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Jumbo Package: Monday, 26 January 2015

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Today's JP is dedicated to the 32nd anniversary of Paul W. "Bear" Bryant's passing.

A football town that can't escape its ghosts.
A football town that can't escape its ghosts.
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Tyler Siskey: 'Zero truth' to speculation of housecleaning at Alabama | AL.com

"There's absolutely zero truth to whatever speculation about something like that."

Three coaches gone in under two weeks, two on the defensive side of the ball? I'm not buying it either, which leads us to...

Alabama promotes recruiting maven Tosh Lupoi to linebackers coach - College Football - SI.com

Tosh Lupoi is expected to be promoted to the Crimson Tide’s outside linebackers coach, according to a source.

We've long-wondered when this was going to happen. With Lance Thompson's ouster, Lupoi can finally move on to the field and, as important, into recruits' living rooms.

The Scoop - FootballScoop

Former UAB assistant head coach / running backs / recruiting coordinator Jody Wright is expected to be the new director of player personnel at Alabama.

Since we're talking about Director of Player Personnel, there is a lot of smoke around Jody Wright. Nothing confirmed yet, but Andrew Bone, safely behind a pay-wall, assures us it is happening.

Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin confirms return to Alabama | TuscaloosaNews.com

“After being here for a year, I can see why this is such a special place in terms of the history, tradition, and how much football means to everyone at Alabama.”

But, in better, non-tumultuous news, Dreamy Lane Kiffin is coming back. He assures us all he is committed to becoming a better coach, and with the 2015 departure of the Tide's starting backfield and half of the starting receivers, he'll need to summon every ounce of coaching acumen.

Commentary: Pearl raises level of intensity of Auburn-Alabama basketball rivalry

Part of the Crimson Tide's student section was chanting "(Expletive Auburn!)" during a timeout. "We had a great atmosphere," Randolph said. Thank Bruce Pearl for that.

This was as intense a final half of basketball as I've ever seen in Coleman Coliseum, and the loudest it's been in a very long time. Bruce Pearl is one of the most punchable people you'll ever see.

Women's Tennis Improves to 2-0 After Notching Second Straight Shutout Victory - ROLLTIDE.COM

For the second consecutive day, the seventh-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide blanked its opponent, and improved to 2-0 to begin the 2015 spring season.

For a "football and gymnastics school," Alabama is rapidly becoming your golf, D3 Hockey, cheer and dance, and tennis school too.

Where are they now? How Alabama's No. 1 recruiting class from 2012 performed so far | AL.com

Looking back at the 2012 football recruiting rankings, a few things are obvious...Alabama, owner of the No. 1 class according to two of the three major rankings, likely made the biggest scores.

With NSD 2015 fast upon us, a reminder that 2012 class was obscenely talented and included some all-time Alabama greats.

Track & Field: Gregg's 5k PR leads Tide at Vanderbilt.

Ten Crimson Tide athletes (5 men, 5 women) competed in eight events on Friday evening.

Track opened up with some success in Vanderbilt this weekend.

The Crimson White :: :: New playoff format improves postseason, does not address all issues

The playoff could be expanded to eight or 16 teams and then there could be another consolation tournament – think basketball N.I.T. – that also has eight or 16 teams to keep the total number of games around the same as the bowl-system.

An interesting, yet completely untenable idea. Still, even the student paper op-eds are calling for CFB expansion. Eight teams will come sooner rather than later.