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It’s time for the NCAA to go

The great Cecil Hurt, who has been carrying the scepter of wisdom in the field of Southern sports commentary for so many years now that it's covered by his homeowners policy, once got off such an appropriate set of adjectives while describing the NCAA that the rest of us, because we couldn't do any better, just stole them: “arbitrary and capricious.”
Dec 4, 2016; Grapevine, TX, USA; College football playoff selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt speaks to the media during selection Sunday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

CFB picture getting clearer, but it’s not one we want to see

The last time we looked into the various possibilities awaiting university presidents and college commissioners, most of the discussion was about how far into the calendar year the college football season would be pushed before being allowed to start up.

A Review of P5 Records vs Ranked Teams In the 1980s

This information will piggyback on the previous post regarding whether P5 conferences NOWADAYS are one-team races sans the Big Ten and SEC. (In general, they are). Since I already compiled a lot of the data for Bo Schembechler and Paul Bryant on that thread, I will bring the data over here and add to it each day or so. If you have a P5 that you want me to run then let me know. I've already done the 1970s.

A Review of P5 Records vs Ranked Teams in the 1970s

This information will piggyback on the previous thread regarding whether P5 conferences NOWADAYS are one-team races sans the Big Ten and SEC. (In general, they are).
Photo Credit: Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS

Commentary: How a season affected by Covid-19 might shake out

Typically at this time of the year, you'd be reading a story either previewing or recapping Alabama's A-Day game, and getting you ready for TideFans.com's annual summer team previews prior to college football heading into fall camps. Things are different in 2020, though. Much different. They are different in Tuscaloosa, in Auburn, in Fayetteville, in Lexington – and very different in places like New York City and Seattle.
Jan 23, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks to fans during a presentation to celebrate the victory in the CFP National Championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama in somewhat uncharted territory with football practice, ticket renewals

Analyses of sport-specific issues are difficult enough to write. How about one dealing with the entire umbrella of Alabama's decision-making process concerning the entire football program?

Recruiting 2020: Tide lands another solid class

For a program accustomed to leading the recruiting rankings and setting records year after year for average class strength, the 2020 class for Alabama was about as ho-hum as top-three/top-four classes can get (TideFans.com/NARCAS ranked Alabama's class in a tie for third with Ohio State, behind No. 2 Clemson and No. 1 Georgia).

Alabama Crimson Tide 2020 Signing Class

FIRST LAST POS HT WT 40 time NAR CAS rating CITY ST HS/JC Bryce Young QB 5'11" 180 4.5 10 Santa Ana CA Mater Dei Timothy Smith DL 6'4" 340 5.5 10 Sebastian FL Sebastian River Will Anderson DE 6'3" 240 4.6 10 Hampton GA Dutchtown Jase McClellan RB 5'10" 210 4.5 10 Aledo TX Aledo Demouy Kennedy LB 6'2" 205 4.6 10 Theodore AL Theodore Thaiu Jones-Bell WR 5'11" 180 4.4 10 Miami Gardens FL Carol City Javon Baker WR 6'1" 210 4.5 10 Powder Springs GA McEachern Brian Branch S 6'0" 180 4.5 9.9 Tyrone GA Sandy Creek Traeshon Holden WR 6'2" 190 4.6 9.9 Harbor City CA Narbonne Ronald Williams CB 6'2" 190 4.5 9.9 Ferriday LA Hutchinson CC (KS) Drew Sanders DE 6'4" 230 4.7 9.9 Denton TX Ryan Jamil Burroughs DL 6'3" 330 5.3 9.8 Powder Springs GA McEachern Damieon George OL 6'6" 350 5.8 9.8 Houston TX North Shore Kristian Story S 6'1" 205 4.6 9.8 Lanett AL Lanett Kyle Edwards RB 5'11" 205 4.6 9.8 Destrehan LA Destrehan Roydell Williams RB 5'11" 190 4.5 9.8 Hueytown AL Hueytown Jahquez Robinson CB 6'1" 180 4.5 9.7 Jacksonville FL Sandalwood Jah-Marien Latham DL 6'3" 285 5.0 9.7 Reform AL Pickens County Javion Cohen OL 6'4" 260 5.1 9.7 Phenix City AL Phenix City Chris Braswell DE 6'3" 220 4.7 9.6 Baltimore MD St. Francis Quandarrius Robinson DE 6'5" 220 4.8 9.6 Birmingham AL Jackson-Olin Jackson Bratton LB 6'3" 230 4.7 9.6 Muscle Shoals AL Muscle Shoals Malachi Moore CB 6'1" 175 4.5 9.5 Trussville AL Hewitt-Trussville Seth McLaughlin OL 6'4" 270 5.2 9.5 Buford GA Buford Caden Clark TE 6'5" 245 4.9 9.5 Akron OH Archbishop...
January 10, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban pose in advance of the College Football Playoff championship at JW Marriott Camelback Inn. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Saban’s going nowhere, but we like for you to be prepared

For many years, TideFans.com produced an annual feature called "Coaches to Watch," a discover-them-before-your-neighbors-do article identifying up-and-coming mid-major coaches who might one day be candidates at large schools like Alabama. The feature actually predates TideFans.com itself – the first one rolled off the presses following the 1996 season, when TideFans.com was still BamaNation.com and Dennis Franchione, who made the list, did so from his post not at TCU, but rather New Mexico.

Playing the “what-if” game with Alabama’s 2020 roster

  By now, everyone has circled Jan. 6 on their calendars, because that's when Alabama junior QB Tua Tagovailoa will publicly announce whether...

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