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Monday, February 15, 2010

• Gymnastics Back at No. 1 Nationally • RollTide.com
The Alabama Gymnastics team moved back up into the No. 1 spot in this week's national rankings after spending last week at No. 2. The Crimson Tide has now held the top spot nationally in three of t...

• Don Kausler Jr.: Alabama gymnastics team regains No. 1 ranking • The Birmingham News
Tide plays host to No. 21 Arizona at 7:30 p.m. Friday in its annual "Power of Pink" meet. 

• SEC Community Service Teams • SEC Sports
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league sports.The team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts

• Michigan playmaker talks UA offer • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
The Tide staff is always in the market for talented skill players. One of the nation's finest is speedy wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett of Saginaw, Michigan. On Monday, the 6-0, 170-pounder added Alabama to his lengthy offer list that has grown to more than 10 schools. . 

• UA offers Fla. DT • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
Derrick Mitchell is one of the top defensive line prospects from the Sunshine State in the Class of 2011. Mitchell, 6-5 and 285 pounds, is from Jacksonville First Coast High School. He had a monster junior season, manning the defensive tackle position where he recorded 75 ...

• Ross Wilson Named Preseason All-American • RollTide.com
Alabama junior second baseman Ross Wilson picked up another preseason All-American honor on Monday when he was named to the 2010 Rivals.com preseason All-American team.

• Multiple Giveaways Planned for Women's Basketball Power of Pink game Thursday • RollTide.com
The Alabama Athletic Department's Power of Pink initiative continues Thursday as the women's basketball team welcomes the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at 8:00 p.m. (CST) for one of the Crimson Tide's ...

• Softball Hosts Instate Foe South Alabama • RollTide.com
The Alabama softball team (1-2) will play a single midweek contest against instate foe South Alabama (2-1) on Tuesday, Feb. 16 with first pitch slated for 4:00 p.m. at the Alabama Softball Complex....

• TideSports Photos: • Tuscaloosa News
Alabama, Mizzou softball, 2/14

• Chris Rattey Blog • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Interview: Rashad Johnson
TSE catches up with Rashad Johnson on life in the NFL, coming back to Tuscaloosa, and more at the Letterman barbecue.

• TideSportsExtra Features • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Letterman Mailbag: Major Ogilvie
Welcome to the first edition of a new feature on TideSportsExtra called Letterman Mailbag, where you ask the questions, and the athletes will provide the answers.

• Web Warehouse • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
2/15: God or Saban?
Have you ever heard the saying "Even Saban is more powerful than God in Alabama?" Well now at least you know he has more fans...on facebook that is. 

• Don Kausler Jr.: Grant's goal at Alabama is to receive quick handshakes from SEC coaches • The Birmingham News
"I'm looking forward to the day when people aren't happy to see me coming," he tells the Birmingham Tip Off Club.

• Gentry Estes: Nick Saban's 'one voice' philosophy spreads to other programs • The Press Register
Jimbo Fisher has opened up Nick Saban's playbook after taking over for Bobby Bowden at Florida State.

• Stan Diel: In Alabama, Saban has more Facebook fans than God • The Birmingham News
Elsewhere, the omnipotent one -- God, not Saban -- finished ahead of Starbucks, Rick and Bubba and Chick-fil-A. 

• The Monday Melting Pot • SEC Sports
Every Monday morning, the "Melting Pot" will take a look at articles from the nation's writers about the happenings from the Southeastern Conference.

• Walter Kirkwood: Alabama's Devil's Advocate • Bleacher Report
In 2009 Alabama won it all. They beat down hated Florida, they made Tim Tebow cry, they won the National Title, they vanquished a no-win streak against Texas, they finished undefeated and 14-0 ...

• Bama recruiting dangerous, dual-threat QB • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
The 2011 class looks to have several top-flight quarterbacks, but perhaps none more dangerous, running and passing, than Braxton Miller. Colleges are clamoring over the 6-3, 195-pound signal-caller from Wayne HS in Huber Heights, Ohio, who has already has picked up over 30 offers.

• Junior pass rusher adding offers • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
When it comes to pressuring quarterbacks, few in the class of 2011 do it as well as Curt Maggitt of Dwyer HS in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. That's one reason the 6-4, 205-pound linebacker/defensive end candidate has already picked up 13 offers. 

• National Champs Offer Arnett • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
The last time Alabama came up to the northwestern part of Michigan's lower peninsula, they got themselves a Heisman Trophy winner. Today, they came back and offered one of the nation's top juniors, Saginaw wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett. 

• 2011's Lacey Becomes SEC Priority • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Two SEC teams zeroed in on Huntsville Buter star

• Alabama Gymnasts Go Back On Top • 'BamaMag
Alabama gymnastics fans have seen the nation's number one team three times this season, but not when the Crimson Tide held the number one ranking. Bama was ranked number one for two weeks, but both those weeks the Alabama team of Coach Sarah Patterson was on the road. And when Bama lost to LSU, the Tide fell to number two. That has been remedied, and Alabama will be home as number one this week.

