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Tide’s recruiting strategy looks geared for sustained dominance

Tide’s recruiting strategy looks geared for sustained dominance

Among the questions that arose immediately following Alabama’s win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff was one of longevity – both in regards to Alabama’s already-extended position at the top of the sport, and also in regards to Nick Saban’s remaining career.

If early returns on the 2018-2019 recruiting trail are any indication, both paths have a lot of miles remaining on them.

A-Day wrap-up: More aggression, more movement, more questions

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A-Day wrap-up: More aggression, more movement, more questions

At most A-Day games, especially those overseen by Nick Saban, it isn’t so much what you see as what you don’t see.

There aren’t a lot of complicated blitzes. There aren’t a bunch of funky offensive sets. There isn’t much more to be seen other than a basic overview of the depth chart, on-the-hoof estimations of successful (or not-so-successful) strength-and-conditioning efforts, and maybe a few tendencies sneak through in years – like this one – where Alabama is replacing an offensive coordinator.

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Spring preview: For once, identity will be determined by who wins certain jobs

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Spring preview: For once, identity will be determined by who wins certain jobs

Alabama has multiple dichotomies in play. There is the quarterback battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, a contrast of styles between a quarterback ideally suited for a pro spread passing game and one suited for a spread-option style attack. There is new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, whose background promises more success the more misdirection and spread elements are inplay, but then there’s new QB coach Dan Enos, who made his bones largely on the back of more traditional sets with play-action and a quarterback under center.

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Kentucky 86, Alabama 63: Cats take full advantage of depleted Tide

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Kentucky 86, Alabama 63: Cats take full advantage of depleted Tide

Kentucky’s offense proved unstoppable in the second half, as the No. 4 Wildcats shot better than 84 percent after the break to bury ninth-seeded Alabama 86-63 in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in St. Louis.

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Alabama 81, Auburn 63: Crimson Tide trades in bubble for bragging rights

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Alabama 81, Auburn 63: Crimson Tide trades in bubble for bragging rights

No. 9 Alabama held top-seeded Auburn without a field goal for the first 10 minutes of the second half and advanced to the SEC Tournament semifinals for a second consecutive year with an 81-63 blowout in St. Louis.

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Alabama 78, Tennessee 50: Donta Hall hands Vols an elephant-sized beatdown

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Alabama 78, Tennessee 50: Donta Hall hands Vols an elephant-sized beatdown

Alabama took advantage of its superior size and some timely jump shots to seize momentum and register its biggest margin of victory ever against Tennessee at Coleman Coliseum, downing the No. 15 Volunteers 78-50.

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Signing Day 2018: So-so finish undersells a solid class

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Signing Day 2018: So-so finish undersells a solid class

A year after signing what was at the time, the best class in Alabama history on paper – a heralding that backed itself up on the field once the fall came – Alabama couldn’t repeat its past glories, and ended up signing the lowest-ranked class since Nick Saban’s first class at Alabama in 2007.

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Alabama 76, Auburn 71: John Petty erupts at perfect time to stun No. 17 Tigers

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Alabama 76, Auburn 71: John Petty erupts at perfect time to stun No. 17 Tigers

John Petty lit up No. 17 Auburn for eight 3-pointers as Alabama overcame the absence of Collin Sexton and pulled within a game of first place in the SEC by springing the 76-71 upset at Coleman Coliseum.

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Alabama 74, LSU 66: Shorthanded Tide grinds out a gut check win

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Alabama 74, LSU 66: Shorthanded Tide grinds out a gut check win

Alabama survived 19 turnovers and the absence of Donta Hall to secure its first road win of the season, a 74-66 victory at LSU.

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Alabama 76, South Carolina 62: Home cooking gets Tide back on track

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Alabama 76, South Carolina 62: Home cooking gets Tide back on track

Alabama shot nearly 59 percent from the field despite an off night from Collin Sexton and ended a two-game skid by whipping South Carolina 76-62 in Tuscaloosa.

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