Alabama men’s golf ties for second-round lead at NCAA Stockton Regional

Freshman Wilson Furr had a blistering stretch of birding six of seven holes on the back nine to finish minus-8 as the University of Alabama men’s golf team moved into a tie for the lead of the Stockton Regional on Tuesday.

The No. 7 Crimson Tide finished the second round at -14, along with unranked unranked Iowa State, one shot ahead of No. 43 Kansas State.

No. 18 Stanford was -8, and No. 31 TCU -7, and poised to go into the final round with a small cushion over the field.

The top five teams from the three-day regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., on May 25-30. Among those in danger of having their season end including No. 6 LSU (even-par) and No. 19 Southern California (+3).

As a team, Alabama had the low score Tuesday, -8 on the par-72 course, The Reserve at Spanos Park in California.

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AL.com All-Access: Who is your favorite college football player ever?

Today’s question is a simple one: who is our favorite college football player of all-time?Original link
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Ranking 10 likeliest commitments for Alabama football in 2019 class

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we talk the latest with the 10 likeliest commitments for Alabama. 

The likeliest commitments for Alabama in 2019 class 

Alabama has 12 commitments and the nation’s No. 1 class for the 2019 recruiting cycle. I expect the Crimson Tide to have the No. 1 class come February when National Signing Day is over.

These are the players I am most confident in picking the Tide when they make their decisions (from most likely to least likely).

If you read SEC Country’s feature story on Will Reichard last Friday, you’ll understand why family is so important to him. Because of Alabama’s proximity to his home, the Crimson Tide should land Reichard’s commitment when he makes his decision before May 24. He also doesn’t care about Joseph Bulovas’ excellent performance during the A-Day game, so that is something to note, too.

He thinks Jeff Banks is the best special teams coordinator in college football. When you add all that up, Reichard is a clear pick to choose the Tide.

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Alabama men’s golf shoots back nine at -8, in third at Stockton Regional

The University of Alabama men’s golf team made a charge on the back nine of The Reserve at Spanos Park in California to finish the first round of the Stockton Regional in third place at 6-under par Monday.

After getting a feel for the par-72 course on the first nine holes, the entire Crimson Tide team shot 10-under (-8 for the top four scorers that counted toward the overall score) over the final nine.

“Getting off to a solid start in the first round at an NCAA Regional is pivotal, and at the end of the day, that’s exactly what we did,” Alabama coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “I thought we did a great job on the back nine and made a lot of birdies. I’m proud of how we responded after a somewhat slow start and it turned the momentum around in our favor. There’s not a lot of movement when you get to regionals, so we just need to do this same thing each day we are out here.”

Senior Jonathan Hardee got hot with birdies on holes 12-16 to shoot Alabama’s low round of the day at -4. Freshman Davis Shore was right behind him at -3, with junior Davis Riley at even, freshman Wilson Furr at +1 and senior Lee Hodges at +3.

Individually, Hardee was tied for fifth, one stroke off the lead, with Shore tied for 8th.

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The latest on Alabama’s chances with nation’s No. 1 ILB Nakobe Dean

Alabama is off to an excellent recruiting start, and you should expect the Crimson Tide to continue its success. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.

Nakobe Dean, the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker in the 2019 class from Horn Lake (Miss.) High School, has Alabama as one of his top schools. But there are numerous schools still in the mix for Dean, such as Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Stanford.

Dean’s recruitment is wide open, according to multiple sources I have spoken with in the past few weeks.

Alabama is one of his top schools out of that group if we follow the visits. He’s been to Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss the most. His brother currently attends Ole Miss, and he’s visited that school more than Bama and LSU. However, Dean is adamant that it won’t play any factor.

Depth charts also will not factor in Dean’s decision. He told SEC Country that he knows he must work to start at whichever school he attends. Inside linebacker is one of the Tide’s biggest needs after signing only one prospect in the 2018 class.

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Danny Sheridan on state-sanctioned sports gambling: ‘Alabama is pathetically in the dark ages’

Sports handicapper Danny Sheridan rails on college football and NFL, saying they are a “bunch of prostitutes,” while the state of Alabama is “backward because of the people we have elected” when it comes to gambling.

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Mark Ingram Sr. could be headed back to prison

Former NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram Sr. could be sent back to federal prison after a parole-violation hearing on May 22.Original link
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Calvin Ridley taking advantage of flexibility with Atlanta Falcons

A new number, less rigid dress rules and a wider range of positions are some of the things that greeted former Alabama standout Calvin Ridley at his first NFL practice.Original link
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Could Jalen Hurts transfer to another SEC school?

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The college football world has been abuzz since Jalen Hurts was benched in the national title game, sat in favor of true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who looked like the superior passer in that game by far. The future of Hurts at Alabama not surprisingly as a result has become uncertain.

As it stands, there has not been a starter named for Alabama yet — but Tagovailoa looked a lot sharper in spring practice and looks to be the favorite for the job. That being said, if Hurts were to lose the starting job and transfer, he would be one of the most sought-after transfer quarterbacks in quite some time.

Amid the schools that could be in the running, how would the Florida Gators look as a fit?

Mullen had a front row seat to Hurts at his best, when the sophomore led the Tide to a comeback win over Mississippi State last season, easily the Tide’s best win of the regular season and a huge reason Alabama was able to win Nick Saban a sixth national championship.

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Dabo Swinney downplays talk of succeeding Nick Saban at Alabama

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Someday Nick Saban will no longer be the coach at Alabama, and many have already talked about Clemson’s Dabo Swinney succeeding him in Tuscaloosa.

