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Former Tide linebacker wins MMA title (with video)

It’s been a few years since Eryk Anders’ sack and forced fumble helped Alabama win the 2010 BCS national title game. After Saturday night, he’s a champion again.

Anders (32) from 2009. (Decatur Daily file photo by Gary Cosby Jr.)

Anders won the Tennessee light-heavyweight MMA title with a one-round win Saturday night. He reported the victory on his Twitter page and posted video as proof.

Click here for footage of the 2-minute, 59-second win.

After the fight, Anders made mention of the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry with a photo.

Click here for a look at his victory cigar.

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Saban offers another possibile solution to thin QB situation

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BIRMINGHAM — Few positions necessitates practical experience more than quarterback. That’ll be somewhat of an issue for Alabama this fall.

Only Alabama’s returning starter AJ McCarron knows what it’s like to leave the sideline as a college quarterback. The transfer of backup Phillip Sims to Virginia last month leaves Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban with more former quarterbacks on his coaching staff than his bullpen.

So he might get creative.

Saban said there are options beyond redshirt freshman Phillip Ely and incoming freshman Alec Morris.

“I think last year, we actually had a plan for Blake Sims to play quarterback,” Saban said Tuesday before a Crimson Caravan stop in Birmingham. “He played quarterback in high school. He’s a different style of quarterback than what we have, but we also have the flexibility on offense.”

Blake Sims could add a running threat in a “Wildcat” style role that the Tide tinkered with last season. The plans were scrapped before the national championship season began and Blake Sims saw limited playing time as a running back.

Ely, a traditional drop-back passer, redshirted in 2011 after enrolling a semester early. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 83 yards as the backup on the second-team offense in the A-Day spring game April 14.

Morris is set to arrive in Tuscaloosa this summer for classes. Saban said enrolling early, as Sims and Ely did, isn’t a prerequisite for making noise as a freshman.

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Free Alabama-related Facebook cover pictures for download

First, I have to say this wasn’t my original idea. The Orlando Sentinel did the same and I’m just borrowing the concept.

So, below, you’ll see a few photos I took over the past few years. They are Daily Bama Blog classics and sized just right for use as Facebook cover photos under the new timeline profile pages. Just click on the photo to enlarge it, then  right click (for Windows users) and save the image. We’ll be updating the library over time. Enjoy.

BCS championship

Coleman Coliseum

ESPN GameDay before LSU game.

New for May 9

Here are two more for the collection. More to come. Stay tuned.

Baseball game.

Foster Auditorium.

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Spring football attendance numbers for all 14 SEC teams

Bryant-Denny Stadium an hour before kickoff of A-Day.

Vacation is over and the work resumes. Waiting in the email was a lengthy release from the SEC. It had all kinds of nuggets exiting the spring football season.

One stood out. Though Alabama’s A-Day crowd was down 15,000 or so from last April, it was still easily the largest group to watch a spring game in the league. The 78,526 ranked second nationally to Ohio State’s 81,112 in Year 1 of the Urban Meyer era.

Here’s the complete ranking according to the SEC …

  • Alabama 78,526
  • Arkansas 45,250
  • Auburn 43,427
  • Florida  38,100
  • Georgia 44,117
  • Kentucky 4,500
  • LSU 33,000
  • Ole Miss 25,000
  • Mississippi State 22,604
  • Missouri 18,614
  • South Carolina 34,513
  • Tennessee  35,421
  • Texas A&M  15,000
  • Vanderbilt 8,500

Of the 14 total spring games, the average crowd was 31,898. Not bad considering these are glorified practices.


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The Bear Bryant-inspired NASCAR helmet, Alabama car you’ll see Sunday at Talladega

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Update: Clint Bowyer didn’t win after leading at one point. He was sixth in the end.


A reward for winning the BCS national title game, Alabama fans will once again see a crimson car cruising the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway. Clint Bowyer will drive the car (pictured above at A-Day) in the Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

Bowyer, who won the fall race at Talladega last year, will also wear an Alabama-inspired helmet. He posted a picture of it on his Twitter page Tuesday.

