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The Jumbo Package | 03.26.14

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide news and notes.

"Please don't leave"
"Please don't leave"
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Looking a little light on the news front today. If you guys see anything out there, feel free to post a link in the comments.

Focus on Alabama QBs: Video series continues with a look at 5-star freshman David Cornwell |

Cornwell is the new kid on the block. Like Cooper Bateman a year ago, he comes in with big-time recruiting rankings and enrolled a semester early to gain spring experience. The biggest difference is the brace on Cornwell's right knee. He tore his ACL last fall in high school and is just getting back into playing shape. It's his plant knee and we haven't seen him practice at full speed yet, so it's hard to say how confident he is digging in back in the pocket.

"Doing great," Cornwell said on National Signing Day in February. "Every day I'm progressing, doing better. Feels really, really good right now. Look forward to spring ball. Been throwing. Just getting back to my own self. Looking forward to compete."

Dr Pepper is first sponsor of College Football Playoff trophy - ESPN

Dr Pepper has been named the first official presenting sponsor of the new College Football Playoff national championship trophy and the first official championship partner of the College Football Playoff, ESPN announced on Tuesday. The trophy will be featured during the postseason, including its presentation to the winning team at the conclusion of the College Football Playoff national championship on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

The new trophy will also receive plenty of exposure during the regular season, including stops at marquee games that could impact the championship run, as well as select sites for College GameDay Built by the Home Depot.

Still no word on what this new trophy will look like.  I am curious to see that unveiled.  As you may remember, the crystal football trophy that we have all  come to know and love will no longer be the official trophy (though it will still be presented to the team ranked #1 in the coaches poll at the end of the year).

NCAA unveils updated details on proposed legislative autonomy | Campus Union -

A proposed model of governance for the NCAA would give the five major FBS conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — 37 percent of the vote from a 34-member group tentatively called “the Council.” The group would be comprised of the 32 NCAA conferences and two student-athletes, with each group’s votes weighted.

The suggested system would split the FBS into two factions, giving five conferences four votes and the other five two votes. The remaining 22 conferences and the two student-athletes proposed for the Council would each count once. Under this structure, no single group would have a majority.

The NCAA said members of the steering committee are expected to continue discussions of autonomy at spring conference meetings, but the committee want to ensure that any autonomy is “driven by the values and principles of student-athlete welfare and not competitive advantage.” The NCAA hopes to present a potential model at its April 25 board meeting.

This is an interesting development, but I wonder if it will be enough to pacify the "Big 5" that seem to be moving towards breaking off entirely.

Ravens owner 'expresses willingness' to give former Alabama LB Rolando McClain a 2nd chance |

Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain has yet to officially announce he's returning to the NFL, but it appears his former team would open the door for him to start his comeback with them. According to a Monday report in the Carroll County Times, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti called McClain's return to Alabama "very admirable" and said he would be "all for" bringing him back if general manager and former Alabama star Ozzie Newsome approved it.

“It’s got to be hard getting a multi-million dollar contract and finding yourself back at Alabama taking classes with 19-year olds," Bisciotti told the newspaper. "So the fact he’s done that says a lot to me."