• CCC Signee Video Evaluation: The Greyshirts • Crimson Country Club (Members Only)
We will discuss three kids at once today because we have been talking about these kids for almost two years now. There really isn’t much left to be said about these three but we are mandated by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Al Gore to fill up as much cyberspace as possible. So let’s chat about Anthony Orr, Petey Smith and Darius McKellar. Again. 

• Arnett lands Tide offer • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
One of the nation's top wide receiver prospects has a list of offers that reads like a who's who of college superpowers. On Monday, Saginaw athlete DeAnthony Arnett added Alabama to that list.

• Bama does its homework to discover Texas DE • Crimson Confidential
Not too many big-time programs know about John Lewis (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak). Just those that really do their recruiting homework. 

• '11 Combine Results and Analysis - Vinnie Sunseri • Crimson Confidential
One question many Bama fans have asked recently is if Vinnie Sunseri has what it takes physically to pick up an Alabama offer. 

• No. 19 Men's Tennis Falls 4-0 to No. 5 Baylor at National Indoors • RollTide.com
The 19th-ranked men's tennis team ended its stay at the 2010 ITA National Indoor Team Championships with a 4-0 loss to No. 5 Baylor on Sunday at the Boar's Head Tennis Club. The Crimson Tide drops ... 

• No. 2 Tide drops series to No. 9 Tigers • Tuscaloosa News
First mercy-rule home loss since 2002

• No. 18 Bulldogs rout UA women • Tuscaloosa News
ATHENS, Ga. | The University of Alabama’s women basketball team (10-15, 2-10 SEC) dropped a 76-47 decision Sunday to No. 18 Georgia (20-6, 7-6 SEC) at Stegeman Coliseum.

• Cecil Hurt: Win against Arkansas sets tone for future • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Anthony Grant delivered no Valentine's Day endearments to his basketball team at halftime Saturday.

• Chase Goodbread: Good Tidings • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Avila on fast track
Former Alabama baseball catcher Alex Avila has a chance to break into the big leagues for good this season with the Detroit Tigers. But is it the right move for both he and the club?

• Andrew Bone Recruiting Report • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Alabama Top Recruits: 11-15
The state of Alabama will have an abundance of talent for the 2011 class. TideSportsExtra.com will build their list of elite prospects in Alabama all spring leading into the Top 50.

• Video Blog • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Interview: Brian Selman Part II
Long snapper Brian Selman talks about the transition from Shula to Saban, living with Greg McElroy, and more.

• Web Warehouse • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
2/14: ‘A different Kerry Murphy’ pushing to contribute for Crimson Tide
Kerry Murphy will be a sophomore nose tackle for Alabama's football team in 2010. It's a year that holds opportunity and growing promise for a former five-star prospect at Hoover High School who spent his first college season under an All-American. His drive has allowed him to position himself as a key player on Alabama's defense next season.

• Ray Melick: You lookin' at me? NCAA comes up with a loser of an idea • The Birmingham News
While in the course of running free and clear for a touchdown, the player carrying the football suddenly decides to look over his shoulder.

• Sports Sound Off: Who cares about Danica Patrick's sunglasses? • The Press Register
A collection of sports-related reader Sound Off calls from Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, with callers expressing opinions ranging from Danica Patrick's place in NASCAR to Nick Saban's modernizing of Alabama's image.

• Don Kausler Jr.:  Grading the Tide • The Birmingham News
Alabama can enjoy a little rest this week before it resumes play Saturday at Georgia.

• Doug Segrest: Second Look: Snapshots into the world of college basketball • The Birmingham News
Look out Kentucky, Vanderbilt is waiting for your arrival. 

• Tommy Hicks: SEC basketball working its way back to the top • al.com
For sure, the SEC will improve its showing from a year ago in men's basketball.

• Sunday's Softball Results • SEC Sports
SEC Softball Results for Sunday, February 14, 2010 

• Women's Basketball: Feb. 14th • SEC Sports
Women's basketball results for Sunday, February 14, 2010 

• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Houts leads Georgia to rout of Alabama • Montgomery Advertiser
ATHENS, Ga. -- For the first time in 21/2 weeks, senior point guard Ashley Houts had a bounce in her step. 

• LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Missouri tops No. 2 Alabama in college softball • Montgomery Advertiser
Missouri ace Chelsea Thomas duplicated Saturday's performance with another two-hit shutout on Sunday, allowing the ninth-ranked Tigers to beat second-ranked Alabama 9-0 in front of 2,022 stunned fans at the Alabama Softball Complex.

• AU, Alabama fall; Lady Vols roll again • Decatur Daily
Allison Hightower scored 29 points to lead No. 23 LSU to a 75-51 victory at Auburn on Sunday. Hightower helped LSU jump out to a 28-6 lead in the first half after Auburn couldn’t convert a field …

• Alabama players to sign autographs at Northcutt Field • Dothan Eagle
Alabama football players Leigh Tiffin and Cory Reamer are working out, preparing for the opportunity to sign with an NFL team and continue their football careers on the next level.

