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Tide Men’s Basketball Holds 1st Official Practice in Prep for Canadian Foreign Tour

on 7/19/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

The 2017-18 Alabama men's basketball team officially began practice this week as it prepares for its trip north of the border to Canada. 

The Crimson Tide practiced on both Sunday night and Monday afternoon to account for two of the team's 10 total NCAA-sanctioned practices before departing the United States on Aug. 4.

Alabama practiced for approximately two hours on both Sunday and Monday – the first full team workouts with the 2017-18 squad. The remaining eight practices will be spread out throughout the 17 days the Tide has before heading to Montreal on Aug.

Alabama, which is ranked No. 22 in the nation in USA Today's preseason top-25 poll, welcomes back four starters and seven letterwinners from last season's team that reached the National Invitation Tournament. 


The Tide returns 74 percent of its total scoring output, 58 percent of its rebounding and 77 percent of its assist totals from a year ago.

In addition to the returning firepower, Johnson welcomes a heralded signing class, ranked as high as No. 5 nationally, that will be on full display for the first time when the team takes the floor in Canada. 


Furthermore, 6-11, 240-pound forward/center Daniel Giddens, who sat out last season after transferring to the Capstone from Ohio State, is allowed to suit up for the Tide this season.

Per NCAA rules regarding a foreign tour, Alabama will hold 10 days of practices prior to leaving town. The Tide's trip will begin on Aug. 4 when it departs Tuscaloosa for Atlanta. After spending a night there, Alabama will fly to Montreal on the morning of Aug. 5, where it will spend two days. 


Following its stay in Montreal, the Tide will travel to Ottawa on Aug. 7 where it will stay for the next three days before returning home.

Alabama will play a total of three games against three Canadian Universities throughout its time in Montreal and Ottawa. 


The first game will be played on Aug. 7 against McGill University at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) in Montreal. 

The Tide will then play a pair of games in Ottawa, beginning with a contest on Aug. 9 at Carleton University at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) followed by facing the University of Ottawa on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. CT).

SEC Schools set to take over SEC Network programming...

on 7/14/2017 Click Here To Comment!

SEC Schools Takeover SEC Network:

For the third consecutive year, SEC Network is handing the reins over to the 14 Southeastern Conference schools for a two-week stretch. 

Beginning Monday, July 17, each school will exclusively program 24-hours of the network with classic games, films, ESPN original content and school-produced content.

During the SEC Network Takeover, the schools have the opportunity to create an entire day of its greatest moments. Each school's appointed date and a preview of the original content or events that will be shown that day can be found below:

Monday, July 17 - Kentucky
Kentucky's upset against highly ranked Louisville in 2016

Tuesday, July 18 - Tennessee
Tennessee breaks its 12-year losing streak against the Gators during their 2016 meeting

Wednesday, July 19 - South Carolina
South Carolina's men's and women's basketball teams remarkable run in the 2017 NCAA Championships

Thursday, July 20 - Auburn
Auburn vs. Alabama (2013)-the "Kick Six"

Friday, July 21 - Georgia
Vamos Perros Costa Rica (Georgia)

Saturday, July 22 - Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt's win over Virginia to claim their first NCAA Baseball championship (2014)

Sunday, July 23 - Texas A&M
Aggies defeat their biggest rivals, Texas, in an emotional game after losing 12 students in a tragic bonfire accident (1999)

Monday, July 24 - Arkansas
Arkansas's 2012 win over Baylor to advance to the College World Series

Tuesday, July 25 - Mississippi State
Mississippi State's rise to the women's basketball national championship title game, led by Morgan William's buzzer beater shot to end UConn's 100+ winning streak (2017)

Wednesday, July 26 - Ole Miss
Ole Miss softball's first-ever SEC Championship victory over LSU (2017)

Thursday, July 27 - Florida
Florida Gators claim their first-ever baseball national championship (2017)

Friday, July 28 - Alabama
Alabama reaches the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row and dominates Cinderella story Washington in the last ever college football game played in the Georgia Dome (2016)

Saturday, July 29 - Missouri
Missouri defeats Syracuse in an overtime game to reach the Elite Eight for the first time in over 20 years (2007)

Sunday, July 30 - LSU

LSU gymnastics claims another SEC Championship (2017)



USA Softball to Face Alabama Stars in Exhibition Doubleheader July 20 at Rhoads Stadium...

on 7/12/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide:

As part of its summer schedule, the USA Softball Women's National Team will face a selection of current local college players in an exhibition doubleheader at Rhoads Stadium Thursday, July 20 starting at 6 p.m. CT.

Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE with limited tickets also available for purchase at the gate.

Among the 20 athletes on Team USA's roster is former Alabama softball standout Haylie McCleney (2013-16), a four-time All-American from Morris, Ala.

Team USA will face the Alabama Stars, a roster of current college players from seven different programs, including Alabama, Mississippi State, South Alabama, Jacksonville State, North Alabama, Alabama-Huntsville and Montevallo. 


Reagan Dykes, Caroline Hardy, Bailey Hemphill and Alexis Osorio will represent the Crimson Tide on the Alabama Stars' Tuscaloosa roster.

Two days later, Team USA will face a different Alabama Stars roster for a scrimmage at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala.

FSU vs. ALABAMA Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Officially Sold Out...

on 7/08/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Football:

The most anticipated college football game of the season – featuring Florida State and Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game – has officially sold out almost two months before the Seminoles and Crimson Tide are set to meet on Sept. 2.

Early projections indicate that this game may be a matchup of the two highest-ranked teams to ever play on opening weekend in the nearly 150 years of college football. 


Numerous preseason polls show various ranking combinations with both teams receiving number-one nods and neither being ranked lower than number four. The historic contest will be the first college game played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

"We're calling this game the GOAT, the Greatest Opener of All Time, because of the projected rankings, the dominance of these two programs and the fact that this is the toughest ticket I have seen in my 20 years in college football,"
said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. 

"To possibly have #1 against #2 in the first game of the season is a credit to the programs that Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher have built and their willingness to play this game shows their desire to compete at the highest level."

"We knew this was going to be a special game, but I'm not sure we fully expected it to reach historic levels like this," said Percy Vaughn, Peach Bowl, Inc. chairman.

The Florida State-Alabama Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will kick off at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 2 and be nationally telecast by ABC. The teams have met four times dating back to 1965, with the most recent meeting in 2007 resulting in a 21-14 Seminole win. 


The Crimson Tide holds a 2-1-1 series advantage over the Seminoles. Together, FSU and Alabama hold five of college football's last eight national championships.

This will be Alabama's fifth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, where the Crimson Tide currently holds a 4-0 record. It will be the first time Florida State has opened the season in Atlanta. Both teams currently have an impressive streak of consecutive season opening wins with Alabama having won its past 15 season openers, while Florida State has won its past six.

This year's matchup will mark the ninth ACC vs. SEC meeting in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, with the SEC currently holding a 7-1 advantage over the ACC in those games.

The nation's longest-running kickoff game, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has now sold out nine of its 12 matchups. The game averages 67,645 – higher than the attendance of 35 bowl games last year – and has an average payout of $4.7 million which is higher than 27 bowl games last year.


 Television viewership is also traditionally strong with more than 47.4 million viewers tuning in to the series since its inaugural game in 2008.

The teams will battle for The
Old Leather Helmet Trophy, one of college football's newest rivalry-style icons. Traditionally, winners of The Old Leather Helmet don the helmet on the field after the game, starting with the head coach and then rotating from player to player as the team celebrates its victory.

Despite ticket allotments being sold out, fans looking to get to the game still have great options available from PrimeSport.

Alabama Men’s Basketball Welcomes Texas Transfer Tevin Mack...

on 7/04/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

University of Alabama men's basketball head coach Avery Johnson officially announced on Friday the addition of guard/forward Tevin Mack to the Crimson Tide men's basketball program.
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Mack, who enrolled at the Capstone and is taking classes during the Summer II session, played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Texas and will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

"We are very excited to welcome Tevin to the Alabama men's basketball family," head coach Avery Johnson said.

"Tevin is a versatile player offensively who can really score the basketball. He will have to sit out this season per NCAA rules, but he is the type of player that will impact our program the day he becomes eligible. In the meantime, he will be able to practice and that will give him an opportunity to learn our system."

As a sophomore during the 2016-17 season, Mack led the Longhorns with 14.8 points and 31.3 minutes per game, while also adding 4.8 rebounds a contest.

