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The Jumbo Package | 02.01.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide quotes and links.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Alabama patches flat tire, pumps it up and holds off Arkansas |

“This is just one of those games you had to just grind out,” Grant said. “We found a way to win. That’s what I told the guys at the end. When we weren’t at our best – and Arkansas had something to do with that – we found a way to come out with the win.”

3 points the morning after Alabama's 59-56 victory over Arkansas |

Reflecting on Rodney Cooper's disappearance, Trevor Releford's bogus technical foul and Nick Jacobs' big free throws.

2013 A-Day Game: Alabama spring game TV schedule set -

The Crimson Tide spring game will be televised on ESPN2 this season. Find out when you can watch more (scrimmage) football here.

SEC Baseball Preview 2013: We've Found the Sport at Which Alabama's Not Great - Team Speed Kills

The Tide didn't get its second SEC win until April 6, almost a month after SEC play began and after Alabama's record stood at 1-8. Needless to say, Alabama missed the SEC tournament (which was only slightly less ridiculously large than it is now) and ended the season 13 games below .500, 21-34.

Two UA golfers on Hogan Award watch list |

TUSCALOOSA | University of Alabama men’s golfers Justin Thomas and Bobby Wyatt are on the watch list released Wednesday for the Ben Hogan Award. - Arkansas' press will test Tide

Arkansas, on the other hand, is looking to find a comfort zone away from home. The Razorbacks are 0-6 in games played away from Bud Walton Arena this season. "You don't change what you do," Anderson said on the SEC teleconference earlier this week. "Playing on the road does put a premium on defense, but you do the same things to win, no matter where you are."

Ninth-Ranked Tide Beats No. 20 Clemson 4-2; Advances to Indoor National Championships - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

The ninth-ranked women's tennis team took down No. 20 Clemson, 4-2, on Sunday at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Center in the championship match of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. With the win, the Crimson Tide advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will be held Feb. 8-11, in Charlottesville, Va.

Schade Wins 3rd Straight in High Jump at Indiana Relays - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

University of Alabama all-American high jumper Krystle Schade (Sunrise, Fla.) notched her third consecutive victory of the 2013 indoor season and pole vaulter Alexis Paine set a school record at the Indiana Relays as the Crimson Tide closed out competition on Saturday with several strong individual performances.

Alabama's AJ McCarron calm amid three-ring circus - NCAA Football - Sporting News

This is the life of the Alabama quarterback. Just when you think you’ve made it, the pressure starts all over. "Let’s put it this way," said Tide wideout Kevin Norwood. "I’m glad I’m the one catching it, not the one throwing it." Welcome to the world of playing quarterback at Alabama. High stakes, high reward. Zero tolerance for failure.

Former Arkansas coaches say players quit on team - NCAA Football - Sporting News

"There were some seniors who kind of hung it up, to be honest with you," Petrino said. "They were going to worry about their futures more than that team. A couple seniors said they were hurt and I don’t know if they really were.

Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax: Ronaiah Tuiasosopo tells Dr. Phil he is in love with Irish LB - NCAA Football - Sporting News

"We have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love," McGraw said. "I ask him, straight up, was this a romantic relationship and he says 'yes.'" "I said, are you then, therefore, gay, and he said when you put it that way, yes. And then he caught himself and said I am confused."

Baseball in Second Week of Spring Practices - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

During the second week of spring practice, the University of Alabama baseball team will hold three regular practices before wrapping up the week with three intrasquads this weekend. The Crimson Tide will scrimmage on Friday night, before having afternoon scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday.

Alabama coach Anthony Grant sizes up a 59-56 victory over Arkansas |

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson sizes up a 59-56 loss to Alabama |