Category Archives: football

Alabama athletes who do well in school

This isn’t a topic that gets a lot of love on The Daily Bama Blog, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy. Maybe it isn’t as sexy as a recruiting signing a letter of intent or an accurate count of Alabama’s scholarship total, but it is still interesting.

These athletes are students too.

Alabama had 45 fall athletes make the All-SEC academic team. Here’s the list and an explanation of what it takes to make the cut via UA news release:

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Off topic: Lombardi grave site gets Packer fever

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Though I’d typically keep this space free from Super Bowl discussion, I couldn’t resist passing this one along. Thank my Uncle John Gribbin for this Bama Blog exclusive. Uncle John and Aunt Di live across the street from what appears … Continue reading

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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.

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Tide loses a third assistant coach

Cignetti (left) is introduced as head coach. (Courtesy IUP athletics)

Add Curt Cignetti to the list of departed Alabama football assistants of this offseason.

The wide receivers coach officially accepted the head coaching job at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania this morning.

Cignetti previously interviewed for the head job at Kent State in December. He joins Bo Davis (defensive line to Texas) and Joe Pendry (offensive line, retired) as Alabama assistants who coached their final game for the Tide on New Year’s Day in the Capital One Bowl.

Alabama coach Nick Saban just released the following statement on Cignetti’s departure/new job.

“Curt did an outstanding job for us and in his four years at the University of Alabama and I know he will do the same at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has a great knowledge of the game and I know he learned much of that from his dad, Frank, who won a lot of games at IUP and is a legendary coach there. This is a great opportunity for Curt to put his own stamp on the program as a head coach. We wish the Cignetti family the best in this new role and appreciate all they did to help us be successful here at Alabama.”

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Recruit Malcolm Mitchell will attend …

The second commitment from Valdosta is in and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell chose Georgia.

If you’re keeping recruiting score at home, that’s a big whiff for the Tide with the two Valdosta stars on Thursday.

Tight end Jay Rome also chose Georgia over the Tide earlier two hours earlier.

To date, Alabama has 21 commitments less  than two weeks before the Feb. 2 signing day.

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Tight end Jay Rome picks …

Jay Rome, one of the top-6 tight ends in the nation according to the top two recruiting services, just made his commitment live on ESPNU.

His decision: Georgia.

Rome’s Valdosta High teammate Malcolm Mitchell is still to come. He’ll pick between Alabama and Georgia at 6 p.m.

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Story on Calloway’s commitment swap from Bama to Auburn

The following story did not make it into the print edition of the Sunday Decatur Daily. Since it was one of the biggest stories of the day, it had to find a home on The Daily Bama Blog.

By Bryan App
sports@decaturdaily.com

For about 1 1/2 years, Brent Calloway remained committed to Alabama.

But when the Russellville standout made what he said is his definitive decision about where he’ll play college football Saturday, a Crimson Tide hat wasn’t even among the three from which he chose.

Instead, a national television audience saw the acclaimed prospect pick up Auburn headgear from a table also including that of LSU and Southern Cal, completing the shocker of the day from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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Tide lands DE commitment

Xzavier Dickson just chose Alabama over Georgia live on the ESPN telecast of the Under Armour All-American game. He is a four-star defensive end according to both major recruiting services.

Sitting with his parents, Dickson simply put on the script-A cap when asked for his decision.

He previously said it was a coin flip between Alabama and Georgia, but he said that wasn’t how he ultimately chose the Tide.

Running back Quan Bray will also make an official commitment tonight with Alabama still on his list.

Big night for Alabama recruiting

It’s the height of  made-for-TV silliness, but tonight’s Under Armour All-American game will reveal just how good the next recruiting class will be at Alabama.

Several top prospects will announce their commitments during the live telecast on ESPN at 6 p.m. Central on ESPN.

Running back Quan Bray, defensive end Xzavier Dickson and safety Robenson Therezie all reportedly plan to make commitments live on the air tonight. All are top prospects.

Other Tide targets who’ll play include No. 1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney, Isaiah Crowell, Jay Rome, and Cyrus Kouandjio — the brother of Alabama freshman Arie Kouandjio.

