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The Jumbo Package | 01.30.13

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Alabama gymnastics ranked #5

The Alabama gymnastics team retained its No. 5 national ranking this week after beating the Kentucky Wildcats Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,075, the largest attendance in the NCAA this season

SI report: Alabama players received pitch from controversial supplement company

According to the article, Watkins recorded a YouTube testimonial six months after Alabama's 21-0 victory over LSU to tout the company's chips, water and deer antler pills. Also, during Key's pitch of the deer antler spray, Hubbard is described to have said he "already had some."

Daniel A. Moore Busier Now More Than Ever

"I wasn’t planning on being half this busy. Now with two more major paintings to do on Alabama, I’m excited about it. This is going to keep me busy for months."

Head coach Anthony Grant’s team needs more consistency to be successful- The Crimson and White

Alabama simply didn’t do what it needed to win the game, while Tennessee did. The Volunteers took advantage of every opportunity given to them, while Alabama didn’t. The Vols edged the Tide 17-5 in second-chance points and out rebounded the Tide on offense 15-6

The SEC's best 25 players: No. 20

He was at his best when Alabama needed him the most. Even in the Crimson Tide's lone loss of the season, the 29-24 setback to Texas A&M, Cooper caught a 54-yard touchdown pass with 6:09 to play to get Alabama within striking distance. In the SEC championship game win over Georgia, his 45-yard touchdown catch with 3:15 to play was the game winner, and he finished with eight catches for 128 yards against the Bulldogs.

Coaches pick Crimson Tide to win SEC softball crown-Tommy Deas

Alabama finished 60-8 last season on the way to the first national championship in the program’s history, as well as the SEC’s first softball national title. The Crimson Tide is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA coaches’ preseason poll. UA returns four everyday starters from last year’s national title team.

Tide hosts elite recruits on Junior Day - Andrew Bone

"It's a dynasty," McDowell told The Tuscaloosa News. "It's somewhere a lot of people would love to play at because of their reputation. You have to work hard at Alabama to do the things they've done. With all the hard work that I've put in, I feel like it's paid off. I'm very happy about that."

Grant: Foul should have been called on Vols - Cecil Hurt

Grant was asked prior to a Monday speaking engagement in Birmingham for his revised view. "I thought it was a foul," he said. However, Grant added that "if we take care of ourselves (in the game), it doesn't come down to a foul."

Heralded freshmen hope to give the Alabama baseball team a fresh start - Don Kausler Jr.

"We went back to the drawing board," senior pitcher Charley Sullivan said. Alabama opens its season Feb. 15 with a home game against VMI. The Crimson Tide finished last season with a 21-34 record (9-21 in the SEC). It failed to tie the school record for overall losses and SEC losses in a single season.

Dee Liner plans to make TV announcement on National Signing Day |

Muscle Shoals coach Scott Basden confirmed in an e-mail today that defensive lineman Dee Liner - a five-star recruit who de-committed from Auburn earlier this month after visiting Alabama - will make his commitment at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6, live on ESPNU.

Brian Kelly discusses Manti Te'o hoax and how it affected him against Alabama |

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said on Tuesday that while he was aware of the situation involving star linebacker Manti Te'o and the revelation that his longtime girlfriend Lennay Kekua never actually existed, he did not see it affecting the Heisman Trophy finalist in the days leading up to the game against Alabama.

What they're saying around the SEC

Alabama 2013 Baseball starts preseason practice (pictures), Jan 25, 2013

Alabama Football Recruiting: 2014 Recruits Nick Saban Must Target Early

In 2013 recruiting class, rising stars like Johnny Cook, Zach Cunningham have outpaced expectations (video)