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Jan. 29, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The women’s basketball team fell, 85-54, to No. 1/1 South Carolina on Thursday in Colonial Life Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 12-11 overall and 1-7 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the win lifts the Gamecocks to 20-0 on the season and 8-0 in league play.

Redshirt freshman Karyla Middlebrook led Alabama with 11 points, while freshmen Quanetria Bolton and Hannah Cook added nine apiece. Cook also had a game-best six rebounds, while junior Nikki Hegstetter dished out a team-high four assists. South Carolina freshman A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 17 points.

The two teams traded baskets over the first five minutes, but 12 unanswered for South Carolina over the next four minutes gave the Gamecocks a 20-8 advantage at the 11:39 mark. South Carolina went up by as 20 in the period and took a 38-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Gamecocks would, again, push their lead out to 20 in the second half, but Alabama was able to cut it down to 13 with 12:40 to go. From there, South Carolina used a 17-2 run over the next five minutes to extend the lead to 28 and eventually 31 in the final minute of the contest.

For the game, the Tide shot 35.8 percent (19-53), while the Gamecocks were 56.9 percent (33-58) from the floor. Alabama shot better from the free throw line as the Tide hit 10 of 13 attempts (76.9 percent) compared to South Carolina’s 17 for 25 (68 percent). The Gamecocks outrebounded Alabama, 37-22.

Next up, the Tide returns home for a matchup with the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday, Feb. 1. The game will air live on SEC Network+ beginning at 1 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium.

For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaWBB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.



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Jan. 29, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. –
The No. 6 ranked Alabama gymnastics team is taking on No. 24 Kentucky in Lexington Friday, starting at 7 p.m. ET, a week after taking down then No. 1 Florida.

Friday’s meet marks Alabama’s fourth meet of the season, its third-consecutive meet against Southeastern competition and second road meet of the year. The meet will be streamed live on the SEC Network + and will be broadcast on a taped delay basis on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

Alabama and Kentucky last met during the regular season in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Ozone Classic where the Tide beat the Wildcats 196.050-194.650. While the Tide is coming off a 197.4-196.8 home win over the Gators, Kentucky is coming off a 196.975-194.225 loss at Georgia.

After posting the highest team total in SEC last Friday against Florida, Alabama is looking to maintain its momentum and post a good road score against the Wildcats.

“We’re looking to carry forward the good things that came out of our last meet and try and put together a great road performance,” UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. “As is usually the case on the road, we’re going to have to create our own energy and stay within our `Bama bubble’ in Lexington.”

Junior Lauren Beers went in the all-around for the first time in her Crimson Tide career against the Gators, scoring a 39.5, while sophomore Katie Bailey went all-around for the second time in three meets against Florida, posting a 39.450, the best regular-season tally of her career.

The Tide also got a standout performance from senior Kaitlyn Clark, who earned SEC Specialist of the Week honors after winning the vault with a career-best 9.975 and leading the Tide on the floor with a season-best 9.9.

Alabama will continue to tinker with its lineup against the Wildcats, with the balance beam being the only lineup likely to stay the same from last week. The Tide rebounded from a three-fall beam performance in its second meet of the season to score an SEC-best 49.325 in its third meet.

Following its meet with the Wildcats, the Tide returns home Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. CT to take on the Auburn Tigers. Tickets to all Alabama’s home meets are on sale through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262), located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, and online at RollTide.com.

Fans can keep up with the Tide via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube by following BamaGymnastics.



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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Crimson Tide track and field team makes its way to Albuquerque, N.M., this Saturday with impressive young performers in tow.

Tony Brown, sophomore, Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Sophomore Tony Brown tops the list of athletes to watch this weekend at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Brown won the men's 60-meter hurdles at last weekend's Vanderbilt Invitational. His time of 7.89 earned him the no. 7 time on the all-time Alabama list and a no. 6 ranking in the SEC. After spending the track and field offseason training and playing football for Alabama, Brown has worked tirelessly to return to track and field shape. He made his first appearance in a track uniform at Alabama's first meet of the season, the Auburn Invitational.

"While Tony didn't necessarily have the fall off, he didn't have as much time for technical training for the hurdles as some of the other athletes," said head coach Dan Waters. "We entered him into the 60-meter dash for the first week of competition and we were very impressed with his speed. That just points to his sheer talent - to not be able to practice for the event and then come out three or four weeks into training and run that fast is incredible."

In the second week of competition for the Tide, Brown again showed his ability. This time he ran only his main event, the 60-meter hurdles. Brown ran 8.01 in the preliminaries and was ultimately the third-fastest qualifier of the day. Only two seniors edged him in the prelims, Torrey Campbell of Auburn and Ole Miss's Robert Semien. The sophomore was able to move into the finals, where he edged Mississippi State senior Javon Davis in a photo finish, beating him by .01.

"Tony is a very motivated athlete," Waters said. "He brings his all into every practice and every race. I think last Saturday's race at Vanderbilt really showed his competitive nature. He's always willing to go out there and dominate the competition."

Brown will be competing in the 60-meter hurdles at this weekend's competition. Prelims for the event are set to start at 12:15 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Alex Gholston, sophomore, Women's 400 Meters
Sophomore Alex Gholston, another Tide sprinter, is among those to watch this weekend. Gholston shattered her previous indoor personal best in the women's 400 meter dash, crossing the finish in a time of 53.90. The sophomore won the Vanderbilt Invitational, beating 40 other sprinters who were entered in the event.

"Alex ran a very impressive race," Waters said. "We all knew she had it in her and she worked really hard in the fall to be where she is in her training."

Gholston dropped over a second from her indoor season best from 2014, when she ran 55.69 at the Indiana Relays. The sophomore broke 54 seconds in the 400 for the first time during last year's outdoor season when she ran 53.84 in the prelims at the SEC Championships. She will be racing in the 400 this weekend at 2:10 p.m. MST.

Lakan Taylor, sophomore, Women's Pole Vault
Another sophomore, pole vaulter Lakan Taylor, rounds out the individuals to watch this weekend. Taylor cleared 13-9¼ at last week's Vanderbilt Invitational. The jump tied her 2014 indoor season best and just missed her personal best of 13-10.

"I think Lakan's performance last weekend was phenomenal," Waters said. "She is jumping a lot higher right now than she did at this time last year. Albuquerque is a great place to jump, so I'm really hoping she can get really close to - if not over - 14 feet this weekend."