• Viewing The Landscape in The SEC For Football's Winners and Losers • Bleacher Report
Larry Burton (Panama City Beach, Fl) With the new recruits all signed up and ready for fall, it's time to peruse the SEC landscape and see who the likely winners and losers will be for 2010.

• Top junior LB to visit UA • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
As usual, the Southeast is loaded with talented junior linebackers. One of the headliners is James Vaughters of Tucker, Georgia. For the past several months, the 6-2, 230-pounder has been receiving offers left and right. 

• Alonzo Harris likes five • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Alonzo Harris, running back from Gadsden (Ala.) City, has received three scholarship offers and plenty of interest early in the recruiting process. He took an unofficial visit Saturday to one SEC school who may become the next to offer. He talked about the trip and named five favorites. 

• Chris Nelson names favorites • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Quarterback prospect gives insight of schools on list.

• Vinnie Sunseri talks first offer • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Outside linebacker talks Junior Day visit as well.

• Random Stuff- Feb. 15, 2010 • Crimson Country Club (Members Only)

• Spring sneak peek: Secondary • BamaOnLine
Mark Barron represents the most versatile defensive back in the Nick Saban era at Alabama. And considering how green the secondary will be in 2010, that's a very good thing.

• Niles on verge of blowing up • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
One of the most explosive defensive ends in the Alabama in-state class of 2011 is Davidson's Jabrian Niles. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder has three written offers and is set to receive many more.

• Bama OL target to attend Texas Junior Day • Crimson Confidential (Subscribers Only)
More than a month after the BCS title game in Pasadena, Calif., and Alabama is still doing battle with Texas.

• More '11 Bama prospects surfacing • Crimson Confidential
Curious about some perhaps under-the-radar prospects Alabama might be involved with for 2011?

• Alabama Notes • CBama Sports Reoir
During this time were there isn't a lot of real news coming from the football program, we'll try to give you the bullet points from the athletic department as a whole in weekly posts like this one.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

• Web Warehouse • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
2/16: Clemson in the SEC…
With a conference shakeup involving Arkansas moving back to the Big 12 in the works, would Clemson be the best candidate to replace the Hogs in the SEC? 

• Dennis Pillion: Listen to the Hey, Coach! radio show from 2-15-10 • al.com
Listen to last night's edition of the Hey, Coach! show featuring Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson, Crimson Tide softball coach Patrick Murphy, men's basketball associate head coach Dan Hipsher and women's basketball coach Wendall Hudson. 

• Gymnasts Of The Week • SEC Sports
The SEC has chosen its Gymnasts of the Week, including Georgia freshman Shayla Worley.

• Alabama Commit Takes Visit To Auburn • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Talented athlete Brent Calloway talks about taking an unofficial visit to Auburn and gives his impressions on the program. 

• No One Concerned About Tailback • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Abundance of riches for Alabama at running back position

• ScoutTV: Christian Lemay • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Junior season highlights of Butler (N.C.) quarterback Christian Lemay

• Robert Terrell talks SEC visits • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Russellville linebacker names favorites.

• Anthony Grant Press Conference Transcript - Feb. 16 • RollTide.com
Coach Grant's comments from his weekly press conference leading into this weekend's game at Georgia. 

• Alabama softball stays in top 10 • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama softball team, ranked No. 2 in both national polls in the preseason, remained in the top 10 after dropping two out of three games to Missouri in the season's opening weekend.

• TideSports Video: • Tuscaloosa News
2/16 - Anthony Grant

• Chris Rattey Blog • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Interview: David Hannah and former roommate
TSE caught up with a pair of players, and former roommates, from the 1970s era of the Crimson Tide before taking the stage at the BDS BBQ event. 

• Big-time OL talks with Saban; has Tide offer • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
When time comes, Goose Creek, SC offensive tackle Brandon Shell will be able to name his school. The 6-7, 300-pounder, projected as one of the best tackles in the country, already holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kansas State, Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. 

• Six offers already for 2012 OL • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, and Tennessee have seen enough of this 2012 offensive lineman already. He has it all together and he has six offers already. 

• Offers keep rolling in for Ohio lineman • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
Michael Bennett, a two-way lineman from Centerville (Ohio), is racking up a pretty impressive early offer list, and the Crimson Tide is one of the more recent schools to join the party.

• Watts Dantzler talks teams of interest • Crimson Confidential
Watts Dantzler is one of the more wanted offensive tackle prospects in the nation. 

• Erik's Recruiting Notes: Bama offers Michigan receiver • Crimson Confidential
Alabama's had some pretty good luck with one Michigan native. Might as well go after another one. 

• CC Recruiting Roundup - February 16th, 2010 • Crimson Confidential
Is there a darkhorse prospect in Alabama that is expecting to be offered as an athlete this summer? 

• Bama-Penn State considered one of SEC's top tilts of '10 • Crimson Confidential
The buzz is already building around Alabama's much anticipated tussle with Penn State next fall. The battle between...

• Tide looking for answers after weekend losses • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama softball team came into the 2010 season with a No. 2 national ranking as the odds-on favorite to win the Southeastern Conference.

