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Devyn Ford commits to Penn State Nittany Lions

May 18, 2018

ESPN 300 running back Devyn Ford has committed to Penn State, announcing his decision to be a member of the 2019 recruiting class on Friday when he unzipped his jacket to reveal a Nittany Lions T-shirt.

Ford had been deciding between Virginia Tech and Penn State.

"What I like about Penn State is just the fans," Ford said. "They have 110K up there. Up there at the spring game, it was amazing the atmosphere there. They only had 71,000 there and it still felt like a real game, to be honest.

"They have really good alumni. I see people down here in Virginia always talking about 'go there, go there, We Are,' all that stuff. I also got [Penn State commits] Nana [Asiedu] and Ricky [Slade] in my ear too."

Ford said the success of Saquon Barkley also weighed into his decision.

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Tua Tagovailoa was close to leaving Alabama

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Freshman Tua Tagovailoa was this close to leaving Alabama. But at halftime of the National Championship game, coach Nick Saban would turn to Tagovailoa to lead a comeback attempt. The rest, of course, is history. According to Taryn Hatcher of Hawaii News Now, though, it all comes back to that last game.

“I told myself if I didn’t play in the last game, which was the national championship game, I would transfer out,” Tagovailoa says. “I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available.”

However, this would’ve been less of a challenge to Tagovailoa.

“I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it’d be easier for me and wouldn’t challenge me so much.”

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Tua Tagovailoa says he wanted to transfer to USC

So it was true that Tagovailoa considered leaving 'Bama. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The talk about Tua Tagovailoa considering transferring away from Alabama apparently was quite legitimate.

Tagovailoa spoke at his former middle school in Hawaii on Thursday. According to Hawaii News Now, the Alabama quarterback told the students that he was discouraged by not playing and wanted to leave the Crimson Tide program. He specifically says he asked his father about transferring to play for the USC Trojans.

“I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available,” Tagovailoa told the crowd, via Hawaii News Now. “I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it’d be easier for me and wouldn’t challenge me so much.

“Even throughout my football season, I wasn’t the starter,” Tagovailoa continued. “I wanted to leave the school. So I told myself if I didn’t play in the last game, which was the national championship game, I would transfer out. If I gave in, I don’t think I would have seen the end blessing of where I am now.”

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ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon crush Nick Saban for UCF comments: ‘He’s a petty man’

Add ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon among those critical of Alabama coach Nick Saban’s comments about UCF.

Recently, the analysts shared their stinging commentary on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption about Saban, who made headlines when he criticized UCF for celebrating a self-declared national title following the 2017 season. On Tuesday, USA Today’s George Schroeder published a post in which Saban said of the Knights, “Self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it.”

Kornheiser and Wilbon weren’t buying Saban’s stance. Both went on brief rants about the coach, with Wilbon saying of Saban, “He’s a petty man in so many ways. He has demonstrated that over the years. So you know he’s not going to let it go. Of course he should.”

“This is so small and so petty to beef down like this,” Kornheiser added on the show. “You coach Alabama for God’s sake. Why are you worried about Central Florida?

“It doesn’t matter what they claim. Nobody north of Jacksonville is paying attention to what they claim. So let it go. You’re Alabama. Let it go. … I would like to tell you that this is beneath Saban. But nothing is beneath Saban. Saban wrings the joy out of every single thing he’s involved with. He is — as the kids say — a buzzkill.”

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Top Alabama targets being recruited at different positions by numerous schools

Alabama is off to an excellent recruiting start, and you should expect the Crimson Tide to continue their 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.

There are several Alabama targets who are being recruited at different positions than what they are listed as on their recruiting profiles. Those same recruits are also being recruited by other schools at different positions.

Antonio Alfano, who is set to announce his commitment to either Alabama, Georgia or Penn State on Friday, is being recruited as a defensive end by Alabama. Georgia is recruiting him as a defensive tackle and before he cut his list of schools down to three, schools on the West Coast were recruiting him at tight end and linebacker. That’s how good of an athlete Alfano is and why he’s so coveted by Alabama.

