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Cameron Sims was one of the first Louisiana-based dominoes to fall Alabama's way for 2014 class | AL.com

"Me and Cam talked about coming together," Robinson said. "He had told me that if this is where I was going to come, he'd probably end up coming, too. "But Hootie man, Hootie's unpredictable. You can't really read him. You never know what you're going to get with Hootie. But I had a good idea he would end up coming, too."

We are still trying to wrap our minds around this current crop of recruits but Nick Saban going into Les Miles' back yard and grabbing four big time recruits may be story of NSD (at least for Alabama). Flipping Evans will get all the attention but make no mistake, this one pissed off LSU fans (even if they won't admit it.)

The Crimson White | Crimson Tide Men's Tennis drops pair of games

Even with Daniil Proskura’s fist pumps and Andrew Goodwin’s enthusiastic shouts, it still wasn’t enough to keep the Crimson Tide men alive. Fans in the stands were leaning over glass barriers just to keep the Alabama men’s tennis team fired up, but once the fourth match was lost, it was over. Alabama closed out the finale of the ITA-Kickoff Weekend by losing to Oklahoma State, 4-0, Saturday and No. 7 Oklahoma, 4-1, Sunday.

Freshman Sean Donohue won the lone point for Alabama against the Sooners. "We felt that the other team wasn’t necessarily better than us, but we were afraid to lose [on Saturday]," Alabama coach George Husack said. "[On Sunday] we had to come out and make it physical, make it draining for the other team. Bottom line, on paper, they are more talented than we are. Logic may say that talent trumps everything, but we went into this match and our passion, our fight had to trump logic."

Spring sports are about to hit 5th gear with both baseball and softball ready to kick off their regular seasons, but gymnastics, tennis, swimming/diving, hockey, track and field and lacrosse are already deep into their seasons. We try our best to keep the site updated on all things Alabama but it gets tough, especially with the lesser known/ followed sports. If you have a close relationship with any of the sports we don't cover, please provide write-ups in the fan posts and we may bump them to the front page (or at the least tweet/facebook them.)

Does the ACC want to play more SEC opponents? (report) | AL.com

The "8 + 1 model" is just an idea, according to sources. The idea is to schedule eight conference games, and play one SEC opponent a year. Four teams already play the model. Florida State plays Florida, Clemson plays South Carolina, Georgia Tech plays Georgia and Louisville - who joins the conference July 1 - plays Kentucky.

I hate this idea (at least from the Alabama perspective) and I hope the SEC front office doesn't all this to go outside the current four teams that have yearly ACC games,

Honestly, I could care less what Florida, USCe, UK and UGA are doing. From where I sit, this only helps the ACC and would actually decrease Alabama's ability to schedule high profile OOC games from any conference. The ACC elite teams (well, that only leaves FSU) isn't going to schedule Alabama OOC because they already play Florida.

Maybe I'm readying this wrong but I just don't see how this helps Alabama or the SEC...

The Crimson White | UA comes back against Georgia

The No. 7 Crimson Tide blew its season high score out of the water and was aided by two falls from Georgia on balance beam. It narrowly avoided its first home loss since 2009 and took down the No. 5 Bulldogs 197.5 to 196.825 in front of a rowdy Coleman Coliseum crowd.

You gym rats please correct me if I'm wrong but the UGA and Alabama gymnastics rivalry is probably the most heated in the NCAA/ SEC and it once again showed Friday night. The meet looked all but lost until Alabama game back on the final rotation to steal the victory.

Alabama's big-name, big body recruits heard the warnings, still blown away by Scott Cochran | AL.com

"Man, the workouts... At the beginning, man, the workouts were painful," said Cameron Robinson, a 5-star tackle who is one of the top recruits in the nation. "Coach Cochran, he was killing us. We just had to get in and get used to it. Our bodies get adjusted to it. We've been rolling all, just working hard every day."

I could only imagine how tough his workouts are. I pride myself on being a glutton for punishment and enjoying the pains of a good work out but even I'm afraid of Cochran....

Alabama Ties Record with Four Players on 2014 Hogan Award Watch List - ROLLTIDE.COM

University of Alabama golfers Trey Mullinax, Robby Shelton, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt have been named to the 2014 watch list for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award the Golf Coaches Association of America announced this week, in conjunction with Colonial Country Club and The Friends of Golf (FOG). The award is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period. The Ben Hogan Award selection committee represents the leaders in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.

Has Alabama officially become a golf school??

'I came here to compete': Alabama QB signee David Cornwell feels healthy, confident entering spring | AL.com

"I know he is coming in. Great kid from what I hear," Cornwell said Wednesday. "Excited to go and compete with these guys, see what I’ve got. Each day I’m going to get better, even if I don’t win the job. But I’m here to compete, get better, help this team however I can." Saban's history with true freshman quarterbacks at Alabama doesn't bode well for Cornwell this season. Since 2007, when Saban took over for Mike Shula, an Alabama true freshman quarterback has never seen the field.

I like Crornwell's moxy but I wouldn't bet money on him starting as a true freshman. My understanding is that he has all the physical tools needed to be an elite QB but is still very raw (like 99% of true freshmen)

Honestly, I would feel very comfortable if Bateman ends up leading all QB's coming out of Spring and then him and Coker battle it out in August for the starting spot.

Baseball to Appear on Television Seven Times in 2014 - ROLLTIDE.COM

Alabama will make seven television appearances this season, appearing twice on ESPN, four times on Comcast Sports South (CSS) and once on Fox Sports Net (FSN). The entire SEC broadcast package, which includes all 17 games for the 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament, will total more than 70 contests. The championship game of the tournament will air nationally on ESPN2, and for the second straight year, both semifinal games will air nationally on ESPNEWS. The package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Fox Sports and CSS. In addition, WatchESPN/ESPN3 will also stream most contests live online.

Y'all need to follow Roger on twitter (@rogerpatmyers) for in-game baseball updates. The guy goes to every game and has forgotten more baseball than I'll ever know.

Recruiting trails: Alabama signs players from 15 different states, Auburn keeps it closer to home | AL.com

I thought Auburn was in Alabama?

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West Georgia University, indeed.

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