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Alabama Set to Take Over SEC Network on Tuesday, July 24...

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A total of 13 marquee television events over a span of 24 hours highlights the Alabama Crimson Tide SEC Network Takeover, slated to begin at midnight ET on Tuesday, July 24. 

In addition to 11 on-field events across eight UA sports, the school also produced a one-hour special, "Crimson Tide Takeover," that will air at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. CT) and again at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT).

The Crimson Tide Takeover hour of original content will feature a 2017-18 year-in-review, a look back at Alabama's 17th national championship in football, a recap of each sports team, along with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the past year.

Alabama's #SECNTakeover schedule also includes:

12 a.m. ET – Oklahoma at Alabama (Men's Basketball | Jan. 27, 2018)

The match-up featuring two of the top freshmen in the nation as Collin Sexton and Alabama hosted Trae Young and 12th-ranked Oklahoma for the Big 12/SEC Challenge that took place in Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide upset the Sooners that day, 80-73, in front of a "White Out" capacity crowd.

2 a.m. ET – Texas A&M at Alabama (Softball | May 6, 2018)

It took eight innings to complete the series finale between Alabama softball and Texas A&M, but senior Demi Turner came through with the key RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Crimson Tide the 5-4 walk-off victory in an exciting back-and-forth contest between the two nationally-ranked rivals.

3:30 a.m. ET – Georgia at Alabama (Baseball | March 16, 2018)

Alabama opened SEC play in 2018 with arguably the most exciting game of the year when the Crimson Tide came back from a 5-0 first inning deficit to defeat Georgia, 10-9, in 13 innings at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

6 a.m. ET – North Carolina at Alabama (Gymnastics | March 2, 2018)
Alabama used a season-best score to dispose of ACC power North Carolina by its widest margin of the year, 197.525-194.925. Senior Nickie Guerrero won her fifth balance beam title of the season, while freshman Lexi Graber came away with the all-around win with a career-best 39.500.

8:30 a.m. ET – Florida State at Alabama (Women's Soccer | Aug. 27, 2017)
The Crimson Tide women's soccer team earned its first win in program history over a top-10 ranked opponent with a shutout victory over No. 4/6 Florida State at the Alabama Soccer Complex.

10:30 a.m. ET – Alabama at Tennessee (Women's Basketball | Feb. 15, 2018)
The Alabama women's basketball team battled to its first-ever win in Knoxville after defeating then-No. 11 Tennessee, 72-63, inside Thompson-Boling Arena. With the victory, the Crimson Tide has won its last four meetings against the Lady Vols.

Noon ET – SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships (Men's Track | Feb. 25, 2018)
Alabama men's track & field won its first conference title since 1972 on the final day of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The conference crown is the sixth indoor championship in school history.

2 p.m. ET – Auburn at Alabama (Football | Nov. 28, 1981)
Relive the Crimson Tide's 1981 win over Auburn that gave legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant his 315th victory, pushing him past Amos Alonzo Stagg as the coach with the most wins in college football history.

4 p.m. ET – Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Men's Basketball | March 15, 2018)
Head coach Avery Johnson led the Crimson Tide back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years and win its first NCAA Tournament game since 2006 when Alabama defeated Virginia Tech in this year's first round contest.

7 p.m. ET – Sugar Bowl: Clemson vs. Alabama (Football | Jan. 1, 2018)
For the third season in a row, Alabama and Clemson squared off in the College Football Playoffs, meeting in the 2018 Sugar Bowl. The Crimson Tide defense limited the Tigers to just 188 yards of total offense and converted two third quarter turnovers into 14 points to secure a spot in the championship game.

9 p.m. ET – CFP National Championship Game: Georgia vs. Alabama (Football | Jan. 8, 2018)
In what was considered not only the game of the year by most, but one of the most exciting finishes in college football history. 

Alabama defeated Georgia, 26-23, on a game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass from freshman Tua Tagovailoa to freshman wide receiver DeVonta Smith in overtime to claim the 17th national championship trophy in Crimson Tide history.

Alabama Gymnast Mackenzie Brannan is UA’s NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee...

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Indianapolis, IN;

All-American and Academic All-American gymnast Mackenzie Brannan is The University of Alabama's nominee for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year, the NCAA has announced.

The Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. 

In 2018, more than 200,000 women are competing at the collegiate level, and the NCAA received a program-record 581 nominations for the honor.

