26 - 23! Now What? The heady high of Alabama's thrilling win in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game is fading. A little. Saban proved he's The Coaching Master by daring to pull Tua off the bench to recalibrate the team. Jalen brought them to the championship game; Tua took them to the win. They are two unbelievably, talented young men.
Fans are excited for the team and the upcoming football season. Happily, the National Championship can't hurt in attracting top tier players on National Signing Day - February 7. Five juniors have declared for the NFL draft so far, and they will need to be replaced (reloaded). Saban & staff are still adjusting to the new recruiting schedule after the early signing period in December.
Alabama will host East Carolina grad transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew this weekend . . . 247Sports
(Podcast) Nick Saban's secret weapon that will make Alabama even better in 2018 . . . SEC Country
"We had him in a camp last summer and we've recruited him for a long time," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He's got great quickness and change of direction and run after catch (ability) . . . Mobile Press-Register
(Slideshow) Five reasons why Alabama will rush for a Saban era high in 2018 . . . 247Sports
Former Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton is hoping to show NFL scouts and coaches that his right knee will be fully recovered before the April NFL draft gets underway . . . SEC Country
"Alabama did it this year, and I think it's a very unusual set of circumstances for them to get there -- and certainly their history of being in the championship games the last few years kind of helped them and pushed them forward in that particular effort . . . Huntsville Times
Alabama's Quanetria "NeNe" Bolton has played in 120 basketball games over her four-year career. Thursday's contest against No. 19 Georgia will be her last in Coleman Coliseum, but don't expect too much sentiment from the 6-foot forward . . . Crimson White
Even shorthanded with just seven scholarship players available, No. 12 Auburn's furious 3-point barrage, efficient rebounding and timely turnovers dealt a sloppy Alabama team a 90-71 defeat . . . Dothan Eagle
Harper went blow for blow with Alabama's Collin Sexton during No. 12 Auburn's 90-71 win against the Tide at Auburn Arena . . . Mobile Press-Register
The Tide looks to rebound at home on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks . . . SB Nation
Avery Johnson and Bruce Pearl have treated the rivalry this season in the way it should be treated: seriously . . . Tuscaloosa News
Pearl believes Alabama is the best defensive team in the league . . . Huntsville Times
University of Alabama freshman Collin Sexton has had numerous high-profile matchups this season, but Wednesday night's will be a little different at No. 12 Auburn . . . SEC Country
With his abdominal injury improving, Sexton will look to also improve the Tide's record with four games remaining before the postseason . . . Bama Online
In addition to Muschamp at South Carolina, Georgia coach Kirby Smart, new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher are just some examples of the league's propensity to pursue Saban's assistants . . . SEC Country
Groh served as the wide-receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for Alabama in the 2011 and 2012 seasons . . . Mobile Press-Register
All that despite the fact that UA was without its starting middle infield . . . Bama Online
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