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January 10, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Lane Kiffin is back in college football. The former USC head coach has been hired as Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban announced Friday. "We are excited to have Lane join our staff," Saban said in a statement on Alabama's website. "He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the college and NFL level. He has a very good understanding of the game and I have always been impressed with what I saw in the games he called.
January 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC Coach Lane Kiffin spent a week last month observing Alabama's program. Now, with Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier taking a similar position at Michigan, Kiffin is in consideration to replace him with the Crimson Tide, according to several reports . Kiffin and Alabama Coach Nick Saban are friends and share the same agent, Jimmy Sexton. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Kiffin on Sept. 29, after the Trojans returned to Los Angeles from a loss at Arizona State.
January 5, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Michelle Pritchett, the Alabama football fan who attacked Oklahoma fans at the Orange Bowl, issued an apology this weekend for her actions. Pritchett, who was attending the game Wednesday with her husband, son and family friends, is shown on the video above confronting the fans, who she says were goading her son into a fight. It all started as good-natured trash talking, if you can believe that, and escalated into what you can see in the video above. "It had nothing to do about the ballgame," Pritchett told
January 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Chris Davis' life changed the moment he completed one of the greatest plays in college football history. The Auburn senior rarely walks by a television without seeing a replay of his game-winning return for a touchdown of a field-goal attempt by Alabama in the Iron Bowl in November. Davis became an instant folk hero at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, which still might be shaking. He received a standing ovation in a geology class. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and is constantly posing for pictures and signing autographs as the Tigers prepare for Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game against Florida.
December 27, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
VS. ALABAMA When: 7 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: ESPN2; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 10-2, Alabama 5-6. Update: Alabama's only win against UCLA came at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 28, 1983, two days after legendary Crimson Tide football coach Bear Bryant died. Alabama sophomore Retin Obasohan, from Antwerp, Belgium, leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks ninth in the nation in steals per game, averaging 2.8. UCLA has more assists than turnovers in all 10 of its wins.
December 27, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The controversy over "Duck Dynasty" has worked its way from public air waves into the halls of the Alabama State House, with one lawmaker promising to introduce a resolution backing the actor who was recently suspended for remarks that offended some as racist and homophobic. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family in the show, was suspended from the show by the A&E Network for remarks he made to a magazine comparing homosexuality to bestiality and that African Americans were happier working in the fields before welfare.
December 13, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Settle down, Alabama fans, it looks like Coach Nick Saban isn't going anywhere, at least if you believe quarterback AJ McCarron. β€œI messed with coach, saying he's getting too old to start up again somewhere else,” McCarron said on ESPN's "College Football Daily" on Thursday. β€œHe told me he's not leaving. And I know Miss Terry [Saban's wife] well enough. She runs that house. And she's not allowing coach to leave either. I think he'll be at the University of Alabama for a little while.” Rumors have been rampant in the last couple of weeks that Saban would be leaving Alabama to take the head coaching job at Texas.
December 11, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Of the top two teams in the final regular-season ranking, one almost got left out of the preseason rating and the other didn't win a Southeastern Conference game last season. Who said picking champions was easy? Rankman's preseason top two, Stanford and Alabama, would have made our final four if the playoff started this year. Clemson made the Bowl Championship Series top 14 to qualify for the Orange Bowl but just missed our cut, which allowed Oregon to grab the last at-large spot in the FCS (Fictional Championship Series)
December 4, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
This is the week we say "whew" for the day in August that Rankman looked at his preseason top 25 and noticed only one FSU was penciled on his working list. It was Fresno State at No. 23. The countdown in the paper was already down to No. 15 when the obvious omission was caught and the decision was made to replace the original No. 14 with Florida State. The name of the school that was going to be 14 and got knocked completely out of the top 25 will not be revealed out of respect for the citizens of Fort Worth.
December 4, 2013 | By Andrew Cohen
A murder trial is held and the defendant is convicted. After hearing the mitigating and aggravating circumstances of the crime during the sentencing phase of the case, the jury concludes that the death penalty is not an appropriate punishment for the crime. The jury votes instead for a life sentence. But after deliberations are over, the judge overrides the jury's verdict and sentences the defendant to death anyway. Afterward, on the campaign trail, the judge boasts that he is tough on crime, and a stoic supporter of capital punishment, and suggests the electorate should reward him for these positions with another term.
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