• Wilson named first-team preseason All-American • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | Alabama junior second baseman Ross Wilson picked up another preseason All-American honor on Monday when he was named to the Rivals.com preseason All-American team.

• Crimson Tide gymnasts ranked No. 1 again • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama gymnastics team returned to the No. 1 spot in the national rankings after its 197.435 to 196.6 defeat of Florida last Friday night.

• Andrew Bone: Top 2011 prospects show interest in UA • Tuscaloosa News
The University of Alabama finished the 2010 recruiting year with a third consecutive top-five class. The Tide has commitments for the class of 2011 from Marvin Shinn, wide receiver from Vigor High School in Prichard, and Brent Calloway, outside linebacker from Russellville High School.

• Kevin Scarbinsky: Don't blame football when basketball tanks • The Birmingham News
I knew I was at a tip-off club Monday because they handed out prizes for predictions and the loser got a brick.

• Mike Herndon: Inside the SEC: Coaches favor expanded tournament • The Press Register
Asking a bunch of college basketball coaches whether they favor expanding the NCAA tournament is sort of like asking a bunch of gamblers if they think the casinos should pay out more jackpots. But some, like Florida's Billy Donovan and South Carolina's Darrin Horn, do acknowledge there would be pros and cons for an expanded bracket that.. 

• Paul Finebaum: Finebaum: Gene Chizik copies Nick Saban's template, and steals his thunder • The Press Register
Auburn folks are acting as if their team will be preseason No. 1.

• Don Kausler Jr. 'Maximum Block,' Daniel Moore's latest Alabama football painting, unveiled • The Birmingham News
Now the Birmingham artist is moving on to a painting commemorating Alabama's national championship.

• SEC Track and Field Notebook • SEC Sports
The SEC Track and Field Notebook gives you team-by-team recaps from each squad across the conference. 

• SEC Legends: Andree Pickens • SEC Sports
The first of this year's SEC Legends, Andree Pickens was a two-time NCAA Champion and captain of Alabama's 2002 NCAA Championship team. 

• Joel Barker: Top 12 SEC Running Backs for 2010 • Bleacher Report
At the end of the 2009 college football season, SEC fans waved goodbye to an extremely talented group of running backs.

• Star Florida DL plans to visit Bama this spring • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
A top priority for the Tide's staff for the class of 2011 will be landing some high quality defensive linemen. One of the best in the state of Florida is Jacksonville-First Coast standout Derrick Mitchell. The 6-5, 285-pound Mitchell has offers from Alabama, Clemson, FIU, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois North Carolina and South Carolina. 

• A Look Towards the Spring: Quarterbacks and Receivers • Crimson Country Club (Members Only)
This will be a first in a series of position reviews heading into the Spring. Obviously, there will be a lot of attention on the Tide since they are entering this Spring as defending National Champions, but Bama fans will zero in on a few key positions. The Secondary and the Offensive Line will probably get the most attention during Spring Practice, but all of the positions will have some players that Bama fans will be expecting to see much more of that they have in the past, so let’s start with the Quarterbacks and Receivers and work our way from there. 

• UA Recruiting Notebook • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
In this UA Recruiting Notebook, get the latest on a top OL from Florida who plans to visit the Capstone this weekend, a rising in-state star who may be on the verge of big-time offers and big Jacksonville DT Derrick Mitchell who recently landed a Tide offer.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

• Baseball Single-Game Tickets On Sale • RollTide.com
The Alabama baseball team opens the 2010 season this weekend and single-game tickets and ticket packages are now available through the Athletic Ticket Office.

• TideSports Video: • Tuscaloosa News
2/17 - Ross WIlson

• TideSports Video: • Tuscaloosa News
2/17 - Mitch Gaspard

• TideSports Video: • Tuscaloosa News
2/17 - Chris Smelley

• TideSports Video: • Tuscaloosa News
2/17 - Jake Smith 

• Women's Tennis Notebook • SEC Sports
SEC Women's Tennis action is now in full swing, and get team recaps from every squad in the league in this Tennis Notebook. 

• This Week In Women's Hoops • SEC Sports
This Week In Women's Hoops gives you team-by-team notes as the SEC Tournament looms two weeks away. 

• SEC Coaches Pick LSU Again • SEC Sports
In Close Race, SEC Coaches Select LSU to Win 2010 SEC Baseball Championship Again; Florida Selected as Eastern Division Champion 

• Davidson star feels great about Tide offer • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
Recruiting is starting to heat up for Jabrian Niles. The Mobile-Davidson stalwart defensive end already had offers from FSU, Ole Miss and Texas Tech. On Monday, he picked up one from Florida. Today, he picked up one from Alabama.

• 'Snoop' lands Alabama offer • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
Given that Batesville-South Panola HS is less than 30 minutes from the Ole Miss campus, it's tough to pull one of its players away from the Rebels. But Alabama has made an early move on South Panola standout receiver/defensive back Nick 'Snoop' Brassell, who will be one Mississippi's elite players in the class of 2011. 

