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Past articles by Ben:

Some bad, some good for Alabama baseball

Alabama’s SEC record of 7-23 is still fresh. The Crimson Tide suffered one more sweep over the weekend to finish the season at Georgia, eliminating the team from the conference tournament for the third straight season. It’s also the third straight season in which Alabama finished last or tied for last in the conference. There … → Read More

Alabama reliever Davis Vainer transferring to Arizona

Right-handed pitcher Davis Vainer is leaving Alabama baseball for Arizona as a graduate transfer, he announced in a post on his Instagram account on Sunday. View this post on Instagram Saying goodbye to a place you love is never easy. Thank you Alabama for some of the most amazing years of my life. But as … → Read More

Late home run secures 4-2 win for Alabama baseball

Alabama coach Brad Bohannon had a feeling on his way to work that his team’s rematch with Samford wouldn’t look anything like the 21-2 win in Birmingham in April. “Maybe this is the coach in me,” he said. “I knew coming to the park that we were going to have a hard time scoring because … → Read More

Trendon Watford sets date for announcement

Alabama basketball’s top remaining recruiting target in the class of 2019 has set an date to announce his college decision. Mountain Brook forward Trendon Watford will make his commitment at a ceremony at his school on Monday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will be open to the public. He announced the plans in … → Read More

How Alabama baseball can reach the SEC tournament

Alabama baseball has three more chances to make its case for the SEC tournament. The Crimson Tide is in a three-way tie in the conference standings for the final spot in Hoover with one more weekend of SEC play remaining. “For me personally, it’s a big deal,” coach Brad Bohannon said. “I haven’t shied away … → Read More

Alabama baseball in race for final SEC tournament spot

There are still numerous scenarios that could play out in the final two weeks of the regular season as Alabama seeks to return to the SEC tournament later this month, but this weekend could be critical. Only 12 of the conference’s 14 teams make the field. Missouri received a postseason ban from the NCAA in … → Read More

PODCAST: Gary Harris, sports director of WVUA-23 in Tuscaloosa

Gary Harris is the sports director of WVUA-23 in Tuscaloosa. He’s worked with the station for 18 years. WVUA is owned by the University of Alabama but is broadcast over the air and is Tuscaloosa’s only local TV station. He’s also host of the Gary Harris Show on 102.9 FM in Tuscaloosa. He and Ben … → Read More

Alabama names Coley Stickels new swimming & diving coach

Alabama has hired Coley Stickels as its new swim and dive coach, the school announced in a news release on Monday. Stickels arrives after spending the last two seasons as an assistant at Indiana, where he was associate head sprint coach. “As we went through this search, we got a lot of solid insight from … → Read More

Vanderbilt baseball beats Alabama 7-4 to start series

Alabama was never out of striking range but couldn’t overcome Vanderbilt in Friday’s series opener. The Commodores (29-9, 10-6 SEC) chipped away and scored in five different innings to beat the Crimson Tide (25-15, 4-12 SEC) 7-4. The Crimson Tide briefly took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning but Vanderbilt tied … → Read More

Grad transfer PG Beetle Bolden commits to Alabama

Graduate transfer point guard James “Beetle” Bolden committed to Alabama on Sunday morning after visiting campus over the weekend. Bolden announced his decision on his Twitter account. Bolden will arrive at Alabama with one season of eligibility remaining after spending the last four years at West Virginia. He redshirted during the 2015-16 season after tearing … → Read More

Official A-Day roster released

The 2019 A-Day roster is here. You can check below for a pdf to download and refer to during the game. The Crimson Team includes the first team offense and the second team defense. Coaches include Steve Sarkisian, Holmon Wiggins, Brian Baker, Charles Kelly and Sal Sunseri. The White team includes the first team defense … → Read More

Alabama Football Practice Notes: 4/11/2019

These are your last Alabama football practice notes until fall camp opens up in August. Alabama was outside today for its 14th practice of spring, a couple days prior to Saturday’s A-Day game. The team was working in shorts and helmets today, no pads. The viewing period was just one period instead of two today, … → Read More

PODCAST: What to watch for at A-Day 2019

Ben Jones, Cecil Hurt and Terrin Waack sit down to discuss spring practice and the 2019 A-Day game. They discuss Nick Saban’s comments about underclassmen who choose to come out for the NFL draft and Ronnie Harrison’s reaction in the first half of the podcast. In the second half, they discuss what to watch for … → Read More

Alabama Football Practice Notes: 4/3/2019

Alabama was back on the field this afternoon for its 10th practice of spring, meaning the Crimson Tide is now through 2/3 of its 15 spring practices. This was a full pads practice outside on a beautiful day in Tuscaloosa. Here are some notes and observations from the open period: Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III … → Read More

PODCAST: Road to Saban

The “Road to Saban” series continues with a look at the four seasons at Alabama under head coach Mike DuBose, who took over after Gene Stallings‘ retirement. Cecil Hurt discusses his tenure with Taylor Watson, curator of the Bryant Museum, and Ben Jones. They discuss Alabama’s 1999 SEC championship but also the discipline issues, friction … → Read More

Alabama Football Practice Notes: 3/30/2019

Alabama is working at Bryant-Denny Stadium today for its first scrimmage of spring. This is also the Red Elephant Club scrimmage, so expect to see some tweets and leaks about what happens today from some people who get to watch. We are not permitted to stay and watch but will let you know what we … → Read More

Alabama Football Practice Notes: 3/28/19

Alabama held its seventh practice of spring outside in Tuscaloosa today. This was a full-pads practice and the final practice before the first scrimmage of spring, which will be held on Saturday. Here are some notes and observations from the open period: Injury updates: Outside linebacker Terrell Lewis (ACL) was dressed out and watching practice, … → Read More

What Greg Byrne said about Alabama's basketball coaching search

University of Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne held a nearly-impromptu press conference on the school’s search for a new men’s basketball coach on Monday, describing a process that would not consider geography, “wow” factor or, within reason, expense — but would place a strong emphasis on NCAA compliance in the past, present and future. … → Read More

Arkansas chips away at Alabama bullpen to win 10-2

Alabama came into Sunday afternoon with a fresh bullpen and a chance to win a series against a top-10 team. It left the weekend with a battered group of relievers and a 10-2 loss to Arkansas. The Crimson Tide (19-6, 2-4 SEC) had six pitchers throw at least one inning, and No. 7 (20-4, 5-1 … → Read More

Alabama baseball recovers, crushes Arkansas 10-0

A response was required for Alabama baseball. The Crimson Tide offense had been held scoreless for the first eight innings in a 12-3 drubbing by Arkansas on Friday night. Starting pitcher Brock Love had only lasted 1 2/3 innings in his previous start against Ole Miss. “Every day, we expect a dog fight in the … → Read More