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Crimson Tide Men's Basketball creating off season buzz...

on 6/22/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

The best player during Avery Johnson's first season at Alabama was back on campus, taking stock of the program he left behind last year.

One word came to mind after he watched the Tide during an offseason workout.

said Retin Obasohan. "They look fast. They look athletic. They look sharp."

Obasohan's observations only add to the buzz about basketball that can be heard around town these days, even with summer fast approaching and football at the forefront of everyone's minds.

Yet there is a widespread feeling Johnson and the Tide are about to take a great leap forward in Year 3 of his tenure.

The No. 7 signing class in 2017 is on campus, beginning the process of meshing with the key contributors from this past season -- most notably Braxton Key, Dazon Ingram and Riley Norris.

"I got to watch them work out a couple of times," said former Tide guard Trevor Releford. "It's going to be a good year. I don't want to put any pressure on them or anything like that. But if they keep working this summer, it's going to be a great year."

Releford is not the only one with high expectations. The Tide has caught the eye of Kentucky coach John Calipari, who recently praised Alabama at the SEC spring meetings and suggested that big things are to come for a program that tested the Wildcats this past season.

Of course, Johnson is the most optimistic. The Tide has cobbled together an ambitious non-conference schedule that includes dates with Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas. 

It will also play in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- a tournament that should offer exposure for a program aiming to raise its profile.

In formulating the slate, Alabama used analytics to pinpoint a series of matchups that would best position the Tide to land an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

"We weren't ready for that our first year," Johnson said Tuesday at his basketball camp. "But I think it's another step in the right direction. We're not playing all top ten teams, but we've tried to sprinkle in some of those games that we think are going to be significant in terms of our whole resume."

Last season, Alabama was denied entry to the Big Dance after finishing 19-15 and suffering bouts of inconsistency. The Tide hasn't participated in the spectacle of March Madness since 2012, when Releford was manning the point.

But the infusion of talent, led by McDonald's All-American guard Collin Sexton, is expected to lead Alabama out of the wilderness.

"I think there is a possibility they will be ready early in the season compared to maybe some of the other freshman classes," Johnson said.

"That's a positive. We don't know if all of them are going to be in a rotation. But they will have an opportunity to be in a rotation. I think they have done a nice job in picking up on all of the terminology that we have shared with them about our system.

"They're young and very energetic. All of our freshmen can play and they all have different strengths. It's a renewed type of energy and it's pretty interesting how that dynamic is playing out on the court."

It's among the reasons why Johnson senses that something is different about Alabama basketball this offseason -- his third since taking the job in 2015.

"The anticipation, the enthusiasm, the excitement," he said. "It's kind of what we have been after."

Well, it's finally here. And it's not going away anytime soon.

Crimson Tides Robert Foster hit by automobile, gets 27 stitches in back...

on 6/21/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Football:

Alabama receiver Robert Foster was injured and required stitches after an automobile accident on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide wide receiver took to social media to say he was riding his dirt bike when he got hit by a car.

Foster, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior receiver, posted pictures and a message on Facebook.

He said he received 27 stitches in his back and two in his wrist, but didn't mention any tears or broken bones.

The accident didn't dampen the receiver's spirits.

"It's my year," Foster said in a video on Facebook. "I'm not giving up on nothing."

Foster didn't give any indication the injuries, which required the stitches, would impede preparation for the upcoming season.

BamaInsider reports the accident took place in the parking lot of the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility.

He caught just five passes for 55 yards last season.

In Alabama's A-Day Game, Foster caught two passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

One of the Tide's fastest players, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Foster ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds during Alabama's spring testing last year.

Foster was emerging as the Tide's top wide receiver in 2015, catching 10 passes and two touchdowns in the first two-and-a-half games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

Missouri AD on switching divisions with Auburn: We 'like where we are at' - Don't blame them...!

on 6/17/2017 Click Here To Comment!

SEC Football:

Whether it wanted to be or not, Missouri became caught square in the middle of SEC divisional realignment talks.

During a quiet week of SEC spring meetings, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs's push to move his school to the SEC East in place of Missouri owned the headlines.

Jacobs, following former coach Pat Dye's lead, cited geographic fit as a primary reason why there needed to be a divisional realignment.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said when you look at a map, it's "kind of like common sense."

"The thing that doesn't make sense, geographically, is the Missouri fans," Jacobs said. "The travel they have to do."

However, Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk told this week his school likes its current home in the SEC East.

"I think we're fine and like where we are at," Sterk said.

"There's been no discussion within the conference and with the commissioner about anything different. Until that point, I'm not going to speculate. But I can say we like where we are at. We've got schedules out until 2020 in football, so it's something that would take a lot."

Even if the SEC West does make more geographic sense, it's not hard to see why Missouri would prefer to stay in the East. Missouri football won two divisional titles in its first three years in the SEC.

The path to winning another divisional title is still easier for the Tigers through the East than the West as long as Nick Saban resides in Tuscaloosa. Switching divisions now could also stymie Missouri's opportunity to develop rivalries in a conference it's still the new kid in alongside Texas A&M.

Preserving long-time rivalries is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when considering divisional realignment.

Jacobs said losing its annual Iron Bowl game against Alabama was a non-starter, but that could make Alabama have to choose between that and the Third Saturday in October rivalry against Tennessee if Auburn switched divisions.

It's a logistical scheduling challenge with no one wanting to lose anything in a switch.

"I don't know all the reasons why but I think there'd have to be a lot of things that would have to happen for that even to be considered," Sterk said. "Auburn and Alabama, they aren't going to give up playing each other so how does that work?"

The topic has never been discussed in a formal capacity though Jacobs said in Sandestin he'd like to engage a football-only discussion in the next year where "everything will be on the table."

