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Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson (3) holds the newspaper with a photo of himself after defeating the LSU Tigers 21-0 in the 2012 BCS National Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Alabama looks to fill plenty of slots on draft day

Like last year, Alabama is on pace to help several NFL teams reach the next level. With the NFL Combine over and the NFL Draft around the corner, we take a look at Alabama's seniors and draftable underclassmen, projecting which teams might take the former Crimson Tide stars, using information gleaned from several draft analysts and talent scouts.
Jan. 21, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban looks out at the crowd behind the Coaches' Trophy during the Alabama Football National Championship Celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Photo Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Five positions to watch as spring football nears

Alabama lost seven starters from its 2011 defense and six from its starting offense, making the upcoming 2012 season somewhat analogous to the 2010 team. The 2010 team finished the season with three losses and might be one of the most frustrating stories in recent Tide football history. It coughed up a late-season game against Auburn that could have derailed a championship, provided erstwhile South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia with his lone career highlight, and ended the season in a second-tier bowl despite being one of the most talented teams in school history.

Rating the SEC recruiting classes

By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Feb. 3, 2012   1. Alabama Key signings: S Landon Collins, WR Eddie Williams, CB Geno Smith Underrated: DL Darren Lake, DL Dakota Ball Total...

In recruiting, like the BCS, Bama keeps on winning

By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Feb. 3, 2012   If anyone has ever played EA Sports' “NCAA Football” video game in “freshman” mode, he or she has...
Alabama head coach Nick Saban holds up the Coaches Trophy

Now what? Recruiting, coach hunts, spring practice on the plate

Alabama knew the day would come when one or both of its celebrated coordinators would leave for jobs elsewhere. So far, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is staying put. But offensive coordinator Jim McElwain will begin his career as a head coach at Colorado State. Not the easiest job in the world, but manageable.
Marquis Maze / Photo by: Todd Kirkland/Icon SM

BCS recap: Alabama’s win leaves no doubt about what a champion is

For a month, Alabama waited silently. The players and coaches waited while media members cried about an injustice done to Oklahoma State or Stanford, or that defense-driven football games were boring, or that the SEC wasn’t what football really was due to its NFL-like commitment to defense over sandlot offense. For a month, basically, Alabama had to endure a bunch of crybabies bawling because their milk wasn’t sweet enough.
Les Miles

New year, new shot for Alabama vs. LSU

A week from today, it will be all over. No more talk about rematches, SEC bias or the failed candidacy of Oklahoma State. No more debate about the effectiveness of Jordan Jefferson, the enigma of Alabama’s special teams or whether Tyrann Mathieu is a great cornerback or college football’s version of The Joker. The fact this game is a rematch means the Predictions Dept. of TideFans.com is plowing new ground. Never before has Alabama met the same opponent twice in a year during TideFans’ tenure, so this won’t be a traditional game preview as readers are accustomed to seeing one. Instead, we’ll take a look at what we perceived to be true about these two teams in November, and how it might have changed since then.
Mike Groh (Left) / Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI

Media lists of OC candidates are likely guesswork

Everyone loves a list. Supermarket magazines make a killing off telling women what the 37 top beauty secrets for the summer will be, while sports magazines spend endless ink trying to rank baseball players over parts of three centuries.In regards to Alabama’s offensive coordinator opening, lists are already being published. There’s a good chance every one of them will be wrong.

Briefly looking ahead to 2012 trends

The SEC of 2012 won’t look like the SEC of 2011, even if teams duplicate their 2011 records. Texas A&M and Missouri are joining the party, and SEC teams will have to adjust to the arrival of their new cousins.
Photo by Shelby Daniel/Icon SMI

Coaching changes abound, but are there enough prospects?

At least one current – and one future – SEC school is searching for a new head coach, and others might join the party by the end of the season. Around college football, there have been 20 Division-IA programs already find themselves with a vacancy since the end of the 2011 regular season. The question is, are there enough good coaching prospects to go around?

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