How Steve Sarkisian went from TV plans to Alabama’s offensive coordinator

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TAMPA | Steve Sarkisian had plans for the 2016 season, but those plans didn’t involve wearing headsets or being a part of offensive game planning. He was going to join Fox Sports’ college football coverage as a studio analyst. That was before a...

CECIL HURT: Dabo still true to himself, and it’s still working

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There's one difficulty in interviewing Dabo Swinney 2017 after you have interviewed Dabo Swinney 2016. You get the same Dabo. The circumstances surrounding Swinney might change, although in this case they haven't changed that much as he brings his Clemson Tigers back to the...

Receivers make offense work with ball or with blocking

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TAMPA – The University of Alabama offense needs players like Calvin Ridley, ArDarius Stewart and Gehrig Dieter. Every offense needs wide receivers, and elite offenses need proven playmakers like the Crimson Tide trio. But Alabama's offense needs more from its receivers than that. It...

Rematch: Reliving the 2015 championship game

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In a famous scene from one of the greatest sports movies of all time, boxers Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed clinched at the end of their fight in “Rocky.” Balboa’s face was a mess: eyes swollen, nose grotesquely broken. Creed had sustained broken ribs...

CECIL HURT: Nick Saban, Alabama plowing straight ahead

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Nick Saban didn't explode at his Wednesday press conference, perhaps choosing to save the warheads for a bigger stage in Tampa. There were quarterback questions and Sarkisian questions although the actual name "Lane Kiffin" was circumvented in the way Harry...

Alabama offense not happy with Peach Bowl performance

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When Cam Robinson addressed the University of Alabama offense earlier this week, he let the entire unit know that its performance in the Peach Bowl was unacceptable. It can't happen again. There's only one game left. "Playing like that, that's the kind of...

Timeline of the Nick Saban era at Alabama

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2007 Jan. 4: Nick Saban introduced as head football coach at Alabama, leaving the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League for a deal that will pay $32 million over eight years, an average salary of $4 million per year. January-February:...

Year-by-year: Looking back at the Nick Saban era

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2016 Preseason ranking: No. 1 Outlook: For a third straight season, the questions were offensive: who would replace Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and, as usual, who would be the quarterback? Biggest surprise: Two words – Jalen Hurts. In less than his...

Top 10 wins of the Nick Saban era

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Championships are won one game at a time, and Nick Saban has won a lot of key games in his decade at Alabama. Here are Saban’s top 10 victories as ranked by sports department staff of The Tuscaloosa News. 10....

All-Saban Team: The best at every position

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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Position Name Years Quarterback AJ McCarron 2010-13 Running back Derrick Henry 2013-15 Running back Mark Ingram 2008-10 Wide receiver Amari Cooper 2012-14 Wide receiver Julio Jones 2008-10 Wide receiver Kevin Norwood 2010-13 Tight end O.J. Howard 2013-16 Left tackle Andre Smith 2007-08 Left guard Chance Warmack 2009-12 Center Ryan Kelly 2012-15 Right guard Barrett Jones 2009-12 Right tackle DJ Fluker 2010-12 DEFENSE Position Name Years End Jonathan Allen 2013-16 Tackle Terrence Cody 2008-09 Tackle Jarran Reed 2014-15 End Marcel Dareus 2008-10 Outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower 2008-11 Inside linebacker Rolando McClain 2007-09 Inside linebacker CJ Mosley 2010-13 Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw 2008-11 Cornerback Kareem Jackson 2007-09 Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick 2009-11 Free safety Rashad...
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