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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10: Nick Saban the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks to the media during a press Conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

TideSports.com - Saban and staff expected to receive new contracts

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban is expected to receive a raise and contract extension at the UA Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, along with contract amendments for Alabama football assistant coaches as well. Details of Saban's contract amendments are still unclear. UA extended Saban's contract through the 2017 season in the fall of 2009, at which time he was set to earn an average of $4.7 million per year over the full term of the contract. That extension included a $5 million "Contract Year Completion Benefit", which was set to pay Saban $1.6, $1.7 and $1.7 million in January of 2012, 2015 and 2018.

TideSports.com - Mosley ready for action

"Yeah. I didn't know what to expect. I knew it was my hip, just by the way it dislocated," Mosley said. "I knew from my elbow it was a dislocation. ... But when they were telling me about the things that could've happened, that could've gone wrong, thank God that it didn't. I'm just blessed and proud that I'm back to normal now." Plenty could have gone wrong. More severe hip dislocations than Mosley's, according to orthoinfo.com, can result in nerve damage and a loss of feeling to the lower extremities. Fractures and bone degeneration from a loss of blood supply can result as well. Mosley's news, however, was far better. He was cleared for the end of the team's pre-spring conditioning work, known as the Fourth-Quarter Program, and is participating fully in spring practices.

TideSports.com - HURT: Gottfried having early success with N.C. State

The combination has worked, and Gottfried has succeeded at exceeding low expectations. And since this is his first year in Raleigh, he hasn't had to deal with the other side of the coin - living up to high expectations - which was more of a problem in his coaching tenure with the Crimson Tide. Those expectations will come soon enough, but for now, he is basking in the golden glow generated by giving a fan base more than it expected.

Alabama's clinic a big hit with high school coaches | al.com

Approximately 1,400 high school coaches are attending the clinic, which ends tonight with a speech from Lou Holtz. Bill Parcells was the featured speaker Friday night. Rodney Lawler, the head coach at Hampton Cove Middle School in Huntsville, is here for the third time. "They are nonstop for 2½ hours," Lawler said. "There's never a moment when people are sitting. It's just continuous movement, energy, enthusiasm. The coaches just get as much work as they can out of these players. I've never seen a program as intense as Alabama's is."

Alabama suffers fifth consecutive loss, falling 11-7 to Ole Miss | al.com

On a night when Alabama broke out of a hitting slump and starting pitching was adequate, relief pitching wasn't there. Ole Miss broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning with seven runs on seven hits off three Alabama pitchers and went on to defeat the Crimson Tide 11-7 Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama has lost five consecutive games and fell to 8-14 (0-4 in the Southeastern Conference).

Gymnastics Set for SEC Championships - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

The Alabama gymnastics team, the defending SEC and NCAA Champions, completed its practice day in the Arena at Gwinnett Place Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championships which get underway at 4 p.m. EDT. During the championship draw, which was held after the first of two practice sessions, the Crimson Tide learned it would start its drive for back-to-back SEC titles on the uneven bars, the same rotation as a year ago. After the uneven bars, Alabama will move to the balance beam before going to the first of three byes. From there the Tide will go to the floor exercise, then its second bye, before finishing competition on the vault and then heading to a bye during the seventh and final rotation. The three byes during the meet don't bother Patterson.

2012 N.F.L. Mock Draft - NYTimes.com

5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama This is a crucial pick for Richardson, because if he falls past No. 5, he could drop a bit. Actually, I think there’s an outside chance Richardson doesn’t get selected in the first 12 picks.

Standing Up to the N.C.A.A. - NYTimes.com

"It has been an incredible fight," said O’Leary, his lawyer. "But once the N.C.A.A. enforcement process is exposed at trial, people will be outraged." I hope that happens; the appalling tactics of N.C.A.A. investigators have long remained hidden away, in secret files the general public never gets to see. They deserve a public airing. But that’s not the real significance of the Cohane case. The real significance is that if Cohane wins, the law itself might finally force the N.C.A.A. to change its ways. Because, at long last, it would be labeled the state actor it has always been.

Concussions make Lions great Lem Barney wish he never played | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

[Detroit] Lions great Lem Barney wasn't diagnosed with his first concussion until years after his Hall of Fame career ended, when an ophthalmologist looked into his eyes and saw spots on his brain. "If I look at the game now and I look back on it retrospectively, if I had another choice I'd never played the game, at all, in my life," he said. "Never. Never. From all-city, all-state, all-conference, all-American, seven times All-Pro, I'm in eight Hall of Fames, it wouldn't be. It would be golf or tennis. I'm serious. Very serious."

Sandusky labeled 'likely pedophile' in 1998 report - TODAY People - TODAY.com

More than a decade before former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with more than 50 counts of child sex abuse, a psychologist warned university police that his actions fit that of a "likely pedophile’s pattern." The finding by State College, Pa., psychologist Dr. Alycia A. Chambers, the therapist for one of Sandusky’s alleged victims, was contained in the internal Penn State files of a 1998 police investigation of the former coach for showering and bear hugging her client and another young boy in the school’s athletic locker room.

Jim Driver, 1933-2012 - Obituaries | The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

James H. "Jim" Driver, 78, of Eagle, Colo., formerly of Columbia, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at South Hampton Place in Columbia after a brief illness. An avid Broncos fan, he abhorred [Peyton] Manning and evidently wanted out before a deal was done.

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