Alabama Crimson Tide News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fansided: The NCAA must act or it is business as usual in college basketball
'Business as usual' in college basketball is not the result many fans hoped for at the end of the FBI investigation into 'pay-for-play.' That is, those fans who don't believe blatant cheating is acceptable, as long as their coach or program is not caught.
Based on testimony in multiple trials prosecuted by the United States Justice Department of the Southern District of New York, at least a half-dozen schools may have engaged in 'pay-for-play' recruitment of players. At least one media observer speculated the number could be close to 20 schools.
The Justice Department gained several convictions for criminal activity.
Roll 'Bama Roll: Jumbo Package: NCAA Notice of Allegations coming in the wake of the basketball trials
In yesterday's JP one of the comments suggested the Nick Saban himself may be the Anonymous Coach running down Alabama (defense has gaping holes, 2-3 losses on the horizon, Tua Tagovailoa needs to humble himself, etc.)
Little did we realize that AL.com would pay someone legal US tender to drop a 500-word thinkpiece on that same very tongue-in-cheek premise.
Loki, take me home. I'm ready. It's gonna' be a long offseason.
Potter has a really good exclusive with King Mwikuta, a Tide summer enrollee at linebacker.
There are a lot of good quotes here, but I was most struck by King's three-fold goals for his Summer semester:
"First of all, I just want to make sure all my grades are good going into the fall.
Roll 'Bama Roll: 94 Things to Love About Alabama: The 2012 Women's College World Series rain delay
That 2011-2012 athletic year was a special one for Alabama Crimson Tide fans, in so many ways. On the heels of one of the most devastating storm systems to ever hit the state, Tuscaloosans rallied around to support their hometown school even as the students, coaches, and players found an extra level of resolve to win -- to give the region something to be proud of: sports as more than sports.
And, over the next 15 months, Alabama athletics gave Tide fans hope in abundance. In began just two months later, when the Gymnastics team won their 5th national title.
Touchdown Alabama Magazine: Jalen Milroe is impressed with Saban's coaching career
Jalen Milroe has deep admiration for Nick Saban's career and it is one of the reasons he was so excited to receive an offer from the Tide on Thursday.
#AGTG Wow! After a great conversation with Coach Banks, I'm extremely blessed and humbled to receive an offer The University Alabama!!!!! @AlabamaFTBL #RollTide @CoachJeffBanks @othsfalconfb @JoeHamilton__ @Marchen44 @densilva2 @TO98_Kroog @247Sports @Perroni247 @KFA7v7 pic.twitter.com/jXPMDrKKz7
-- Jalen Milroe (@JalenMilroe) May 16, 2019
Milroe is a product of Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas.
Fansided: Alabama Basketball: Nate Oats adds JUCO forward filling roster for now
It did not take long for Alabama basketball and James Rojas to pull the trigger after Tendon Watford opted for LSU. The JUCO All-American waited patiently for Watford's decision. More than a few Crimson Tide fans had hoped Nate Oats would not wait on Watford and risk losing Rojas.
Apparently, Rojas was so solidly sold on Oats exercising patience was not a problem. Earlier this year, Rojas was headed to Buffalo to play for Nate Oats. The relationship between the coach and player goes back a few years.
Some basketball insiders have described Rojas as the perfect forward for Nate Oats' style of play.
Roll 'Bama Roll: JUCO All-American Signs With Alabama Crimson Tide Basketball
The dominoes have fallen into place to allow Juco All-American James Rojas to join Alabama. With Monday announcements of Trendon Watford committing to LSU and freshman guard Diante Wood transferring to Jacksonville U. in Florida (not to be confused with Jacksonville State in Alabama), the Crimson Tide still had a slot to fill.
Coach Nate Oats made the official announcement Tuesday morning that the forward has signed with the team. Rojas originally signed with Buffalo during the early signing period but was allowed out of his commitment once Oats moved to Alabama.
Fansided: Alabama Basketball: Watford wait over and maybe some new rules
Alabama basketball and the rest of the NCAA may be playing under some new rules as soon as the '20-21 season. For those wondering, those potential rules changes have nothing to do with the flood of 'pay-for-play' allegations uncovered in the FBI investigation into college basketball.
Apparently, the NCAA has more pressing issues, including a making a 3-point field goal attempt more difficult. A deeper three-point line is one of the current proposals for change. Making treys somewhat more difficult is a solid idea.
The proposed change would take the current line at 20 feet and nine inches and move it to 22 feet and 1.
Roll 'Bama Roll: Roll 'Bama Roll Podcast: Season 3, Episode 9 -- 2020 Mock Drafts are already lighting up Crimson and White.
