August 6, 2010 |
Defending national champion Alabama sits atop the preseason USA Today coaches' football poll. Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram returns at running back for the Crimson Tide, but nine starters are gone on defense. Alabama received 55 of the 59 first-place votes and 1,469 points from a nationwide panel of coaches. Ohio State picked up the other four first-place votes and is second with 1,392 points. Florida is third, followed by Texas, which lost to Alabama in last season's BCS title game.
April 28, 2013
I am a graduating senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I'm not your typical Alabama college student and Birmingham isn't your typical Alabama city. I wanted to say thanks for the story ["Moving Ever Forward," by Alice Short, April 14] on our very diverse urban home. We do have a controversial history, but our youth are breathing life into the heart of the city through lively art galleries, cycling groups, park events, film festivals, and much more. I encourage Short to return to the city and witness history as it happens.
January 4, 2010 |
Anyone with even a passing interest in college football is probably familiar with the incomparable legacy of Paul "Bear" Bryant, the late, legendary Alabama coach. The stadium in Tuscaloosa where Coach Nick Saban's No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide plays its home games is named in Bryant's honor. As are a conference center, a street, a bridge, an academic center and a high school, among other landmarks. At the Paul W. Bryant Museum, where a reunion is held annually for the more than 500 people named for the former coach, Bryant's achievements can be broken down numerically: six national championships, 14 conference titles, 323 victories, 29 bowl appearances, three unbeaten seasons.
November 15, 2012 |
Alabama native Omar Shafik Hammami has been added to the FBI's most wanted terrorists list, one of several Americans targeted by the authorities for links to terrorism. Hammami, 28, was indicted by the U.S. attorney in Alabama in 2007, suspected of providing material support to terrorists, and was designated a terrorist in 2008. He's been called the "rapping Jihadist" for rapping in a recruitment video for the Shabab, a militant group. Hammami was born in Alabama and traveled to Somalia in 2006 and joined the Shabab's front lines as a fighter a year later when Ethiopian forces invaded the country.
October 18, 2012 |
I'm not sure today who is going to win this year's national title but go ahead and put Alabama down for winning it next year. The release of the Southeastern Conference's 2013 schedule Thursday instantly makes the Crimson Tide next year's lock-down favorite. Crimson Tide fans, book your vacation plans to sunny California. It would be fitting for an SEC win in the last BCS title game played before college football moves to a four-team playoff in 2014. History will also be made at the Rose Bowl, where Alabama won its first BCS title in January 2010.
April 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has blocked Alabama from enforcing a state law that authorized the police to arrest and jail persons who hid or transported illegal immigrants. By an 8-1 vote, the justices let stand lower court rulings that said enforcing the immigration laws is the job of the federal government, not the states. Those rulings in turn were based on last year's Supreme Court ruling that threw out most of Arizona's strict immigration enforcement law. DOCUMENT: 2013 immigration reform bill Alabama's state attorney appealed to the high court earlier this year and argued that last year's decision in the Arizona case did not deal with a provision involving the transporting or concealing of illegal immigrants.