Devonta Lee, 4-star WR, Amite (La.) 

Devonta Lee’s recruitment likely will come down to Alabama or LSU, and both schools want him on different sides of the ball. The Crimson Tide like him better on defense as a safety while the Tigers like him at wide receiver. Lee told SEC Country that he doesn’t have a preference on which side of the ball he plays in college.

Christian Harris, 4-star ATH, University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)

Christian Harris’ recruitment also likely will come down to Alabama or LSU, except this time the Tide like Harris on defense as an inside linebacker and the Tigers like him as an H-back. Harris told SEC Country that he was leaning toward playing defense when he gets to college. Harris is one of the Tide’s top inside linebacker targets in the 2019 class.

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Report: Alabama will make $6 million from season-opening game against USC in 2020

The Alabama Crimson Tide football program could get used to playing USC in the first game of every college football season.

After demolishing the Trojans 52-6 in the Cowboy Classic at AT&T Stadium to open the 2016 season, the Crimson Tide will line up against Southern California again in 2020, and the athletic department needs to be ready for a significant bank deposit coming in to Tuscaloosa.

According to a report from Kevin Kelley of FBSchedules.com, Alabama will receive $6 million guaranteed for their participation in the 2020 season opener in what is now called the Advocare Classic.

That sum is equal to what Alabama made from its first matchup against USC in the game.

Kelley also reports additional key details for the game.

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On the Beat: Be careful, SEC, because Alabama would be prime free-agent destination

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Should they or shouldn’t they have restrictions? That’s the question graduate transfers face from Alabama football and every program in the country.

Alabama coach Nick Saban has said he believes programs should follow the rules in place unless there is a special academic circumstance that benefits the players.

Personally, I believe graduate transfers should be able to move wherever they want to go. If a player commits himself to finishing school and still has eligibility left, there should not be any restrictions on where he can transfer.

It’s one thing to keep opposing coaches from poaching your undergrads, but grad transfers have finished their degrees and deserve to pursue other opportunities.

RELATED: Saban at 66 vs. other coaches at same age

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Former Nick Saban quarterback shares memories, offers analysis of Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide podcast with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talk with a former SEC quarterback, Josh Booty, who played for Nick Saban at LSU.

Topics discussed:

Josh Booty was an MLB and NFL player who played for Nick Saban at LSU following his baseball career. He talks about playing for Saban and what Saban has been able to accomplish.Booty talks about Saban’s attention to detail and why the coach is so successful.Booty talks about what Saban was like at LSU and some similarities that he notices when Saban talks at Alabama.We ask Booty to describe the relationship that Saban has with his quarterbacks.Booty shares a memory of a difficult moment where Nick Saban pulled him from an important game and compares that to when Jalen Hurts was pulled in the National Championship Game in January.Booty shares multiple stories of playing for Nick Saban.Booty praises Jalen Hurts for the way he handled getting benched in National Championship Game.Booty has some analysis on Tua Tagovailoa and what he expects for Alabama’s offense in 2018.Alabama Crimson Tide podcast on Wednesday included a conversation with national college football analyst Adam Kramer about what he expects from Alabama in 2018 and more.

Miss a previous edition? Find every episode of SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide podcast right here.

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LOOK: Alabama brewery displays incredible Nick Saban/Thanos piece of art

The folks at Druid City Brewery have done it again, as they’ve given Alabama, and SEC fans, another great piece of chalk art. This time featuring Nick Saban depicted as Thanos, the villain from Avengers: Infinity Wars.

The brewery has done past works of art like Bret Bielema as Santa Claus and Steve Spurrier as the baby from Nirvana’s album Nevermind. Avengers: Infinity Wars is one of the most successful movies of all-time, as it has already grossed over a billion dollars after opening on April 27.

Check out the full mural below. While not every Alabama fan might love Saban being compared to an iconic villain, the shoe does somewhat fit.

