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The Jumbo Package │02.13.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide quotes and links.

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Big, long shots by Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper lift Tide past Bulldogs |

Never mind that Randolph was 8 of 36 from the field in his past six games. Never mind that he was 1 of 11 from the perimeter in the previous seven games. Randolph didn’t shoot, and during a media timeout, he heard from Grant. “Coach said that’s a shot I should have taken, but I drove instead, and I ended up turning it over,” Randolph said. “I knew the next time down the court, if the play presented itself, I was going to have to take the shot.”

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs - Recap - February 12, 2013 - ESPN

The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) won for the eighth time in 10 games with another stifling defensive effort. Alabama has held nine straight SEC opponents to less than 60 points, limiting the Bulldogs to 31 percent (16 of 52) from the field. Georgia (12-12, 6-5) went more than 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half but still had a chance because of both teams' offensive woes. When Donte Williams slammed in a wild miss off the backboard, the Bulldogs led 41-40 with 2:37 remaining.

UA gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson: Student supporters of team are champions

As we reach the midpoint of our regular season, I want to take a moment to thank our amazing students. Through our first two home meets, we have averaged over 2,300 students per meet.

Arrested fugitive is Alabama football signee Reuben Foster's father - ESPN

Tears pooring!!!" said a post on Foster's Twitter account Friday night. His mother, Inita Berry Paige, told that she had mixed emotions about Danny Foster's arrest. "I was relieved and sad all at the (same) time," Paige said. "I was relieved because he got caught but I was sad because some of the pain and memories that our kids will have to go through about it."

Tide Falls in Triple Overtime to the Razorbacks, 91-80 - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

"Both teams played hard in this game," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "We did a lot of good things, but at the end of the day there were a couple of plays where Arkansas got the loose balls, especially in the last overtime. We've got to finish. We didn't finish. That's just the bottom line. We played hard, but we didn't play smart."

No. 1 Alabama Secures UNI-Dome Classic Title - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

UA banged out 12 hits and smashed four home runs on the day. Freshmen Haylie McCleney and Kallie Case along with sophomore Danae Hays each tallied three hits in the win. Junior Jackie Traina improved to 3-0 on the season after tossing the five-inning shutout. The All-American allowed four hits and struck out eight while walking one.

Big Ten schools pushing to override NCAA recruiting rules -

We have serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches,” the Big Ten stated. “We are also concerned about the adverse effect they would have on college coaches, administrators and university resources. We look forward to working with the NCAA toward improving the game, the recruiting process and the overall college football experience for all student-athletes.

Alex Collins Update: Running Back Commitment Seems Bound for Arkansas; Mother Hires Lawyer - Team Speed Kills

Alex Collins' mother has now hired an attorney, according to the Miami Herald, to represent her in what one can only assume will be legal action to keep him from signing with Arkansas.

Final Numbers on SEC D-Line Recruiting - Team Speed Kills

A whopping 31% of the 136 ranked defensive line recruits ended up at SEC schools. That's more than the next two largest leagues, the Big Ten and ACC, combined.

Tide’s ‘smaller’ sports receive less recognition, fans than other athletic teams

Now I’m not hating on football – believe me, I’m a die-hard Tide fan – but the amount of commotion isn’t the same for all sports. I’ve been to more non-football games since coming to Alabama, and it’s rather drastic how much of a difference there is in the fans.

Crimson Tide’s freshmen ready to start, make impact

Meet Mikey White, freshman shortstop for the Tide who played for the 2011 U-18 USA Baseball team, was named 2012 Mr. Baseball and whose dad, Mike White, played for the Alabama back in the 1980s. Along with fellow freshman second baseman Kyle Overstreet and outfielder Georgie Salem, White will look to make an immediate impact as a starter on opening day.

Thomas prepares to begin his sophomore season

Last season, Thomas also captured the Fred Haskins Award which goes to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate golfer. Haskins award winners have gone on to compete in 42 Ryder Cups, win 28 majors and win 250 PGA tour events. Past winners of the Haskins Award consist of Arizona State’s Phil Mickelson, Stanford’s Tiger Woods and UAB’s Graeme McDowell.

Bama hockey qualifies for regionals, chance to play in national championships |

Frozen Tide finished the season ranked fifth in the Alabama Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) standings, qualifying for the South division regional tournament this weekend in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Shootaround: Alabama at Georgia |

If you don’t believe Alabama blew its NCAA tournament hopes last week with a 49-37 loss at Auburn, then believe this: This is a game that the Tide can’t afford to lose.

Alabama runs away with another Lady Puerto Rico Classic championship |

Alabama shot a 7-over-par 871 over three rounds in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, finishing with an even-par 288, as it won by 13 shots over Arkansas on the par-72, 6,191-yard River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort.

Alabama sets recruiting sights on dominating the state in 2014 |

The crop of elite talent in the state of Alabama may not be quite as large in the class of 2014 as it was in 2013 but the state is still expected to be the home of a handful of blue chip recruits, most of whom hold early scholarship offers from Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Take a look at some of the Tide's early recruiting targets in the state of Alabama for the Class of 2014.