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The Jumbo Package │02.19.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide and sports related links

Magazine ranks Alabama's Bryant-Denny as nation's No. 1 college football stadium experience |

After the team and coaches enter the stadium, everyone starts funneling into Bryant-Denny Stadium and the cheerleaders start whipping the crowd into a frenzy. The team comes out of the tunnel and the stadium shakes! The crowd roars through the entire game even if the game is well in hand by the second quarter. They love their football in Alabama and they love their Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama."

UA police, staff shut down UA students' Harlem Shake attempt (photos, video) |

UA police pulled the blog on a stereo blaring the "Harlem Shake" music normally used with the new popular internet meme Monday afternoon on the Quad.

Report: NCAA fires vice president of enforcement over Miami investigation |

Yahoo! reported that Roe Lach's dismissal stems from her approving an improper financial relationship between an NCAA investigator and an attorney of former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. The NCAA is scheduled to release an external report later today with the findings of a review into the NCAA's enforcement program.

Alabama offensive line signee, potential prospect react to Mario Cristobal hiring |

"I haven't even been in the program yet, so I haven't really been under anybody yet," said Hill, who had talked with Stoutland throughout his recruitment. "(Cristobal) has some head coaching experience and some good leadership skills. Coming from Miami -- and coach Stoutland was from there as well -- it'll be kind of the same in some regards."

Taylor Guilbeau will get his first 2013 start Tuesday when Alabama plays host to No. 21 Southern Miss |

"It's always important to get off to a good start, particularly for this team," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. "You never want to look back, but when you have a year like we did last year, the way we played - particularly the way we had to come from behind in a couple of those games - certainly gives you confidence. When we did get down, there was never any panic.

Alabama hires Mario Cristobal as offensive line coach |

"I think he'll make a great addition to the team," said UA signee Grant Hill, an offensive lineman from Huntsville. "I have never met him before. I will soon though."

Warmack draws praise from NFL Draft experts |

Unfortunately for Warmack, offensive guard is not a premium position for NFL clubs, and that means the draft could be well into the first round before a team with a glaring-enough need for a guard sees fit to spend its first pick on one. Kiper said he has graded Warmack as the ninth-best player available in the draft but suggested his position caused him to slide.

Tide softball dominates La Quinta tournament with 5 wins

In the circle, the Tide held opponents to a .125 average and struck out 51 in 35 innings pitched. Sophomore Danae Hays led the Tide over the weekend, hitting .600 (6-for-10) with two runs, a double, home run and six RBI.

Alabama leads nation in single meet, overall average fan count

After home meets against LSU, Kentucky and Auburn so far this season, Alabama has averaged a NCAA-best 14,519 fans per home event. The Crimson Tide’s crowd of 15,075 fans for the annual Power of Pink meet v. Kentucky on Jan. 25 was the largest in the nation this season and was the 10th sellout in school history.

Women's Tennis Beats Washington, 5-2 - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

The ninth-ranked women’s tennis team earned a 5-2 victory over Washington on Friday at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 7-1 on the season while the loss drops the Huskies to 6-2 overall.