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The Jumbo Package │03.07.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide and sports related links and quotes.

In position for its 23rd straight win, No. 1 Alabama surrenders 6 unanswered runs, falls to No. 4 Florida |

"If you're going into the sixth inning with a one-hitter and you're up 4-2, you get the first out, it should be a win," the Alabama softball coach said. What followed was nine Florida hits and six unanswered runs, as No. 1 Alabama fell to the No. 4 Gators, 8-4, before a crowd of 2,860 at Rhoads Stadium.

Breaking down the quarterbacks as Alabama prepares for spring practice |

All indications are that Morris, a late bloomer in high school who didn't have many Division I offers before committing to Alabama, made steady and significant progress throughout his true freshman season.

NCAA investigator wrote letter on Nevin Shapiro's behalf right before his sentencing |

In the same letter, dated June 3, 2011, Ameen Najjar even suggested that the NCAA could eventually hire Shapiro. Najjar, who is no longer with the NCAA, told U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton that college sports' governing body could have utilized Shapiro "in the future as a consultant and/or speaker to educate our membership."

Men’s team continues spring schedule in Vegas

"Eight of the top-10 teams in the country will be there competing, and it’ll be a good indicator of how successful we can be," Seawell said. "It’s why you go there. We’ll have to be really sharp." Sophomore Justin Thomas, who as a freshman won the 2012 Haskins award given to the nation’s top golfer, agreed with Seawell. "This is probably our biggest tournament of the year besides the SEC and NCAA Championships," Thomas said.

Baseball team heading to take on Cardinals

Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard called the Auburn loss "disappointing," but said the team has already moved on as it prepares for the 9-2 Cardinals. "What’s behind us is over with," he said. "We’re going to be challenged in a lot of areas and we’ve got to prepare really hard in the next two days for them. I think we have an opportunity to go there and leave on Sunday a better team than we are right now today."

No. 5 Tide to travel to face No. 4 LSU

In Coleman Coliseum, if a gymnast from the opposing team falls or struggles during a routine, the Alabama fans cheer her on as she regains her footing. Not at LSU. "It’s typical of LSU. It’s much more of a fanatic, regular sports fans than gymnastics fans," Patterson said. "If you notice when someone from the other team falls on an event at Alabama, the people start clapping, cheering get back on the bar. They’re polite. They’re still intense and they cheer hard for us, but I think they’re polite. There’s none of that in Baton Rouge."

Crimson Tide blows late lead, suffers first loss |

The Crimson Tide blew a late lead and watched the fourth-ranked Florida Gators run away with an 8-4 victory at Rhoads Stadium. In its first outing against a ranked team, Alabama (22-1) flashed championship form to take the lead in the fifth inning, but left runners on base in crucial situations and committed two costly errors to let the game slip away.

The Alabama Experience: Battle of the Backups | MCLA FAN

Nick and I combined for 40 saves on the day. Even though we lost, I was still happy for both of us and especially proud of him. He played phenomenally and we both were able to make some tremendous saves for our teams. It is my honest opinion that Nick deserves a spot on the SELC All-Conference team this season. He’s too good of a goalie to be snubbed for the fourth consecutive year. I just hope I can be there next to him, battling him out for that top spot

Alabama fan latest to get crazy college football tattoo, for “Sons of Saban” | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports

The one posted on an anti-Alabama Facebook page is large and the opposite of subtle. It has "Sons of Saban" on the top and "Alabama" on the bottom. No, that's not a picture of Nick Saban in the middle of the ink, it's an image of the grim reaper. Easy to confuse the two.

Obama agenda: Something finally beats Alabama's football team -- snow - First Read

Snow apparently won’t let the Tide roll… Obama was supposed to meet with the Alabama football team to honor them for winning the national championship, but the DC snow forced them to cancel their flight and the event for now.

Alabama football's opener vs. Virginia Tech on Aug. 31 set for 4:30 p.m. | The Montgomery Advertiser |

Under coach Nick Saban, Alabama has played in four previous neutral site regular season games. The Tide lost to Florida State in Jacksonville in 2007 by a score of 21-14 and opened the 2012 campaign with a 42-14 win over Michigan in Dallas. Alabama will also begin the 2014 season in Atlanta with a matchup against West Virginia in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff.

Judge allows former University of Alabama football player D.J. Pettway to leave state to attend Mississippi school |

On Thursday the attorney for Pettway, who is charged with two counts of second degree robbery, filed a request in Tuscaloosa County district court asking a judge to grant Pettway permission to leave the state. "The defendant is making this request in order to attend school in Mississippi," according to that request. The request does not specify which school in Mississippi or any details about it. Efforts to reach Pettway's attorney this afternoon have been unsuccessful.