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Jumbo Package: Friday, 9 January 2015

Links, lagniappe, and interesting reads.

Tide Gymnastics hit the mat tonight in the season opener v. No. 21 Arizona at 7:00. Be there!
Tide Gymnastics hit the mat tonight in the season opener v. No. 21 Arizona at 7:00. Be there!
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Football's January Enrollees Begin Classes at Alabama - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

Alabama announced Wednesday that eight student-athletes have begun classes at the University and will be eligible to participate in spring practice with the Crimson Tide in 2015.

Pretty varied group of early enrollees. Among them, are all-UnderArmour, all-everything Blake Barnett. Speaking of...

Photo: Blake Barnett really excited about his new Alabama gear

Corona (Calif.) Santiago quarterback Blake Barnett is officially enrolled at the University of Alabama and he seems to be having a pretty good time.

That said, there's little chance a true freshman beats out guys like Cornwell, Coker etc. But, Kiffin has shown he's unafraid to start unknown quantities, and even true freshmen. QB will be, as with last year, a battle until the Opening Kick, I'd suspect.

Alabama Football: Early 2015 Depth Chart Projections | Bleacher Report

Friend o' the program, Marc Torrence, spitballs re: the 2015 depth chart.

Kenny Hill asks for release from Texas A&M; TCU possible transfer destination - ESPN

Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill has asked for his release from the school and is expected to transfer, sources close to Hill and the program told on Thursday.

From the next Big Thing at A&M to a licensed trademark to a scapegoat and party boy to a transfer, Kenny Hill's Freshman season has been a cautionary and instructive tale of too much, too fast. I expect a 10,000 word long-form from someone soon.

No. 1 South Carolina coasts to 102-59 win over Alabama - Yahoo News

South Carolina's season of milestones continued.


New Era of Alabama Gymnastics Gets Underway Friday against Arizona

When Alabama gymnastics takes on No. 21 Arizona to open the 2015 season Friday night in Coleman Coliseum, it will mark the first time in 36 years that a new head coach will lead the Crimson Tide out onto the floor.

Later today, the RollBamaRoll Twitter account (@rollbamaroll) will be giving away four tickets to the season opener. It's going to be off the chain, and Dana Duckworth, a former Patterson gymnast and 20 year assistant, looks to infuse some youth and excitement into the program.

Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop gets nearly $1 million deal after turning down LSU |

Interviewed with LSU Wednesday.

Yes, Shoop, who's had Top 25 defenses in every year at Vanderbilt and Penn State flirted with Les, then decided to stick with Franklin (and that nearly million bucks.) Time is running out for LSU. The lack of a DC really hampered Arkansas recruiting last season, for instance.

Report: Jedd Fisch to become passing game coordinator at Michigan | ProFootballTalk

Former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch appears set to join Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan. According to Peter Schrager and Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Fisch was offered the passing game coordinator role in Ann Arbor and will also coach quarterbacks and wide receivers

This is interesting because 1. Minnesota bros hate this guy, 2. Miami bros overall hold little regard for him, 3. Jacksonville fans want to burn him alive, 4. He was fired for overwhelming and belittling a new quarterback. And, hey!, Michigan just happens to be breaking in a new QB. I don't see this ending well.