Jalen Hurts critical of Alabama coaches over handling of QB situation

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 8/4/18

Hurts has been frustrated with the coaches about his status. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide have a quarterback controversy on their hands, and have since last year’s national championship game. But one of the quarterbacks involved does not appear happy with how it has been handled.

Jalen Hurts, who was benched during the championship game in favor of Tua Tagovailoa, has been the subject of transfer rumors and chatter all summer. Speaking to the media on Saturday, Hurts said no coaches had talked to him about how he felt during the summer, and the attempts to address things with him now come too late.

Hurts also rebutted coach Nick Saban, who had said he wasn’t sure if Hurts would be on the roster when the season opened.

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Alabama Football: Locks and Tosh talking points are same Tide theme

Alabama football fans got to hear Mike Locksley and Tosh Lupoi speak on the upcoming season. Their remarks followed always carefully crafted themes. Alabama football fans and the media get two shots at the Crimson Tide coordinators. One of them is the designated fall media day and the next comes after the regular season. On Saturday, they […]Alabama Football: Locks and Tosh talking points are same Tide theme - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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The Curious Case of Schwartz, Alabama’s Mystery 1906 Baseball Coach

Schwartz is #8

I was told about this mystery on reddit recently. Alabama’s baseball team first played on July 1, 1892 (a win). In the program’s history, the 1906 season stands out among them all. The squad went 4-16-1 (.216), the absolute worst season in Alabama baseball history. That would be the only season a man named Schwartz coached Alabama.

The official Alabama records list a first (or at least a nickname) and last name for every single coach in Crimson Tide history, except for the 1906 coach. Schwartz is, simply, Schwartz.

Why? Who is he? How is such a notable coach in our program’s history known in the official records by just his last name? I had to find out and unravel this mystery.

And I did.

Charles Schwartz was hired as the baseball coach likely in January, 1906. The earliest record I found was from this January 18, 1906 edition of The Montgomery Advertiser.

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Alabama Football: Fall camp, session No. 1 report and CNS comments

Alabama football began fall camp on Friday. Check out notes from the first practice session and the post-practice review by Nick Saban. The defending national champion, Alabama football team hit the fall practice field on Friday. For the first session of fall camp, the players worked in helmets and shorts on a warm Tuscaloosa afternoon. As […]Alabama Football: Fall camp, session No. 1 report and CNS comments - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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20 most entertaining offenses for 2018 college football season

Football is all about entertainment. And in today’s era of college football, few things are more captivating to its viewers than scoring points.

When these offenses hit the field, it’s a safe bet they’ll regularly be marching toward the end zone. While that doesn’t necessarily translate to wins — defense and special teams also matter — it certainly is enjoyable to watch.

Several schools on the list will be nationally televised often, but a couple of others are teams to remember. When there’s a lull in the action or a midweek game, be sure to flip on these squads.

Alabama Crimson Tide

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Alabama Football: What to make of the pre-season Coaches Top 25 Poll

For Alabama football fans, the Crimson Tide being ranked No. 1 in preseason is ho-hum. Where other teams rank is more interesting. The preseason USA Today Coaches Poll is out. Alabama football is again ranked No. 1. The ranking comes as no surprise to Crimson Tide fans. To many CFB fans, the human polls no longer […]Alabama Football: What to make of the pre-season Coaches Top 25 Poll - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Pre-Fall Camp Depth Chart

Check out this Alabama football fall camp depth chart that includes some summer enrollees who may join the two-deep this season. Nick Saban hates it but Alabama football fans cannot wait until game week for a depth chart. The format we provide defines a two-deep as much as possible. It also includes observations of other […]Alabama Football: Pre-Fall Camp Depth Chart - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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10 most compelling early season college football games

Fall camp brings the long-awaited return of college football season, but eyes are understandably wandering toward the weekends with meaningful games.

Conference standings and national rankings will undergo considerable movement, and these matchups will have large effects on one or both. Stanford alone has two important Pac-12 tilts in the opening four weeks.

Be sure to schedule your football viewing around this group of clashes when the season officially kicks off.

Washington vs. Auburn, Sep. 1

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Alabama Football: The margin for a national championship is ever so slim

Finally, for Alabama football fans the long offseason is almost over. A new season renews national championship expectations with little thought to how slim are the margins to win it all. It is said we Alabama football fans are spoiled. Some of us admit it is true. Being spoiled by championship success in abundance is […]Alabama Football: The margin for a national championship is ever so slim - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Landon Collins on a mission to become best NFL safety

Being a star for Alabama football can lead to the massive riches and fame of the National Football League. Former LSU star receiver acknowledges that the path indeed is paved in gold for Tide players. Drafted by the Giants with the first pick in the second round, Alabama football safety Landon Collins determination to make the […]Alabama Football: Landon Collins on a mission to become best NFL safety - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football Recruiting: The End of Summer

Nobody on the roadNobody on the beachI feel it in the airThe summer’s out of reach.

The Boys of Summer by Don Henley

The NCAA Recruiting Calendar is an odd thing. It seems senseless to have a Dead Period in the middle of summer, but there it was from June 25 through July 24. Another Dead Period runs the length of the month of August. The Crimson Tide celebrated this short respite with a second BBQ Cookout. While it was not as big as the first one, it was still received very well.

4-star OLB commit King Mwikuta was in attendance and told 247sports that he gets “homesick” whenever he LEAVES Tuscaloosa. He has moved from the No. 123 prospect to 115.

