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Alabama Track & Field Shines in Field Events on Day 1 of Vanderbilt Invitational...

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Crimson Tide Track & Field:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.:

The Alabama track & field teams opened competition at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday with a pair of school top-10 performances in the men's pole vault and top-two finishes in the men's high jump and women's long jump.

Tide junior Will Herrscher was the top collegiate finisher in the event with a clearance of 17-4 ½ (5.30m).

The mark ranks No. 3 all-time at Alabama and gives Herrscher the top five indoor pole vault marks in school history.

Freshman Jake Spotswood was the No. 2 collegiate finisher with a mark of 17-0 ¾ (5.20m). Spotswood's mark ranks No. 9 all-time at Alabama.

The Alabama men opened the evening with a 1-2 finish in the men's high jump as junior Shelby McEwen won the event in his UA debut with a clearance of 7-0 ¼ (2.14m).

Freshman Christian Edwards finished second at 6-9 ¾ (2.08m). The finish was the second top-two placement for Edwards in his first two collegiate outings. He won the high jump at the season-opening UAB Blazer Invitational on Jan. 12.

Highlights for the Tide women tonight included senior Filippa Fotopoulou (20-3 ½, 6.18m) and junior Kiara Williams (19-9 ¾, 6.04m) finishing as the top two collegiate jumpers in the women's long jump.

Freshman Jaimie Robinson finished fifth at 19-1 ¼ (5.82m). On the track, Alabama's women's distance medley relay of freshman Margot Dooley, juniors Mauricia Prieto and Sarah Mohan and sophomore Caroline Brooks finished second in 11:59.50.

Day 2 of the Vanderbilt Invitational will get underway at 10 a.m. CT with the women's 3,000 meters. Field events will start at 10:30 a.m. CT with the women's pole vault.


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No. 9 Alabama Gymnastics Falls at No. 1 LSU, 197.450-196.725...

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Crimson Tide Gymnastics:

Baton Rouge, La.:

The No. 9 Alabama gymnastics team fell to No. 1 LSU in front of a raucous Pete Maravich Assembly Center record crowd of 13,729 Friday night, 197.450-196.725. It was a season-best score for both teams.

Alabama closed with its best rotation of the night, going 49.350 on the balance beam behind a career-best 9.875 from sophomore Peyton Ernst in the leadoff spot and a 9.950 from senior Nickie Guerrero. Senior Kiana Winston also scored a 9.875 on the beam.

"We finished the meet strong on balance beam, which in this environment is really saying something,"
UA head coach Dana Duckworth said.

"We had great team spirit throughout the night, even when we had adversity. I think we did a great job of not getting tentative following a mistake."

The Tide started off with a 49.150 on the uneven bars paced by a 9.85 leadoff by sophomore Wynter Childers, and matching 9.875s from Winston and senior Mackenzie Brannan in the final two spots.

On the vault, junior Abby Armbrecht and sophomore Shea Mahoney both scored 9.825s to push the Tide to a 49.025.

Alabama scored a 49.200 on the floor exercise led by a season-best 9.925 from Winston and 9.875s from Armbrecht and Guerrero. It was a career-best mark for Armbrecht.

"Overall, there were a lot of great performances, but we are just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to our potential," Duckworth said.

Alabama returns home for back-to-back Fridays in Coleman Coliseum, taking on Missouri (Jan. 26) and Arkansas (Feb. 2). Both meets start at 7:30 p.m.


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Report: Josh Gattis Joins Nick Saban’s Alabama Staff As Co-OC And WR's Coach...

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Crimson Tide Football:

Report from PSU's 'Onward State'

Josh Gattis is joining Nick Saban’s coaching staff at Alabama as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, according to Bruce Feldman.

Gattis served as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Penn State for the past four years and was a part of James Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt before he was hired by Penn State.

Gattis will be joining an Alabama team that has made the last three National Championships and won two of them.

Gattis joins a list of Penn State coaches that already left this off season, including Joe Moorhead and Charles Huff.

Ricky Rahne was promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the Fiesta Bowl, but Penn State will be entering next season with new coaches at each offensive position, except offensive line.

Coach Gattis coached a wide receiver group that was often considered one of the best groups in the nation. Daesean Hamilton became Penn State’s all-time leader in receptions under his coaching.


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Report: Mike Locksley promoted to Crimson Tide offensive coordinator...