• Five-star names top four • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
Isaiah Crowell is arguably better than any running back prospect there was in 2010 and as good as any in the country for 2011. The Columbus (GA) Carver standout has named a leader and the news is good for Tide fans.

• Tide going national for 2011 offers • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
From familiar territory like Mobile all the way out to California, the Alabama football coaching staff is looking near and far for 2011 football prospects. In this recruiting notebook, get the latest on several new offers including a rising offensive lineman from Ft. Lauderdale ... 

• LSU Commit Jeremy Hill looking elsewhere? • Crimson Confidential
Jeremy Hill, a 6-foot-2, 220 pound running back has decided to take some visits. 

• Saban's call thrusts Tide into serious contention for WR • Crimson Confidential
DeAnthony Arnett (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw) did have a top eight and a top three among that group. 

• Women's Basketball Hosts No. 5 Tennessee for Power of Pink Game • RollTide.com
The women's basketball team will take on the fifth-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8:00 p.m. (CST). The game will air live on CSS and will serve as the Crimson Tide's Power of.

• Chris Rattey Blog • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Interview: Jeremy Nunley
TSE catches up with former defensive lineman Jeremy Nunley, member of the 1992 National Champion Crimson Tide... 

• TideSportsExtra Features • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
2/17 – Weird Bama stuff on eBay
More strange items from around the Interwebz.

• Mike Herndon: Kiper: Cody could still be a first-rounder; Tebow should have skipped Senior Bowl • The Press Register
ESPN's Mel Kiper thinks Tim Tebow would have been better off skipping the Senior Bowl. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper held a two-hour teleconference with assorted media members today and dropped a variety of pointed opinions on the upcoming NFL draft. Among the most interesting was his expectation that massive Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody, relegated to second-round status or...

• Gentry Estes:  UA hoops notes: Former Tider Yamene Coleman fitting in nicely as a starter at Troy • The Press Register
Former Crimson Tide forward Coleman says he left Alabama's program with one year of remaining eligiblity because of the coaching change from Mark Gottfried to Anthony Grant.

• Gentry Estes: SEC coaches pick Tide baseball to finish fourth in West • The Press Register
Alabama's baseball team isn't projected to be a challenger for an SEC championship this season, according to a vote of league coaches.

• Jon Solomon: 5 Things to Watch in SEC basketball • The Birmingham News
Kentucky's zone offense; LSU's goose egg; and battle of SEC East leaders

• Obama Looks to Use Anti Monopoly Laws to Break Alabama's RBs (Satire) • Bleacher Report
Larry Burton (Panama City Beach, Fl) - The following is a parody story only. Barack Obama has always been an advocate of spreading the wealth...

• Bobby Hart receives big offer • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
The University of Alabam has offered some of the best offenisve linemen in the country. The Crimson Tide jumped on another prospect Wednesday by offering Bobby Hart, Scout.com four-star offensive tackle from Ft. Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla. He is the latest to receive an offer from the national champs. 

• ScoutTV: Xzavier Dickson • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
See one of the best in Georgia in action here on ScoutTV…

• Coe goes national • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
To understand the unique skill set of Rodney Coe, just check the offer list of this giant 6-foot-3, 230-pound running back from Edwardsville, Ill. Recently, the Crimson Tide joined in the mix as well. 

• IN FOCUS - Jabriel Washington • Crimson Confidential
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban recently offered this 5-foot-11, 165 pound speedster. 

• Softball:
Tuesday Night: Alabama 6, South Alabama 3

• Bama in the NBA February 16th Stats:
See how former players performed.

• Softball Takes Down South Alabama with Late Comeback • RollTide.com
The Alabama softball team (2-2) defeated instate foe South Alabama (2-2) by the score of 6-3 Tuesday evening at the Alabama Softball Complex. Despite being behind by a run with only six offensive o...

• Larsen breaks open tie game for Tide win • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | The South Alabama Jaguars gave Whitney Larsen three chances Tuesday. It turned out to be one too many.

• Alabama men's track surges to No. 20 • Tuscaloosa News
NEW ORLEANS, La. | The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday afternoon the week four update of the NCAA Division I Rankings for indoor track & field. The Alabama men made their first appearance top 25 appearance of the season, checking in at No. 20.

• Tide swimming and diving go for SEC title • Tuscaloosa News
ATHENS, Ga. | For the Alabama swimming and diving teams, the postseason starts this week in Athens, Ga., with the Southeastern Conference Championships held in the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

• UA's Stack-Eaton named SEC Gymnast of the Week • Tuscaloosa News
BIRMINGHAM | Just days after posting a career-high all-around score to lead the No. 1 University of Alabama gymnastics team to a win over Florida, sophomore Geralen Stack-Eaton has been named the Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week the league office announced Tuesday.

• Bama softball takes out South Alabama 6-3 • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team (2-2) defeated instate rival South Alabama (2-2) by the score of 6-3 Tuesday evening at the Alabama Softball Complex. While Alabama lagged behind by a run with only six offensive outs remaining, Alabama scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull ahead and take out South Alabama.

