Monthly Archives: January 2011

A few recruiting notes for your Monday

Since there is nothing more important than recruiting and signing day, here are a few headlines to keep the hunger at bay.

Check out this story (LINK FIXED) from ESPN’s Bruce Feldman about No. 1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney and the decision he faces between Alabama and South Carolina. In the story, he talks about sending calls from Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier to voicemail after the thrill wore off from getting calls from the big-name coaches. Interesting stuff.

On the Clowney front, every story about him says he will not sign Wednesday with the rest of the country. He could wait 11 more days and announce on his birthday, Valentines Day (or Christmas for whoever can nail down this guy).

The other big names to keep an eye on Wednesday belong to Isaiah Crowell, running back from Columbus, Ga., and Cyrus Kouandjio, offensive back from Maryland.  Both are top-5 guys who will announce Wednesday.

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Recruiting project complete, read it here

Today's sports page in the Decatur Daily

Now that this project is complete, I welcome you to check out the 4-story package that ran in today’s paper. The world of recruiting websites is an interesting one indeed. Here’s a look inside that process.

Story I: Inside the recruiting machine

Story II: Evaluating the website evaluations

Story III: Alabama’s class of 2008 a microcosm of hits, misses

Story IV: (By Charles Bennett) Auburn recruiting takes it to the next level under Chizik.

In a related story that’s not part of this project that ate up significant chunks of the past two weeks, read this from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer about Isaiah Crowell shutting out the media after getting insane amounts of phone calls and texts leading up to his Wednesday announcement between Alabama and Georgia.

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One Bama student not welcoming Brent Calloway

Russellville linebacker Brent Calloway made waves a few weeks ago when he switched commitments from Alabama to Auburn. Things got complicated today when he reportedly took his final recruiting visit to Tuscaloosa instead of Auburn.

This member of the “Crimson Chaos” student section wasn’t exactly rolling out a welcome mat.


This is one of those days I’m thankful for not being a 5-star football recruit.

(Photo taken about 30 minutes before LSU basketball game)

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Live bloggin LSU at Alabama basketball

It’s been almost two weeks since Alabama upset Kentucky in Coleman Coliseum. Since that night, the Tide climbed to the top of the struggling SEC. They return for tonight’s game with LSU as the only one-loss team in the league.

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That's right, "TV" Teddy Valentine is in the house.

Video of Mark Ingram mania in Huntsville

I was hoping to have a little insight from Mark Ingram to go with the video, but there was no time for interviews after he arrived 30 minutes late to sign items for $89-$129 a pop.

As you can see from the video, it was a mob scene.

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Ingram signing autographs in Huntsville on Saturday

Grab your wallet. Mark Ingram is coming to Huntsville.

The former Alabama running back and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner will sign autographs Saturday at the Parkview Place mall, but it’s not a freebie.

Flat items like a picture will set you back $89, a mini-helmet cost $89 and $129 for a full-sized jersey or helmet.

In contrast, Rolando McClain signed autographs at the Decatur Mall last summer for $30 an item.

The signing will begin at 11 a.m. Ingram will be on the first floor of the mall close to the Dillard’s department story.

UPDATED: Shots fired at Rolando McClain’s car

Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain was uninjured Thursday evening when shots were fired at his SUV, according to a news release just sent out by Decatur police.

One bullet was retrieved from the rear hatch of his Chevy Tahoe after police responded to McClain’s call to emergency dispatchers.

McClain, a Decatur High product, said he was driving down Second Street SW in Decatur when a group of people standing in the 2nd Street intersection started shooting. The bullet did not penetrate the passenger compartment, the release said.

A crime scene technician and detectives responded to the scene and interviewed McClain and his passengers. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the Decatur Police Department at (256) 341-4660.

The former Butkus Award winner just completed his rookie season with the Oakland Raiders.

Update: Read more on this story on

Check back for more soon.

It’s still recruiting season

There hasn’t been much news coming out of the recruiting sector for a few days as the clock ticks down to the all-important signing day next Wednesday.

In anticipation of this holiday of sorts, I’m working on a package of stories on the recruiting world scheduled to run Sunday.

Until then, tell us what you think of the beast that is recruiting. Is it as important as it’s become in fans’ eyes? Does it get a little silly? Leave a comment below.

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Jerry Glanville talks Cam Newton, Mark Ingram

Dressed in his traditional black, former NFL coach Jerry Glanville took in Tuesday’s Senior Bowl practice from the bleachers in Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

On account of his vast football knowledge and experience with the NFL, we decided to ask Glanville about a few of the top juniors coming out in this year’s draft.

On Cam Newton, Glanville said he was impressed with the season as a whole, but was a little disappointed in his BCS Championship Game performance against Oregon.

He had quite an interesting thing to say about Mark Ingram’s senior season and how his arthroscopic knee surgery could be viewed by pro teams.

You’ll have to read those comments in the print edition story that will run tomorrow.

Until then, Glanville encourages you to check out his website, where you can learn all you care to learn about the sport of football.

VIDEO: A look at Senior Bowl Day 2 for Tide players

See Greg McElroy (12), James Carpenter (77) and Preston Dial (85) participate in the Senior Bowl practice Tuesday in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Alabama sets A-Day, homecoming dates

It’s never too early to mark the calendar for those all-important football dates. Alabama released two of note this afternoon.

A-Day is set for Saturday, April 16. Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m., but that could change if ESPN comes back to televise its third straight Alabama spring game.

Homecoming will be Oct. 8 when Vanderbilt comes to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

VIDEO: Day 2 at the Senior Bowl

See everything from James Carpenter’s weigh-in to the South team’s practice including Greg McElroy throwing passes, signing autographs and posing for pictures with Archie Manning. Nick Saban also made an appearance at practice along with several NFL head coaches.

Also see a few new snap shots in the photo gallery.

Alabama football 2010

How accurate are the heights, weights on rosters?

The cattle call

It’s an unspoken tradition to sometimes fudge a little on heights and weights on a roster. I’m not accusing Alabama of anything, but today’s scouting weigh-in at the Senior Bowl was interesting.

Greg McElroy stood 6 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Looking at the roster posted on Alabama’s website, the quarterback is 6-3. Hmmm.

For James Carpenter, he measured up at 6-4 1/2 compared to the 6-5 listed on the UA roster. Rounding up is no crime, though.

Preston Dial was 6-3 according to Alabama and 6-2 on the stage today.

No crimes committed. Just interesting to note.

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Senior Bowl Day I complete

The insanity has begun. Senior Bowl week is underway.

Now that my first afternoon/evening in the hotel lobby is complete, here are a few observations:

  • This pro football thing is serious.  These scouts don’t play games. When they see a player walking across the lobby, they snatch him up and find somewhere to talk.
  • There is no such thing as over evaluation. Everything is taken into consideration when millions of dollars are on the line.
  • These guys are huge.
  • It’s easy to forget just how massive some of these players are. Alabama’s James Carpenter didn’t make many appearances in the interview room back in Tuscaloosa, but he was hard to lose today at 6-5, 300 pounds.
  • Auburn’s Lee Ziemba is even bigger at 6-8, 319.

Read more tomorrow about how Alabama and Auburn players are getting along now that they’re teammates.

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VIDEO: Basketball Iron Bowl game day experience