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An Interview With Trey Reynolds & Grant Guffin, The Makers of Gamechanger

Roll Bama Roll interviews Trey Reynolds & Grant Guffin, The Makers of Gamechanger -- the film about Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban slated to premiere next week.

Former Alabama Running Back Kevin Turner Has ALS and Why That Matters So Much

Former Alabama running back Kevin Turner has been diagnosed with Lou Gerhig's disease joining the ranks of former athletes diagnosed with the disease. But there is mounting evidence these players actually suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy due to repeated head injuries.

The Jumbo Package: 08-20-10

Hola amigos! Todd had to skip town for the day for some kind of pressing social engagement. Whatever, we're running the joint and cranking up the Hüsker Dü just because he completely hates 'em....

The NCAA's gripe is with two classes Hill took while at West Brunswick, a school in his hometown of...

The NCAA's gripe is with two classes Hill took while at West Brunswick, a school in his hometown of Shallotte, N.C. According to Fletcher, both were computer courses offered regularly and taken by hundreds of students. They took place in a normal classroom with a teacher present but were technically correspondence courses because they involved subjects not offered at West Brunswick. Hill took one of the courses as far back as his sophomore year, and he was only in that class because he'd broken his hand, couldn't take physical education and needed the credit, Fletcher said.

Gentry Estes: Alfy Hill ruled out at Alabama for high school computer courses Gentry Estes has the scoop on what was behind the Alfy Hill situation. Two quick thoughts: (1) This kid was screwed royally, no two ways about it. He was a good student in high school and was doing very well academically at UA. This is the kind of ridiculous behavior on the part of the NCAA that generates all of those horror stories and conspiracy theories. Rest assured this will get the whole 'Bama nation up in arms, and I think rightly so. When you read stories like this, you just want to take every one of those fluff "student-athlete" commercials that the NCAA produces and shove it up their collective asses 'til it spews out their mouth. (2) I suppose it's possible that these courses could get validated again on appeal and Hill could rejoin the team in January. I imagine, though, the odds are against that, so he's probably going to have to go to either JUCO or prep school. I'd hate to see him have to go to JUCO over this and spend two years there while wasting a year of eligibility, but I figure the smart money is on that now. I'm not sure our staff is too keen on the notion of sending a kid to a place like Hargrave after the Bobby Massie fiasco a couple of years back. I'm still holding out hope for prep school, but I'm thinking JUCO may be more likely. Either way, we should find out in the next few days.

Thursday Afternoon Practice News and Notes

Another day of practice has come and gone for the Crimson Tide, with the season opener being sixteen days away. All in all, it seemed like a pretty slow day on the news front, but a few points...

South Carolina football players moved out of a Columbia hotel on Thursday evening a week after NCAA...

South Carolina football players moved out of a Columbia hotel on Thursday evening a week after NCAA officials investigated whether players received discounted rates -- or made any payments at all -- to live there for extended stays. USC coach Steve Spurrier said school officials have asked players to move out of the Whitney Hotel and settle any outstanding bills with the hotel along Devine Street.

The State: USC players move out of hotel Nah, definitely no way NCAA investigators found anything shady about their living arrangements.

Coach Bryant Was Secretly Investigated By FBI for Civil Rights Violations, AP Reports

According to documents obtained by an FOI request, Alabama's legendary head coach was tracked by the FBI from 1969-1971 following allegations of discrimination against black athletes. The inquiry followed a lawsuit against Coach Bryant and the university filed by noted civil rights attorney U.W. Clemon on behalf of a black student organization. The agency compiled a 27-page dossier on Coach Bryant before the dismissal of the lawsuit in 1971.

In case you missed it last night, behold Robert Ezell's epic impersonation of Nick Saban. As soon...

In case you missed it last night, behold Robert Ezell's epic impersonation of Nick Saban. As soon as he graduates, this kid has a future in color commentary.

POLL: Which Aspect of Alabama's Game Worries You the Most?

With less than three weeks until the start of the 2010 season, Crimson Tide fans suddenly have a host of worries about their team. Which concern is the most critical to the chances of success for this year's team?

University of Alabama freshman Alfy Hill may not play with the Crimson Tide this fall due to an...

University of Alabama freshman Alfy Hill may not play with the Crimson Tide this fall due to an NCAA Clearinghouse issue regarding his high school academic record, his high school coach told The Tuscaloosa News Thursday morning. "We're fighting the NCAA on this thing right now," said Fletcher. "We're talking about classes that we've used here for years with no problem, and now we're being told they don't count."

Tuscaloosa News: Freshman Hill's academics in question Classes. Plural. Not good. At this point, I really don't expect Alfy back this Fall. Hopefully I'm wrong, but if this is really the Clearinghouse rejecting multiple classes (which seems accurate), then he's going to have to either go home and re-take some courses, go to prep school, or go the JUCO route.
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