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The Jumbo Package | 6.22.12

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Iron Bowl giveaway to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | al.com Want to go to the Iron Bowl in November? You can win a flight to Tuscaloosa on a private jet and six tickets to the game...

Who will start at running back for the 2012 Crimson Tide? (podcast) | al.com

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In which Todd channels his inner @DadBoner, making some bold predictions about the 2012 Crimson Tide, Missouri, and just generally being kind of mean to Tennessee.

Your RBR Word of the Day: fantast

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fantast \FAN-tast\ , noun: A visionary or dreamer. Though a revered fantast among college football bloggers, Mike Leach has yet to translate his unique approach to football and coaching into...

The Jumbo Package | 6.21.12

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Possible playoff marks sea change for college football - ESPN As someone who didn't like the BCS formula but didn't want a playoff, I have been surprised by my willingness to accept the coming...

The NCAA has released the Academic Progress Rates (APR) across college athletics and Alabama...

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The NCAA has released the Academic Progress Rates (APR) across college athletics and Alabama football continued to show improvement. The multi-year average of 970 for Crimson Tide football was significantly above the 948 average for football across the NCAA and comes in quite well in comparison with fellow SEC schools.

Your RBR Word of the Day: imponderable

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imponderable \im-PON-der-uh-buhl\ , noun: 1. A thing that cannot be precisely determined or measured. adjective: 1. Not ponderable; that cannot be precisely determined, measured, or evaluated. ...

This is a map produced by the SB Nation mothership of the average distribution of three-star-plus...

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This is a map produced by the SB Nation mothership of the average distribution of three-star-plus talent around the country -- the brighter, the better. It accompanies a Jason Kirk article examining schools' spending on recruiting. The argument being schools located in areas with a dearth of talent are forced to spend more to remain competitive (e.g. Tennessee). This analysis dovetails very well with the recent RBR piece looking at the trend at Alabama under Saban to recruit more players from outside the borders of the Yellowhammer State. A trend we're already seeing replicated with the most current recruiting class.

The Jumbo Package | 6.20.12

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TideSports.com - Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge: Schools to Watch The Crimson Tide are represented by a trio of current pledges in tight end O.J. Howard, linebacker Reuben Foster and offensive...

Everyone keeps talking about our game with Miami [in the 1993 Sugar Bowl]. The reason we won...

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Everyone keeps talking about our game with Miami [in the 1993 Sugar Bowl]. The reason we won against Miami is this: We had the ball 15 minutes more than they did. We ran the ball for 275 yards against Miami. They ran the ball for less than 50 yards. When the game was over, we won. After a game, it may not look good. The alumni may be asking why we are not entertaining them. Let me assure you that our job is to win football games. You win football games by running the ball, stopping the run and being on the plus side of giveaway-takeaways.

Alabama head coach Gene Stallings from the 1993 Coach of the Year Clinic football manual. You know how everyone nowadays is complaining about how Alabama's games are so boring to watch? Well, Coach Stallings' answer to that two decades ago still applies today.

Your RBR Word of the Day: cunctation

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cunctation \kuhngk-TEY-shuhn\ , noun: Delay; tardiness. Though the Tide's return to the national elite came with some cunctation, prompting rivals to decide it would never happen, two...

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