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The Jumbo Package │02.15.13

Your daily does of Crimson Tide and sports related links.

Sizing up Alabama's NCAA tournament resume as Ole Miss stock falls |

Alabama’s current RPI is No. 61. Its strength-of-schedule ranking to date is No. 65. Its nonconference record is 8-5. Its biggest nonconference conquest is a 77-55 victory over Villanova, which currently has an RPI of No. 64. Alabama’s record against teams with top 50 RPIs is 1-3. The victory is over No. 43 Kentucky. Losses to Dayton, Mercer and Tulane hurt the Tide’s resume. And a loss last week at Auburn could be the killer.

Why Is the Media Obsessed with Jadeveon Clowney Sitting Out His Junior Season? - Garnet And Black Attack

Yahoo's Michael Silver even believes Clowney should hire a lawyer and challenge the Clarrett Decision, which denied Maurice Clarett's ten-year-old challenge to the three-year rule. This has become the topic du jour for our favorite sport, popping up on multiple spots of's college football page.

NCAA wants to crack down on head-cracking hits - Yahoo! Sports

A proposed rule change by the NCAA could make those inches and seconds even more important in college football. A player who delivers a hit to the head of a defenseless opponent could be kicked out of the game next season under an NCAA proposal that took a step forward Wednesday.

Marlon Humphrey, 2014 cornerback recruit scouting report: son of Bama great -

he's a consensus five-star 247 has him as the No. 1 prospect at the position in the nation, Scout has him No. 2, and although Rivals does not yet have positional rankings, they have Humphrey as the No. 10 player in the nation -- and he has a dozen offers, per 247. Alabama is obviously one, but he's also highly considering Florida, Mississippi State, and South Carolina.

Team tries to ‘step up to the line’ on offensive plays after low scoring streak

Junior guard Trevor Releford boasts an 83 percent average from the charity stripe on the season. But even the efficient point guard has shot a poor percentage recently after being fouled. In the past two games Releford has only converted 58.3 (7-12) percent of his free throw attempts. Grant said the team must stay in attack mode and not let the missed shots lower team morale. He expects them to break this shooting slumber soon and get back to shooting at a higher percentage.

Men’s golf team to begin season with Puerto Rico Classic

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Vegas,” junior Corey Whitsett said. “It’s such a challenging golf course. The greens are really firm and fast. It’s the closest thing to national championship course we’ll play in the spring, so it will be a great test to see where we are.”

Crimson Tide mentally prepared for Clemson

We’ve learned a few things,” coach George Husack said. “Number one, we have to out-compete our opponent. Number two, we need everyone on the team to step forward. We’ve leaned a lot on the top three guys, and it’s time for the rest of the team to pick up the pace. And number three, we learned that it’s just a match; we’re not going to harp on it. It is history, and we’re going to move forward.”

Alabama student allegedly beaten by Crimson Tide football players still loves Alabama football | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports

"This was just a matter of chance. I’m still gonna love Alabama football. I just want to deal with this case, move on with my life,” Jurgens told The Crimson White. “I just want to get on with my education. I want to continue being happy here. I was happy here before, and I will continue being happy here."

Patterson calls Kim Jacob her ‘Steady Eddie' |

“Kim is just ‘Steady Eddie,’ ” Patterson said. “She is the best.” Jacob entered the season a four-time All-American and has improved even further as her role has increased. She’s already broken career highs in three events this season and tied her career high on the all-around last Sunday at Florida.

Auburn student Stephen Bass buries half-court shot to win $5,000 toward tuition (video) |

A lot can happen in those 24 seconds. Dozens of students have failed. Bass, who was randomly selected after putting his name in an Enter to Win box, made the layup right away, knocked down the free throw easily, but then he hit a snag.

Syracuse's Jim Boeheim calls ESPN's Andy Katz an 'idiot' and 'disloyal' after game (video) |

Andy Katz: "Jim, what has the series with UConn meant to you and to Syracuse?" Jim Boeheim: "I'll answer anybody's question but yours." Brief pause. "Because you're an idiot," Boeheim then continued, "and really a disloyal person. And a few other things that I can add, but I'm not gonna go there."

Introducing Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, a 5-star addition who could play right away (video) |

Alabama running back stable is deep, but who will contribute first? (Alabama Football Podcast) |