Oxford, Miss. DB Brandon Turnage made his third trip to the Capstone this summer. QBs Paul Tyson and Taulia Tagovailoa plus one of the newest commits DE Byron Young were also spotted.

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Alabama Football: After the Cookout what is next in recruiting

Alabama football fans were hoping for new commits from the second Champions Cookout. What happened and what is next for Crimson Tide recruiting. The second Alabama football Champions Cookout came and went with no new verbal commits. While the Alabama football staff continued pursuit of a few top players, other schools stole the weekend headlines. […]Alabama Football: After the Cookout what is next in recruiting - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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10 CFB programs ready to knock Alabama off its throne

For years, the Alabama Crimson Tide have reigned supreme over the college football landscape. Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has won five national championships in the last decade.

Alabama’s dominance culminated last season with their fifth title under Saban. Now as the 2018 college football season approaches, the Crimson Tide are poised for another dominant season.

It comes as no surprise to see Alabama as heavy favorites to win the national title. Of course, it will play with a major target on its back this coming season.

Realistically, there aren’t many teams with a chance at overcoming the tide. Here are the 10 programs with a chance to knock Alabama off its throne this season.

Georgia Bulldogs

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Alabama Football: John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson excellent choices

With just over a month left before Alabama football fans see action on the field, it’s what fans will hear that will be different on gameday. Former Alabama football players John Parker Wilson and Rashad Johnson will both join the Crimson Tide Sports Network on the radio broadcasts of Alabama’s football games. Wilson will serve as […]Alabama Football: John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson excellent choices - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Tide players named to national awards watch lists

Alabama football has 11 players named to 13 national player awards, watch lists. Check which Crimson Tide player was named to each watch list. In the Alabama football Saban era, fans have grown accustomed to players winning national awards. The Heisman Award gets the most attention but the other awards are noteworthy as well. In […]Alabama Football: Tide players named to national awards watch lists - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: What to expect from Champions Cookout 2

Alabama football is entertaining another group of top recruits for the second Champions Cookout of the summer. What should fans expect? Every media source covering Alabama football keeps up a steady refrain of all the 5-Star recruits expected to sign with the Crimson Tide. So far, among the Tide’s 20, 2019 commits, there is one […]Alabama Football: What to expect from Champions Cookout 2 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Nick Saban inks monster contract extension

The SEC West’s all about oneupmanship, and that’s why we like it. Florida is looking like a National Championsip contender for arrests, and Alabama has oneupped the rest of the SEC West with another contract extension for Nick Saban.

The school announced that Saban’s extension will be through the 2025 season, and pay him a tidy $8.3m for 2018.

Saban’s base salary will rise to $7.5m per season – and $400,000 a season for every season after that. Although that might seem peanuts compared to the $11.1m contract extension he signed last year, but if you take out the $4m that he was given as a signing bonus, then it’s still a slick pay rise.

He said: “We are very excited about the future, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed at Alabama — both on and off the football field.”

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Alabama announces contract extension for Nick Saban through 2025 season

When Nick Saban was at the podium for SEC media days last week, he was asked — as he is seemingly every year — about how long he will continue coaching at Alabama. The veteran coach replied with his usual answer of however long he feels healthy enough to and if the program would have him.

It seems quite a long time is the real answer.

The Crimson Tide announced on Friday afternoon that they had agreed to a contract extension with Saban though the 2025 season, including annual raises that will see him go from around $7.5 million in 2018 up to $10.3 million by the end of the deal.

“Our family is thrilled to agree to a contract extension with the University of Alabama that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our coaching career,” Saban said in a statement. “For Terry and me, the Tuscaloosa community and the state of Alabama have become home, and a place with deep roots for our entire family. We are very excited about the future, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed at Alabama — both on and off the football field. We want to thank the Board of Trustees, President Bell, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, our athletics administration, the football staff and the entire University community for their support. I’ve said this before, but the most satisfying part of our job is seeing the young men that represent our program grow and develop, not only in football, but more importantly in what they have been able to accomplish in their lives because of their involvement in our program.”

Some of the details about the contract released by the school include annual increases of $400,000 on his base pay and retention bonuses of $800,000 if he’s still coach in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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Nick Saban Agrees to contract extension through 2025 season

The University has announced that Nick Saban’s contract has been extended through the 2025 season.

From the official release:

The new agreement will extend his current contract by one season to eight years, and keep him in charge of the Crimson Tide football program through February 28, 2026. The base salary and talent fee will rise to $7.5 million and increase $400,000 annually. There will also be a contract extension/championship signing incentive of $800,000 in 2018 and a contract completion benefit of $800,000 payable at the end of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons.

”Our family is thrilled to agree to a contract extension with The University of Alabama that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our coaching career,” Saban said. “For Terry and me, the Tuscaloosa community and the state of Alabama have become home, and a place with deep roots for our entire family. We are very excited about the future, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed at Alabama – both on and off the football field. We want to thank the Board of Trustees, President Bell, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, our athletics administration, the football staff and the entire University community for their support. I’ve said this before, but the most satisfying part of our job is seeing the young men that represent our program grow and develop, not only in football, but more importantly in what they have been able to accomplish in their lives because of their involvement in our program.”

It appears that Saban will be scheduled to earn $9.5M in total compensation in the year 2021 and will be over $10M annually by the end of the deal. He’s obviously been worth every penny, and this is just more ammo to use on the recruiting trail. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon, folks.

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