Anthony Grant doesn’t care whether Alabama scores 50 points or 100, so long as it’s one more than the Crimson Tide’s opponent. The problem lately is that hasn’t been the case. JaMychal Green had 20 points and Trevor Releford added 14 points and six assists, but they got little help in a 71-58 loss to Kansas State on Saturday night. It was the third loss in four games for No. 23 Alabama, and the fourth straight in which it has failed to eclipse 62 points.
Alabama coach Anthony Grant on what made Kansas State hard to handle: "In the second half, they did a great job of attacking our pressure. You look at the numbers and see they were 63 percent from the floor in the second half and turned us over 18 times. That makes things difficult."
After trailing by only two points at halftime, No. 23 Alabama (8-3) fell apart in the second half and went on to lose 71-58 to Kansas State (7-1) tonight in Kansas City, Mo. The Crimson Tide has lost three of its past four games after getting off to a 7-0 start. Kansas State sank only 11-33 shots from the field (.333) in the first half and led 26-24 at halftime, but the Wildcats made 12-21 shots in the second half (.571). They also made 19-26 free-throw attempts in the second half.
"We had a tough time getting the defensive intensity we needed in the second half and Kansas State got into a rhythm, getting out in transition and getting to the free throw line." Grant did not specifically address Alabama's ongoing offensive difficulties. "We come into games trying to win," he said. "It's never about how many points we score. But 18 turnovers and them shooting 63 percent in the second half makes it difficult."
Certainly, expansion has its pros and cons, and it will be hotly debated again as soon as the new 2012 football schedule comes out. After all, you can't please everyone. But Texas A&M and Missouri are fine schools, and if growth was inevitable - and perhaps it was - there are certainly worse places to grow.
Former Washington State University Co-Defensive Coordinator Chris Ball has also been named an assistant coach for ASU. In addition to coaching at WSU, Ball has spent time at Pitt and at Alabama. Bob Connelly, who spent the 2011 season coaching the offensive line for the UCLA Bruins, has been named as an assistant coach at ASU. Prior to UCLA, Connelly spent four seasons in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as the offensive line coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
According to Ben Jones of StateCollege.com, he can confirm via Twitter "that Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was knocked out after practice today during a fight." The fight reportedly involved wide receiver Curtis Drake, and was something that stemmed from an incident that went down during practice and carried over into the locker room. A police report has been filed, and the players were called in for a 4:30 ET team meeting. Per a tweet from Jones, "Drake shows up with pack of players [for team meeting]. Left hand in coat pocket."
Rumored to be on Auburn’s radar to fill their defensive coordinator void, Mark Stoops is reportedly set to remain where he’s been for the past two years. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, and citing two university sources, Stoops will remain at Florida State as their defensive coordinator. The paper writes that "Stoops turned down ‘multiple’ offers to serve as defensive coordinator at other universities before deciding to stay in Tallahassee."
Daniel Ruettiger, who earned a walk-on spot on Notre Dame's college football team for his plucky play despite his small frame, dished out $382,866 to settle SEC charges for a pump-and-dump stock scheme that reportedly rolled up $11 million in profits for Rudy Nutrition, a now out of business soft-drink company. "Investors were lured into the scheme by Ruettiger's well-known, feel-good story but found themselves in a situation that did not have a happy ending," Scott Friestad, Associate Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, said according to NewsCore.