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Past articles by Simone:

UAB, Georgia State sign four-game football series

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The UAB football team and Georgia State will play each other four-consecutive seasons starting in 2027, the two universities announced on Tuesday. The Panthers will host the Blazers in 2027 and 2029, while UAB welcomes GSU to Birmingham in 2028 and 2030. Game 1: Sept. 18, 2027 – at Georgia State […] → Read More

Former Alabama star, Jets DT Quinnen Williams helping health care workers during COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Many professional athletes have lent a helping hand to those in need during the coronavirus outbreak, that includes Birmingham-native Quinnen Williams. According to a post from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the former Alabama star donated $25,000 worth of healthy meals to New Jersey health care workers on the front lines battling […] → Read More

Tarvaris Jackson, Alabama native and former NFL quarterback, killed in car crash

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — A single-vehicle crash Sunday night has claimed the life of a Montgomery native and former NFL quarterback. Tarvaris Dandre Jackson, 36, was killed when the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro he was driving left the roadway, struck a tree then overturned at 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Jackson was transported to a local hospital, where […] → Read More

Tua Tagovailoa tapes workout for NFL teams

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa held a private one-hour workout that will serve as his “pro day” for NFL teams. Due to the ongoing pandemic and CDC guidelines, Tagovailoa threw in front of less than 10 people. According to social media reports, Tua ran through 55 scripted throws and another 20 […] → Read More

WATCH: One-on-one with Samford’s Bucky McMillan

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Bucky McMillan is taking his talents to Samford. The former Mountain Brook head basketball coach spent 12 years building a powerhouse in the high school ranks, now he’ll try his hand at the next level. McMillan sat down with CBS 42’s Simone Eli to talk about making the move to Samford. […] → Read More

Bucky McMillan named Samford basketball coach

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After more than a decade of dominance at the high school level, Bucky McMillan is taking over the Samford Men’s Basketball program. McMillan has spent the last 11 seasons building a basketball powerhouse at Mountain Brook High School. The Spartans’ program has advanced to the state championship game 7 of the […] → Read More

Alabama basketball picks up 5-star commit Joshua Primo

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama basketball’s 2020 recruiting class just got even better. The Crimson Tide picked up a verbal commitment from five-star guard Joshua Primo. The 6-foot-5 Toronto-native chose Alabama over offers from Creighton and many major D-1 offers. Primo announced his decision on this Twitter account Friday morning. “Josh is a 6”6 versatile […] → Read More

UAB’s record-breaking golf season leaves unfinished business

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The UAB men’s golf team was in the midst of one of its best seasons in program history before the season was cut short due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Blazers though, have a lot to celebrate from the 2019-20 campaign. UAB finished the year with an overall record of […] → Read More

Tips for eating healthy during COVID-19 quarantine period

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UAB) — Many Americans are playing it safe and practicing social distancing and self-isolation as they try to limit the spread of germs during the COVID-19 pandemic. But being cooped up at home may mean that eating, especially eating snacks and junk food, is the way many people will occupy the time they […] → Read More

Could postponing the Olympics impact the 2021 World Games in Birmingham?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In less than 500 days, the 2021 World Games are scheduled to come to Birmingham. The 10-day period is set to begin July 16, 2021 with opening ceremonies on July 15. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Olympic Games games have been postponed and it could have an impact […] → Read More

Alabama’s Lewis, Petty to enter NBA Draft process

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama guards Kira Lewis and John Petty will look to go pro this off season, Alabama head coach Nate Oats said during a teleconference Tuesday. Both All-SEC players plan to enter the NBA Draft and go through pre-draft workouts before deciding on their basketball futures. “Based on feedback that they get, […] → Read More

UAB introduces Andy Kennedy as newest head basketball coach

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UAB has its new new basketball coach. On Monday, the Blazers held a press conference to introduce Andy Kennedy as the seventh head coach of the UAB men’s basketball team in the school’s history. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, media and fans were unable to attend the press conference in […] → Read More

Auburn AD Allen Greene: ‘full speed ahead’ on football facility plans

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Auburn athletics director Allen Greene met with the media Friday via teleconference. Greene provided insight into the Auburn athletics department operations amid the coronavirus outbreak. Among the various topics discussed, Greene said the Tiger’s plan for a standalone football facility continue. “Right now we are full steam ahead on the football […] → Read More

Greg Byrne provides updates on Alabama football, athletics amid coronavirus outbreak

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne spent nearly 30 minutes fielding questions via teleconference Thursday. Byrne addressed how the Tide athletic department is functioning amid the coronavirus outbreak. Some of the main topics included COVID-19’s impact on spring sports – including football, the upcoming college football season, construction at Bryant-Denny Stadium,… → Read More

Malzahn: Auburn Football “on back-burner” this week due to COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — “We are dealing with unprecedented times right now.” It’s a sentiment being heard by politicians and public leaders in the last few days. Now, it’s how Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn opened his teleconference with the media Wednesday afternoon. Last Thursday, the Auburn coaching staff told players there was no […] → Read More

‘Bham Strong’ helping local community impacted by coronavirus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Public, private and civic leaders in Birmingham are coming together to help the community with resources, information and volunteer opportunities amid the coronavirus outbreak. “Bham Strong” is working with dozens of organizations to understand and organize various local and national resources with the following goals: 1) To provide our entire community […] → Read More

NASCAR postpones GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — NASCAR has postponed the 2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The races at Talladega were scheduled for April 24-26th and a reschedule date has yet to be determined. NASCAR released the following statement Monday: “The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities […] → Read More

UAB football excited about roster depth

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Despite a condensed spring season, the UAB football team was able to get six practices in during a two week span from Feb. 29-March 9. Here is what we learned. The Blazers have depth. Starting with the defense, it is well documented that UAB returns nine starters. However, some of them […] → Read More

REPORT: Scott Padgett out as Samford men’s basketball coach

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — According to multiple reports, Samford University has parted ways with men’s basketball coach Scott Padgett. In six seasons, Padgett went 84-115 with the Bulldogs, including 10-23 in 2019. Padgett starred at Kentucky in the late ’90s, while earning first-team ALL SEC honors, and MVP of the SEC Tournement. Padgett was later […] → Read More

Alabama players, Nate Oats ignoring the criticism

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — After finishing the regular season with back to back losses, Alabama’s chances of an ‘at-large’ bid to the NCAA Tournament are over. The Tide must win the SEC Tournament to play in the ‘Big Dance.’ Alabama head coach Nate Oats and Tide players Kira Lewis Jr. and Jaden Shackelford met with […] → Read More