The Auburn AD says he hasn't faced any resistance on the idea of Auburn switching spots with Missouri but that there hasn't been a real discussion of it. He called it a "legitimate conversation to have at some point as a league."

David Williams, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for athletics, told he didn't have a problem with it as long as the Commodores weren't the ones moving to the SEC West.

"It doesn't make any difference to me," Williams said. "I just like where I'm at, and hopefully they don't move us."

The Barn To The East...Not Likely BUT A Nice Thought!!!

on 6/17/2017 Click Here To Comment!

SEC Football:

Given the historic dynamic between the athletic departments – and especially the fan bases – of Alabama and Auburn, almost any proposal that one instruction puts forward is going to be viewed with healthy skepticism by the other. 

That’s especially true when the proposal is as dramatic as reconfiguring the divisional structure of the Southeastern Conference.

Over the past few month's, Auburn representatives have pushed the topic of realignment, specifically moving Auburn out of the West Division and into the East, swapping places with Missouri in a move that makes perfect geographical sense. 

The first person to float a trial ball out of Auburn was the former athletics director, Pat Dye. In practice, any Pat Dye idea is going to become a Jay Jacobs idea, too, so Jacobs, the current AU AD, raised the topic again at this week’s SEC meetings in Destin.

The tentative swap hasn’t gotten much traction and won’t be on this week’s agenda, according to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. That couldn’t have come as any great surprise to Auburn officials. Their idea is probably to plant a seed now and then see how it grows over the course of a couple of years.

That won’t stop Alabama fans from harboring suspicions, of course. Mistrust is a part of most rivalries. Some of the theories floated by Crimson Tide fans are of the usual extreme sort that can come from either side. 

Frankly, it’s silly to argue that Auburn is “afraid” to stay in the West, or even that the East would be “easier.” Yes, Auburn is looking out for its own best interests. All institutions so. The logic isn’t hard to see.

Moving to the East would be a good move for Auburn. They would almost certainly have four marquee rivalry games annually — Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.

Whether Auburn can find enough working partners to execute their idea is a different question. The first one would be Alabama. The Alabama-Auburn series means a great deal in this state, obviously, and has the weight of the state legislature behind it, 

Jacobs’ unilateral proclamation that AU “would still have Alabama” – without asking Alabama officials about their thoughts – was not an endearing first step.

Crimson Tide Baseball adds Pitching Specialist...

on 6/14/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Baseball:

Jason Jackson, a coach who specializes in pitching, has joined Brad Bohannon's staff.

The university announced Jackson's appointment Tuesday.

Jackson spent the last nine seasons at Florida Atlantic and has been an assistant for 16 years.

"I am really excited to add Jason to my coaching team," Bohannon said in a statement.

"As I worked through putting this staff together, I made dozens of phone calls and his name kept coming up."

"I was looking for a coach who has an outstanding track record of developing pitchers, someone who has proven that they can evaluate and recruit at an extremely high level, and a person of high character and integrity who connects well with young people."

"Once I got Jason on campus and spent time with him, I knew he was the perfect fit for what Alabama baseball needs at this point in time."

Jackson is the second hire Bohannon has made since he was brought in as Greg Goff's successor earlier this month. Bohannon added Jerry Zulli to his staff last week. Both Jackson and Zulli had stints at South Alabama.

Crimson Tide Baseball coach Brad Bohannon makes first hire...

on 6/10/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Baseball:

Brad Bohannon, Alabama's new baseball coach, began to assemble his staff Friday by hiring Jerry Zulli, who specializes in hitting instruction.

Zulli has spent 15 years as an assistant and was at Louisiana Tech this past season.

He previously had a short stint at Missouri and worked at South Alabama for five years. Prior to that, he was at Memphis for seven seasons.

Zulli has built a reputation as a good recruiter -- having helped Missouri and South Alabama assemble strong signing classes.

"I am so excited to add Jerry to our staff," Bohannon said in a statement.

"When you're heavily involved in recruiting, you know who does a great job on the road, and he is clearly one of the best recruiters. I've known him a long time, and he checks every box that I am looking for."

He's a guy of high integrity and character, he has a high motor, he can relate to a wide variety of personalities, he has a great network and is a very talented evaluator.

"In addition, he is a very skilled instructor, and we share a lot of the same ideas regarding team offense. Jerry is a tremendous addition to my coaching staff and will be a huge part of helping us build this program at Alabama."

Bohannon was introduced as Alabama's coach earlier this week.

Beware of a Clemson like end vs FSU...says, Danny Sheridan...

on 6/10/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Football:

Alabama's season-opening game with Florida State could end the same way as the Tide's loss to Clemson, according to Danny Sheridan.

The odds-maker also believes Auburn coach Gus Malzahn should be gone if he doesn't beat Nick Saban's Crimson Tide this upcoming season.

Sheridan covered those topics and more during an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday.

The Tide, which is coming off a College Football Playoff National Championship loss to Clemson, faces Florida State in a potential top-5 matchup to kick off the season.

"I think I said in February, Alabama would be about a 4-point favorite," Sheridan explained. I still see that.

"My thought is there is no question Alabama is well coached and has great athletes. They can do whatever they want, but, as a handicapper, if they rush four men like they did against Clemson, they are going to have the same result against Florida State." ...

"When Alabama plays a dual-threat quarterback, Deondre Francois, a guy like that, I always pick the underdog. The reason is you can't rush four."

Sheridan picked Clemson against Alabama in the past two national title games, he said, because "you can't have any dual-threat quarterback have all day."

With that said, Sheridan said he has Alabama and Ohio State as the favorites to win the national championship, saying they have "good schedules to win 11 or 12 games."

"After that, you have a little bit of a drop off," he explained.

He said he has Florida State winning 10 to 11 games, and Southern Cal and Michigan looking at 9 or 10 games."

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