in his Crimson Tide uniform for a Cincinnati Bengals one, and his comments on a Tuscaloosa radio station Tuesday won't do anything to change that. In his weekly appearance on Tide 99.1 FM, McCarron had several interesting..." October 08

  • Alabama changes course on Daisha Simmons eligibility case "A week of public pressure and bad press, and perhaps the threat of litigation, has forced Alabama's hand. The school on Tuesday evening sent out a letter from athletic director Bill Battle, who wrote that Alabama is open to supporting former women's basketball player Daisha Simmons' waiver..." October 07

  • Kenyan Drake, Denzel Devall have surgery, Alabama center Ryan Kelly out 'couple weeks' "A few injuries proved costly for Alabama in the 23-17 loss at Ole Miss. All three will continue to impact Alabama moving forward. Kenyan Drake will be lost for the season with his broken leg suffered Saturday. He had surgery already along with linebacker Denzel Devall, coach Nick Saban said..." October 06

  • Nick Saban unsure how much injured Alabama WR DeAndrew White will play at Ole Miss "After deciding to return to Alabama over the NFL, senior receiver DeAndrew White's had a tough-luck season. The team's second-leading receiver has been injured twice and his status for Saturday's trip to Ole Miss remains uncertain. After separated his shoulder in the opener and missing the next..." October 04

  • Blake Sims says bruised shoulder 'very fine'

    Columbus Ledger-Enquirer "Maryland's thorough domination of Syracuse sucked most of the life out of the Carrier Dome during SU's 34-20 loss to the Terrapins. An injury to Maryland tight end Andrew Isaacs stole whatever was left. Isaacs dislocated his knee in the third quarter when a teammate rolled into him from..." September 22

  • Tide may get starting WR, CB back for Gator game

    College Football Talk "The key word in that headline, though, is “may,” especially as it pertains to the latter. With their SEC opener against looming five days down the road, Nick Saban used part of his allotted time during the SEC coaches teleconference to address the status of a pair of injured starters, wide..." September 15

  • Dana Holgorsen thinks very highly of Alabama WR Amari Cooper's NFL Draft prospects "Dana Holgorsen wasn't disappointed with his top cornerback's performance Saturday against Alabama star receiver Amari Cooper because he was guarding Amari Cooper. Cooper caught a career-best 12 passes for 130 yards in the Crimson Tide's 33-23 win over West Virginia. As the Mountaineers coach..." September 04

  • Alabama starting DB Williams played on a broken foot "After playing all game Saturday, Alabama defensive back Jarrick Williams had a sore foot. After x-rays, coach Nick Saban said the senior from Mobile had a broken bone. He'll miss the next four weeks to recover. Williams made three tackles in the 33-23 win over West Virginia. He was the..." September 02

  • Alabama receiver DeAndrew White leaves West Virginia game with injury "Alabama senior wide receiver DeAndrew White has battled knee and toe injuries during his career, but his game against West Virginia came to an end with a shoulder injury. On Alabama's first possession of the second half, quarterback Blake Sims lofted a pass that White caught for a 19-yard gain,..." September 01

  • Alabama starting linebacker suspended for opener after 'minor NCAA infraction' "The Alabama football team is reasonably healthy, but it will be without a starter for another reason. Senior middle linebacker Trey DePriest was suspended "for a minor NCAA infraction," coach Nick Saban said Wednesday. No further details were provided about the specific rule violated. He'll..." August 28

  • Alabama QB Blake Sims the favorite to start vs. WVU, Jacob Coker to play "Alabama's early-week plan is to play two quarterbacks on Saturday against West Virginia , with fifth-year senior Blake Sims the current favorite to start, has learned. Touted Florida State transfer Jacob Coker will play in the Georgia Dome, but he failed to create significant..." August 27

  • West Virginia QB Clint Trickett says his 1st kiss was with Nick Saban's daughter "West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett kissed and told Tuesday when he met with reporters in Morgantown. Asked about his relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban, Trickett confessed that his first kiss was with Saban's daughter, Kristen. "His daughter was my first kiss, back in the day,"..." August 27

  • 2015 Alabama recruit Calvin Ridley ineligible for most of season

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Monarch senior Calvin Ridley, the nation's No. 1 high school receiver for the Class of 2015, will be ineligible after the first three games this season because of age restrictions, Monarch athletic director James Klemke told the Sun Sentinel on Tuesday. FHSAA spokesman Corey Sobers confirmed..." August 20

  • 4-star recruit Benito Jones flips from Alabama to Ole Miss

    The Clarion-Ledger "Class of 2016 four-star Benito Jones on Sunday flipped his commitment from Alabama to Ole Miss. With Jones on board, the Rebels now have commitments from the state's top two 2016 prospects. "Ole Miss has just been on me hardest," Jones said. ".... (Ole Miss wants to) win a championship in..." August 19

  • Ledbetter Flips From Bama to Dawgs

    Georgia Scout ""Georgia has been gaining moment lately and plus the death of Tre Tre (former Creekside player De’Antre Turman who passed away a year ago today after a scrimmage) and plus Jason Stanley committing just seemed like the perfect time," Ledbetter said of his flip from Alabama to Georgia. "I..." August 17

  • Alabama TE 'improves' diet by ditching Snickers for ice cream

    Fox Sports "O.J. Howard is a 6-foot-6, 240-pound leviathan who plays tight end for Alabama. He’s only a sophomore, but he already looks like an NFL star and runs with a grace and explosiveness men his size shouldn’t possess. Heading into the new season, Howard wanted to become even more of a physical..." August 13

  • 2016 Mississippi defensive tackle Raekwon Davis commits to Alabama "Alabama has landed its fourth class of 2016 commitment - and second from the state of Mississippi - with Meridian defensive tackle Raekwon Davis jumping on board. "I heard that about two weeks ago," Meridian High head coach Larry Weems told "His position coach said that he did..." August 12

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Westover star DT Trent Thompson to choose college Tuesday

    Albany Herald "Westover defensive tackle Trent Thompson has been courted by nearly every major college football program in the country for the past two years. Now he’s ready to make a decision. Thompson, widely regarded as the nation’s No. 1 recruit, has narrowed down his destination to Georgia, Alabama,..." August 07

  • Alabama transfer Dee Hart officially joins CSU Rams' backfield

    Denver Post "Running back Dee Hart, the transfer running back from Alabama who three years ago was one of the top-rated high recruits in the country, practiced with Colorado State Monday and will be eligible to play for the Rams this season and in 2015. Hart's imminent arrival was no secret, but CSU coach..." August 05

  • Alabama's Lane Kiffin: I've made more mistakes than anybody "For a guy who has a reputation for a big ego and a lot of loose talk, new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was much the opposite Sunday. It was no accident, as UA head coach Nick Saban met with Kiffin before a rare media briefing to make sure that nothing Kiffin said, as Kiffin described..." August 04

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