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Nate Oats off and running to start frenetic basketball offseason

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.

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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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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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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Georgia wrap-up: A story too preposterous for Hollywood, but still so very real

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Georgia wrap-up: A story too preposterous for Hollywood, but still so very real

From now until the day that football ceases to be played, is Jalen Hurts’ legacy, and someone should carve it into the precast concrete of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for good measure: Here played a true teammate, unselfish and honorable, a good man and leader of men, a champion. Here was where Jalen Hurts was finally appreciated for the winner he always was.

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A rolling tide, a cresting wave: Bryant-Denny will never be the same

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A rolling tide, a cresting wave: Bryant-Denny will never be the same

Sometime close to the moment I snapped this picture a thought occurred to me. There will never be this many people at an Iron Bowl again.

Next year’s game is in Auburn, where the stadium capacity is around 87,000. By the time it returns to Tuscaloosa, Bryant-Denny will be in the middle of a renovation that will add more bells and whistles and expensive hangouts for those with the cash and inclination to enjoy such.

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