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Jumbo Package: Monday, 19 January 2015

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Links, Lagniappe, and Interesting reads.

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Huge weekend for Alabama athletics. Let's start with another Tide sweep of Auburn to retain the Iron Cup. Chippy third and final game in the Iron Cup sweep where some gloves were dropped and punches thrown. Auburn cut the deficit to 6-5 going into the third period, before Alabama rained hell down on the Tigers to take the game 12-5.  Jeff Frenkle was your MVP, as the Frozen Tide move to 14-0 all-time versus Auburn. FAU.

Frenkle

via @AlabamaHockey -- great source for Frozen Tide news.

Altee Tenpenny, Malcolm Faciane Leave Football Program - Roll 'Bama Roll

The reasons for the players no longer being associated with the team are unknown. Whether these are decisions by the players or by the coaching staff is unknown.

We wish both players luck moving forward with their careers. You leave as SEC Champions, and, in Faciane's case, as an Alabama alum.

Report: Alabama's Lane Kiffin a 'front-runner' to become 49ers OC - CBSSports.com

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is reportedly a 'front-runner' to become the new play-caller for the San Francisco 49ers.

This is the most weasel-worded thing you'll hear: "reportedly" "to be" a "front-runner." Related: I'm reportedly to be front-runner for a romantic getaway with Christina Hendricks. Until permission is sought, granted, he flies out, interviews, is offered the job, and accepts the job then, Dreamy Lane Kiffin is your Alabama offensive coordinator...where I suspect he'll be in September.

Now, on to two more national championships for the Tide, as the Coed and All-Girls Cheer teams swept Gold at the podium. Well done, everyone. #BuiltByBama


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Kentucky Wildcats at Alabama Crimson Tide: Postmortem - A Sea Of Blue

Kentucky was far more successful, and the Tide simply couldn’t overcome the greater skill of Kentucky with determined effort. I still think the Tide can be an NCAA Tournament team, but they have a very tough near-term road to earn that spot.

Spot-on. This wasn't about an Alabama team playing poorly, this was the Big Blue Gristle-Machine playing a complete game. No one was beating Kentucky Saturday.

Reserves lift No. 22 Mississippi State past Alabama 66-50 - al.com

Mississippi State shot just 37.5 percent from the field but hit six 3s and made 18 of 22 free throws. Alabama was within five midway through the second half but the Bulldogs had an 11-0 run in the closing minutes.

Within five in the second half, followed by a game-closing huge run? That seems a familiar script. Speaking of bad nights...

No. 6 Alabama struggles on the beam, upset on the road at Arkansas | AL.com

"This was very atypical of Alabama on the balance beam," first-year head coach Dana Duckworth said. "We haven't had more than one fall in any of our intrasquads throughout our preparation for the season."

Led every moment of this one, comfortably at that, until the final rotation where three falls on the beam gave the Tide a road loss to No. 12 Arkansas.

Women's Tennis Closes Out the Mal Moore Invitational with 23 Total Wins - ROLLTIDE.COM

The women's tennis team collected 23 total wins across three days at the Mal Moore Invitational centered inside the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Indoor Facility. Alabama recorded two doubles and two singles wins on the final day of the Tide's last tune-up before the spring season officially begins.

I'd say the teams have rounded out to form in the final pre-season events.

Deontay Wilder beats Bermane Stiverne, first American to hold heavyweight title since 2007 - Bad Left Hook

Deontay Wilder ended the United States' heavyweight title drought by outpointing Bermane Stiverne tonight on Showtime.

We're not a boxing site, but if you want to read analysis from folks who live and breathe the Sweet Science, you could do worse than this one.