Women's basketball prospect Malu Tshitenge-Mutombo commits to North Carolina

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Sep 14, 2018espnW.com

Malu Tshitenge-Mutombo, niece of former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo and one of the top women's basketball recruits in the 2019 class, on Friday committed to North Carolina.

The 6-foot-3 senior post player at St. John's College High School (Washington, D.C.) and the No. 56 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 chose the Tar Heels over Notre Dame.

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Playing in Texas gives teams chances to recruit Texas

Sep 14, 2018

When Texas plays host to USC at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, the Longhorns won't just be competing against the Trojans. They'll also be competing with Ohio State, which takes on TCU in Arlington, Texas, at the same time only 200 miles north of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

They'll be competing for the attention of in-state recruits with the Buckeyes and other programs who have seen success recruiting Texas in the 2019 class.

The momentum the Longhorns and coach Tom Herman seemed to be gaining from a top-three 2018 class has dwindled in a short period of time. From the excitement of Jimbo Fisher joining Texas A&M to the lingering questions about the Longhorns, recruiting is seeing another shift within the state.

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Hugh Freeze blames climate in America for him not having head coaching job

Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Disgraced former Mississippi head football coach Hugh Freeze is taking to the public as a way to defend himself after a scandal surrounding escorts cost him his job with the Rebels.

In speaking at the Little Rock Touchdown Club recently, Freeze noted that today’s current climate in America has prevented him from getting another gig since Mississippi parted ways with him.

This is not a drill.

“I think the climate in America the last year probably affects a lot of administrator’s decision making,” Freeze said. “If they don’t take the time to really hear what our story is, they probably can come quick to make some type of judgement. Maybe that happened. Maybe it didn’t.”

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Unlike Saban, Swinney not annoyed by QB questions

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Clemson and Alabama both have high-profile quarterback dilemmas, but Dabo Swinney has taken a different approach to how he handles questions compared to Nick Saban.

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Basketball prospect Mir McLean of Roland Park and Team Takeover soars on court, in classroom

By Walter Villa | Sep 13, 2018Special to espnW

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Mir McLean averaged 18.6 points and 13.5 rebounds as a sophomore at Baltimore's Roland Park Country Day.

Every time Mir McLean hears a referee's whistle, she thinks of her dad, who officiated and coached basketball games.

Every time she sees someone wearing blue and orange -- her father's colors when he played wide receiver for Morgan State -- she thinks of her dad.

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Alabama Football: Crimson Tide two-game report card

Two games into the Alabama football, 2018 season, let’s review the strengths, the weaknesses and what to expect next for Crimson Tide. Alabama football is assured of going into week three of the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in all the top polls. After two games and two lopsided wins, the most obvious signs point […]Alabama Football: Crimson Tide two-game report card - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Top takeaways from college football Week 2

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) drops back looking for a receiver against the Arkansas State Red Wolves during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sept. 8, 2018. It was another solid showing for one of the Heisman front-runners.  John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

College football Week 2 was defined by some incredible streaks being broken by teams that have been on the losing side of things for years.

The longest road losing streak in history was snapped, and the nation’s longest losing streak to a single team also is now a thing of the past.

In addition to those incredible achievements, this weekend was a prime opportunity for some of the nation’s top playmakers to put up gaudy stats. And they did just that.

We’re diving into those topics and more as we look at the biggest takeaways from college football Week 2.

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Angry Nick Saban yells at team with 40-point lead

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Originally posted on The Sports Daily  |  By Matt Birch  |  Last updated 9/8/18

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Nick Saban, like Bill Belichick, always expects the best out of his players — no matter the score.

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Watch: Jalen Hurts absorbs brutal shot to the head diving for TD

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Alabama has the benefit of having two quality quarterbacks at its disposal, which puts pressure on both of them to perform.

That was on display during the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Arkansas State, even with the team up 19-0, when Jalen Hurts laid it all on the line, in hopes of finding the end zone.

Hurts took off running, headed toward the goal line, when he was met by a defender. He went airborne — leaping from roughly four yards out — hoping to find his way into the end zone.

Instead, though, cornerback Darreon Jackson put a brutal helmet-to-helmet shot on Hurts, and he fumbled the football. Red Wolves defensive back Justin Clifton recovered, and that was the end of that drive.

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Jalen Hurts gets into Alabama blowout in first quarter

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Larry Brown  |  Last updated 9/8/18

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Nick Saban is getting both of his quarterbacks plenty of action early in the season, as promised.

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Watch: Arkansas State punter makes up for flub with heroic second effort

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It’s not exactly going well early for Arkansas State against Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa — an unsurprising development, to be sure.