Taylor's jump of 13-9¼ was the best jump by a collegian at last weekend's meet. The sophomore barely missed her second attempt at 14-1, the last height she attempted. Taylor is set to jump in the women's pole vault this weekend. The event is slated to begin at 11 a.m. MST Saturday.

Men's 4x400-Meter Relay
The men's 4x400-meter relay will also take to the track at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Alabama has an A and a B squad entered into the competition. With a stacked group of 400-meter runners, the Tide is hoping to have an outstanding showing.

"Our men's 4x400 meter squad has a lot of talent this year," Waters said. "There are a number of very experienced and very fast individuals in the group. This will be the first weekend where we will put them all together in a way that really shows what an incredible force they can be in this event."

Last week, the Tide ran junior Quincy Smith, senior Alex Amankwah, freshman Marlon Humphrey and senior Nick Efkamp in the event. The foursome crossed the line in 3:09.88. The New Mexico Team Invitational men's 4x400-meter relay is slated to begin at 4:10 p.m. MST Saturday.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
The Crimson Tide track and field team makes its way to Albuquerque, N.M., this Saturday with impressive young performers in tow.

Tony Brown, sophomore, Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles
Sophomore Tony Brown tops the list of athletes to watch this weekend at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Brown won the men’s 60-meter hurdles at last weekend’s Vanderbilt Invitational. His time of 7.89 earned him the no. 7 time on the all-time Alabama list and a no. 6 ranking in the SEC. After spending the track and field offseason training and playing football for Alabama, Brown has worked tirelessly to return to track and field shape. He made his first appearance in a track uniform at Alabama’s first meet of the season, the Auburn Invitational.

“While Tony didn’t necessarily have the fall off, he didn’t have as much time for technical training for the hurdles as some of the other athletes,” said head coach Dan Waters. “We entered him into the 60-meter dash for the first week of competition and we were very impressed with his speed. That just points to his sheer talent – to not be able to practice for the event and then come out three or four weeks into training and run that fast is incredible.”

In the second week of competition for the Tide, Brown again showed his ability. This time he ran only his main event, the 60-meter hurdles. Brown ran 8.01 in the preliminaries and was ultimately the third-fastest qualifier of the day. Only two seniors edged him in the prelims, Torrey Campbell of Auburn and Ole Miss’s Robert Semien. The sophomore was able to move into the finals, where he edged Mississippi State senior Javon Davis in a photo finish, beating him by .01.

“Tony is a very motivated athlete,” Waters said. “He brings his all into every practice and every race. I think last Saturday’s race at Vanderbilt really showed his competitive nature. He’s always willing to go out there and dominate the competition.”

Brown will be competing in the 60-meter hurdles at this weekend’s competition. Prelims for the event are set to start at 12:15 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Alex Gholston, sophomore, Women’s 400 Meters
Sophomore Alex Gholston, another Tide sprinter, is among those to watch this weekend. Gholston shattered her previous indoor personal best in the women’s 400 meter dash, crossing the finish in a time of 53.90. The sophomore won the Vanderbilt Invitational, beating 40 other sprinters who were entered in the event.

“Alex ran a very impressive race,” Waters said. “We all knew she had it in her and she worked really hard in the fall to be where she is in her training.”

Gholston dropped over a second from her indoor season best from 2014, when she ran 55.69 at the Indiana Relays. The sophomore broke 54 seconds in the 400 for the first time during last year’s outdoor season when she ran 53.84 in the prelims at the SEC Championships. She will be racing in the 400 this weekend at 2:10 p.m. MST.

Lakan Taylor, sophomore, Women’s Pole Vault
Another sophomore, pole vaulter Lakan Taylor, rounds out the individuals to watch this weekend. Taylor cleared 13-9¼ at last week’s Vanderbilt Invitational. The jump tied her 2014 indoor season best and just missed her personal best of 13-10.

“I think Lakan’s performance last weekend was phenomenal,” Waters said. “She is jumping a lot higher right now than she did at this time last year. Albuquerque is a great place to jump, so I’m really hoping she can get really close to – if not over – 14 feet this weekend.”

Taylor’s jump of 13-9¼ was the best jump by a collegian at last weekend’s meet. The sophomore barely missed her second attempt at 14-1, the last height she attempted. Taylor is set to jump in the women’s pole vault this weekend. The event is slated to begin at 11 a.m. MST Saturday.

Men’s 4×400-Meter Relay
The men’s 4×400-meter relay will also take to the track at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Alabama has an A and a B squad entered into the competition. With a stacked group of 400-meter runners, the Tide is hoping to have an outstanding showing.

“Our men’s 4×400 meter squad has a lot of talent this year,” Waters said. “There are a number of very experienced and very fast individuals in the group. This will be the first weekend where we will put them all together in a way that really shows what an incredible force they can be in this event.”

Last week, the Tide ran junior Quincy Smith, senior Alex Amankwah, freshman Marlon Humphrey and senior Nick Efkamp in the event. The foursome crossed the line in 3:09.88. The New Mexico Team Invitational men’s 4×400-meter relay is slated to begin at 4:10 p.m. MST Saturday.



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This Week: Indiana Relays (Fri.-Sat., Jan. 30-31); New Mexico Team Invitational (Sat., Jan. 31)
The University of Alabama track and field team competes in its third weekend of the 2015 season this weekend with athletes traveling to two competitions. The bulk of the team competes on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque. Hosted by the University of New Mexico, the meet will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and conclude at 4:20 p.m. The team will also travel a select group of throwers to the Indiana Relays hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., with events taking place Friday-Saturday, Jan. 30-31.

Senior sprinter Remona Burchell returns to the site of her first NCAA championship win this Saturday as the Tide travels to Albuquerque, N.M. The reigning champion is set to compete in the 60-meter dash preliminaries on Saturday at 12:50 p.m. in hopes of earning a berth in the finals to be run later that day. Joining Burchell are other members of the sprints and jumps squads, including sophomore Tony Brown, who won the 60-meter hurdles last Saturday at Vanderbilt. Junior Cameron Hudson will compete in both the men's long jump and 60-meter dash. Last Saturday, Hudson leapt to a seventh-place national ranking with a mark of 25-1 1/4. Sophomore Lakan Taylor will compete in the women's pole vault. Taylor's clearance of 13-9 1/4 ranks as the 12th best jump in the NCAA in 2015. Fellow sophomore Alex Gholston enters this Saturday's meet after a landmark victory at the Vanderbilt Invitational. Gholston's 400-meter time of 53.90 ranks as no. 7 on the all-time Crimson Tide list and the 14th fastest time in the NCAA in 2015.

