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Monday Morning Required Reading is Back!

I got all motivated this weekend and tossed up a bunch of posts and then had a bunch of items left over that needed mentioning as well. So, instead of deluging the front page here with fanshots, I decided it would be a treat to bring back the Monday Morning Required Reading. Don't plan on this being a regular thing though...

Summer is Here and Livin is Easy

Coach Saban seems to be enjoying his well-deserved vacation to the fullest. He took a visit to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, then popped over to Boloxi and got to put in a round of golf. It must be nice for him to be able to relax after the long season and the bustle of spring practice.

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

UA Athletics Director Mal Moore is still trying to hammer out the future schedule in the wake of the Georgia Tech series postponement and the possibility of a return to the season opening Chik-Fil-A Classic. And that bye week thing, of course.The Tuscaloosa News' Cecil Hurt provides the rundown.

"What I Did On My Summer Vacation"

Spring practice is over and Crimson Tide players players aren't due to report for summer conditioning until June 1 but that doesn't mean the leaders of the 2010 squad are planning on taking a break. Marcell Dareus and Mark Ingram say they'll be leading groups of players in off-season workouts to make sure everyone stays in shape. "We’re going to work their butts off in May and we’re going to get it together."

NFL Rookie Mini Camps

As the mini camps for NFL rookies held over the weekend wrap up we're hearing good things of our former Crimson Tide players. A few updates: Lorenzo Washington made a positive impression on the coaches at the Dallas Cowboy's rookie mini camp, Rolando McClain is looking sharp in Silver and Black, and, in case you missed it, Cory Reamer is the toast of New York.

Alabama: Big in Afghanistan

US Congressman Jo Bonner was over in Afghanistan in March and was carrying mementos for the Alabama service men and women: T-shirts of the Alabama and Auburn football programs. "The Alabama national championship shirts were much more popular," he noted.

Your Hard Earned Money

The University of Alabama was the recipent of $58.8 million in grants in this year's Federal Budget courtesy U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and the state's congressional delegation. According to Inside Higher Ed, that's the most for any school in the country and some people seem to think this is a bad thing

Y'all Come Back Now

Some folks from Louisiana visit Tuscaloosa and discover - GASP! - it's actually a pretty nice little town.