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The Jumbo Package | 7.2.12

Tide reloads with stellar recruiting class |

The UA coaching staff obviously thought highly of Hawkins long before the rankings came out. They arranged for her to meet Alabama football coach Nick Saban on her recruiting visit, back in the fall of 2009. “They said, ‘We have a big surprise for you,’” Hawkins said. “I felt really special. No (softball) recruit had ever done this before. It was so amazing. He made me feel really at home.” Every incoming UA signee is ranked in the top half of ESPN’s listing of the top 100 prospects.

US softball team tops Puerto Rico 8-0

Traina's last appearance at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium — earlier this month — came while leading Alabama to its first Women's College World Series title. She retired all four batters she faced.

Senior Bowl's homegrown visionary | Pensacola News Journal |

“We are going to try and create an event where there is something for everybody,” said Savage, 47, a Mobile native, who completed his first month Sunday as the new executive director of the Senior Bowl. “It is a different job from anything I have done.” Savage, who Alabama Crimson Tide football fans have gotten to know as the game analyst with iconic play-by-play announcer Eli Gold on radio broadcasts the past three seasons, has made his career earning respect in the NFL. The past three years, he worked for the Philadelphia Eagles as a player personnel consultant. The previous four years, he was the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. Before that, he was the director of player personnel for the Baltimore Ravens. He formerly coached with Nick Saban and Bill Belichick.

10 tips for the new college football playoff selection committee |

2) Yes, consider margin of victory. The BCS sought to eradicate that consideration from its computers because, well, throwing that sixth touchdown pass with 30 seconds left just seemed tacky (never mind that some coaches did it anyway to impress poll voters who knew only the final score). But margin of victory actually is a meaningful and useful measurement.

Stephanie Meadow Wins Ladies British Open Amateur Championship -

Alabama sophomore Stephanie Meadow captured the 2012 Ladies British Open Amateur Championship on Saturday at the Carnoustie Golf Club by defeating Spain's Rocio Sanchez Lobato 4 and 3 in the finals. Her victory earns Meadow a place in the field for the 2012 Ricoh Women's British Open at Hoylake in September.

James Carpenter likely to start camp on PUP list | ProFootballTalk

The Seahawks are preparing to start training camp without a fully healthy James Carpenter. The right tackle’s rookie year ended early after a torn ACL and Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that the team expects that he won’t be ready to go when training camp kicks off next month. The 2011 first-round pick tore the ligament in late November, which meant that the start of camp has always been in doubt while Carpenter progresses through his rehab.

Why Dre Kirkpatrick Likely Won't Start The Regular Season Opener - Cincy Jungle

Cincinnati's first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, Dre Kirkpatrick injects much-needed youth and talent into a position currently constructed by veterans Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Terence Newman and Jason Allen. Adam Jones will compete for playing time, mostly as a third cornerback and possible return specialist while Brandon Ghee has made enough of an impression during offseason practices this year to be mentioned. Kirkpatrick, who claims to have never backpedaled in college, has the raw talent to start in the NFL but the question as to whether he's ready will be determined in the coming months. However just because he's a first-round pick doesn't automatically suggest he'll start when the Bengals take the field on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens. Of course we base much of that assumption on as much recent history as we do reports that surfaced during the offseason workouts. The irony in how similar former first-round cornerbacks fielded their eventual first-team promotion and how an aging cornerback and injury dictated their futures.

Navy Announces 2012 Football Recruiting Class -

Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo released the names of the 2012 Navy football recruits on Thursday evening as 58 prospects representing 19 states went through induction ceremonies and began plebe summer. "We are excited about the group we brought in this year," said Niumatalolo. "If they work hard and do the things they are supposed to do in Bancroft Hall, in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice field they will have a chance to contribute." (ed.- FIFTY EIGHT?! Somewhere Houston Nutt is inappropriately warm.)

SEC Football: Getting to Know Texas A&M -

On behalf of the vast majority of Aggies — 50,000 current Texas A&M students, 345,000 living former students and maroon-blooded fans throughout Texas and beyond — thanks for allowing us to build our dream home in your prestigious neighborhood. We don’t plan on moving again. Ever. Many of us have been enviously eyeing your well-manicured hedges, massive homes and incredible weekend block parties/tailgates for a couple of decades. In 1990, when Arkansas announced it was leaving the Southwest Conference, A&M coach R.C. Slocum and various high-ranking university administrators seriously discussed the possibility of becoming the 12th SEC member — even before South Carolina. “At that time, it was rumored Texas was most interested in the Pac-10,” Slocum recalled recently. “We decided within our little group that the SEC was a better fit for us culturally. I was totally for it.”