Alabama will travel seven throwers (three women, four men) to Bloomington, Ind., to compete at the Indiana Relays. Sophomore Kyle Felpel is set to compete in the shot put, the event in which he qualified for the NCAA indoor championships last year. The sophomore will be joined by fellow sophomores Hayden Reed and Nate Karr in the event. Freshman Daniel Haugh will compete in the weight throw. Senior Nia Barnes will make an appearance in the women's weight throw. Joining Barnes are senior Candicea Bernard and freshman Haley Teel who will compete in the shot put.

Follow the Action Live
Links to live scoring of the meets this weekend are available via the following means:
Indiana Relays - www.IUHoosiers.com
New Mexico Team Invitational - www.LiveRunningResults.com

Head Coach Dan Waters on the Crimson Tide
"We are coming off a great showing at the Vanderbilt Invitational last Saturday and we're hoping to take the momentum into this weekend. Athletes in the jumps tend to have very impressive marks in Albuquerque. We are hoping our jumpers can follow suit and secure a spot at the NCAA championships in March. We have also had a great deal of success in the short sprints in Albuquerque. This is the same venue where Remona Burchell won the 60 meters and Diondre Batson won the 200 meters at last year's championships, so we're hoping we see some fast times. The throwers are also heading to Indiana to try to improve on their marks for the season. Overall, I think we will have some impressive results out of both meets."

Tide Athletes to Watch This Weekend
Tony Brown, sophomore, Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Sophomore Tony Brown tops the list of athletes to watch this weekend at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Brown won the men's 60-meter hurdles at last weekend's Vanderbilt Invitational. His time of 7.89 earned him the no. 7 time on the all-time Alabama list and a no. 6 ranking in the SEC. After spending the track and field offseason training and playing football for Alabama, Brown has worked tirelessly to return to track and field shape. He made his first appearance in a track uniform at Alabama's first meet of the season, the Auburn Invitational.

"While Tony didn't necessarily have the fall off, he didn't have as much time for technical training for the hurdles as some of the other athletes," said head coach Dan Waters. "We entered him into the 60-meter dash for the first week of competition and we were very impressed with his speed. That just points to his sheer talent - to not be able to practice for the event and then come out three or four weeks into training and run that fast is incredible." In the second week of competition for the Tide, Brown again showed his ability. This time he ran only his main event, the 60-meter hurdles. Brown ran 8.01 in the preliminaries and was ultimately the third-fastest qualifier of the day. Only two seniors edged him in the prelims, Torrey Campbell of Auburn and Ole Miss's Robert Semien. The sophomore was able to move into the finals, where he edged Mississippi State senior Javon Davis in a photo finish, beating him by .01.

"Tony is a very motivated athlete," Waters said. "He brings his all into every practice and every race. I think last Saturday's race at Vanderbilt really showed his competitive nature. He's always willing to go out there and dominate the competition." Brown will be competing in the 60-meter hurdles at this weekend's competition. Prelims for the event are set to start at 12:15 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Alex Gholston, sophomore, Women's 400 Meters
Sophomore Alex Gholston, another Tide sprinter, is among those to watch this weekend. Gholston shattered her previous indoor personal best in the women's 400 meter dash, crossing the finish in a time of 53.90. The sophomore won the Vanderbilt Invitational, beating 40 other sprinters who were entered in the event.

"Alex ran a very impressive race," Waters said. "We all knew she had it in her and she worked really hard in the fall to be where she is in her training."

Gholston dropped over a second from her indoor season best from 2014, when she ran 55.69 at the Indiana Relays. The sophomore broke 54 seconds in the 400 for the first time during last year's outdoor season when she ran 53.84 in the prelims at the SEC Championships. She will be racing in the 400 this weekend at 2:10 p.m. MST.

Lakan Taylor, sophomore, Women's Pole Vault
Another sophomore, pole vaulter Lakan Taylor, rounds out the individuals to watch this weekend. Taylor cleared 13-9¼ at last week's Vanderbilt Invitational. The jump tied her 2014 indoor season best and just missed her personal best of 13-10.

"I think Lakan's performance last weekend was phenomenal," Waters said. "She is jumping a lot higher right now than she did at this time last year. Albuquerque is a great place to jump, so I'm really hoping she can get really close to - if not over - 14 feet this weekend."

Taylor's jump of 13-9¼ was the best jump by a collegian at last weekend's meet. The sophomore barely missed her second attempt at 14-1, the last height she attempted. Taylor is set to jump in the women's pole vault this weekend. The event is slated to begin at 11 a.m. MST Saturday.

Men's 4x400-Meter Relay
The men's 4x400-meter relay will also take to the track at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Alabama has an A and a B squad entered into the competition. With a stacked group of 400-meter runners, the Tide is hoping to have an outstanding showing.

"Our men's 4x400 meter squad has a lot of talent this year," Waters said. "There are a number of very experienced and very fast individuals in the group. This will be the first weekend where we will put them all together in a way that really shows what an incredible force they can be in this event."

Last week, the Tide ran junior Quincy Smith, senior Alex Amankwah, freshman Marlon Humphrey and senior Nick Efkamp in the event. The foursome crossed the line in 3:09.88. The New Mexico Team Invitational men's 4x400-meter relay is slated to begin at 4:10 p.m. MST Saturday.

CRIMSON TIDE NOTEBOOK
In the Rankings
The University of Alabama men's track & field team rose two positions to No. 11 in this week's edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Monday, the first in-season survey of the 2015 season. The Crimson Tide men were 13th in the USTFCCCA preseason rankings. The Tide men are ranked fourth in this week's South Region rankings, the first regional rankings of the 2015 season, while the Alabama women are No. 7 in the South Region team survey.

