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Download (12mb) The 2011 BCS National Championship media guide features information relating to the team players, history, statistical records and other similar items. Media guides are usually distributed to sports journalists to assist in their broadcasting of the team game.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Following a 72-55 victory over Jacksonville on Thursday night at Coleman Coliseum, Alabama coach Anthony Grant was asked about center Mousa Gueye. The 7-foot, 280-pound junior college transfer made his Alabama debut late in the game.
What was different about Alabama’s senior wide receiver was that the world no longer revolved around him. As is the experience with many children transitioning to parenthood, focus shifted, and it suddenly was about someone much more important. When Marquis Maze became a first-time father 11 months ago, his purpose in life was now about his son, Marquis Maze the second. “It changed me drastically,” Maze said. “I had to be more responsible. I had to learn on the go, really. You know, I had to put him before I put myself.”
Trevor Releford and Tony Mitchell discuss Mousa Gueye and Tide’s 72-55 victory over Jacksonville (video)
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Trevor Releford scored 18 points and Tony Mitchell added 17 Thursday night to lead Alabama (10-3) to a 72-55 victory over Jacksonville (2-10) at Coleman Coliseum. Afterward, each player had much to say about junior center Mousa Gueye, who made his Alabama debut late in the game. The 7-foot-, 280-pound junior college transfer has been recovering from August knee surgery.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – As the countdown continues for the Alabama-LSU rematch on Jan. 9 in the BCS Championship game in New Orleans, many spotlights are on top-ranked LSU’s star cornerbacks: Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu and Morris Claiborne. But Alabama has some good cornerbacks of its own: junior Dre Kirkpatrick, senior DeQuan Menzie and sophomore Dee Milliner are three good reasons why the second-ranked Crimson Tide ranks No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense, total defense, passing defense and rushing defense.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama continued practice Thursday in preparation for its Jan. 9 BCS Championship Game against LSU. This marked the seventh practice of the bowl season. Alabama will practice Friday and Saturday before breaking for New Year’s Day.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – AJ McCarron is about to get some much welcomed support at Alabama. McCarron’s younger brother, Corey McCarron, said Thursday he will transfer to Alabama in January and walk-on to the football team. Corey (6-0, 240 pounds) was a freshman tight end at South Alabama last season. He said the reason for the move is a desire to play football with his older brother.
“I don’t know if you could have put this together in many leagues,” Templeton said. “I don’t know of a single school that didn’t give up something. Everybody understood that it wasn’t going to be a perfect schedule if we protected the nonconference games. We could have made it a lot easier if we made them cancel their contracts, but we didn’t do that.” The computer spit out 12 to 14 models. The SEC adjusted those 15 to 20 times to protect certain SEC games and nonconference contests. Templeton said about 56 SEC dates and 45 nonconference dates changed from the previous 12-member schedule. Models were labeled with numbers to tell them apart. They soon turned into calendar dates as labels. By the time the journey ended Christmas Eve, numbers and dates were written to distinguish models reviewed on the same day.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is not grumbling. “If we would’ve had a bye week before LSU, we would’ve gone from Oct. 6 to Nov. 10 without having a home game,” Saban said. “Those were the choices.” Only Alabama and Florida will play both Texas A&M and Missouri next fall. On Oct. 13, the Crimson Tide will visit Missouri. Alabama will play host to Texas A&M on Nov. 10.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Nick Saban met with reporters Wednesday to talk about Alabama, LSU and the BCS Championship Game. The Crimson Tide returned to practice after a four-day break for Christmas.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The X-factor in the Jan. 9 rematch between evenly matched Alabama and LSU could be a crucial ex-factor: big-game experience. The BCS Championship Game is the biggest of the big. Been there, done that, say members of both teams. Been there more recently, says the second-ranked Crimson Tide. Done that, say many more current Alabama players.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Some battles are worth fighting even though they’re almost impossible to win. Fred Riley got a reminder this month. Despite his best intentions and efforts for the last eight years as the head football coach at Davidson High School in Mobile, a commitment isn’t always a commitment when it comes to recruiting. Davidson lineman Alphonse Taylor committed to Florida State last spring.
Sporting News took on the Christmas lull-busting task of choosing the Top 10 college football teams of the BCS era. The 2009 Crimson Tide team made the list at number 5. Other SEC members in the list are Nick Saban’s 2003 LSU team, as well as the 2006 and 2008 Florida Gator teams under Urban Meyer’s watchful eye.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama’s star-studded defense leads the nation in all of the major statistical categories, but not a single star won an individual postseason award. Middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower was among several members of the defense who was a finalist for awards, and he admits he was disappointed that the Crimson Tide was shut out.
TUSCALOOSA – An Alabama football team that has been off for three days will get back together Tuesday and resume practice Wednesday. The second-ranked Crimson Tide (11-1) began bowl preparations last week, holding five practices before breaking for Christmas. Those practices were devoted to fundamentals, coach Nick Saban said. Players compared the drills to preseason camp.