Swinney knows the talk is out there, but he’s not particularly eager to entertain it. In fact, the one-time Crimson Tide assistant did not sound like a guy eager to leave a successful program at Clemson to take on the sky-high expectations at Alabama.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re behind Nick or not at Alabama,” Swinney said, via Chris Low of ESPN. “Listen, I spent 13 years there, so I get it. I know exactly what that mentality is and something I’ve tried to always fight here. You don’t see that anywhere in our building, that it’s national championship or bust. Our team goals are to win the opener, win the division, win the state championship, win the conference and win the closer."

“Now, hopefully, this will be a job that will be hard on the next guy because we’ve created a standard. That’s what you want. You want to take over a job that has a winning tradition, has high expectations and has everybody fully invested. To me, I’d rather have that than take over a program that everybody is fired for a reason. We have all that and then some right here at Clemson.”

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Scott Frost supports an 8-team playoff

Frost, the reigning Coach of the Year, would like to see the playoff field expand. Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Frost knows firsthand just how tough the College Football Playoff can be to teams outside the Power 5 conferences. Last season he was the head coach at UCF, which got left out of the playoff despite being unbeaten. They proved how good they are with a win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Even though he’s now at a major school in Nebraska, Frost thinks college football should expand the playoff to include eight teams instead of its current four.

“Right now there’s a system in place that crowns the national championship,” Frost told Mike Bianchi during a radio interview on 96.9 The Game in Orlando on Thursday. “I think that system is better than it was when I was in college and two great teams still couldn’t play each other. … I really think an eight-team system with maybe five conference champions and three at-large teams would open up the door for a team like UCF or any other team that has a great year to get in.

“Sports is the best when you can decide these things on the field.”

Like Frost said, the college football postseason has made significant improvements over time. It wasn’t that long ago where due to the bowl system, it was tough to get the two best teams to face each other in the postseason. There was the BCS, and now there’s the playoff, which features four teams.

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Greg McElroy: Auburn would have beaten UCF for national title

McElroy, to no surprise, thinks highly of his alma mater versus the upstarts. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy threw more cold water on the UCF party.

The SEC Network analyst was on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM on Monday and talked about UCF, which is still celebrating their “national championship” for going 13-0 despite not winning the College Football Playoff. McElroy says that if a national title were on the line, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and even Auburn would have beaten UCF.

“Alabama would dust (UCF),” he said, via AL.com. “So would Clemson. So would Georgia. So would all those teams. They would dust Central Florida if a national championship was on the line.

“And you know what? Auburn would to.”

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Ex-Alabama QB: Pruitt ‘scares me more at Tennessee than Kirby does at Georgia’

Pruitt is going to make a grand impact in Knoxville according to a former Alabama quarterback. Caitie McMekin-USA TODAY Sports

After a whirlwind of moves for Tennessee football in the past year, the Volunteers finally settled on a head coaching hire in former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt is one of many former Alabama assistants to land notable head-coaching gigs, including Kirby Smart at Georgia and Jimbo Fisher, now at Texas A&M.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Pruitt hire and what he will bring to the table, and former SEC quarterbacks are starting to notice the upside.

“He scares me more at Tennessee than Kirby does at Georgia,” former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson said, via CBS Sports. “Georgia is going to be good, but down the road, Jeremy scares me more than Kirby does at Georgia.

“I just think as a head coach, not only recruiting but bringing in other coaches, having a good staff … we haven’t seen Tennessee be really good in 10 years,” Wilson said. “His ability to get them back, he’s got a higher ceiling than Georgia does. And I know the recruiting [Georgia] can do just an hour down the road in Atlanta is pretty strong.

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Paul Finebaum thinks Dabo Swinney is ‘only person’ who can replace Nick Saban

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There’s no indication that Alabama coach Nick Saban is going anywhere anytime soon, but ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum thinks there’s only one person who can replace him when that time comes.

Finebaum thinks Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ticks all the boxes Alabama would be looking for, and that as it stands, he’s the only option for the Crimson Tide when the 66-year-old Saban ultimately calls it a day.

“Who knows when Saban’s day will come, but I’m going to put a couple chips down on the long-shot now,” Finebaum told The RoundTable on JOXFM, via Brad Crawford of 247 Sports. “It’s no longer off the board. I saw it. His wife grew up in Alabama. His family is from Alabama. That will be a fascinating gravitational pull when Alabama calls and says, ‘OK, Dabo. It’s time to come home.’ I don’t know if it’s as absolute as it was a couple months ago.

“I’m probably going to upset somebody here, but you get right down to it, it’s Alabama versus Clemson. It’s no contest. If you’re thinking about, ‘OK, where do I really want to be long-term,’ and I think because he’s from Alabama, I’m going to keep pushing that ball up the hill. And the fact that he’s already won that championship … Nobody wants to replace Saban — it’s an impossible task, but I will say this, before anyone says it’s impossible to replace Nick Saban, I think the only person who can replace Nick Saban is Dabo Swinney.”

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Watch: Jalen Hurts nearly nailed by foul ball at Alabama softball game

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Rushing defender or a foul ball. Both could hurt all the same. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts saw his life flash before his eyes while watching Alabama’s softball game against Tennessee on Monday.

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Nick Saban was ‘not disappointed’ in Jalen Hurts’ play in spring game

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Nick Saban was not disappointed with Jalen Hurts after Alabama’s spring game on Saturday despite some thoughts to the contrary.

Hurts was 19 for 37 with 195 yards and an interception against the first-team defense. He also rushed for 33 yards.

A video began circulating online that showed Saban seemingly expressing frustration with Hurts for scrambling on a play rather than trying to pass. Here’s the video:

After the game, Saban made it clear that he was not disappointed with Hurts.

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