Amankwah Has World's Fastest Time in Men's 800
Crimson Tide junior Alex Amankwah currently owns the fastest men's 800-meters time in the world this season and is one of six University of Alabama athletes, along with the Tide's men's 4x400-meter relay team, to rank among the top 20 on current world lists, according to AllAthletics.com as of Monday morning, Jan. 26. Amankwah and his Alabama teammate, sophomore Jacopo Lahbi, posted the world's No. 1 and No. 3 times in the men's 800 meters on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., at the Vanderbilt Invitational. Amankwah set a school record of 1 minute, 46.86 seconds to edge Lahbi, who broke the tape in 1:48.28.

6 Tide Athletes, 1 Relay, Rank Among World Leaders
Four men and two women from the Tide rank among the top 20 on current world lists, according to AllAthletics.com as of Monday morning, Jan. 26. Sophomore Allison Gregg ranks no. 6 on the list in the women's 5,000 meters after running a 17:00.17 on Saturday in Nashville. Senior sprinter Remona Burchell ranks tied for 9th in the world in the women's 60-meter dash via her 7.25 clocking on Saturday in Nashville. In the men's mile, the Tide's Robbie Farnham-Rose and Matt Airola are both among the world leaders so far via performances posted on Jan. 17 at the Auburn Invitational in Birmingham. Farnham's 4:03.75 ranks 8th while Airola's 4:05.37 is 11th in the world. Alabama's men's 4x400-meter relay unit of Quincy Smith, Alex Amankwah, Marlon Humphrey and Nick Efkamp ran 3:09.88 on Saturday in Nashville, a time that is currently 7th on the World List.

12 Athletes, 1 Relay, Among Collegiate Leaders
Alabama senior Alex Amankwah leads all collegiate runners in the men's 800 meters following his school-record performance on Saturday at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville. Amankwah's performance leads a group of 12 Crimson Tide athletes in 10 events (plus the men's 4x400-meter relay unit) that rank among the nation's top 20 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

3 Alabama Athletes Lead SEC in 3 Events
22 athletes in 17 events, three relay teams among the SEC's top 10
Three Alabama athletes have produced the top results in three events so far in 2015, leading a group of 22 athletes in 17 events plus three relay teams that rank among the conference's top 10 overall this season. The Crimson Tide's Alex Amankwah, a senior, leads the conference in the men's 800 meters (1:46.86) with teammate Jacopo Lahbi, a sophomore, ranking second (1:48.28). Justin Fondren, a junior at Alabama, leads the SEC in the men's high jump (7-1 1/2; 2.15m). Crimson Tide sophomore Cameron Hudson leads the SEC in the men's long jump (25-1 1/4; 7.65m). Sprinter Remona Burchell is the leading female athlete for the Crimson Tide, ranking second in the women's 60-meter dash.

Amankwah's Record Run Earns SEC Honor
Alabama senior Alex Amankwah of the Crimson Tide track & field team has been named the Southeastern Conference's Men's Runner of the Week, the SEC Office announced Tuesday. Amankwah, a native of Ghana who immigrated to the United States and attended high school in Los Angeles, Calif., also bettered Ghana's men's national record with the performance. Amankwah earned the honor after winning the men's 800 meters on Saturday at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville. With a time of 1 minute, 46.86 seconds, Amankwah broke an 11-year-old Crimson Tide record set in 2004 by Peter Etoot in dominating the field, crossing the line .04 faster than Etoot's previous standard (1:46.90).

Up Next
The Tide heads to Lincoln, Neb., for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite on Saturday, Feb. 6-7.

Following the Tide
Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.


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This Week: Indiana Relays (Fri.-Sat., Jan. 30-31); New Mexico Team Invitational (Sat., Jan. 31)
The University of Alabama track and field team competes in its third weekend of the 2015 season this weekend with athletes traveling to two competitions. The bulk of the team competes on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque. Hosted by the University of New Mexico, the meet will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and conclude at 4:20 p.m. The team will also travel a select group of throwers to the Indiana Relays hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., with events taking place Friday-Saturday, Jan. 30-31.

Senior sprinter Remona Burchell returns to the site of her first NCAA championship win this Saturday as the Tide travels to Albuquerque, N.M. The reigning champion is set to compete in the 60-meter dash preliminaries on Saturday at 12:50 p.m. in hopes of earning a berth in the finals to be run later that day. Joining Burchell are other members of the sprints and jumps squads, including sophomore Tony Brown, who won the 60-meter hurdles last Saturday at Vanderbilt. Junior Cameron Hudson will compete in both the men’s long jump and 60-meter dash. Last Saturday, Hudson leapt to a seventh-place national ranking with a mark of 25-1 1/4. Sophomore Lakan Taylor will compete in the women’s pole vault. Taylor’s clearance of 13-9 1/4 ranks as the 12th best jump in the NCAA in 2015. Fellow sophomore Alex Gholston enters this Saturday’s meet after a landmark victory at the Vanderbilt Invitational. Gholston’s 400-meter time of 53.90 ranks as no. 7 on the all-time Crimson Tide list and the 14th fastest time in the NCAA in 2015.

Alabama will travel seven throwers (three women, four men) to Bloomington, Ind., to compete at the Indiana Relays. Sophomore Kyle Felpel is set to compete in the shot put, the event in which he qualified for the NCAA indoor championships last year. The sophomore will be joined by fellow sophomores Hayden Reed and Nate Karr in the event. Freshman Daniel Haugh will compete in the weight throw. Senior Nia Barnes will make an appearance in the women’s weight throw. Joining Barnes are senior Candicea Bernard and freshman Haley Teel who will compete in the shot put.

Follow the Action Live
Links to live scoring of the meets this weekend are available via the following means:
Indiana Relays – www.IUHoosiers.com
New Mexico Team Invitational – www.LiveRunningResults.com

Head Coach Dan Waters on the Crimson Tide
“We are coming off a great showing at the Vanderbilt Invitational last Saturday and we’re hoping to take the momentum into this weekend. Athletes in the jumps tend to have very impressive marks in Albuquerque. We are hoping our jumpers can follow suit and secure a spot at the NCAA championships in March. We have also had a great deal of success in the short sprints in Albuquerque. This is the same venue where Remona Burchell won the 60 meters and Diondre Batson won the 200 meters at last year’s championships, so we’re hoping we see some fast times. The throwers are also heading to Indiana to try to improve on their marks for the season. Overall, I think we will have some impressive results out of both meets.”