Over the 15 games he played a year ago, the 6-7, 220-pound guard/forward connected on 45.9 percent (79-of-172) from the floor, including a team-high 39.1 percent (34-of-87) from behind the arc. He reached double figures in 11 games and scored 18 points or more on eight different occasions.

Alabama fans are familiar with Mack, as he accounted for 11 points – all coming in the second half – and seven rebounds against the Crimson Tide last December in Austin, Texas.

That contest also marked the first start in his collegiate career. Later in the season, Mack set career-highs in scoring (27 points) and field goals made (10), and tied his career best with four made three-pointers against Oklahoma State on Jan 4.

As a freshman in 2015-16, the Columbia, S.C., native averaged 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds across 33 games. In 48 career games, he has 16 double-figure contests and has topped the 20-point mark three times.

At the time of his signing he was ranked by ESPN No. 5 on its list of "Best Available Transfers" in the nation.

Mack attended Dreher High School in Columbia, S.C., before suiting up for the Longhorns. Coming out of high school, he was ranked the No. 11 small forward in the nation by 247Sports, which also ranked him 76th overall in the country.

Alabama Athletics Leads the Nation in First Team CoSIDA Academic All-Americans...

on 7/03/2017 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide:

Alabama Athletics once again led the nation in First Team Academic All-America honors as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), totaling seven during the 2016-17 academic year. 

The Crimson Tide also garnered three second-team accolades to tally 10 honors over the past season, giving Alabama double-digit Academic All-Americans for the fourth year in a row.

"Not only are we extremely proud of each of our Academic All-Americans for their hard work both academically and athletically, but to lead the nation in first-team honors and to be one of just two schools with 10 or more honors this past year is an amazing accomplishment,"
UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said.

This year, the Tide had more student-athletes earn first-team recognition than all but three other NCAA Division I schools had total honors. 


Alabama and Minnesota (11) were the only schools to earn double-digit Academic All-America honors in 2016-17, with the Gophers earning three first-team, three second-team and five third-team certificates.

Alabama has earned Academic All-America honors a Division I-best 77 times over the last eight seasons and an extraordinary 45 times over the last four.

"This year's honors continue to build on our tradition of success when it comes to the CoSIDA Academic All-America program and they speak volumes about the emphasis our student-athletes, coaches and staff put on academics,"
Byrne said.

This spring, Alabama became the first school to have four student-athletes earn a place on the men's Academic All-America At-Large team in the same year, with all four coming from the Tide's swimming and diving program and all four – Connor Oslin, Anton McKee, Pavel Romanov and Luke Kaliszak – earning first-team recognition. 


It was Oslin and McKee's third time to earn Academic All-America, the second for Romanov and the first for Kaliszak.

Alabama also led the nation in overall at-large honors with six when gymnasts Mackenzie Brannan and Keely McNeer earned the accolade on the women's side of the slate. Both women earned first-team honors as well. It was Brannan's second Academic All-American nod and McNeer's first.

McKee also extended Alabama's streak of Academic All-Americans of the Year when he earned his second-consecutive honor in 2017, marking the eighth year in a row that a Crimson Tide student-athlete has earned that designation for their respective sport. 


Overall, an Alabama student-athlete has been named Academic All-American of the Year 11 times since 2004.

Alex Gholston was named a First Team Track and Field Academic All-American for the second year in a row, marking the fifth year in a row the women's track and field/cross country program has had a student-athlete earn a place on that prestigious list.

The Tide softball team had two players earn Academic All-America honors this season, with Sydney Littlejohn earning her second nod while Chandler Dare made the list for the first time. Both women earned a place on the second team. 


Alabama softball players have earned 23 Academic All-America awards over the Tide's 21-year history, including at least one award winner every year since 2008.

Volleyball's Krystal Rivers became Alabama's first Academic All-American of 2016-17 when she earned second-team recognition in the fall. 


It was her second such nod and marked the third season in a row that at least one Tide volleyball player has earned the honor.

Alabama leads the Southeastern Conference with a total of 159 Academic All-American honors, and is ranked fifth among NCAA Division I schools. 


The Tide is ranked first among Division I schools since 2010 with 77 and third since 2000 with 123.