Of course there is one small nit to pick with the Saban and Thanos comparison. There are 6 Infinity Stones and thus 6 needed to complete the Infinity Gauntlet. The mural depicts Alabama’s championship rings under Saban as the theoretical stones. Under Alabama though, Saban has only won 5 championships. And while some will point out that Saban does have six national titles, no Alabama fan is about to acknowledge the title he won at LSU.

So while yes Saban is incredibly powerful, he is not quite Thanos-level powerful yet. So that should give the Urban Meyer and Kirby Smart a shot to take out Saban. But as Thor and the rest of the Avengers will tell you, if you come at Saban/Thanos, aim for the head.

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Alabama assistant predicts ESPN will make ‘greatest organization in all of sports’ documentary about Nick Saban, Crimson Tide

Alabama assistant Josh Gattis made a big prediction to remember Wednesday. He envisions ESPN airing a documentary about Nick Saban that boasts about the Crimson Tide being “the greatest organization in all of sports” under the coach.

Gattis, who’s Alabama’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, used Twitter to make the bold claim. It’s clear his message serves as an enthusiastic recruiting pitch to social-media savvy prospects. Gattis wrote that players will have two choices when it comes to this predicted documentary: watch it or be in it.

Check out his full message:

Of course, ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries have received praise for their quality looks into various sports topics. Check out the clip below to receive a preview of a documentary’s presentation.

Certainly, it’s possible for ESPN to take a look one day into Alabama’s run under Saban, which includes five national titles so far. A deep dive into how the Crimson Tide machine was built with the coach would be entertaining and enlightening.

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Frost fires back at Saban over national championship talk

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Originally posted on Larry Brown SportsBy Steve DelVecchio  |  Last updated 5/17/18

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Scott Frost may no longer be the head coach at UCF, but he is still willing to defend his former team against the one of the most influential figures in college football history.

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Scott Frost: Alabama has ‘1 or 2’ national championships that aren’t legit

Scott Frost responded to Nick Saban after the Alabama coach made some interesting comments about UCF’s self-proclaimed national championship this week.

Frost, who led UCF to an undefeated season and Peach Bowl before leaving for the Nebraska job, reminded Saban and college football fans that there are some national titles the Crimson Tide claim that aren’t recognized by everyone.

“Alabama’s probably got one or two championships they claim that weren’t necessarily recognized by everybody,” Frost said in an interview with Omaha’s KETV.

Alabama has claimed 17 national championships in its history, but several are disputed. Most notably, the Crimson Tide claim a 1941 title that is not recognized by the NCAA or the Associated Press. Sports Illustrated has a list of all of Alabama’s disputed titles.

Frost isn’t even fully on board with the UCF national title push, so his latest comments appear to be a direct response to Saban.

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#GolfSchool: Gillman qualifies for US Open; Men advance to NCAA Championships

(C) 2018 Alabama Athletics (rolltide.com).

For the 20th time in program history, and the 11th under Alabama legend Jay Seawell, the Alabama Crimson Tide golf team has advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Entering the final day of stroke play, the Crimson Tide were tied for 1st in the Stockton (CA) Region. However, a sluggish start pushed ‘Bama back to +4 on the day and in 4th place early. Led by Wilson Furr (-9), the Tide roared back, but were unable to make up enough ground on the forgiving Spanos course that saw plenty of big numbers over the week (or small numbers, if you want to be all technical about it.)

Still, fourth was good enough to advance the Tide to the NCAA National Championships. This is the 16th year Seawell has been at Alabama — 11 times his squads have moved on to play for the national title. The program is built to last too: Furr is only a freshman, and Alabama presently has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country (familiar story, huh?)

Alabama will now move on to the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., to play for the title, May 25-30. We’ll have more coverage as that event nears.

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Scott Frost takes shot at Alabama’s collection of national titles after Nick Saban comments

Scott Frost may be the coach at Nebraska these days, but he still seems pretty concerned with the ongoing melodrama between UCF and Alabama regarding national championship claims.