Tide Athletes to Watch This Weekend
Tony Brown, sophomore, Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles
Sophomore Tony Brown tops the list of athletes to watch this weekend at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Brown won the men’s 60-meter hurdles at last weekend’s Vanderbilt Invitational. His time of 7.89 earned him the no. 7 time on the all-time Alabama list and a no. 6 ranking in the SEC. After spending the track and field offseason training and playing football for Alabama, Brown has worked tirelessly to return to track and field shape. He made his first appearance in a track uniform at Alabama’s first meet of the season, the Auburn Invitational.

“While Tony didn’t necessarily have the fall off, he didn’t have as much time for technical training for the hurdles as some of the other athletes,” said head coach Dan Waters. “We entered him into the 60-meter dash for the first week of competition and we were very impressed with his speed. That just points to his sheer talent – to not be able to practice for the event and then come out three or four weeks into training and run that fast is incredible.” In the second week of competition for the Tide, Brown again showed his ability. This time he ran only his main event, the 60-meter hurdles. Brown ran 8.01 in the preliminaries and was ultimately the third-fastest qualifier of the day. Only two seniors edged him in the prelims, Torrey Campbell of Auburn and Ole Miss’s Robert Semien. The sophomore was able to move into the finals, where he edged Mississippi State senior Javon Davis in a photo finish, beating him by .01.

“Tony is a very motivated athlete,” Waters said. “He brings his all into every practice and every race. I think last Saturday’s race at Vanderbilt really showed his competitive nature. He’s always willing to go out there and dominate the competition.” Brown will be competing in the 60-meter hurdles at this weekend’s competition. Prelims for the event are set to start at 12:15 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Alex Gholston, sophomore, Women’s 400 Meters
Sophomore Alex Gholston, another Tide sprinter, is among those to watch this weekend. Gholston shattered her previous indoor personal best in the women’s 400 meter dash, crossing the finish in a time of 53.90. The sophomore won the Vanderbilt Invitational, beating 40 other sprinters who were entered in the event.

“Alex ran a very impressive race,” Waters said. “We all knew she had it in her and she worked really hard in the fall to be where she is in her training.”

Gholston dropped over a second from her indoor season best from 2014, when she ran 55.69 at the Indiana Relays. The sophomore broke 54 seconds in the 400 for the first time during last year’s outdoor season when she ran 53.84 in the prelims at the SEC Championships. She will be racing in the 400 this weekend at 2:10 p.m. MST.

Lakan Taylor, sophomore, Women’s Pole Vault
Another sophomore, pole vaulter Lakan Taylor, rounds out the individuals to watch this weekend. Taylor cleared 13-9¼ at last week’s Vanderbilt Invitational. The jump tied her 2014 indoor season best and just missed her personal best of 13-10.

“I think Lakan’s performance last weekend was phenomenal,” Waters said. “She is jumping a lot higher right now than she did at this time last year. Albuquerque is a great place to jump, so I’m really hoping she can get really close to – if not over – 14 feet this weekend.”

Taylor’s jump of 13-9¼ was the best jump by a collegian at last weekend’s meet. The sophomore barely missed her second attempt at 14-1, the last height she attempted. Taylor is set to jump in the women’s pole vault this weekend. The event is slated to begin at 11 a.m. MST Saturday.

Men’s 4×400-Meter Relay
The men’s 4×400-meter relay will also take to the track at the New Mexico Team Invitational. Alabama has an A and a B squad entered into the competition. With a stacked group of 400-meter runners, the Tide is hoping to have an outstanding showing.

“Our men’s 4×400 meter squad has a lot of talent this year,” Waters said. “There are a number of very experienced and very fast individuals in the group. This will be the first weekend where we will put them all together in a way that really shows what an incredible force they can be in this event.”

Last week, the Tide ran junior Quincy Smith, senior Alex Amankwah, freshman Marlon Humphrey and senior Nick Efkamp in the event. The foursome crossed the line in 3:09.88. The New Mexico Team Invitational men’s 4×400-meter relay is slated to begin at 4:10 p.m. MST Saturday.

CRIMSON TIDE NOTEBOOK
In the Rankings
The University of Alabama men’s track & field team rose two positions to No. 11 in this week’s edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Monday, the first in-season survey of the 2015 season. The Crimson Tide men were 13th in the USTFCCCA preseason rankings. The Tide men are ranked fourth in this week’s South Region rankings, the first regional rankings of the 2015 season, while the Alabama women are No. 7 in the South Region team survey.

Amankwah Has World’s Fastest Time in Men’s 800
Crimson Tide junior Alex Amankwah currently owns the fastest men’s 800-meters time in the world this season and is one of six University of Alabama athletes, along with the Tide’s men’s 4×400-meter relay team, to rank among the top 20 on current world lists, according to AllAthletics.com as of Monday morning, Jan. 26. Amankwah and his Alabama teammate, sophomore Jacopo Lahbi, posted the world’s No. 1 and No. 3 times in the men’s 800 meters on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., at the Vanderbilt Invitational. Amankwah set a school record of 1 minute, 46.86 seconds to edge Lahbi, who broke the tape in 1:48.28.

6 Tide Athletes, 1 Relay, Rank Among World Leaders
Four men and two women from the Tide rank among the top 20 on current world lists, according to AllAthletics.com as of Monday morning, Jan. 26. Sophomore Allison Gregg ranks no. 6 on the list in the women’s 5,000 meters after running a 17:00.17 on Saturday in Nashville. Senior sprinter Remona Burchell ranks tied for 9th in the world in the women’s 60-meter dash via her 7.25 clocking on Saturday in Nashville. In the men’s mile, the Tide’s Robbie Farnham-Rose and Matt Airola are both among the world leaders so far via performances posted on Jan. 17 at the Auburn Invitational in Birmingham. Farnham’s 4:03.75 ranks 8th while Airola’s 4:05.37 is 11th in the world. Alabama’s men’s 4×400-meter relay unit of Quincy Smith, Alex Amankwah, Marlon Humphrey and Nick Efkamp ran 3:09.88 on Saturday in Nashville, a time that is currently 7th on the World List.

