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The college football national championship is coming back to Tuscaloosa.  The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.  This is the third title for Alabama since the college football playoff system was put into place. Tide head coach Nick Saban said his team has made history. 

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The Southeastern Conference Championship is on the line this weekend.  The top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are taking on the seventh ranked Florida Gators in Atlanta tomorrow evening. The SEC has played an all-conference season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said it is an honor to be playing in this game.  

Former Alabama coach Ray Perkins dies at 79

Dec 9, 2020
Ray Perkins
Associated Press

Former Alabama football coach Ray Perkins has died at the age of 79 in Tuscaloosa. 

Perkins, who also played reciver for the university, replaced Paul "Bear" Bryant to coach the Crimson Tide following the 1982 season after spending time coaching the New York Giants. He later went on to coach Tampa Bay and Arkansas State.

Current Alabama coach Nick Saban said Perkins "was a great coach and had a tremendous impact on the game."

His death was announced by his daughter on her Facebook page and later by the University of Alabama.

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This weekend the Iron Bowl comes to Tuscaloosa. The top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is hosting their cross-state rival Auburn Tigers on Saturday. The 22nd-ranked Tigers come into the game at five and two after defeating Tennessee last weekend. Alabama is coming off a lop-sided victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. Alabama head coach Nick Saban says this is an important game and his players will need to be ready.

 

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The return of sports is on everyone’s mind as fall nears and the answer will largely impact the economy as a whole.  

Jim Page, President and CEO of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, said that football season and sports in general are important to the economy.  

“We could get by if football season were modified to a great extent,” Page said.  

APR's Pat Duggins

Fans of college football are still buzzing over word that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is entering the NFL Draft. Alabama Coach Nick Saban wasted no time in singing the praises of the quarterback.

“I don’t think he’s every been in of my office one time, the whole time he’s been here, for anything but something that’s positive in terms of helping him or helping the rest of our program," Saban said.

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Alabama Public Radio

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa says being a top 10 or top 15 NFL draft pick “would be tough to pass up.”

The Crimson Tide star said Thursday as he is still weighing his options as he recovers from right hip surgery. His next big decision will be whether to return for his senior season or enter the draft.

Tagovailoa was considered a potential No. 1 overall draft pick before the Nov. 16 injury. His draft status is much less clear now.

He says doctors tell him they expect him to “play football again at 100 percent."

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A towering "Baby Trump" protest balloon was knifed and deflated by someone unhappy with its appearance during President Donald Trump's Saturday trip to Alabama, organizers said.

The incident occurred during Trump's visit to watch the University of Alabama football game. The balloon, which is over 20 feet (6.1 meters) tall, was set up in a nearby park.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to attend Saturday's college football matchup between top-ranked University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.

The Federal Aviation Administration is advising that Trump will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the game.

It will be the third Trump visit to a high-profile sporting event in as many weeks. Last month Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, and Trump traveled to New York on Saturday to watch Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 244 at Madison Square Garden.

“Chasing the Bear: How Bear Bryant and Nick Saban Made Alabama the Greatest College Football Program of All Time”

Author: Lars Anderson

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Pages: 304

Price: $28.00 (Hardcover)

Only three years ago Monte Burke published a pretty good biography, “Nick Saban: The Making of a Coach.” Coach Bryant’s life has been done in detail by Allan Barra in “The Last Coach” (2006) and by many others including Keith Dunnavant (1996) and, earlier, John Underwood (1975) in cooperation with Bryant himself.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials have found an opponent they can't beat: The September heat.

University President Stuart R. Bell and athletic director Greg Byrne issued a joint statement Monday complaining that the Southern Miss game on Sept. 21 has been set for 11 a.m. Central. The Crimson Tide just held a sparsely attended game against New Mexico State with a mid-afternoon kickoff and temperatures of about 95 degrees.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — No. 4 Oklahoma has named Jalen Hurts its starting quarterback for the Sept. 1 season opener against Houston.

Hurts played in three national championship games for Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide win the 2017 national title. He transferred to Oklahoma in January and has won the job over redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and true freshman Spencer Rattler.

Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer encouraged Zach Smith to stay with the Buckeyes in January 2018 after the then-assistant coach was pursued by Alabama, according to texts messages from Meyer to Smith.

Clemson is No. 1 in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll for the first time, followed by Alabama at No. 2.

The defending champion Tigers received 59 of a possible 65 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide got the rest in the poll released Thursday. The Associated Press preseason Top 25 will be released Aug. 19.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama and Wisconsin will meet in 2024 and 2025 in a home-and-home series.

The schools announced Monday the teams will play in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 14, 2024. They'll meet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Sept. 13, 2025.

Wisconsin and Alabama have split their only two meetings. The Crimson Tide won 35-17 in the 2015 opener in Arlington, Texas. That was the first time they had played each other since 1928, when the Badgers won 15-0 in Madison.

It's the fifth home-and-home series Alabama has added recently, including Texas in 2022 and 2023.

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — It's easier for Alabama to be humble now.

The Crimson Tide can thank Clemson for that, at least. There's nothing like a 44-16 drubbing in the national championship game to strip away any feelings of invincibility and self-satisfaction that come from scarcely getting challenged during the regular season on the way to another Southeastern Conference title.

Don Salls
University of Alabama

(TUSCALOOSA, AL)-- The oldent living University of Alabama football letterman turned 100 years old Monday. Dr. Don Salls played for the Crimson Tide under coach Frank Thomas after being recruited out of New York City in the 1930s.

Steve Flowers on the Iron Bowl

Feb 21, 2017

The Iron Bowl is one of the most fierce of college football rivalries in the nation...

A new survey shows the majority of U.S. military veterans aren’t happy with the treatment they get after their service. The Disabled Veterans Pulse Survey found that only 1 in 5 veterans think the government treats them well.

Less than half believe they receive the benefits and support they were promised. Dan Clare is the National Director of Communications for the group Disabled American Veterans. He says many veterans out repeat their service.

Senate narrowly passes budget, Alabama Football media day

Aug 10, 2015

The Alabama Senate has narrowly approved a budget that slashes millions of dollars from Medicaid, mental health, law enforcement and other state agencies.

Senators voted 19-15 for the cut-filled budget today after lawmakers could not agree during a special session on how to fill a budget hole. The House of Representatives will decide whether to go along with the spending plan.

Legislators rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's call for $302 million in taxes. The Senate-passed plan cuts nearly $200 million from state agencies.