• TideSports Photos: • Tuscaloosa News
Bama Softball defeats South Alabama 6-3

• Andrew Bone Recruiting Report • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Alabama Top Recruits: No. 10
TideSportsExta.com is taking a look at the top recruits in the state. We are counting down to the No. 1 recruit in the state. Today features No. 10.

• Chris Rattey Blog • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Interview: David Hannah and former roommate William Davis
TSE caught up with a pair of players, and former roommates, from the 1970s era of the Crimson Tide before taking the stage at the BDS BBQ event.

• Kevin Scarbinsky: Alabama says it did due diligence on Marynowitz • The Birmingham News
It’s not a minor story when the world discovers that an Alabama football employee committed major NCAA violations at another school. 

• Don Kausler Jr.: Ex-Tide player, coach Philip Pearson gets set to face his alma mater • The Birmingham News
He now is an assistant coach at Georgia, which plays host to Alabama on Saturday.

• Sound Off: Tired of Tide fans; Grooming tips for Junior • The Press Register
A collection of sports-related reader Sound Off calls from Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, with callers expressing opinons on everything from Dale Earnhardt's facial hair to people getting sick and tired of Alabama fans.

• Mike Herndon: Mosley shows skills, leadership on hardwood, too • The Press Register
He is a beast in the middle, roaming sideline to sideline, making play after play. Except on Tuesday, C.J. Mosley was doing it indoors. Mosley, one of the top linebacker prospects in the country and one of the jewels of Nick Saban's recruiting class, returned from a pair of football all-star games to help his Theodore High basketball team...

• Gentry Estes: Crimson Tide softball rallies late to down South Alabama • The Press Register
Five outs from a third defeat in four games, Alabama's top 10 softball team plates three runs to beat upset-minded South Alabama.

• Gentry Estes: Former Tide assistant Philip Pearson: 'I've never sat on the other side of a game versus Alabama' • The Press Register
Old friends collide Saturday, when after 16 years as a part of UA's program, former assistant and interim head coach Pearson will take on the Crimson Tide for the first time as a member of Mark Fox's staff at Georgia.

• Softball Tuesday Recap • SEC Sports
SEC Softball Results for Tuesday, February 16, 2010 

• SEC Gymnastics Notebook • SEC Sports
The SEC Gymnastics Notebook recaps all the action across the conference with team-by-team and national rankings. 

• Swim & Dive Championships • SEC Sports
The 2010 Swimming and Diving Championships begin on Wednesday, with Georgia hosting the event. Click here for Tournament Central and live streaming links. 

• SEC Women's Tournament History • SEC Sports
When people think of women’s collegiate basketball, they think of the Southeastern Conference and the league’s domination of the sport the last 15 years. 

• COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Tide rallies to beat South Alabama • Montgomery Advertiser
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama needed four runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally past South Alabama 6-3 on Tuesday night at the Alabama Softball Complex.

• College Sports Notebook • Decatur Daily
Linebacker Cory Reamer and kicker Leigh Tiffin, two members of Alabama’s 2009 national championship team, will sign autographs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Red Elephants in … 

• SEC Bloggers: 2010 Early SEC Picks, Part 1 • College Football News
The SEC Bloggers kick this off-season off in style with some very early 2010 SEC pre-season prognostications. 

• 2010 SEC Composite Schedule • College Football News
October 2nd. That's when Florida travels to Alabama for what might be more than just the SEC Game of the Year. Of course, the rest of the SEC schedule will be interesting. Check out the 2010 SEC Composite Schedule and Top Conference and Non-Conference Games. 

• 2010 SEC West Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown • College Football News
Breakdowns and analysis of each SEC West team's schedule

• Recruiting notes • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
Back on January 14, TI reported that offensive tackle Christian Westerman of Hamilton HS in Chandler, Arizona was highly interested in Alabama. On Tuesday, Westerman landed an offer from Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. 

• Memphis DB taking his time • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
Lonnie Ballentine of Southwind HS in Memphis is one of Tennessee's top junior prospects. The 6-3, 210-pound defensive back is closing in on 10 scholarship offers, including ones from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, and Tennessee. 

• National Champs Offer Five-Star OT • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Chandler (Az.) Hamilton's Christian Westerman gets offer #24 

• Alabama Junior Day Coming Up • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Jordan Prestwood has already been to junior days at Auburn and South Carolina.

• Georgia OL headed to Junior Day • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
The Alabama Crimson Tide have an impressive list of 2011 prospects headed to Tuscaloosa this weekend for their second Junior Day event including one of the South's top offensive tackle prospects.

• 12 Days of Champions revisted: No. 13 (2009) • BamaOnLine
As the build-up to the national championship game BOL gave you the 12 Days of Champions, one for each title. As requested, here's the 13th listing for the 2009 Crimson Tide.

• CC Recruiting Roundup - February 17th, 2010 • Crimson Confidential
Which Tide target picked up his 20th and 21st offers yesterday? 

