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The Jumbo Package │03.04.14

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide related links and quotes

Stacy Revere

Five Alabama football players who'll have to step into big roles in 2014 |

K. Adam Griffith

So here is Griffith, one of the top kickers in the country in 2012 signing class. Granted, assessing kickers at the high school level could be the most difficult task. Griffith made 1 of 3 kicks as a freshman. That includes the 57-yarder on the final play of the Iron Bowl and a missed 30-yarder against Georgia State. He made one from 20 yards against Tennessee and all five extra-point attempts.

Including Derrick Henry on this list is silliness. I don't care how great he looked against OU, Yeldon and Drake will be your #1 and #2 RB's in Spring and unless Henry out plays them both, the top three won't likely change by August as well.

Now, Griffith is another story. There is no "fall back" guy if he struggles. Putting the Iron Bowl behind him is a must and I sincerely hope the fans won't start booing him if he misses a kick or two.

Alabama's Nick Saban, Georgia's Mark Richt want officiating crews to dictate tempo |

"I think we need to have some kind of mechanism to make sure the officials are safely wherever they need to be, and not only safely in the right spot, but also in position to call the game properly," Richt said. "If we have to slow it down just a tad for that it would make sense to me."

/RBR's continued effort to spread the truth about the 10 sec rule and put the injury excuse to bed, forever.

Pat Forde Lobs a Grenade at John Calipari - A Sea Of Blue

With all the formalities out of the way, Forde then goes into complete attack mode: Is it still Ryan Harrow's fault? That poor kid- who you recruited- was made the scapegoat last year. He was the point guard who didn't run the team the way you wanted, and thus was run off to Georgia State. Archie Goodwin went pro with minimum lamentation. Kyle Wiltjer transferred, and nobody blinked. They all left under a cloud of blame accompanied a trip to the NIT and a humiliating loss to Robert Morris.

Oh, look, another coach who is getting blamed for transfers by a national media guy who doesn't really know jack **** about the interworkings of a program...Funny how that works.

Dish Network picks up SEC Network and Longhorn Network |

The Dish Network has completed a longterm programming agreement with Walt Disney that includes carrying the SEC Network, which launches in August. It's the largest distribution deal yet for the SEC's new channel and raises the stakes for DirecTV, the country's other large satellite provider.

Your move DirecTV

Live at 9 with Kevin Scarbinsky: Did football kill basketball in Alabama? |

Consider that the greatest championship run in this state's rich college football history has paralleled one of the most depressing stretches in this state's proud college basketball history. Is that a coincidence? If football at Alabama and Auburn were struggling and the basketball Tide and Tigers, along with UAB and the other Division I programs in this state, were going to the NCAA Tournament on a regular basis and making runs once they got there, wouldn't there be a lot more buzz about hoops?

STAHP. Does this guy really get paid to write BS like this? I mean, it's no Should the Iron Bowl continue?

SEC Baseball Roundup: Loads of Losses, But South Carolina Sweeps. Baseball America Ignores That - Team Speed Kills

Start with Alabama, whose grip on the No. 21 spot was a bit precarious at 4-2 in the first place. But that was before the Tide went 1-3 over the past week, dropping a midweek game to Southern Miss and losing two out of three to Louisiana-Lafayette. Nothing wrong with that, per se -- ULL is a Top 10 team by most people's reckoning -- but teams at .500 or below are only allowed to stay in the poll if they're Indiana or in the ACC

Arizona's Rich Rodriguez releases 'Speed' parody trailer taking aim at 10-second rule (video) |

Arizona released a parody movie trailer for Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock's classic movie "Speed," starring Rodriguez as a man trying to protect his offense from a villain trying to slow it down, and at one point, the villain won't let Rodriguez respond for 10 seconds.

Clever but...