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Jumbo Package: Wednesday 11 March 2015

Spring practice is almost here, y'all...

Coop will be among several Alabama players working out for pro scouts at 11am CDT on SEC Network.
Coop will be among several Alabama players working out for pro scouts at 11am CDT on SEC Network.
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SEC Network to air Bama Pro Day

On Wednesday, March 11, the network will be live from Alabama Pro Day beginning at noon ET/11 a.m. CT. Recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill will host alongside first round draft pick and two-time Super Bowl winning Booger McFarland. Former Alabama quarterback and National Champion Greg McElroy will report on-site. Players expected to participate include Blake Sims, Amari Cooper, Landon Collins and T.J. Yeldon.

A rare March opportunity to see some of your favorite players doing football things. Set the DVR and look for a primer from CB969 later this morning. Seeing these players in action one more time will undoubtedly inspire some reminiscing. Which of the participants will you miss the most and why?

Blake Sims looking to show growth in multiple areas at Alabama's Pro Day |

"I heard that I sort of proved that I can throw the ball," Sims said during a phone interview. "They saw me throw the ball during the football season, but they were very surprised at the way that I threw it [at the combine]." Teams also told Sims areas to focus on heading into Alabama's Pro Day, where Sims will be tested along with several former teammates Wednesday in front of scouts and team representatives from every NFL team.

Unfortunately for Blake the one area he won't be able to show growth is in his physical stature. When you combine less-than-ideal size with a somewhat limited skill set in the passing game, it's hard to believe that he will make it as a QB. His athleticism, work ethic, and feel for the game give him a great opportunity to stick somewhere, though. Good luck to him.

John Clay: Your guide to the SEC Tournament in Nashville | Basketball: Men |

Coach on the hot seat: Anthony Grant. Unless Alabama takes the tournament title, this will be the fifth year in Grant's six in which the Tide did not make the NCAA Tournament. His SEC record is 54-48. Attendance has tanked in Tuscaloosa. The lack of fannies in the seats — C.M. Newton's old term — may fix Grant's fate more than the wins and losses. Grant needs to give Alabama AD Bill Battle something good this week.

Nice primer for the SEC Basketball Tournament, which kicks off tonight. Alabama faces Florida at lunchtime tomorrow. We will have coverage of that game later today.

Jason Worilds opts to retire instead of pursue free agency -

Worilds became the third player to unexpectedly retire on Tuesday. Patrick Willis announced his retirement in the morning while, like Worilds, 26-year-old Jake Locker opted to retire instead of pursue free agency.

Several players have decided to retire from the NFL this offseason while seemingly in their prime years. Many point to the recent revelations regarding the long-term effects of CTE as a catalyst for players to get their money and get out. It will be interesting to see if this is the beginning of a trend.

Levi Randolph Named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, Second Team All-Conference - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

Senior guard Levi Randolph was named the 2015 Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Tuesday morning. In addition, the Madison, Ala., native earned his first career all-conference award, as he was tabbed a second team All-SEC honoree. Randolph is the second men's basketball player in program history to earn the league's Scholar Athlete of the Year award, joining former standout Justin Knox who claimed the award in 2009.

The accolades keep rolling in for Levi Randolph. Alabama is lucky to have him.

Five most quotable coaches in college football

1. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

On fire at Auburn football dorm that destroyed 20 books: "But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet."

On Tennessee and the Citrus Bowl: "You can’t spell Citrus without U-T."

It will be a sad day when OBC finally hangs them up. He is an equal opportunity troll, and a hysterically funny one, who spares no one.

Alabama football players use social media to endorse candidates in SGA elections |

Several players have used social media to endorse candidates for various positions, from president to Arts and Sciences Senate. Freshman quarterback Blake Barnett has been on campus just over two months, but he posted endorsements for Stephen Keller (president) and Brandon Greenberg (vice president). Punter JK Scott and running back Kenyan Drake made a 20-second video for presidential candidate Elliot Spillers' Facebook page.

Good to see the players taking an interest in something on campus other than athletics. Blake Barnett certainly seems to be acclimating well.