• Coral Gables Watch List LB hoping to receive Bama offer • Crimson Confidential
Looks like Alabama's in the mix for one of the top linebackers in the Southeast. 


Thursday, February 18, 2010

• David Magadan Elected to College Baseball Hall of Fame • RollTide.com
Magadan was recognized for his accomplishments as he was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The Tampa, Fla., native and current hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox was the top vote-gett...

• Gymnastics Hosts Arizona in the Crimson Tide's Sixth Annual Power of Pink Meet • RollTide.com
The No. 1 ranked Alabama Gymnastics team hosts No. 21 Arizona this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum in the Crimson Tide's sixth annual Power of Pink meet.

• No. 19 Men's Tennis Heads to No. 45 Oklahoma • RollTide.com
The No. 19 men's tennis team (3-4) will play its last of four consecutive matches away from home on Friday, Feb. 19 when it takes on the No. 45 ranked Oklahoma Sooners (3-1) in Norman. The match is... 

• TideSportsExtra Features • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
What Tide crew would you rather roll with?
It’s the offseason here at TSE, and since SEC rules disallow us to film SEC games, we figured we could put our visual team to work in other areas…

• Don Kausler Jr.: Tide's Robby Green suspended? Saban acknowledges 'situation' but says announcement is premature • The Birmingham News
Junior-to-be safety is a key figure in a secondary that must be rebuilt, starting with spring practice. 

• Gentry Estes: Nick Saban: 'Any kind of announcement on playing status (of Robby Green) at this time is completely premature' • The Press Register
Saban says that UA is "in the process of determining the facts" as they relate to "a situation" involving Robby Green.

• Gentry Estes: Tide safety Robby Green faces possible suspension from UA's team • The Press Register
Alabama junior safety Robby Green will likely not be a part of spring drills while on suspension for a team rules violation.

• SEC Bloggers: 2010 Early SEC Picks, Part 2 • College Football News
The SEC Bloggers are back with Part 2 of their 2010 Early SEC Picks.

• Ro's place in UA history • BamaOnLine
Where does Rolando McClain rank among Alabama's all-time great linebackers? We take a shot at ranking him among Derrick Thomas, Lee Roy Jordan, Cornelius Bennett, DeMeco Ryans and Woodrow Lowe.

• Kiper likes Savage's addition to Eagles • BamaOnLine
Count Mel Kiper among those who considers the Philadelphia Eagles hiring Phil Savage as a consultant for this year's NFL Draft to be a good move.

• Robby Green Suspended • Bama Sports Report
Alabama defensive back Robby Green has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Alabama head coach Nick Saban had the following to say:

• Robby Green suspended • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | University of Alabama defensive back Robby Green has been suspended for a violation of team and NCAA rules and will not participate in spring practice, multiple sources have told The Tuscaloosa News.

• Tide safety Green suspended indefinitely • BamaOnLine
University of Alabama sophomore defensive back Robby Green Jr. has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules. 

• Clay Jones Named to Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Watch List • RollTide.com
Alabama first baseman Clay Jones was one of 30 senior baseball student-athletes named to the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Watch list on Thursday morning.

• Softball Heads to Florida for the Hatter Invitational • RollTide.com
The No. 8 Alabama softball team will travel to Deland, Fla. this weekend to take part in the Hatter Invitation hosted by Stetson University. The Crimson Tide will compete against No. 14 Ohio State,... 

• Tide, Vols in the ‘Pink Zone’ for tonight’s game • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | University of Alabama women’s basketball fans traveling to Coleman Coliseum for today’s game may be surprised by a few new additions that will greet them at the entrance.

• ANDREW BONE: Recruiting Q&A • Tuscaloosa News
TideSports.com answers the readers.

• Gentry Estes: UT's Pat Summitt allows a top player to stay at home for trip to Alabama • The Press Register
The Lady Vols' starting center reportedly will not play against the Crimson Tide tonight while catching up on schoolwork.

• Gentry Estes: Five position battles to watch for Alabama football this spring ... • The Press Register
Which areas will attract the most attention when the Crimson Tide starts spring practice March 12 in Tuscaloosa?

• Jeff Sentell: Top prospect Jonathan Rose of Leeds has Auburn pedigree, but Alabama is making strong pitch • The Birmingham News
Top cornerback's dad was 2-year starter at Auburn. 

• Eric Dixon holds one, likes three • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
Elite cornerback taking unofficial visits.

• Artaves Gibson names favorites • 'BamaMag  (Subscribers Only)
One early offer opens the door for more.

• Some Things Never Get Old • 'BamaMag
A memorable birthday with an Alabama legend

• Interesting Numbers from the Nike Camp in Mobile • Crimson Country Club (Members Only)
Recruit-niks are just like anything else in life ... you have your enthusiasts, your hobbyists and your down right Trekkies. I am in the latter camp. That is why when I see real life measurables

• Mississippi WR talks UA • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
The state of Mississippi has produced plenty of elite wide receivers over the past several years and one of the top prospects for 2011 out of the Magnolia State holds an early offer from the Crimson Tide.