12 Athletes, 1 Relay, Among Collegiate Leaders
Alabama senior Alex Amankwah leads all collegiate runners in the men’s 800 meters following his school-record performance on Saturday at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville. Amankwah’s performance leads a group of 12 Crimson Tide athletes in 10 events (plus the men’s 4×400-meter relay unit) that rank among the nation’s top 20 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

3 Alabama Athletes Lead SEC in 3 Events
22 athletes in 17 events, three relay teams among the SEC’s top 10
Three Alabama athletes have produced the top results in three events so far in 2015, leading a group of 22 athletes in 17 events plus three relay teams that rank among the conference’s top 10 overall this season. The Crimson Tide’s Alex Amankwah, a senior, leads the conference in the men’s 800 meters (1:46.86) with teammate Jacopo Lahbi, a sophomore, ranking second (1:48.28). Justin Fondren, a junior at Alabama, leads the SEC in the men’s high jump (7-1 1/2; 2.15m). Crimson Tide sophomore Cameron Hudson leads the SEC in the men’s long jump (25-1 1/4; 7.65m). Sprinter Remona Burchell is the leading female athlete for the Crimson Tide, ranking second in the women’s 60-meter dash.

Amankwah’s Record Run Earns SEC Honor
Alabama senior Alex Amankwah of the Crimson Tide track & field team has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Men’s Runner of the Week, the SEC Office announced Tuesday. Amankwah, a native of Ghana who immigrated to the United States and attended high school in Los Angeles, Calif., also bettered Ghana’s men’s national record with the performance. Amankwah earned the honor after winning the men’s 800 meters on Saturday at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville. With a time of 1 minute, 46.86 seconds, Amankwah broke an 11-year-old Crimson Tide record set in 2004 by Peter Etoot in dominating the field, crossing the line .04 faster than Etoot’s previous standard (1:46.90).

Up Next
The Tide heads to Lincoln, Neb., for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite on Saturday, Feb. 6-7.

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Alabama Football: Grading Nick Saban’s 2012 Recruiting Class http://www.crimsontidezone.com/alabama-football-grading-nick-sabans-2012-recruiting-class-79394/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/alabama-football-grading-nick-sabans-2012-recruiting-class-79394/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:40:53 +0000 http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2347363-alabama-football-grading-nick-sabans-2012-recruiting-class
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Ryan Anderson: 4-star outside linebacker from Daphne, Alabama

Anderson got in the defensive rotation this year and notched three sacks off the edge. He should get more playing time in 2015.

Dakota Ball: 3-star defensive tackle from Lindale, Georgia

Ball moved to tight end in the offseason and played in spurts during the season mostly as a blocker in run situations.

Denzel Devall: 4-star inside linebacker from Bastrop, Louisiana

Devall ended up playing outside linebacker, where he has contributed for three years without a lot of production. He has five career sacks and will return as one of the more experienced defenders in 2015.

Adam Griffith: 3-star kicker from Calhoun, Georgia

Griffith was Alabama’s starting kicker in 2014 and hit 12 of 19 as he battled a back injury. He’s most notable, though, for missing the field goal that wound up turning into the Kick Six in 2013.

Brandon Greene: 4-star offensive tackle from Ellenwood, Georgia

Greene played tight end in 2014 and was mostly used as a blocker. He caught a key pass as an eligible tackle in overtime against LSU that surprised nearly everyone watching.

Darren Lake: 3-star defensive tackle from York, Alabama

Lake has turned into a role player on the defensive line, especially in run situations, registering 23 career tackles.

Geno Smith: 4-star cornerback from Atlanta, Georgia

Smith made the switch to safety, playing mostly at Star and Money in Saban’s defense. A DUI before the 2013 season slowed his progress down some. He’s expected to start at free safety in 2015.

Alphonse Taylor: 4-star offensive tackle from Mobile, Alabama

Taylor played guard this year, starting two games in Leon Brown’s place at left guard. He will compete for that same role this offseason.

Dalvin Tomlinson: 4-star defensive tackle from McDonough, Georgia

Tomlinson is another role player on the defensive line, racking up 26 tackles and a sack in two years playing. A knee injury cut short a promising redshirt freshman season.

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Ryan Anderson: 4-star outside linebacker from Daphne, Alabama

Anderson got in the defensive rotation this year and notched three sacks off the edge. He should get more playing time in 2015.

Dakota Ball: 3-star defensive tackle from Lindale, Georgia

Ball moved to tight end in the offseason and played in spurts during the season mostly as a blocker in run situations.

Denzel Devall: 4-star inside linebacker from Bastrop, Louisiana

Devall ended up playing outside linebacker, where he has contributed for three years without a lot of production. He has five career sacks and will return as one of the more experienced defenders in 2015.

Adam Griffith: 3-star kicker from Calhoun, Georgia

Griffith was Alabama’s starting kicker in 2014 and hit 12 of 19 as he battled a back injury. He’s most notable, though, for missing the field goal that wound up turning into the Kick Six in 2013.

Brandon Greene: 4-star offensive tackle from Ellenwood, Georgia

Greene played tight end in 2014 and was mostly used as a blocker. He caught a key pass as an eligible tackle in overtime against LSU that surprised nearly everyone watching.

Darren Lake: 3-star defensive tackle from York, Alabama

Lake has turned into a role player on the defensive line, especially in run situations, registering 23 career tackles.

Geno Smith: 4-star cornerback from Atlanta, Georgia

Smith made the switch to safety, playing mostly at Star and Money in Saban’s defense. A DUI before the 2013 season slowed his progress down some. He’s expected to start at free safety in 2015.

Alphonse Taylor: 4-star offensive tackle from Mobile, Alabama

Taylor played guard this year, starting two games in Leon Brown’s place at left guard. He will compete for that same role this offseason.

Dalvin Tomlinson: 4-star defensive tackle from McDonough, Georgia

Tomlinson is another role player on the defensive line, racking up 26 tackles and a sack in two years playing. A knee injury cut short a promising redshirt freshman season.

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Despite 3 Recent Decommitments, Alabama 2015 Recruiting Class Will Be Just Fine http://www.crimsontidezone.com/despite-3-recent-decommitments-alabama-2015-recruiting-class-will-be-just-fine-79396/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/despite-3-recent-decommitments-alabama-2015-recruiting-class-will-be-just-fine-79396/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:55:43 +0000 http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2347268-despite-3-recent-decommitments-alabama-2015-recruiting-class-will-be-just-fine
Despite 3 Recent Decommitments, Alabama 2015 Recruiting Class Will Be Just Fine

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Expect Nick Saban and Alabama to close with another top-ranked recruiting class despite suffering a trio of decommitments on Thursday.

