Alabama Football: LSU preseason buzz about recruiting, not winning games

Breaking a seven-game losing streak against Alabama football is not the biggest hope for LSU fans. The 2018 talk is all about recruiting and AD, Joe Alleva. The college football offseason is a time for optimism. Alabama football fans are not alone when expecting strong performance in an upcoming season. Check out almost any FBS team […]Alabama Football: LSU preseason buzz about recruiting, not winning games - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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College football recruiting class of 2020 fast starts

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The first time the 2020 class can sign is well more than a year away, but that doesn't mean prospects haven't already begun to make commitments. While the recruiting calendar has changed and the process in many ways has accelerated, recruiting remains a marathon and not a sprint. While much is still to be decided, some classes are already beginning to try to lock up talent. Here is a look at the initial top 10.

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Scout's Take Isaac Okoro to Auburn Tigers

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Must-have Alabama Crimson Tide items for football season

College football season is just around the corner. Make sure you have all the Alabama Crimson Tide gear you need for 2018-19. We are just over a month away from the start of the college football season. But before the Alabama Crimson Tide take the field, make sure you have plenty of new gear from […]Must-have Alabama Crimson Tide items for football season - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Basketball: Bold Avery Johnson builds tough OOC schedule

Alabama basketball coach, Avery Johnson was known as the ‘Little General’ in the NBA. The bold leadership he showed in the NBA continues in Tuscaloosa. Even though Alabama basketball coach, Avery Johnson was known as the ‘Little General’ in the NBA, he is not small in stature. At a tad under six feet, Avery looks […]Alabama Basketball: Bold Avery Johnson builds tough OOC schedule - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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College football summer reading list: SEC Edition

In the college football world, summer means one thing: preview time. Whether it’s an examination of your favorite player, a sneak peek of your preferred team or an in-depth guide to the conference of your choice, the months before kickoff are flooded with first looks. We decided to go a different route. We want to lift up your literary game with a faux summer reading list, breaking down the college football conferences by team, assigning each one a title and summary to aide you in your quest for culture and college football knowledge. Here’s our must reads for the SEC.

To read our ACC summer reading list, click here. 

To read our Pac-12 summer reading list, click here. 

To read our Big Ten summer reading list, click here.

To read our Big 12 summer reading list, click here. 

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Nick Saban says Jalen Hurts told him he is not transferring

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Jalen Hurts may not be the favorite to win the Alabama starting quarterback job heading into the 2018 season, but that does not mean the junior is going to leave the school where he enjoyed great success over the past two years.

With questions still swirling about whether Hurts will transfer if national championship game hero Tua Tagovailoa beats him out for the starting job, Nick Saban told ESPN’s Sage Steele on Tuesday that Hurts came to him earlier this month and assured him he is not going anywhere.

“Jalen actually came to me and said … ‘I am going to be here. I am going to be here. I came here to get an education. I graduate in December, and I’m going to be here,'” Saban said.

When Saban was asked about his QB situation back in April, he seemed far less certain of what Hurts was planning to do. Hurts’ father actually made some comments that indicated Jalen had every intention of transferring if he was not going to start, but it doesn’t sound like that will be the case.

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Thunderbirds sign Jamaican netball star

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Adelaide Thunderbirds' incoming coach Tania Obst has made her first big signing by recruiting Jamaican defender Shamera Sterling.

The 22-year-old fresh from winning the MVP in England's elite netball competition, has agreed to terms with Adelaide.

Obst is taking over as Thunderbirds coach next year from incumbent Dan Ryan, who is overseeing the club's worst season yet - winless after 12 rounds.

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Travon Walker, defensive tackle, commits Georgia Bulldogs

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Georgia added a big name to its already star-studded 2019 recruiting class on Tuesday when defensive tackle Travon Walker announced his commitment to the Dawgs.

Walker, the No. 51-ranked prospect overall, chose Georgia over Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.

Georgia adds to its 2019 class with Walker, a talented prospect who can be a versatile contributor.

The 6-foot-5, 263-pound defensive tackle out of Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Georgia, is the ninth commitment for Georgia ranked in the top 150 of the ESPN 300. Despite being ranked so high, Walker is the fourth-highest-ranked commit in the class behind wide receivers Dominick Blaylock and Jadon Haselwood and defensive end Nolan Smith, who is the No. 2 overall prospect.

Walker is the first defensive tackle to commit in the class and an important piece for Georgia as the staff was able to keep him from going out of state to Clemson. He will help fill a need in the middle of the line.

