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First off, we are aware of the "Dee Hart tore is ACL" chatter that's been floating around on Twitter since last night.  No one official has confirmed it, so until they do fingers crossed it's just a rumor. If it's not, there's still no need to panic. We're talking about a true freshman here who's biggest role will likely be on special teams or as a sub package back.  Richardson and Lacey are going to be handling 95% of the load while Jalston Fowler is more than capable of being the 3rd back, so it's not a huge blow to depth. Still, hate to see anyone get hurt, especially since the severity of the injury and rehab process could have long term effects on his career.

Stephanie VanBrakle Named Alabama Pitching Coach -

Alabama head softball coach Patrick Murphy has named former Crimson Tide All-American Stephanie VanBrakle as the new pitching coach, he announced Tuesday. VanBrakle returns to Tuscaloosa after spending one season as the head coach at Samford.

In her first season as a head coach in 2009, VanBrakle led the Panthers to a remarkable 32-5 record. The team broke 13 program records, including the mark for number of wins. Her first team posted a .364 team batting average and 1.19 ERA. In 2010, VanBrakle's team finished with a record of 25-9 overall and 12-4 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

SEC math says back Bulldogs, doubt Tigers -

Though the above "slipping and sliding" Steele metric is mildly doubtful of Carolina's ability to maintain last year's gains, neither presumptive divisional favorite has anything to worry about from this statistical perspective. In fact, thanks to several blowout wins and their losses to LSU and Auburn by a combined four points, Alabama was the second-most unfortunate team in the league last year behind Georgia.

If the Tide get a handful more breaks and have the defense we're all expecting? Look out.

Alabama players on award watch lists |

Trent Richardson is on the short list for the Maxwell Award recognizing the nation's most outstanding player while five members of the defense are on the watch list for the Bednarik Award for the nation's top defensive player.

Five members of Alabama's defense are named to Bednarik Award watch list |

Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower, Dre Kickpatrick, Robert Lester and Courtney Upshaw are among the 65 candidates for the award that goes to college football's top defensive player.

College Football's Top 10 Head-Coaching Candidates ft. Urban Meyer |

7. Kirby Smart (Alabama defensive coordinator) Smart is ready for a promotion. He won the Frank Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant, in 2009. He is Alabama’s assistant head coach and is the highest-paid coach Nick Saban’s staff. He’s a top recruiter and has NFL experience, all the ingredients to be a good head man somewhere. With the Crimson Tide defense expected to rise again this fall, we’d be shocked if he’s still at Alabama in 2012.

Interception Rates - Football Study Hall

Guess who was the fifth-best quarterback in the country in terms of interception rate last season.

First-year Kent State coach has big plans for season - Akron Beacon Journal

Kent State football coach Darrell Hazell says his squad is excited about the prospect of playing Alabama in the Crimson Tide season opener. "We’re counting the days to go down there and play those guys."

Gene Stallings to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame -

Gene Stallings and Ray Childress from Texas A&M University to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame this July 15-16.


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Defensive end Clowney enrolled at South Carolina -

School officials said Tuesday that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has registered for the second summer school session and can begin informal workouts with Gamecock teammates. South Carolina begins football practice in August.

The most popular athletic department social networking feeds -

College Football Look-alikes: Denard Robinson-Lil Wayne, Dave Chapelle-Russell Shepard, Nick Saban-Billy Bob Thorton |

College Football's Most Famous Tattoos |

Life in the Red's Blog | NU self-reports violation regarding textbooks