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The Jumbo Package │12.19.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide related links and quotes

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Oklahoma Sooners defense report card 2013 football - ESPN Dallas

Oklahoma's defense was the foundation of the team's drive to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Mike Stoops' unit finished atop the Big 12 in passing yards allowed and total yards allowed while making sure the Sooners had the chance to win every game they played, even with constant uncertainty at quarterback. The defensive line was surprisingly good, the linebackers were much more productive than in 2012 and the secondary replaced several starters with relative ease

Oklahoma may field the 2nd best defense Alabama has faced all year. Their quarterback situation may be dismal but don't expect to see Alabama simply marching up and down the field with ease against a solid OU defense.

Four-star safety Laurence 'Hootie' Jones de-commits from Alabama |

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety from Monroe (La.) Neville was one of three safeties in the Crimson Tide's 2014 class, along with Ronnie Clark and Chris Williams, and was one of three Alabama commitments from the Monroe area, along with offensive tackle Cameron Robinson and receiver Cameron Sims.  He and four-star Meridian (Miss.) safety C.J. Hampton, who is set to announce a decision between Ole Miss and Alabama on Friday, are also good friends.

High school kids.

This is why I don't follow recruiting as closely as others. These kids make a decision and then change their mind when the taco bell they ate last night fights back at little too hard. The NCAA needs to either find a way to make these "commitments" stick or make everyone wait till NSD to make any announcement at all.

4-star safety C.J. Hampton no longer committed to Ole Miss |

I am not committed to anyone so you know

-- C.J. Hampton (@_Hamp4dEM) 
December 19, 2013

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound star is rated the No. 5 safety prospect in the nation by 247Sports and is scheduled to announce his college decision on Friday. Hampton's finalists include Alabama, Arkansas and the Rebels.

I guess we'll all be waiting on pins and needles for Mr. Hampton to make his official announcement.

Gymnastics Ranked Second in the 2014 Preseason Coaches Poll - ROLLTIDE.COM

"I think it just goes to show the respect that coaches around the country have for our program," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "It doesn't matter what kind of team we have - whether we have two freshmen like we did last year or six like we have this season - or where we finished the year before, they know that we will find a way to be successful."

RollTideYall  is gearing up for another gymnastics season and with the GymTide ranked 2nd in the preseason, I'm personally excited about the possibility of the girls bringing yet another title to 'Bama. Roll Patterson!

Forbes study reveals Alabama is college football's 3rd-most financially valuable team; Auburn 11th |

According to the magazine's annual study, the Crimson Tide's 15 percent growth to an overall value of $110 million is attributed to increased ticket sales in 2012 and a one-time payment of $4.7 million for playing in the season-opening Cowboys Classic against Michigan in Dallas. The winning has helped, too. Alabama generated a revenue of $89 million and a profit of $47 million, according to Forbes. The Crimson Tide is the first SEC team to crack Forbes' top three since Georgia in 2007.

Hey Cecil, how do you think 'Bama should spend that extra 47 mill?

State of Emergency: SEC Basketball - Team Speed Kills

The In-Between

Alabama Crimson Tide: Probably my favorite PG in the league plays for this team. Trevor Releford dominates the game. He is a little burst of energy and never holds back. Anthony Grant is in his fifth year in Tuscaloosa and it is about time to start seeing results. This team will ride as far as Releford takes them.

Hey, at least we aren't ranked in the Bad...

Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio, Jeoffrey Pagan will wait until after Sugar Bowl to decide on future |

"Honestly, I haven't really put much thought into it," Pagan said after Tuesday's practice. "At the end of the season, I'll sit down with coach and my family and make the best decision." And Kouandjio? "I mean, we have one game left," Kouandjio said. "It's a one-game season for me so I'€™m trying to stay focused on this one game and I'm watching tons of film and doing everything I need to excel in this game.

Cyrus is as good as gone but I'd be shocked if Pagan declared for the draft.

'Perhaps Stoops' greatest trick play,' fake punt vs. Alabama in 2003 becomes topic again (video) |

"We felt if they would be that reckless off the corners we would use it," Stoops said after the game in 2003. "In games like this on the road, you need to make things happen. You have to have the guts to go with it and it worked.

I remember throwing something across the room and screaming profanities at the TV after this play was over. Oh, the good ole days.

Softball Brickyard Season Tickets Now on Sale - ROLLTIDE.COM

Alabama Softball fans can now purchase season tickets for the 2014 season. General admission Brickyard seats are available for $40. Home action at Rhoads Stadium kicks off on Friday, Feb. 21 as the Crimson Tide will host the Easton Bama Bash, presented by Drash.

Season Tickets for the 2014 Alabama Baseball Campaign Now Available - ROLLTIDE.COM

Season tickets for the 2014 University of Alabama baseball campaign are available now, with ticket prices beginning at $60 for the 32-game Crimson Tide home schedule. The season begins on Friday, Feb. 14, against the Saint Louis Billikens at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m.