"Mack continues to the reap the rewards of an extraordinary career," UA head coach Dana Duckworth said.

"She strove for greatness in the classroom and the gym while working tirelessly to make a difference in the world around her – the very qualities that this latest accolade honors. She is a shining example of the fact that at The University of Alabama, you can truly have it all."

Brannan, one of 291 NCAA Division I nominees, is a four-time All-American and a three-year CoSIDA Academic All-American who graduated in May with a 4.0 grade point average in psychology.

An SEC and NCAA regional champion, Brannan earned both a Southeastern Conference and NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

During her career, the Austin, Texas, native helped lead Alabama to four NCAA championship appearances, three NCAA regional titles and the 2015 SEC crown.

The WOY program is in its 28th year and honors the academic achievements, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of female student-athletes. The individual school nominees move on to the conference ballot.

The conference selections are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top-10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions.

From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.

The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, Oct. 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis

Prior to 2005, the NCAA Woman of the Year were selected by state, which were then narrowed to top-10 finalists.

During that period, five Alabama gymnasts earned state recognition, including Duckworth, and four advanced to the top-10.

Since the process moved from the states to conferences, Alabama has had two top-30 finalists, Ashley Priess (2013) and Kim Jacob (2015).

Alabama Volleyball Wins 2017-18 AVCA Team Academic Award...

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Alabama volleyball is one of 164 Division I teams to win the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 season.

To be honored with the award, a team must display excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA. Alabama is one of seven SEC teams to earn the award.

Last season, 16 members of the Crimson Tide earned SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades, including CoSIDA Academic All-American Leah Lawrence.

The AVCA has posted record-setting numbers in the award every season since 2006-07 and has been presenting the award since 1992-93.

The award honors collegiate athletes of all levels as well as high school athletes, as a record total of 973 teams took home awards this season across Division I, II, III, NAIA, two-year colleges, NCCAA, collegiate men, high school girls, high school boys and college sand volleyball.

UA Enhances Security Measures at Bryant-Denny with Addition of Metal Detectors this Fall...

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In the interest of continued safety for fans, student-athletes, coaches and game day personnel, The University of Alabama will implement walk-through metal detectors at all gates of Bryant-Denny Stadium on game days beginning in September.

"Earlier today, our Board of Trustees voted to move forward with the implementation of metal detectors throughout Bryant-Denny Stadium," said Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne.

"It goes without saying that safety at our venues is of the utmost importance, and these security enhancements will help to ensure that our fans, student-athletes, coaches and personnel can enjoy their game-day experience in a safe environment."

The entry process will be similar to the one used during the successful test run that occurred at the final home football game of the 2017 season.

Upon arrival, guests will be asked to remove any metal objects from pockets or clothing before going through the detectors.

Those with prohibited items will have to dispose of them or return those items to their cars before entering the stadium.

Individuals who are unable to pass through a metal detector due to special circumstances will be checked with a hand-held device.

"While this will require some additional time for entry into the stadium, understand that measures will be put in place to help the flow of traffic move as quickly as possible through the gates," Byrne added.

"We will also be using more metal detectors than recommended to ensure the smoothest possible entry for our fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium."

These enhanced security measures, in addition to the University's clear bag policy, will be used to enforce existing rules for prohibited items, which include weapons, umbrellas, artificial noisemakers, flags/banners, strollers, computers and more.

Metal detectors are now mandatory at NFL and MLB stadiums and are in use at other college stadiums around the country.

In addition, as a result of a recommendation from the Southeastern Conference's working group on event security, it was decided that metal detectors would be utilized at football stadiums across the league, and other events as determined on each campus, by fall of 2020.

Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year Sarah Cornell Transfers to Alabama...

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Crimson Tide Softball:

Alabama softball added another transfer pitcher to its 2019 roster, as former Hofstra standout Sarah Cornell will continue her collegiate career with the Crimson Tide.

Cornell, a junior from Westbury, N.Y., was the 2018 Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year and a two-time NFCA All-Northeast Region First Team honoree.

She started 31 games as a freshman in 2017 before leading the league with 245 strikeouts over 222.1 innings as a sophomore in 2018, posting a 23-9 record.

She helped lead to the Pride to a CAA Tournament title last year, earning a save in the championship game against James Madison.

That earned Hofstra an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, its first since 2015. The Pride was ranked No. 24 in the season's final NFCA poll.