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Mama, there goes my ankles.
We're keeping it short and sweet this week, catching you up on all things Alabama Basketball and what Coach Oats is up to as national recruiting winds down. We also also into football, talks some recruiting, and the mock drafts that are beginning to drop for next year -- the First Round will be very Crimson.
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Touchdown Alabama Magazine: Alabama's Jerry Jeudy spending his offseason with superstar NFL receiver
He is serious about being a top-five pick in next year's NFL Draft and with the way he's been training this offseason, Jerry Jeudy is potentially looking at being the No. 1 overall pick.
After a sophomore campaign that saw him emerge with the Fred Biletnikoff Award and consensus All-American status, the former five-star is learning tools from one of the best receivers in the pros.
Jeudy was with Antonio Brown of the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, as the two Florida natives along with others got some work in on the track.
Brown was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft; however, he became a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time selection for first-team All-Pro, two-time leader in receptions and receiving yards for the league and the NFL's leader in touchdown receptions in 2018.
Fansided: Alabama Basketball: Tide to get visit from top transfer target
It is almost time for Alabama basketball to officially move on from Trendon Watford. The Mountain Brook 5-Star is expected to choose LSU when he announces on May 20.
Many Alabama basketball insiders have speculated once the Watford news is official, Nate Oats will sign JUCO forward James Rojas. Rojas reportedly prefers joining the Crimson Tide and has apparently been patient while Watford drug out his recruitment. Many Tide fans want Oats to reward Rojas for his patience.
However, it could be Oats believes the Crimson Tide has a greater need of a point guard. Howard University, transfer point guard, R.
Roll 'Bama Roll: Alabama Softball Falls Behind, Comes Back For Huge Win
Saturday's game did not start out very well for Alabama. Arizona State shocked Montana Fouts and the Crimson Tide with a double and a home run in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. It was only the third round-tripper given up by the Bama ace all season, and first since March 8. As they have done all season, the Tide immediately responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first thanks to the speed and smarts on the base paths of Elissa Brown and KB Sides.
The Sun Devils were not done yet, retorting with two more runs in the next inning, but Alabama got a spark when ASU attempted a double steal making the third out at home when catcher Reagan Dykes converted a plate blocking out that should be used in instructional videos.
Roll 'Bama Roll: Alabama Softball Wins 8-2, Moves On To Winner's Bracket
Alabama's first game of the NCAA Tournament started a little rocky for starting pitcher Krystal Goodman as she allowed Alabama State to load the bases with three straight singles with one out in the first inning. However she only allowed a single run in that inning. After that, Goodman settled down and let her teammates' bats take over. The Crimson Tide plated three runs in their half of the first and two in the second.
In the fourth it was Kaylee Tow's turn to shine again as she hit a three run bomb to left center to make it 8-1.
Fansided: Alabama Softball: Previewing the Tuscaloosa Regional
If you aren't already aware of the format for the NCAA tournament, Alabama Softball qualified for its 21st consecutive NCAA tournament as the national 8th seed. That means it hosts a regional this weekend and, should they end up winning the regional, will host the winner of the Austin regional in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional best-of-three series.
For the regional tournament, Alabama, along with three other teams, will compete in a double-elimination style tournament. This means you can win the tournament in as little as three games to as many as five. The regional championship is played on Sunday and, should the 2-0 team lose to the 2-1 team, an if-necessary game will be played shortly after.
ESPN.com: What happened at the wildest NBA lottery ever seen
Holy smokes. What a wild lottery. That may have been the wildest lottery ever. The NBA's new smoothed lottery odds raised the possibility of teams leaping from the middle toward the top, and boy howdy was there some leapin' on Tuesday in Chicago.
Here's how it went down from inside the locked-down drawing room, where the real lottery takes place about an hour before the television reveal.
* In all my years in the drawing room -- and I'm becoming the Elgin Baylor of that room at this point -- the loudest display of emotion I had seen was in 2012 from Dell Demps, then the general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans, when New Orleans won the Anthony Davis lottery.
Fansided: New Alabama Basketball assistant Bryan Hodgson's transformational life
In a still-young college basketball coaching career, new Alabama basketball assistant, Bryan Hodgson has garnered attention. As part of Nate Oats' Buffalo staff going back to the 2015-16 season, Hodgson quickly gained a reputation as a strong recruiter.
Hodgson is very good at building relationships with recruits and players. He relies on his own story of adversity, overcome by love, to build trust. His message to recruits is about much more than basketball. It is about hope, discipline and following your passion in life.
Bryan Hodgson's parents are not his biological parents. Born to a 15-year old mother, social services placed Bryan in foster care at the age of 18 months.