• LSU commit visiting Tuscaloosa Saturday • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
Alabama's second Junior Day event of 2010 is set for this Saturday, and another group of talented prospects are expected in town. One blue-chip recruit planning to make the trip is big, bruising LSU running back commit. 

• Tide one of many schools targeting Valdosta's UA All-America TE • Crimson Confidential
Not sure if it's harder to contain Jay Rome (Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta) or collect info on him. 

• Bama in the NBA February 17th Stats:
See how former players performed.

• Senior Aaron Fleshner Wins SEC Diving Title • RollTide.com
Alabama senior Aaron Fleshner shattered his own school record on the way to winning the Southeastern Conference three-meter diving title on day one of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships bei...

• Coleman Coliseum Glows Pink for Alabama Athletics' Power of Pink Events • RollTide.com
This Thursday and Friday, Coleman Coliseum will be filled with a sea of pink as both the women's basketball and gymnastics teams host "Power of Pink" events to raise awareness in the fight against ... 

• Pitching remains question mark as Tide opens season • Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | It’s an often-echoed sentiment sure to be uttered hundreds if not thousands of times before opening day: “If we can just get a little pitching, this could be our year.”

• Video Blog • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Coming tomorrow: TSE goes on the road to Rainsville
Tune in to TSE tomorrow for a special presentation recorded from the home of Jeremy Pruitt's parents in Rainsville, Alabama. 

• Chris Rattey Blog • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Interview: Craig Sanderson
TSE catches up with former Alabama wide receiver Craig Sanderson, a Crimson Tide letterman from 1988-1991. 

• Andrew Bone Recruiting Report • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Alabama Top Recruits: No. 9
TideSportsExta.com is taking a look at the top recruits in the state. We are counting down to the No. 1 recruit in the state. Today features No.

• TideSportsExtra Features • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
5 Things: Alabama baseball
Crimson Tide hits the diamond for the start of hardball. Here are 5 things you need to know about Alabama baseball. 

• Alabama Press Conferences • TideSports Extra (Subscribers Only)
Feb. 17 – Baseball coach Mitch Gaspard
Baseball coach Mitch Gaspard talks with media about his first season helming the Crimson Tide and the upcoming season opener against South Alabama.

• Don Kausler Jr.: No. 5 Lady Vols visit Alabama tonight in 'Power of Pink' event • The Birmingham News
Crimson Tide has not defeated Tennessee since 1984.

• Sports Sound Off: Saban's winning makes Finebaum's heart grow fonder • The Press Register
A collection of sports-related reader Sound Off calls from Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, with callers expressing opinions ranging from Paul Finebaum's most recent column to the behavior of Mississippi State basketball fans. 

• Don Kausler Jr.: So who's starting for the 2010 Alabama baseball team? • The Birmingham News
Crimson Tide opens its season at 2:05 p.m. Saturday at home against South Alabama.

• Swim & Dive Recap - Day 1 • SEC Sports
The leaderboard is jammed after Day One of competition at the 2010 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, with teams fighting for a title. 

• Swim & Dive Results - Day 1 • SEC Sports
Results from Day One of the 2010 Swimming and Diving Championships hosted on the campus of the University of Georgia.

• Harbach Blog...Stop Talking SEC Expansion • College Football News
With the Big Ten and Pac 10 looking into adding additional teams to their conferences, the idea of the SEC following suit is a terrible. 

• 10 For '10 - Defensive Stars About To Explode • College Football News
Who are the new defensive stars you need to know about for the 2010 season? From Florida State's Greg Reid to Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict, from Oregon's Kenny Rowe to Penn State's Jack Crawford, here are ten good players in the right situations to blow up and become mega-stars.

• Alabama's Next Big Surprise: Eddie Lacy, Redshirt Freshman Running Back • Bleacher Report
Larry Burton (Panama City Beach, Fl) Eddie Lacy was a high school star from Dutchtown High School in Geismar, Louisiana. One has to admire Eddie Lacy's decision to come to the University of Alabama...

• Mississippi QB visiting UA for Junior Day • Tider Insider (Subscribers Only)
A year ago this time, Dominique Harris had never played a down of high school football. But now he's being asked by the defending national champions to attend their Junior Day in Tuscaloosa this weekend. 

• McClain still a top pick • BamaOnLine (Subscribers Only)
Despite speculation that Rolando McClain's stock might be falling, Mel Kiper says he's still the best interior linebacker in the draft and a solid first-round selection.

• Morning Notes - Bobby Hart lands Tide offer • Crimson Confidential
Bobby Hart, a 6-foot-4, 285 pound lineman from Launderhill, Florida (St. Thomas Aquinas) picked up an Alabama offer recently.

• Will's Blog - Alabama now leads for both Gabe Wright and Isaiah Crowell • Crimson Confidential
If Alabama were to land both Crowell and Wright, would this lead to Alabama's best class ever? 

• Leeds safety Rose has Bama offer • Crimson Confidential  (Subscribers Only)
Another lightly known Bama target has surfaced. Safety Jonathan Rose (Leeds, Ala./Leeds) has an offer from the Crimson Tide....