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Wednesday Afternoon Quick Hits

  • College football is following the NFL's lead and allowing one challenge per game per team. Reactions around the SEC were mixed. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville wanted unlimited challenges as long as they were successful. Georgia head coach Mark Richt seemed somewhat indifferent and Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson was opposed to challenges calling it "redundant" to what is already in place. Alabama coach Mike Shula was in favor of the ruling.
  • SEC coaches have taken issue with APR scores at the spring meeting in Destin, FL. Opponents of the current system even include Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried, whose team earned a perfect 1,000 APR score. Coach Gottfried had this to say:
    "There are some things you just can't control. We lost (signee) Joshua Jones, who transferred late, and Alabama will be affected by his decision because he'll be someone who was listed on our roster who didn't graduate (from Alabama). Our numbers will be affected."
  • I'm A Realist has a 2006 season preview up about the Tide football team that is worth reading. He figures in the best case scenario the team goes 10-2 regular season, worst case they finish 7-5.
  • Basketball coach Mark Gottfried is back in Alabama after his participation in Operation Hardwood II, a USO tour of college basketball coaches visiting the troops in Kuwait. Read Coach Gottfried's summary of his trip at (registration required).

    Coach Gottfried in Kuwait with two troops from Tuscaloosa.

  • has a photo gallery of their 15 Greatest College Football Plays. Alabama appears on the list three times, though only twice the way you'd want to be on the list.

There's no way this wasn't going to be on the list.

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