From Twitter (@ClintBowyer)

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Alabama football radio analyst named Senior Bowl executive director

Add a new title beside Phil Savage’s name.

The color analyst for University of Alabama football radio broadcasts was named executive director of the Senior Bowl this afternoon.

Savage, also the player personnel director for the Philadelphia Eagles, will continue his work alongside Eli Gold in the Alabama radio booth. He has been with the Crimson Tide Radio Network for the past three seasons.

The Senior Bowl made the announcement this afternoon through its Twitter page. The annual event is played in Mobile and is a showcase for top college football talent hoping to be drafted by the NFL.


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Relaxing in Miami hotel, former Tide starter gets call from Ravens

Seven more former Alabama football standouts joined the eight drafted in the NFL over the weekend. Here’s the story of offensive lineman Alfred McCullough’s path to the Baltimore Ravens …

TUSCALOOSA — Watching hour after hour of the NFL draft didn’t interest Alfred McCullough.

The Athens High graduate had his mind on basketball Saturday afternoon. He had driven to south Florida to take his cousin to a Miami Heat game when his phone rang.

“I was chilling in my room in Miami, and they asked how I felt about being a Raven,” McCullough said Sunday on a break from the 15-hour drive back to Limestone County. “We made the deal.”

McCullough, an offensive lineman, was one of seven former Alabama players who signed free-agent deals in the hours after eight teammates were taken in the NFL draft. He will reunite with linebacker Courtney Upshaw, the second-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, also home to ex-teammates Terrence Cody and Chavis Williams.

“It’s always been a dream to make the NFL,” said McCullough, a starter in six games as a senior including the BCS National Championship Game.

“It’s just surreal right now.”

A few other NFL teams called later on, but McCullough already had a deal. He plans on training in Athens for two more weeks before heading to the Baltimore mini-camp. The real test comes in August when McCullough, all the drafted players, and returning veterans compete for the team’s 53 roster spots.

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The list of Alabama players who signed NFL free-agent deals

The NFL draft isn’t quite the marathon it once was. Only seven rounds worth of players will hear their name called in Radio City Music Hall. For everyone else, there’s a mad rush for free-agent deals.

After eight Alabama players were drafted, six others will also get a shot at roster spots thanks to free agency. Here’s the list as known Sunday afternoon.

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Photo gallery from Alabama’s day at the NFL draft

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We’re back in Radio City Music Hall for the second and third rounds of the NFL draft. Courtney Upshaw, you’re on the clock.

But before the picking begins, take a look back at Thursday’s first round with a few photos snapped by this amateurish amateur of a photographer. Stay tuned for full coverage all evening.

NFL draft in Radio City Music Hall

 


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Quiet night ends with gun shots, fights, Alabama football player in hospital

"The Strip" as seen Thursday afternoon.

Take a read over today’s print edition story about the incident that sent two people to the hospital including an Alabama football player.

TUSCALOOSA — It was just an ordinary night when manager Jeff Sides closed Egans Bar near the University of Alabama.

But then two incidents just after 2 a.m. Thursday outside the small bar located on The Strip sent Alabama football player DeAndrew White and another man to the hospital with head injuries.

Two other men were arrested for discharging firearms into the air, but neither injury was related to the gunshots.

The incidents occurred the morning the Crimson Tide football team left for Washington, D.C., to meet President Barack Obama in celebration of the team’s national championship.

White, 20, was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center with a concussion resulting from a fight. He remained hospitalized early Thursday afternoon, said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Cmdr. Loyd Baker.

A second, unidentified 31-year old man received a “severe head injury” when a second incident began on the perimeter of the initial fight.

Baker said police have surveillance video from local businesses and are confident the footage will identify suspects in both incidents.

He said the second incident was distinct from the first. “You can see there are some people in the crowd who are still kind of ramped up and angry about what’s happened to the man (White) who is lying on the pavement,” Baker said.

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Update on police investigation into ‘Strip’ shooting, fight involving Tide football player

Detectives are reviewing surveillance footage from businesses located near the late-night fight involving an Alabama football player.

Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Capt. Loyd Baker said two separate incidents sent victims to the hospital, but neither injury was directly related to the gun fire. Two men were charged with reckless endangerment for firing shots into the air to disperse the gathering crowd.

The first victim, who sources identify as Alabama receiver DeAndrew White, was injured in the first altercation around 2 a.m. on the 1200th block of University Boulevard.

An unidentified 31-year old received “severe head injuries” when a second fight broke out on the perimeter of the first, Baker said.

“It’s not part of that fight, but it happens after the crowd … you can see there are some people in the crowd who are still kinda ramped up and angry about what’s happened to the man who is laying on the pavement,” Baker said.

As of early afternoon, Baker said White remained in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Ryan Javaris Hamilton and Quamayne Rakesh Tolbert, both 22, were arrested for firing the gun. Both identified themselves as Stillman College students, Baker said.


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Photos from Alabama football visit to White House

Group shot with team and President Barack Obama (AP photo)

Take a look at a few more photos from the Alabama football team’s trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., this afternoon. Read more about the experience in tomorrow’s newspaper. All photos from the Associated Press.

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Tide heads to White House, Barrett Jones says he might be too conservative to move in

Alabama last White House trip in 2010 (AP file photo)

The Alabama football team will head to Washington today. Read all about the trip in today’s newspaper …

TUSCALOOSA — Barack Obama got away without a Barrett Jones handshake when the Alabama football team last visited the White House.

Not this time, the Crimson Tide senior promised. He’ll get to the front of the line to meet the president when the Alabama delegation makes its return this afternoon. Per tradition, a 1:20 p.m. reception at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave will honor the 2011 BCS national champions.

So will Jones, a star student with a history of humanitarian trips, size up the landmark as a potential future residence?

“You never know. I might be too conservative,” he said. “Maybe I could be the governor of Alabama, but I don’t know if I could be president. But yeah, it’s always fun to go there. It’ll be my second trip to see the president. Hopefully I’ll get to shake his hand this time. I was a little mad the last time. I was a scrub, I guess. … A scrub starter.”

Nick Saban got considerably more face time with Obama on the White House mission following the 2009 national title. This will be his third after winning the 2003 BCS crown with LSU, but he best remembers his first few trips to the nation’s capital.

“When I was a kid, I was a patrol boy,” Saban said. “Everyone knows what a patrol boy is, right? He holds the flag out so people can cross the street when people go to school. Well, for being a patrol boy, you go to go to Washington D.C. every year.”


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Nick Saban’s oops moment involved the lake, not crystal footballs

Yeah, another story about the trophy. I’ll keep it brief.

Speaking with a few of us reporters yesterday in Huntsville, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked if he ever had an oops moment. He flashed back seven or eight years to his lake house.

“I fell off my boat and about killed myself once,” he said with a smile. “I was cleaning up after the kids went wakeboarding. That could have been real disastrous.”

For real? Any more details?

“I fell off my boat, hit my head, and knocked myself out,” he said. “I was sitting at the bottom of the lake. … I just about had one of those bad moments.”

Saban was also asked about the media response to the quirky trophy-busting story. His response …

“Nothing you all do surprises me,” he said. “You stop nothing short of creating some news. I respect you, I love you and all that, but that’s a fact. Is it not?”


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Saban addresses suspensions of Duron Carter, others

Spring practice is over and one question remains stands out. It comes up almost daily, it seems.

So, what about Duron Carter. Will he be in a Crimson Tide uniform this August, or more importantly, in September?

That was the gist of the question I asked Nick Saban at Tuesday’s stop of the Crimson Caravan in Huntsville. His response didn’t close the door on the high-profile receiver who has yet to play a down at Alabama.

“I don’t anticipate anything,” Saban said. “It is what it is. It’s not up to me. It’s up to them. So I don’t really need to spend time speculating on what they’re going to do. I have two adolescents at home and I don’t know what they’re going to do, so how I am I going to predict what these guys are going to do. If they do what they’re supposed to do, they can play on our team. Aight, if they don’t, they won’t.”

Fellow receivers Michael Bowman and Ronald Carswell also remain suspended indefinitely.

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