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The Jumbo Package │02.22.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide and sports related links.

Alabama Football: 5 Reasons Nick Saban Will Supplant Bear Bryant in Alabama Lore | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report

However, two things are completely clear. Both Nick Saban and Bear Bryant are two of the greatest coaches in college football history. With 10 championships between them, it is almost impossible to dispute this. Although most believe that Bryant is the best ever, it seems as if Saban is suddenly narrowing the gap between the two.

Top-Ranked Softball Downs UAB, 8-4 - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

The Tide banged out eight hits and was led offensively by freshman Haylie McCleney who recorded her fifth three-hit game on the year. Senior Kaila Hunt batted 2-for-3 with her fifth home run of the season while junior Jackie Traina also had two hits and a home run.

First road trip a key test for Alabama as it looks to even a score with Florida Atlantic |

"Last year they came in here and put it on us," said senior catcher, who leads the Tide with a .636 batting average. "The guys who were here last year definitely remember that." That sweep was at home. Away from Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Alabama was 3-22 last season.

Reports: FSU's Billy Napier to replace Alabama wide receivers coach Mike Groh, who is headed to NFL |

According to a report from, Florida State tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Billy Napier will replace Alabama wide receivers coach Mike Groh, who is taking a job with the Chicago Bears. also confirmed Napier's departure from the Seminoles.

Crimson Tide swimmers, divers reach SEC finals |

The Crimson Tide’s sprint contingent was led by junior BJ Hornikel, who was eighth in 19.82 seconds in the 50 free final. Freshman Brett Walsh was 15th in 20.22.

No. 4 Gymnastics Faces No. 19 Arkansas on the Road Friday - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

"We've kept it going," Patterson said. "They came in this week and have worked exceptionally hard. They aren't settling for where they were the other night. I think it was Becca (Alexin) that said, `We're going to use this meet [against Auburn] as a springboard to the rest of the season.'"

Alabama-Florida Men's Basketball Game Will Air On ESPN - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

The men’s basketball game between Alabama and Florida will be televised on ESPN, Southeastern Conference and ESPN officials announced on Thursday. The contest will tip off at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) on March 2 in Gainesville, Fla.

Softball Prepares for Easton Bama Bash Presented by Drash - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

Freshman Haylie McCleney continues her torrid start to her freshman year, leading the team after 11 games in average (.615), runs (17), and a perfect 12-for-12 mark in stolen bases. Junior Kaila Hunt has been providing the punch, hitting five home runs while adding 13 RBI. The All-American is slugging an astronomical 1.103.

Senior Bowl Review: Georgia Southern's J.J. Wilcox first, Alabama's Robert Lester fourth |

"Robert has played in a pro-style defense and does have ball skills," Savage wrote. "He will have to prove his worth on special teams as a rookie before getting a shot to play defense in the future."

Meet Jonathan Cooper, the toughest competition to Alabama's Chance Warmack for No. 1 guard in NFL Draft (video) |

"He's a big guy," Cooper said. "I'm glad I got to see him in person for the first time and see that he is a human after all that I hear about him. They make him sound unstoppable."

NCAA sues over Pennsylvania state law that would keep Penn State fine in state - ESPN

"By seizing the funds and restricting eligibility to benefit from the funds only to Pennsylvania programs benefiting only Pennsylvania residents, the act will defeat the consent decree's plain terms and frustrate the parties' intended purpose," the NCAA's lawyers wrote.