Players who previously committed to Alabama who’ll play tonight include Hasean Clinton-Dix, Trey DePriest, Bradley Sylve, Marvin Shinn, Vinnie Sunseri — son of linebackers coach Sal Sunseri.

Stay tuned for updates and commitments.

Myth busted! 15-practice rule doesn’t exist!

I know it sounds stupid and you might wonder why it was worth writing this entire story for today’s paper, but this got personal. Here’s the background:

A few weeks back, Alabama announced it was going to open practice for the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl on Dec. 16. That got people thinking — myself included. How can they possibly get the full 15 practices in before playing Michigan State?

So I asked an Alabama spokesman what the deal was when he released the practice schedule that included just 13. He said he didn’t think there was a rule.

That was interesting to me since I had always written about a 15-practice limit before bowl games mandated by the NCAA. This “rule” was referenced in all kinds of stories published by many credible news sources. So that’s what I wrote (evidence found here).

But after trading emails with UA and the rule was called into question, I started hunting around. I poured through the NCAA rule book and found no reference to a 15-practice limit. There is also a separate publication from the NCAA specific to bowl games. Still, no rule listed.

That’s when I got frustrated. How can so many reporters — again myself included — write about this rule if it can’t be found. Finally, I wrote to Stacey Osburn, the NCAA spokesperson who deals with infractions. Here’s what she wrote back in response:

“I’m not sure where the media has gotten the number 15 either, because it is not accurate.”

There is, however, a 15-date limit for spring practice. None for bowl prep.

So, there you go. Myth busted. It won’t win me my first Pulitzer, but I felt good about trying to end this trend of lazy reporting — a sin that I was guilty of — along with some of the big shots (who’ll remain nameless).

VIDEO: Tide practices on chilly Saturday

I made it just in time to slip inside the pearly gates and grab a few glimpses of Saturday’s football practice. See linebackers coach Sal Sunseri work with his fellas on the finer points of hand and footwork.

There’s also a little of the offensive and defensive lines installing some of the game plan for the Capital One Bowl against Michigan State. Enjoy.

More on Ingram story

If you read the story about Mark Ingram I wrote for Friday (found here), you’d see a promise to provide a link to the video of his news conference announcing his signing with Alabama back in 2008.

All you have to do is click right here.

For more of that day, follow this link.

Lester picks up national award

Although it goes against my usual policy that prohibits boring posts about players of the week awards, this one is a step above the same old team and conference awards.

Tide safety Robert Lester picked up a Bronko Nagurski Award national defensive player of the week award this afternoon. That goes with his SEC defensive player of the week from yesterday.

The two huge interceptions of Ryan Mallett certainly pushed Lester over the top for this one.

The weekly award automatically put Lester on the watch list for the Nagurski Award that goes to the nation’s best defensive player. See the complete list of award hopefuls from the Tide on the Bama Blog’s special page located here.

And while I have your attention and since it still has no link on The Decatur Daily homepage, I again encourage you to check out our awesome new high school blog called River City Rumblings. Just click here and bookmark it since it still gets no love on our main site.

VIDEO: Tide continues preparations for Hogs

It’s just another reasonably warm afternoon in Tuscaloosa and the Tide football team was back on the field preparing for its top-10 showdown with Arkansas.

Check out this video including the offensive line, Nick Saban working with the defensive backs and the linebackers.

You can also click here to watch the new viral video of a mother threatening to take her crying young child into “the Auburn store” in what appears to be the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover. This one is making the rounds today so why not pass it along.

VIDEO: Higtower brings it in practice

Here is a quick look at Dont’a Hightower delivering a solid pop at Monday afternoon’s practice. I’d post a full practice video, but they are all starting to look alike.

Check out Wednesday’s paper for a more complete look at the quarterbacks going nose to nose Saturday when the Crimson Tide travels to Arkansas. Also, while I have you and since a link to our high school sports blog still hasn’t found its way to the Daily website, click here to see “River City Rumblings.”