And in an interview spot recently released by KETV in Omaha, it appears as though the former UCF coach is unafraid of coming right at Tide Nation in defense of his old school.

“I think I’m on the record enough with that kind of stuff,” Frost said in response to Saban’s comments, before getting in one final jab at the Crimson Tide. “But Alabama’s probably got one or two championships that they claim that weren’t necessarily recognized by everybody.”

Wow. Shots fired.

Presumably, Frost is referring to the sometimes-questioned 1941 national championship that the Crimson Tide claims, but is widely recognized as a national title season for Minnesota. The Gophers were the top team in the AP poll that season.

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Mike Slive, his impact on the SEC and Alabama’s rise to glory

As news that former SEC commissioner Mike Slive has passed away, the legacy he leaves behind runs deep. His impact on the conference is felt through its members, including the University of Alabama. Sadly, we learned Wednesday former SEC commissioner Mike Slive passed away at the age of 77. Slive led the SEC as commissioner […]Mike Slive, his impact on the SEC and Alabama’s rise to glory - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: Damien Harris ready to leave his mark at Alabama

Alabama football has a player that does not receive enough recognition for the work he has put on the field. America, meet senior running back Damien Harris. For the past two seasons, Damien Harris has achieved the quietest 1,000-yard seasons of any Alabama football running back. Considering all the great runners Alabama football has produced, […]Alabama Football: Damien Harris ready to leave his mark at Alabama - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama baseball: Game time, details for matchup with No. 4 Ole Miss (May 17, 2018)

The 2018 season will come to a close for Alabama baseball as the Crimson Tide welcome the fourth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels to Tuscaloosa from Thursday through Saturday. The first two games of the series are set for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch with the season finale on Saturday scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can catch all three games on SEC Network+.

The final 2018 series with Ole Miss will feature numerous promotions for fans of all ages. On Friday, the Crimson Tide will honor the team’s six seniors as part of senior night at The Joe. The seniors that will be honored include Tyler Adams, Hunter Alexander, Chandler Avant, Cody Henry, Connor Short and Jake Walters.

How to follow Alabama baseball vs. Ole Miss

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Alabama Football: Follow the money – revenues and expenses in the SEC

Alabama football continues to lead the nation in football spending. While revenues dip for some SEC football programs, let’s consider the correlation between dollars and wins. The home of the biggest and baddest football players in America, the SEC, is led in football spending by Alabama football. In fact, the Crimson Tide spends more on […]Alabama Football: Follow the money – revenues and expenses in the SEC - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Saban says he has given no thought to playing two QBs

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The Alabama Crimson Tide have two quarterbacks who could conceivably start next season, but Nick Saban isn’t currently thinking about how to accommodate both of them.

Saban, participating in a celebrity pro-am golf tournament on Wednesday, said he has not given any thought to finding a role for both Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts.

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Sporting News predicts matchups for all SEC bowls, advances Alabama to National Championship Game

It’s May, but it’s never too soon to look ahead to 2018 bowl projections.

Recently, Sporting News’ Bill Bender published bowl predictions for the coming season. The projections also include a stab at how the College Football Playoff will shake out. Bender predicted Alabama will be among the country’s best four teams and will face Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl before moving on to play Clemson in the National Championship Game.

By looking at the picks, it easy to assume Sporting News predicts an Alabama-Georgia showdown in the SEC Championship Game, with the Crimson Tide earning another victory against the Bulldogs. Likely, many pundits will pick the Crimson Tide to win the SEC West and the Bulldogs to claim the SEC East crown as we move closer to the 2018 season.

Click here to see the full list of bowl projections. But we’ve included the SEC bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff predictions below.

SEC bowl projections

Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. TennesseeIndependence Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. FloridaTexas Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&MMusic City Bowl: N.C. State vs. MissouriBelk Bowl: Florida State vs. LSUMilitary Bowl: Army vs. KentuckyGator Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi StateOutback Bowl: Michigan State vs. South CarolinaCitrus Bowl: Penn State vs. AuburnSugar Bowl: TCU vs. Georgia

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