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Not the worst idea I've ever heard.
Not the worst idea I've ever heard.
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Could it be?

Nick Saban addresses Braxton Miller-to-UA rumors

After the first question, Saban was asked if he will look at bringing in a graduate transfer, at any position, this offseason. "If there was somebody out there that I thought could help our team, we have a spot or two available that we could probably – but it would have to be the right person in the right place

There is a whole lot of smoke around this. Thanks, Pawwwwwl. It's not the stupidest idea either. Alabama couldn't be any worse off adding a player of Miller's skill and mobility, assuming he regains his health and arm by Fall camp. For Miller, it is a chance to compete for (and probably win) a starting spot that he has lost to either a supremely athletic JT Barrett or the stronger-armed monster, Cardale Jones. We'll have more on this one later today.

Alabama football

ANDREW BONE: A-Day results in big recruiting weekend | TuscaloosaNews.com

It was a very newsworthy A-Day weekend in Tuscaloosa with many top prospects from coast-to-coast on campus. Alabama added a pair of out-of-state commitments, including a five-star running back. Alabama also lost one of its top verbal pledges in the 2016 class who decided to re-open his recruitment.

Go forth and do evil, 'crootin' specialists.

SEC spring games: What we didn't learn - SEC Blog - ESPN

1. What’s the depth like behind Derrick Henry?

I think this one is pretty firmed up: Henry, Drake, then likely Damien Harris. FWIW, ESPN agrees with our general view that Harris comes in and sees the field immediately this Fall.

Alabama Football: Projecting Crimson Tide's Post-Spring Two-Deep Depth Chart | Bleacher Report

We learned a lot about the 2015 Alabama football team over this last month or so. Favorites emerged at some positions, while depth was created at others. Let’s take a look at where the Crimson Tide stand by taking a stab at the depth chart now that spring ball has wrapped up.

In May, we'll be breaking down the positions, player by player, and generally trying to take a more thorough stab at a depth chart. We will invariably be incorrect. Still, Torrence's effort seems about right for now.

Nick Saban explains origin of salmon A-Day blazer, Alabama getting its 'mojo back' | AL.com

"We need to get our mojo back a little bit. We need to get our identity back. We used to be a team that nobody wanted to play, relentless competitors, tough, hard-nosed. We've got to get some of that back."

The theme this off-season has been "we have to get mean again." If A-Day was any indication, the front seven will be as salty and as nasty a bunch as we've seen since 2011 or so. Coach Saban's presser is above.

Alabama notes

Associate head coach Bob Simon a 'home run hire' for Alabama, recruiting analyst says | AL.com

"Simon is known as a tireless recruiter in the college basketball world," said Garrett Tucker, a talent evaluator and recruiting analyst for HoopSeen. "He helped lure some of Providence's best players to school for Ed Cooley over the years. He proved he can recruit various parts of the country, too. He's also known as a great X and O's guy."

More on the Bob Simon hire from recruiting specialists.

Sophomore Duo Named SEC Athletes of the Week for Strong Performances - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

The Tide's Quanesha Burks was named Women's Co-Field Athlete of the Week for her record-setting mark in the long jump, and Hayden Reed earned Men's Field Athlete of the Week for his season-best toss in the discus.

Amazing what happens when you throw money at a problem. Alabama track and field have improved demonstrably after an influx of much-needed cash. Congratulations to Burk and Reed.

Complacency: Excuse, or Reason?

“We thought we were the better team so probably let our guards down & got complacent.” This was Cooper’s answer to Finebaum when the host asked about the tough loss at the hands of the Buckeyes in the semifinal game of the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Amari Cooper about sums it up: Alabama just lost their way. That's partially on the players' headspaces and partially on the coaches. The author doesn't agree - he feels that the other teams (Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio State etc.) were just better that day. There is some of that, but it's very rare that the most talented team in the country is not the best team on the field.

Miscellany

SEC Spring Game Recap: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri - Team Speed Kills

Saturday brought five more SEC spring games, so let's find out what they showed us.

TSK does a great job wrapping up the Spring games from this past weekend. FWIW: My biggest concern if I'm Dan Mullen is that rebuilt offensive line and keeping Dak Prescott alive through a twelve game season.

Georgia's Mark Richt named to new NCAA Football Oversight Committee - CBSSports.com

The NCAA rules committee is one of those that will report to the oversight committee. Because of its power and reach, the new group might as well be considered a de facto competition committee.

The oversight committee is just that - a super committee to which other subcommittees report. From there, the oversight committee then makes the formal recommendations or approvals. Selfishly, it does not at all hurt Alabama to have a pro-style SEC coach in its corner when issues like downfield linemen come back up. Ask yourself this: How much does a Georgia coach really want to enable Auburn's systemic cheating?

Briles is right that Duke is schedule upgrade, wrong that that's enough - CBSSports.com

It didn't just take Ohio State over Baylor; it took Alabama and Oregon, both one-loss teams, over undefeated Florida State. The Seminoles' repeated narrow escapes had something to do with that, but the message was clear all the same: if the committee respects your schedule, a single loss isn't anything to fear.

Every time Art Briles opens his mouth, the stupid just rolls out like the tides. This time it was the assertion that scheduling did not hurt the Bears with the playoff committee - despite Jeff Long's direct statements to the contrary.

SEC voices strong stance on satellite camps, coaches want restrictions | AL.com

Incoming SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, on Monday during the Associated Press Sports Editors' Southeast Region meeting at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. "Now, what we're talking about is recruiting tours. So, let's just be clear about what we're really talking about here."

Sic 'em, Sankey: These are not at all teaching moments, as camps were intended. Rather, they are very much recruiting junkets. This has been an issue of concern the past year or so. It is very much a competitive imbalance, as well. Presently the Big 12 and the SEC prevent their institutions from pulling a Harbaugh-like stunt...Because, you know, that famed Prattville-Ann Arbor connection is so time-honored.

Finally

Nine people charged in Kentucky in bourbon heist | Reuters

Nine people were charged in Kentucky on Tuesday with stealing more than $100,000 worth of bourbon whiskey, including the prized Pappy Van Winkle brand.

Given that there's a global shortage of Pappy 20, and that it goes for $600 or so, I don't think I'm out of bounds suggesting some good ole' fashioned hillpeople justice in this case. If you ever get the chance to let Pappy cross your tongue, it's worth the $40 pour and experience.