Even Nick Saban isn’t immune to the twists and turns of the recruitment process as national signing day approaches.

On Thursday, Alabama suffered three decommitments from its top-rated 2015 recruiting class.

The Tide lost 4-star offensive lineman Isaiah Prince, 4-star cornerback Rico McGraw and 3-star cornerback Montrell Custis in a span of hours.

Updated UA commitment list after 3 commits are removed while waiting to make final decision http://t.co/GQLzXbA6E3 @BamaOnline247 @247Sports

— Tim Watts (@TimWatts_BOL) January 29, 2015

Most teams would panic at the thought of losing three commits in a day.

But most programs aren’t built like Alabama.

For starters, the Tide’s class has 23 commitments and it still ranks ahead of No. 2 Florida State by more than 22 points in the 247Sports team rankings.

Even if they don’t finish with any additions, their current group is still likely to be among the elite classes assembled in this cycle.

It’s awfully impressive batch of recruits, considering that 20 of the Tide’s 23 pledges have a 4-star ranking or higher. Included in that number are six 5-star prospects and eight total players ranked among the nation’s top 100 players overall.

Despite the loss of Prince, the Tide still have five offensive linemen committed—including 4-star standouts Lester Cotton and Richie Petitbon.

While losing two corners is a significant blow, the loss is mitigated by the Tide's acquisition of top corners Tony Brown and Marlon Humphrey last year, along with the presence of 5-star corners Kendall Sheffield and Minkah Fitzpatrick, who committed in this cycle.

Also, considering how Saban and his staff have closed in recent years, don’t expect the Tide to be idle down the stretch.

If anything, the extra spots that have opened up make the Tide a bigger factor heading into a national signing day that may have otherwise been quiet.

Two years ago, the Tide pulled stud recruits such as Reuben Foster, A’Shawn Robinson and Alvin Kamara in the days leading up to national signing day.

Last year, linebacker Rashaan Evans chose the Tide over Auburn in a signing-day surprise.

Another note: CeCe Jefferson visited Alabama Friday on his way to Ole Miss and Sunday on his way back from Ole Miss.

— Jamey Barnes (@JBarnesALintel) January 26, 2015

This year, there are still a handful of top prospects still on the radar of Saban and his staff.

Offensively, the Tide are chasing 4-star receivers Daylon Charlot and K.J. Hill, plus 4-star offensive lineman and current Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond.

On the other side of the ball, 5-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson is a target the Tide are aggressively pursuing.

It’s also not out of the question that Saban and his staff have other prospects they are pursuing under the radar.

Regardless of how Alabama closes, they are still in a strong position to land their fifth consecutive top-ranked recruiting class when the dust settles on national signing day.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a national recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. 

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Despite 3 Recent Decommitments, Alabama 2015 Recruiting Class Will Be Just Fine

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Expect Nick Saban and Alabama to close with another top-ranked recruiting class despite suffering a trio of decommitments on Thursday.

Even Nick Saban isn’t immune to the twists and turns of the recruitment process as national signing day approaches.

On Thursday, Alabama suffered three decommitments from its top-rated 2015 recruiting class.

The Tide lost 4-star offensive lineman Isaiah Prince, 4-star cornerback Rico McGraw and 3-star cornerback Montrell Custis in a span of hours.

Most teams would panic at the thought of losing three commits in a day.

But most programs aren’t built like Alabama.

For starters, the Tide’s class has 23 commitments and it still ranks ahead of No. 2 Florida State by more than 22 points in the 247Sports team rankings.

Even if they don’t finish with any additions, their current group is still likely to be among the elite classes assembled in this cycle.

It’s awfully impressive batch of recruits, considering that 20 of the Tide’s 23 pledges have a 4-star ranking or higher. Included in that number are six 5-star prospects and eight total players ranked among the nation’s top 100 players overall.

Despite the loss of Prince, the Tide still have five offensive linemen committed—including 4-star standouts Lester Cotton and Richie Petitbon.

While losing two corners is a significant blow, the loss is mitigated by the Tide’s acquisition of top corners Tony Brown and Marlon Humphrey last year, along with the presence of 5-star corners Kendall Sheffield and Minkah Fitzpatrick, who committed in this cycle.

Also, considering how Saban and his staff have closed in recent years, don’t expect the Tide to be idle down the stretch.

If anything, the extra spots that have opened up make the Tide a bigger factor heading into a national signing day that may have otherwise been quiet.

Two years ago, the Tide pulled stud recruits such as Reuben Foster, A’Shawn Robinson and Alvin Kamara in the days leading up to national signing day.

Last year, linebacker Rashaan Evans chose the Tide over Auburn in a signing-day surprise.

This year, there are still a handful of top prospects still on the radar of Saban and his staff.

Offensively, the Tide are chasing 4-star receivers Daylon Charlot and K.J. Hill, plus 4-star offensive lineman and current Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond.

On the other side of the ball, 5-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson is a target the Tide are aggressively pursuing.

It’s also not out of the question that Saban and his staff have other prospects they are pursuing under the radar.

Regardless of how Alabama closes, they are still in a strong position to land their fifth consecutive top-ranked recruiting class when the dust settles on national signing day.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a national recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. 

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Football. Alabama Football Announces Hiring of Jody Wright http://www.crimsontidezone.com/football-alabama-football-announces-hiring-of-jody-wright-79442/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/football-alabama-football-announces-hiring-of-jody-wright-79442/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:22:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/012915aab.html
Jan. 29, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Jody Wright on Thursday. Wright returns to the Alabama football staff, where he previously served as a graduate assistant (2010) and offensive analyst (2011-12).

“We are glad to have Jody back on our staff in this role,” said Saban. “We thought very highly of him when he was with us before, and when this position became available, he was the first person that came to mind. Jody is extremely well-thought of in the state of Alabama and throughout the southeast when you talk to anyone involved with football at the college or high school level. He is also very organized and has excellent people skills, which make him a great fit for this role.”

As director of player personnel, Wright will be responsible for the organization of all recruiting efforts. Wright will also work with compliance regarding initial eligibility and assist with coaching clinics, camps and other on-campus events.

