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A-Day wrap-up: Not about stats, but about how the game is played

A-Day wrap-up: Not about stats, but about how the game is played

What to get for the man who has everything? If you’re buying for Nick Saban right now, try to find one of those fancy laser pens Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith hold up in “Men In Black” that, when flashing, erases the memory of the person looking at them.

Nate Oats off and running to start frenetic basketball offseason

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Nate Oats off and running to start frenetic basketball offseason

Four days ago, Nate Oats wrapped up his fourth season as head coach of Buffalo with a tough loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Three days ago he was checking voicemails after landing back in upstate New York and discovered one from Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne.

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Commentary: Thoughts on a basketball interregnum

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Commentary: Thoughts on a basketball interregnum

With Avery Johnson officially out after four seasons as Alabama’s basketball coach, a few scattered thoughts…
Defections are coming, but that would have happened either way:

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Norfolk State 80, Alabama 79: A change has got to come at the top

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Norfolk State 80, Alabama 79: A change has got to come at the top

In an unsatisfactory yet entirely appropriate ending to a lost season, top-seeded Alabama blew yet another double-digit lead at Coleman Coliseum and fell 80-79 in overtime to No. 8 Norfolk State in the first round of the NIT.

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Avery Johnson needs to use NIT to focus on future

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Avery Johnson needs to use NIT to focus on future

In two previous NIT trips, Avery Johnson stuck with his conventional strategies and rotations – and got a pair of lackluster losses for his trouble with teams that clearly were uninterested in playing any more basketball.

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Spring practice: 10 positions, 10 questions

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Spring practice: 10 positions, 10 questions

Alabama’s first spring practice is in the books. Given the way the 2018 season ended, there will probably be greater fan scrutiny on 2019 spring practices than in recent years.

Here’s our look at 10 key positions headed into spring, which could see more shuffling of personnel than expected given the turnover in position assistant jobs and the new perspective first-year assistants might bring to their evaluations.

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Arkansas trip is last best chance to reverse ugly trends

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Arkansas trip is last best chance to reverse ugly trends

Whether it is an over reliance on 17-year-old Kira Lewis late in the year or teams getting more tape on Avery Johnson’s offensive sets, Bama’s last best chance to correct course will be against the Hogs, who are giving up 72.9 points per game and haven’t held anyone besides Vanderbilt under 70 points since the end of January.

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Coaching drama overshadows rematch with dismal Dores

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Coaching drama overshadows rematch with dismal Dores

Is Avery Johnson’s heart even in this anymore? The grumblings that began last year when his most talented team at the Capstone nearly missed the NCAA tournament have blossomed into a very loud chorus in the face of three consecutive brutal losses.

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Recruiting 2019: Tide takes top spot again, almost sets record

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Recruiting 2019: Tide takes top spot again, almost sets record

Alabama’s setback in the national championship game did not carry over to its 2019 recruiting class. Signing 27 players between the early and late signing periods, Alabama claimed the top spot in the 2019 TideFans.com/NARCAS recruiting rankings, narrowly edging out Georgia in the process.

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Clemson wrap-up: How Bama recovers – or doesn’t – will determine much of program’s future

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Clemson wrap-up: How Bama recovers – or doesn’t – will determine much of program’s future

Whether you’re an optimist (“We still have Nick Saban!”) or a pessimist (“This was the beginning of the end!”) about Alabama football probably hinges on how many total points you thought swung about on two poor decisions and throws from QB Tua Tagovailoa, and Alabama’s response to it.

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