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Jumbo Package: Monday, 30 March 2015

Alabama has about as bad of a weekend as you could imagine.

No more bad news please.
No more bad news please.

Alabama WR Cam Sims believed to have suffered torn ACL, source says |

Sims was one of the receivers Alabama was going to be most reliant on to help replace last year's top three receivers, Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White and Christion Jones. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Sims had seven catches for 62 yards and a touchdown as a freshman last season.


Alabama safety Geno Smith issues apology following 'awful decision' |

Alabama safety Geno Smith posted a public apology Saturday night after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Saturday morning, the second time Smith has been arrested for driving under the influence in the last two years.


Nick Saban blew it with Jonathan Taylor domestic violence arrests -

Taylor deserves his opportunity to work another case through the legal system. We all have rights. That's a big difference than deserving the opportunity and prestige of playing major college football through taxpayer-funded services.


Wichita State's Gregg Marshall interested in Texas, not Alabama - College Basketball -

Barnes won at least 20 games in 15 of his 17 years but hadn't advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2008.


Alabama Loses Series To Florida - Roll 'Bama Roll

...walks and strikeouts continue to haunt the team. Too few walks on offense, and too many on defense, and visa versa.

Okay, on to some good news.

Alabama Football: Week 1 Spring Practice Stock Report | Bleacher Report

"I love Derrick Henry," Saban said. "He's one of the hardest workers on our team. If you were going to give a most valuable player in the offseason program for just finishing, running hard, winning every race, finishing the drill, he'd have probably got it or been in the top three at least. I think that he has a real burning desire to be a really, really good player and works really hard at it."

Henry's progression is coming along quite well, if effort alone is any indication. And, I suspect it is here.

6 Men's Swimmers Combine for 21 All-America Honors Following 10th Place NCAA Finish - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

In addition to posting its first top-10 finish since 1994, a total of six members of the Alabama men's swimming and diving team earned 21 All-America honors over the three days of the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships held in Iowa City, Iowa over the weekend.

That was a great weekend Swim team. Well done and congratulations.

Ex-Vandy coach to replace Manning on playoff committee | College Football

"I have tremendous respect for the selection committee and I am honored to join the group," Johnson said. "As a former player and coach, I'm particularly happy about the opportunity to continue to serve the game."

I'd actually rather have Bobby Johnson than a Manning of any stripe. Too much bad blood there to evaluate some teams fairly. I don't care what kind of impartiality they purport to have.

The Crimson White :: :: No. 5 Alabama softball cruises to 13-0 win over No. 23 Texas A&M

"It fires everyone up and it really sets the tone for the entire night," Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. "And then after that, it was just kind of piling on."


Ruling on LSU Tigers recruiting penalties don't make sense - ESPN

...the NCAA and Southeastern Conference banned LSU from signing early enrollees to the agreement for the next two years and stripped the program of 10 percent of its recruiting evaluation days in 2015.