Wright brings several years of SEC experience to Tuscaloosa. In addition to his three years at Alabama, he has also worked a graduate assistant and eventually the director of football operations at Mississippi State. Wright spent a total of five years in Starkville, where he also earned his master’s degree in 2009.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to work for Coach Saban and to be a part of the football program at the University of Alabama,” said Wright. “Growing up as a coach’s son in Pickens County, I have always had a great respect for the passion and tradition at Alabama. It was a dream of mine as a kid to work at the University of Alabama one day. Coach Saban gave me that chance in 2010 and I’m humbled and excited to work for him at Alabama again. I look forward to doing my part to continue the tradition of success at the best program in the country for the best coach in college football.”

Wright’s previous two stops include a season at UAB in 2014 (assistant head coach/running backs/recruiting coordinator) and his alma mater, Jacksonville State, in 2013 (passing game/recruiting coordinator). The Gamecocks advanced to the third round of the FCS playoffs that season, finishing with a record of 11-4. He began his career as a student assistant at Jacksonville State in 2002. Wright helped JSU win the 2003 and 2004 Ohio Valley Conference championships.

Wright played running back at Jacksonville State, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 2005. He played his high school football at Pickens Academy for his father, Lynn Wright, and was a member of three undefeated state championship teams.

In June of 2014, Wright married the former Meredith Hocutt of Tuscaloosa.

All such employment contracts are subject to approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.



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Football. Alabama Football Announces Hiring of Mel Tucker http://www.crimsontidezone.com/football-alabama-football-announces-hiring-of-mel-tucker-79444/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/football-alabama-football-announces-hiring-of-mel-tucker-79444/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:20:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/012915aaa.html
Jan. 29, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Mel Tucker on Thursday. Tucker, who has spent 10 years coaching in the NFL and eight years in the college ranks, will serve as defensive backs coach and also hold the title of assistant head coach.

“I’ve known Mel for almost 20 years going back to Michigan State when I hired him as a graduate assistant,” said Saban. “He is an outstanding coach all the way around and really does an excellent job in terms of teaching the players. When you look at his college and NFL experience, his resume is very impressive, and he’ll be a positive addition to our defensive staff. Mel’s experience with the secondary will allow us to move Kirby back to coaching the inside linebackers, which has been most effective for our defensive coordinator. We’re pleased and happy to welcome Mel and his family to Tuscaloosa.”

Tucker spent the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. He was previously with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2009-12, also as the defensive coordinator. The Jags ranked sixth in the league in total defense in 2011, allowing just 313.0 yards per game. Tucker was Jacksonville’s interim head coach for the final five games of that season. He earned the additional title of assistant head coach with the Jaguars in 2012.

Prior to those two stops, Tucker was with the Cleveland Browns from 2005-08. He spent the first three years as the defensive backs coach and served as the defensive coordinator in 2008. In that season, the Browns were second in the NFL with 23 interceptions and ranked 16th in scoring defense (21.9 points per game).

“I’ve known Coach Saban since I was 17 years old and he recruited me when he was the head coach at Toledo,” said Tucker. “He gave me my first job at Michigan State and most of what I learned as a defensive backs coach came from him. He has always been extremely loyal to me and my family, and is a trusted friend and mentor. We’ve become big Crimson Tide fans through the years and our family actually went to the bowl games against Michigan State and Notre Dame. When I was invited to speak here at one of the coaching clinics, I really got to see first-hand how special the University of Alabama is and I’m honored to join Coach Saban’s staff. I have the utmost respect this program and what Coach Saban stands for as a man and as a coach.”

Tucker joined Nick Saban’s staff at Michigan State as a graduate assistant in 1997. After two years there, he then went to work as a defensive backs coach at Miami (Ohio) for one season in 1999. In 2000, Tucker returned to work with Saban at LSU for one season before going to Ohio State for a three-year stint (2001-03). The Buckeyes went 14-0 in 2002 and won the BCS National Championship. Tucker was elevated to co-defensive coordinator in 2004.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Tucker attended Cleveland Heights High School where he was a football standout and earned a scholarship to Wisconsin. He was a four-year letterman at defensive back for the Badgers and graduated in 1995.

Tucker’s wife, JoEllyn, earned her undergraduate degree at Illinois and her law degree from Rutgers. The couple has two sons: Joseph (12) and Christian (10).

All such employment contracts are subject to approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.



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Softball. Alabama Places Second in Preseason SEC Softball Poll http://www.crimsontidezone.com/softball-alabama-places-second-in-preseason-sec-softball-poll-79446/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/softball-alabama-places-second-in-preseason-sec-softball-poll-79446/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:06:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/012915aab.html
Jan. 29, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Defending Southeastern Conference champion Alabama has been picked second in the annual vote of the league’s 13 coaches, released Thursday.

Defending national champion Florida is the preseason favorite, earning 11 of a possible 13 first-place votes. Women’s College World Series participant Kentucky was picked third, LSU fourth and 2014 SEC Tournament champion Georgia fifth. The top nine teams are all ranked in the Top 25 in both preseason polls, while South Carolina is also receiving votes outside the Top 25.

Alabama won the SEC last season with a 19-5 conference record, losing just one conference series during the season. It was the fourth title in last five years for the Tide, including three straight from 2010-12. Four athletes were named All-SEC while Head Coach Patrick Murphy was named SEC Coach of the Year, the fourth such honor of his career.

Alabama’s home conference series this season include Ole Miss (March 6-8), Florida (March 21-23), Texas A&M (March 27-29) and Tennessee (April 23-25) while hitting the road to take on Georgia (March 13-15), Kentucky (April 3-5), Auburn (April 17-19) and Arkansas (May 1-3). This year’s SEC Tournament will take place May 6-9 at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The Tide opens its season next Thursday, Feb. 5 against No. 23 South Alabama in Mobile before heading to Gulf Shores for the Sand Dollar Classic that weekend.

2015 SEC SOFTBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
1. Florida (11) – 143 pts.
2. Alabama – 120 pts.
3. Kentucky (1) – 115 pts.
4. LSU – 103 pts.
5. Georgia (1) – 102 pts.
6. Missouri – 98 pts.
7. Auburn – 85 pts.
8. Tennessee – 76 pts.
9. Texas A&M – 48 pts.
10. South Carolina – 46 pts.
11. Mississippi State – 42 pts.
12. Arkansas – 21 pts.
13. Ole Miss – 15 pts.



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