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Lookin' good Coach.
Photo Lookin' good Coach.

Oh yes, my Crimson Tide brethren. We are just days away from the start of Fall practice where we can finally put aside the navel-gazing and nostalgia and begin following our team's 2010 campaign in earnest. Of course these things will still occur over the next month as we await the kick off of the season opener against San Jose State but they'll be the sideshow. The main event is preparing to start and we're more than ready.

So here's the roundup of the news from over the past few days. There are prognostications, player features and all kinds of frothy goodness ready for your perusal. The DePriest signing and the Daniel Moore lawsuit also got a bit of attention as well. So get a cup of coffee and get reading.

High Expectations for Alabama in 2010

Coy Saban, Crimson Tide primed for repeat
David Brandt l Clarion Ledger

History won’t doom Bama in bid to repeat
Mark Edwards l Decatur Daily

Another winning season ahead for Tide
Josh Moon l Montgomery Advertiser

The Opposition Prepares for The Tide

So Why Can’t Penn State Beat Alabama?
Victory Bell Rings (blog) [Part I, Part II]

Phil Steele Examines Arkansas' Defense
Arkansas Expats (SB Nation blog)

Let the Anticipation Begin (Duke)
Al Featherston l

With Cutcliffe staying, Alabama coming, Duke football ticket sales surge
Chris Baysden l Triangle Business Journal

2010 Crimson Tide Player Profiles

Ingram's historical run set to continue
Christopher Walsh l BamaOnLine

Ingram focused on improving, not on repeating as Heisman
Michael Casagrande l

Hightower ‘hungry as ever’
Justin Graves l The Cullman Times

The Troy DePriest Signing

Ohio fans still sensitive about those who leave
Kyle Nagel l Dayton Daily News

Ohio recruit shows Crimson Tide expanding its borders
Michael Casagrande l The Anniston Star

Former Crimson Tide players in the News

Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix cites Bryant as influence
Sal Maiorana | Democrat and Chronicle

Johnny Lee Davis addresses Montgomery Job Corps
Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew Zow to huddle with Bama Club
The Daily Sentinel

The UA/Daniel Moore Legal Battle

Artist responds to University in trademark dispute
Doug Segrest l The Birmingham News

Brief by 27 universities backing UA in Moore lawsuit
11th Circuit US Court of Appeals


Kent Waldrep Remembers George Steinbrenner
Kevin Sherrington l The Dallas Morning News

Former Birmingham News Bama writer now BP flack
Adam Kerlin  | American Journalism Review

Miss State Coach, family walk away from collision with deer
Joe Biddle l The Tennessean

Turn Your Head and Cough: HS Players flock to mass physicals
Bryan App l The Times Daily