Cornell will be the second transfer pitcher on the 2019 Tide roster, joining NJCAA national pitcher of the year Krystal Goodman.

The pair join a four-member freshman class of Kloyee Anderson, Kayla Davis, Montana Fouts and Skylar Wallace as newcomers on next year's roster.

Basketball will Face Northeastern in Opening Round of 2018 Charleston Classic...

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The Alabama men's basketball team will open play at the 2018 Charleston Classic against Northeastern on Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. CT on ESPNU, as ESPN Events announced the bracket Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the Alabama-Northeastern game, the top half of the bracket will feature Ball State vs. Virginia Tech, which will tipoff at 10:30 a.m. CT at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

The winners and losers of those games will square off in the second round, setting up a potential second round match-up between the Hokies and Crimson Tide, which would be a rematch from the NCAA Tournament back last March.

Alabama claimed an 86-83 victory in that contest which took place in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The bottom half of the bracket will play in the evening on Thursday and Friday, and includes Purdue vs. Appalachian State and Wichita State vs. Davidson.

The strongest field in tournament history will feature five returning NCAA Tournament teams in Alabama, Purdue, Wichita State, Virginia Tech and Davidson.

The bracket-format tournament features 12 games over three days. The teams will compete once per day, regardless of results.

The two unbeaten teams will face off in a championship game at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.


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SEC Media Days:

SEC Football Kickoff Media Days presented by Regions Bank will be held Monday, July 16 through Thursday, July 19 at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.

Coaches and players from all 14 SEC institutions will meet with more than 1,000 members of the media in the annual ceremonial kickoff to the football season.

How Much Longer Will Saban Coach - 2yrs., 4yrs., 6yrs., 8yrs. ...?

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Alabama coach Nick Saban has accomplished just about everything possible since arriving in Tuscaloosa in 2007.

He's led Alabama to five national championships in the last nine years, pushing his personal total to six and tying Paul "Bear" Bryant for most all-time. He's won six SEC titles, giving him seven total, and he's led at Alabama to at least 10 wins for 10 straight seasons.

Fresh off another national championship but about to celebrate his 67th birthday this fall, Saban now faces a recurring question: How much longer will he coach?

"Oh, a long time, yeah," Daphne cornerback and Alabama commit Christian Williams said. "I think at least another 10 years. At least."

Saban long ago earned a reputation as the nation's top recruiter, but he admitted to ESPN's Chris Low in 2016 that his age has become a topic of conversation on the recruiting trail.

Earlier this month at The Opening recruiting showcase in Frisco, Texas, talked with several Alabama commitments and asked a simple question: How long do you think Coach Saban will coach?

All of the recruits voiced confidence Saban will remain at Alabama throughout their college careers, which could stretch to 2023 when Saban is 72.

"I don't worry about that," said safety commit Demarcco Hellams, from Hyattsville, Maryland. "People have been saying, 'Coach Saban is going to leave' since he's been there. They've been saying he's going to retire, and he hasn't. They say he's going back to the NFL and he never has. Just consistently, he's been at Alabama. He's been winning at Alabama, and I think he stays there."

Saban has compiled a 132-20 record at Alabama, while also sending 78 Alabama players to the NFL. A total of 18 Saban-coached Alabama players have earned at least $10 million in the NFL.

Saban also signed a contract extension in 2017 that runs through 2024, and it includes a $3.6 million payout at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

"You know, he just signed that contract through 2024. I don't see him leaving before 2024," five-star Hewitt-Trussville lineman commit Pierce Quick said at The Opening. "I've had that question asked by other recruits. Every time I sit down at lunch!"

People are like, 'Do you think Coach Saban is going to leave, blah, blah, blah?' And if he does leave, I trust the University of Alabama enough that they'd bring in someone just as good.

"I don't see him leaving," Quick concluded. "Why would he leave right now? He just signed a contract through 2024. If he leaves after that, it's still good. That's after our time."

That's precisely why Alabama Class of 2019 recruits expect Saban to remain in Tuscaloosa throughout their college careers and maybe beyond. After all, Florida State's Bobby Bowden coached until he was 80.

"He loves what he's doing," quarterback commit Taulia Tagovailoa said of Saban, "and that's what he tells us."

Does that mean Tagovailoa believes Saban will be at Alabama throughout the college careers of Tua, his brother, and himself?

"I'm confident he will be," he said. "For sure."