The Jumbo Package | 05.21.14

Kevin C. Cox

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide news and notes.

Jameis Winston playing baseball for Florida State Seminoles, not testifying as roommates Chris Casher, Ronald Darby face disciplinary hearing - ESPN

Florida State star Jameis Winston "was never notified" to attend a disciplinary hearing for football teammates Chris Casher and Ronald Darby that was attended by the woman who accused Winston of rape, his attorney said Tuesday.

Attorney Tim Jansen told ESPN.com that Winston was never asked to attend Tuesday's hearing and instead was with the Seminoles' baseball team in North Carolina for the ACC tournament.

Every freaking time I open a Jameis Winston article...

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Alabama coach Nick Saban waiting on final grades for 2014 signees, expects most on campus soon | AL.com

At least one Alabama signee may require summer school before he's eligible to enroll, Nick Saban said Tuesday. The Crimson Tide coach did not identify the player during an interview before his final Crimson Caravan stop of the spring at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center.

"We'll find that out when we get final grades in," Saban said. "We haven't got that information in yet. I think we may have one guy that may need to go to summer school but I'm not 100 percent sure of that right now.

"We may have somebody else, too, but I'm just not sure."

Obviously, we hope for the best with these academic qualifications (though one player falling short wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, considering our roster situation (we need to free up three spots)).

One thing that was casually mentioned in the article: Jacob Coker has been on campus for nearly a month.  Is it just me, or is this the first time this has been mentioned?  You'd think that the arrival of the signal-calling heir apparent would be met with a bit more fanfare, but it seems that Mr. Coker has managed to get on campus without much noise being made.

We still need to see the guy throw the ball and manage an offense against a SEC defense, but at least any concerns about Coker somehow not ending up on campus can be officially put aside.

Nick Saban responds to his inclusion on SI.com's 'Most Disliked People in Sports' list | AL.com

"Look, I try to do things the right way," he continued. "I have a lot of compassion for people. We do a lot to help other people. We try to provide leadership to help young people have a better chance to be more successful in life. We do a lot for young kids. So, all's we can do is what we can control. What we can control is to try to do things the right way, help other people, have compassion, be a good leader, set a good example, care for other people, which we do, and I feel good about who we are and what we do and how we try to help others.

"If somebody else doesn't feel that way, I guess they're entitled to their opinion."

On the same day SI.com published the list, Saban made a $50,000 donation to the V Foundation for cancer research.

What a monster.

Release of SEC schedule rotation provides Nick Saban one last chance to 'sing the same song' | AL.com

On Monday, the SEC released its schedule of rotating opponents through 2025. Roughly 24 hours later, he reacted to the quirks he anticipated while stumping for an expanded, nine-game conference schedule.

"I'm still of the belief that we should play more conference games," Saban said before his appearance at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. "I think we don't play Florida again until 2022 or whatever after next year, which, I think our players come to the SEC to play SEC schools. Florida has a great program and that's one of the games that our players look forward to playing so I wish we could play the teams on the other side more often."

I think that the new schedule does a fine job of putting a bandaid on the problem, but there  really is no way around it - the league has to go to 9 games.

Pac-12 presidents send letter asking other leagues to back reforms - CBSSports.com

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the presidents of Pac-12 schools have sent a joint letter to the 53 presidents of schools in the other four major FBS conferences, proposing they come together to back a set of sweeping NCAA reforms.

In addition to supporting the five major conferences' bid for autonomy within the NCAA's givernance structure, the letter outlines 10 proposed changes to the current NCAA model, many of them similar to those supported by the College Athletes Player Association.  The AP reports the letter was "spurred in part" by the move by former and current Northwestern football players to unionize under the CAPA banner.

The letter was delivered last week. Pac-12 presidents are asking for a response from the presidents of the other leagues by June 4.

A couple of things here: 1) it's cute that the PAC12 wants to be a leader.  2) Who the heck cares what the CAPA thinks?  We don't know if the Northwestern players voted in favor of unionizing, nor do we know if the National Labor Relations Board in D.C. will uphold the ruling that would even allow the union in the first place.  I guess it's entirely possible that these suggestions just happen to be very similar to the CAPA demands, but it looks more like this is running with your tail between your legs.

Finally, the idea of putting further APR (Academic Progress Rate) restrictions on post-season play seems unnecessary.  I think I would be fine with it, though, if the APR format was modified, such that teams like Alabama aren't penalized for 3-year players going into the NFL.

Alabama now waits for NCAA regional draw as Kentucky eliminates Tide from SEC tournament | AL.com

The Tide (34-22) will now have to wait for Monday's NCAA selection show to learn where it is headed for regionals. It entered the SEC tournament with a No. 24 RPI.

After climbing as high as No. 8 in the polls with a 28-11 record in mid-April, Alabama has lost 11 of its next 17.

"Fire Anthony Grant" - random Bama fan, in response to this quote

SEC Baseball Tournament first day attendance is worst since 2004 | AL.com

Heavy contingents of Alabama and Mississippi State fans helped boost attendance in the second session of the SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium far above the first session. But the total attendance for Day 1 of the tournament - 11,110 -- still was the worst since 2004, according to SEC statistics.

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