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Scout's Take DE Travon Walker to Georgia Bulldogs

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Alabama Football: On All-SEC selections, no love for Tua and the Heisman

Justifiably so, Alabama football got the most love at SEC Media Days. In the All-SEC picks, Tua got no love despite being a Heisman favorite. Alabama football was again picked to win the SEC by media members at SEC Media Days. Crimson Tide fans appreciate the acknowledgment even though the SEC media routinely gets the pick […]Alabama Football: On All-SEC selections, no love for Tua and the Heisman - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Part 2 of Six questions needing answers in Fall Camp

Fall camp starts soon and Alabama football fans want answers to six important, team questions before the start of Louisville game week. Alabama football fans have questions and the answers will not come soon enough. We’ll leave the ongoing starting QB question to Nick Saban and his staff. There are other issues that will have an […]Alabama Football: Part 2 of Six questions needing answers in Fall Camp - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Hear what Nick Saban had to say at SEC Media Days 2018

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Alabama Football: ESPN projects a disaster scenario for next CFB Playoff

From the perspective of Alabama football fans, past CFB Playoff selections were not controversial. Many other fans disagree and the committee’s next final four could become the most controversial of all. SEC media members have once again picked Alabama football to win the SEC. The vote was no surprise. Although Georgia was picked to win the SEC East, […]Alabama Football: ESPN projects a disaster scenario for next CFB Playoff - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Mizzou QB Drew Lock, Alabama DL Raekwon Davis headline preseason All-SEC team

The preseason hype surrounding Missouri quarterback Drew Lock is certainly not slowing down upon the conclusion of SEC Media Days.

The senior who finished last season on the All-SEC First Team finds himself in the exact same position on the media’s annual preseason list of top players from the league. Lock, a potential first-rounder, edged out Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham (second team) and both Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (third team). While the SEC has been knocked for quarterback play in the past, that is certainly not the case in 2018 given the depth that is apparent from the preseason teams, which doesn’t even include others like Ole Miss’ signal-caller Jordan Ta’amu.

Leading the way on defense was, not surprisingly, several Alabama stars. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis, linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson, plus defensive back Deionte Thompson were all on the first team All-SEC defense. All told, 13 Crimson Tide players were named to one of the three teams, a mark followed closely by Georgia (12), Auburn (9) and Florida (8).

The full set of three preseason teams are below:

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20 jarringly specific and (perhaps not entirely serious) predictions about the 2018 college football season

1. After being asked, on a particularly intemperate mid-August day, about the state of the Alabama quarterback battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, Nick Saban brandishes a Coca-Cola bottle and declares it to be his starter in the season-opener against Louisville. The Coca-Cola bottle subsequently calls a press conference in which it states (through a translator) that it is transferring to Georgia Tech to be closer to its family. Saban starts Tagovailoa, who completes 18-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in Alabama’s 39-10 victory over Louisville.

2. With Michigan trailing Notre Dame 21-18 and facing a 4th-and-3 at the Notre Dame 32-yard line late in the fourth quarter, Jim Harbaugh calls for a play referred to as “Spongebob.” Quarterback Shea Patterson takes a shotgun snap, does a backflip, shouts some nonsense at a perplexed defensive end, scrambles until he hyperventilates, and then hurls a pass that angles off two defenders’ helmets and the belt buckle of a side judge before landing in the hands of wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones for the game-winning touchdown.

3. In Week 2, Michigan State beats Arizona State 45-9, prompting ASU coach Herm Edwards to deliver a fiery postgame lecture about the potential of Bitcoin technology.

4. After his Florida Atlantic team upsets Oklahoma, starts the season 3-0 and puts up an average of 46 points per game, Lane Kiffin denies rumors that he will become the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

5. A Tennessee man blames repeated viewings of the Imagine Dragons’ song “Natural” during college football broadcasts for brainwashing him into purchasing a nearby Chick-fil-A franchise.

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Alabama Football: What to look for leading up to fall camp

Alabama football fall camp is two weeks away. Check out three areas, worthy of close attention leading up to the start of camp. The symbolic kickoff to the new season, SEC Media Days is finished. Alabama football fans now have two more weeks of summer dog days before the pace quickens with the start of […]Alabama Football: What to look for leading up to fall camp - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Crimson Tide fans: Grab your sideline gear now

Alabama Crimson Tide fans can now nab the same gear their favorite players and coaches are rocking on the sideline. Check it out below. The college football season is quickly approaching, which means the Alabama Crimson Tide will be taking on the Louisville Cardinals in Orlando sooner rather than later. Do you have all the […]Alabama Crimson Tide fans: Grab your sideline gear now - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Unlocking the key to the Tide QB situation

Alabama football does not have a QB controversy. It has a situation filled with opportunity and challenge. A QB expert explains what will happen and why. Amidst the clamor surrounding SEC Media Days, a familiar voice shared some clarity about what to expect from the Alabama football QB situation. Some fans are disenchanted with Gary Danielson […]Alabama Football: Unlocking the key to the Tide QB situation - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama state champion Maori Davenport set to represent USA at FIBA Americas U18 Championship

By Walter Villa | Jul 19, 2018Special to espnW

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Maori Davenport will represent Team USA at the upcoming FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Mexico City.

Dyneshia Jones remembers pulling into her driveway one day a decade ago and greeting the family that had just moved into the house next door.

The couple, Mario and Tara, had three children, including a first-grade girl named Maori, who filled her days by taking piano and ballet lessons.

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