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.
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.
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.
April 27, 2012 |
A year after devastating tornadoes swept through Alabama, a preliminary study has found that less than half of those who died received some warning and many of those who took protective action were killed in shelters that could not withstand the strong winds. The study, which has yet to be published, was carried out by researchers at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Red Cross, CDC spokeswoman Vivi Abrams said by telephone. The American Red Cross shares disaster data with the CDC. “These were catastrophic winds that could destroy pretty much anything in its path,” Cindy Chiu, an epidemic intelligence service officer, said, describing the preliminary findings at a CDC conference this month.
February 4, 2013 |
A 5-year-old boy held hostage for almost a week in an underground bunker in rural Alabama has been released and his captor is dead, officials said Monday. Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, was dead at the scene, officials announced in a televised statement. The boy, identified only as Ethan was in good condition and was being treated at a hospital in Dothan, Ala., Clouse said. Last Tuesday, Dykes, a Navy veteran, stormed a school bus and shot the driver to death, then kidnapped the boy. Dykes held the child prisoner in a 6-foot-by-8-foot underground bunker on his property in Midland City, Ala, about 90 miles from Montgomery.