Alabama may be the reigning king of college football, but the state is a perennial cellar-dweller in obesity, poverty, infant mortality, overall health, math and science instruction, city crime, functional government and ... enough already.
Outlook: Yeldon shined at running back, and there's no doubt he will retain his spot in the Crimson Tide's two-man rotation. He rushed for 1,108 yards last season, which is a school freshman record. His only change in 2013 will be moving into the starting lineup, as 2012 starter Eddie Lacy has moved on to the NFL.
After dropping three of its four games last week the Alabama softball team (23-3) fell in the national polls on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide now checks in at No. 4 in the USA Today/NFCA Poll and sits at No. 6 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25, both organizations announced.
The Alabama women's golf team was named the National Team of the Week on Monday by Golfweek following the Crimson Tide's victory at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
University spokeswoman Debbie Lane said Wednesday that Moore has been admitted to Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham for tests and treatment "regarding pulmonary problems." She said no further information was available on the 73-year-old's status.
The Crimson Tide finished tied with New Mexico for second place at 5-over-par 869. California captured the team title with an 8-under-par total of 856, after shooting a 3-over 291 on Sunday. UCLA placed fourth at 6-over 870 while Stanford, who started the day in second place, was fifth at 12-over 876 after carding a 12-over 300 in the final round.
Its (Bama) 2012 offensive line was so good that it's difficult to imagine the Tide replacing guard Chance Warmack, center Barrett Jones and tackle D.J. Fluker -- along with position coach Jeff Stoutland, who went to the Philadelphia Eagles -- with no drop-off.
Junior Luke Zippi led the way for the Tide men off the 3-meter board, taking eighth place after scoring 661.90 points between prelims and finals. Junior Jake Carloni, senior Pete Hillyer, and sophomore Hunter Smith finished 21st, 24th and 27th respectively off the 3-meter board, scoring 284.55, 273.75 and 262.20 points.
Transitioning from SEC to the NFL: "The fact that, and I may be off on my numbers here a little bit, but I read somewhere that 70 guys came out early for the draft this year and 40 of them came out of our league. That's an indication of the quality of players we have [in the SEC] and the quality of competition. The fact that we had six teams in the BCS Top Ten at the end of the season is another indication of the great programs we have and the great competition we have in our league
The question - Who will emerge as the man in the middle to replace Johnson and who will step up to help the Crimson Tide improve its pass rush?
"It says a lot about the total program, all the people in it and the great team of people that we have here, whether it’s in personal development (or) academic success, developing players and being able to recruit character quality people who will represent the program and develop in the program," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "A lot of people contribute to that.
"We have a great support staff here in the athletic department and the university community has been very cooperative in helping us develop players off the field as well as helping us recruit them."
"Look at his legs," Alabama defensive end Damion Square said. "Next time you see him, take a picture of his legs. He has sticks supporting a body builder's top. It works for him.