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The Jumbo Package │12.05.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide related links and quotes.

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Men's Basketball returns home with a 76-48 win over North Florida - ROLLTIDE.COM

"Our guys really set the tone from a defensive standpoint tonight," UA Head Coach Anthony Grant said. "I felt like our guys came out with great focus and great energy. I thought it was a dominant defensive performance."

I wasn't able to watch the game last night but I was glad to see (hear) 'Bama bounce back after two tough losses, even if it was against lowly UNF.

From what I've seen so far the defense is again very good and the offense is the most aggressive/exciting we've seen since Grant's arrival. If the team continues to improve, we could find them competing for the SEC West. (hope for the best)

Rumor: Nick Saban to Texas is a done deal - FanSided

From The Football Braniacs: We have word now from two trusted sources that Nick Saban to Texas is a done deal. One of the sources said the money he will get is substantial (obviously) but we haven’t got any word on what that number might be.

UPDATE: for those asking for exact dates on when this is going to happen. We don’t know. We are telling you what we know which is that we have two very good sources that have told us that Nick Saban is going to Texas and one of the sources said that the money is going to be substantial. We would not have run this unless we trusted the sources.

Wait, good sources? That changes everything (sarcasm font)

In the meantime, Saban was flying around in a helicopter all day Wednesday..

Alabama coach Nick Saban takes helicopter to visit highly touted Mississippi prospect (report) |

"We had our opportunity and probably the opportunity that the team created for itself but just wasn't able to finish the season like we'd like," Saban told the TV station. "Now is the important time for us to try and go out and get some of the best players in the country to come to the University of Alabama."

It got a little crazy last night on twitter with the rumor of "Saban to Texas" being a done deal but it wasn't long until Pat Forde squashed the rumors, at least for this moment..

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source tells Y! Sports: &quot;There&#39;s nothing to any Saban rumors&quot; at Texas.</p>&mdash; Pat Forde (@YahooForde) <a href="">December 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Look, maybe I'm naive and even a gump, but I don't think Nick Saban would be out recruiting FOR Alabama if his deal with Texas was done. Again, maybe I'm crazy but I don't think that's how it works. Also, RBR knows a thing or two about Saban to Texas rumors.

Barring injury to key player, Missouri will hop Alabama with SEC Championship victory, ESPN's Brad Edwards says

"Naturally, you would think there's a chance that maybe Missouri wouldn't jump Alabama, and I guess I can't say definitively that there's no way Missouri doesn't jump Alabama," Edwards said. "Just a win over Auburn in the computer part alone would send them past Alabama. It's a pretty small margin that Alabama leads Missouri by right now, so even if the polls didn't move them at all, the computers would do enough to put them past Alabama."

Yeah, our only shot at making the BCS NC is for FSU and tOSU to lose on Saturday..

Rising Tide: LSU, Alabama fighting for Louisiana's top football recruits -

St. Augustine High School’s Leonard Fournette, who many scouting sites rank as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, is still deciding between the Tigers and the Crimson Tide. The New Orleans native running back would heavily bolster whichever program he decides to join.

Howell said he believes Fournette is favoring LSU, especially with the campus being close to home.

I can see this being an advantage for kids we are recruiting from Ohio or California, but it's not like New Orleans is that far of a drive from Tuscaloosa.

Chris Petersen, Doug Nussmeier apparent front-runners in UW’s coaching search | Husky Football Blog

Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier appear to have emerged as the top targets in Washington’s search for a new head coach, two sources with knowledge of UW’s process told The Seattle Times. Petersen, 49, has a 92-12 record in his eighth season at Boise State, with victories in two […]

I think Nussmeier would be a great fit for Washington, though I'd be surprised if they hire a guy with no head coaching experience, especially since there seems to be some good lower level guys who might be interested.

I wonder who Alabama would look at if indeed Doug was hired by Washington?