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Alabama to redshirt Jalen Hurts for 2018 season

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide no longer have too many quarterbacks. According to Pat Smith of “The Paul Finebaum Show” and Aaron Suttles of The Athletic, Jalen Hurts will redshirt for the 2018 season.

“Our own Aaron Suttles tells us expect Jalen Hurts to be redshirted this season unless Tua is injured.”

This might seem harsh on the surface, but this should benefit Hurts in the long run. Because of the new redshirt rule, he can play in up to four games while maintaining his eligibility. He’s due to graduate in December, but now he can transfer after graduation without facing a penalty. Then, he can play for another school immediately in 2019. And after that, he’ll still have two years of eligibility at quarterback.

Not a bad gig, right?

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Nick Saban apologized to ESPN reporter night of game

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Nick Saban may have a public image for being somewhat of a Darth Vader-type, but he might not be as bad as you think.

Saban came under fire for giving a surly response to a straightforward question from ESPN’s Maria Taylor following Alabama’s win over Louisville last weekend. His behavior in the interview became an immediate talking point after the game.

Though it was reported a day later that Saban had apologized to Taylor, it turns out that the Crimson Tide head coach actually tried to make things right much sooner than that.

Taylor said on “The Paul Finebaum Show” Thursday that Saban called her right after the game.

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Report: Jalen Hurts, Alabama have redshirt agreement for this season

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Larry Brown  |  Last updated 9/7/18

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Alabama and Jalen Hurts have an agreement for 2018 that seems to keep all parties’ best interests in mind, according to a report.

Aaron Suttles, who was an Alabama beat reporter for the Tuscaloosa News and now writes for The Athletic, said on his “3 Man Front” radio show on WJOX Friday that Hurts and Bama have an agreement for this season.

According to Suttles, Hurts would be expected to redshirt this season as long as Tua Tagovailoa is not injured.

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Lane Kiffin never wears his Alabama championship rings

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Lane Kiffin spent three years at Alabama rehabilitating his coaching career, but the two rings from national championships are never on his fingers.

According to Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post, Kiffin has the rings sitting on his desk at Florida Atlantic — and they impress recruits — but he doesn’t like to wear them.

“I find that funny. Coaches wear them all the time and they’re so gaudy and big. People that know me, the last thing I want is attention on me when I’m out of the building anyway.”

Kiffin had an unceremonious exit from Alabama, but the FAU coach said he has “very positive” feeling about Nick Saban.

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Bryan Antoine commits to Villanova Wildcats

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Five-star guard Bryan Antoine announced his commitment to Villanova on Tuesday.

Antoine chose the Wildcats among a final five that also included Duke, Florida, Kentucky and Kansas. Duke was long thought to be the favorite for Antoine, but Villanova came on strong recently and got Antoine to commit before he began taking official visits.

Antoine, ranked No. 12 in the ESPN 100 for 2019, is the highest-ranked recruit to commit to Villanova since point guard Corey Fisher pledged back in the Class of 2007.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Ranney School (New Jersey) is among the best scorers in the class, averaging 16.6 points and shooting 41.0 percent from 3-point range on the Under Armour Association circuit for Team Rio National.

The defending national champions added a third player to their 2019 class.

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Scout's Take safety Nick Cross to Florida State Seminoles

Sep 3, 2018

A few hours before Florida State kicked off its 2018 season, ESPN 300 safety Nick Cross gave his commitment to the Seminoles. Read below to see what Cross adds to head coach Willie Taggart's first complete class.

What he brings: Cross possesses a wealth of physical tools that can allow him to be a productive, versatile player. The four-star safety has a good blend of height and length and is an excellent overall athlete. He has the speed to be a sideline-to-sideline defender and flashes explosive ability to close. With a good blend of speed, quickness and size, he can be a scheme-versatile player in both man and zone coverage. He also is strong and physical enough to develop into an in-the-box safety. Cross demonstrates that he can be a good wrap-up tackler who can make plays in space.

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Nick Saban reportedly apologized after testy exchange with reporter

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 9/2/18

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Alabama coach Nick Saban reportedly apologized to ESPN reporter Maria Taylor aftter getting testy with her during a postgame interview Saturday.

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What Nick Saban said after Alabama blew out Louisville in Orlando

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Watch: Nick Saban upset with ESPN reporter over interview question

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Larry Brown  |  Last updated 9/2/18

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If you thought Nick Saban would be happy after his Alabama Crimson Tide won their opener 51-14 over Louisville on Saturday, you’d be wrong.

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