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Crimson Tide Football:

Alabama coach Nick Saban is staying inside the program for his new offensive coordinator and has decided to promote Mike Locksley to the position, sources told ESPN.

Locksley has spent the past two seasons on Alabama's staff and served as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2017. He was an offensive analyst with the Crimson Tide in 2016.

The 48-year-old Locksley also had an opportunity to join the Florida State staff under Willie Taggart but elected to stay at Alabama. Sources said the plan is for him to also coach the Crimson Tide's quarterbacks.

New Mexico's coach from 2009 to 2011, Locksley served as the Maryland interim head coach for the final six games of the 2015 season. Prior to that, he was the Terrapins' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012 to 2015.

Locksley will replace Brian Daboll, who returned to the NFL as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator after one season in Tuscaloosa. Locksley becomes Alabama's fourth offensive coordinator in the past 14 months.

Alabama is hiring Penn State wide receivers coach Josh Gattis, according to sources. Gattis expected to fill Locksley's role in coaching the Tide receivers.


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Alabama Football National Championship Team to be Honored at 2 p.m. Saturday...

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Crimson Tide Football:

The Alabama football team will be honored for its College Football Playoff National Championship with a parade beginning at Denny Chimes and a program held on the north steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the Walk of Champions on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and feature Nick and Terry Saban, the players and coaching staff along with Big Al, the Million Dollar Band and the Crimson Tide cheerleaders.

The parade will conclude at the Walk of Champions with a ceremony on the top steps of the Bryant-Denny Stadium North End Zone that will be emceed by Chris Stewart. The Crimson Tide will be presented with their CFP National Championship Trophy, the AFCA Amway Coaches Trophy and the Allstate Sugar Bowl trophy.

The program will feature Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff Bill Hancock, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, AFCA Associate Executive Director Gary Darnell and other dignitaries and special guests.

Concessions will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. in and around the parade route and Walk of Champions with drinks and snacks available. There will also be two areas to purchase a wide array national championship merchandise around the Walk of Champions.

Fans wishing to take photos with the AFCA Amway Coaches Trophy can do so along the Walk of Champions beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The parade and celebration will be sponsored by Westgate Residences, AT&T and BBVA Compass. Giveaways will include 10,000 championship posters and another 10,000 national championship promotional items.

The celebration will be carried live on the Crimson Tide Sports Radio Network from 2-3 p.m. It will also be streaming live on the SEC Network + through the WatchESPN and ESPN apps, RollTide.com and on Facebook Live. SEC Now will also have live coverage on the SEC Network at 2 p.m. with Laura Rutledge onsite in Tuscaloosa.

As a reminder, the Alabama men's basketball team will host Mississippi State that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum. A limited number of tickets for that game are still available and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 1-877-TIDETIX or visiting RollTide.com. The grand opening of the Stran-Hardin Adapted Athletics Facility will also be on Saturday from 3-5 p.m.


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Alabama Softball Voted Fifth in Preseason SEC Coaches’ Poll...

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Crimson Tide Softball:

Alabama softball placed fifth in the Southeastern Conference's Preseason Softball Coaches' Poll, released by the SEC Wednesday.

The Crimson Tide, who finished fifth in the SEC last season, earned one of the league's 13 first-place votes. 


Preseason favorite and defending league champion Florida earned 11 first-place votes while second-place Tennessee earned one as well. 

Texas A&M and LSU are in third and fourth, respectively, with Alabama rounding out the top five.

The preseason poll was voted on by the conference's 13 head coaches. Points were awarded on a 12-1 basis and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

The Tide opens its 2018 season Thursday, Feb. 8 in Mobile, Ala., against South Alabama before heading to Gulf Shores, Ala., that weekend for the Sand Dollar Classic. 


There, Alabama will face Central Arkansas, Lamar, Penn State and Virginia Tech over three days of competition starting Friday, Feb. 9.

SEC Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll:
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)


1.-Florida (11) – 143 points
2.-Tennessee (1) – 119 points
3.-Texas A&M – 114 points
4.-LSU – 109
5.-Alabama (1) – 107
6.-Auburn – 85
7.-Ole Miss – 81
8.-Kentucky – 76
9.-Georgia – 49
10.-Arkansas – 39
11.-Missouri – 34
12.-South Carolina – 30
13.-Mississippi State - 28


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