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The world finally has enough going on to give you a Jumbo Package.

Julius Randle is one of many NBA players that new Alabama Asst Pospichal has developed.
Julius Randle is one of many NBA players that new Alabama Asst Pospichal has developed.
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'Crootin' (and not just football)

Alabama Signee Mike Nikorak Taken in 1st Round of MLB Draft

Along with losing shortstop Mikey White to the MLB Draft, the Alabama baseball program will be without one of its top signees from the 2015 class. Pitcher Mike Nikorak will forego his collegiate career after being selected in the first round by the Colorado Rockies.

When you have an accurate-throwing 18 year-old, consistently hitting 97 MPH, he's going to spend his Februaries in the Grapefruit League, not in Tuscaloosa (or anywhere else for that matter.)

Julius Randle among well-known players Alabama's new assistant has helped develop | AL.com

Prior to joining Alabama, Pospichal had coached the AAU power Texas Titans since 2005. More than 25 of Pospichal's players went on to sign Division I scholarships. That includes Randle, new Tide point guard Avery Johnson Jr. and Duke's Matt Jones.

Unlike CAJ's other hires, Asst Coach Scott Pospichal isn't one of the recruiting mavens for the TIde. Rather, his strength is in developing the talent that arrives, where his AAU background will come in handy. Nice story on the players he's worked with and what kind of guy Pospichal is. Johnson is putting together an extremely likeable, well-respected staff.

Could Alabama flip Greg Little, the nation's No. 2 recruit, from Texas A&M? | AL.com

One big visitor to Alabama's campus on Tuesday is Greg Little, a five-star prospect rated as the No. 2 prospect in the country in the 247Sports composite rankings.. Little, an offensive tackle from Allen High School in Allen, Texas. "I think it's pretty strong," said Tom Westerberg, Little's head coach at Allen High, of the mutual interest. "He's obviously committed to Texas A&M, but kids may have a change of heart. I think he just wanted to check a couple of things out."

Most expect Little to stick to Texas A&M, but we can always hope for an Aggie collapse and some Cristobal magic. The all-world right tackle has "NFL-ready" written on him (be sure to check out the video embedded in the al.com piece.)

Tennessee commit TaDarryl Marshall planning official visit to Alabama | AL.com

TaDarryl Marshall committed to Tennessee over Alabama and Auburn back in April, but his recruitment is ongoing. The 6-foot, 180-pounder chose to play multiple positions for the Volunteers over offers to play cornerback at Auburn and quarterback at Alabama.

Interesting that Alabama is still pursuing Marshall, a dual-threat QB and platoon player. With the commitment of Jalen Hurts, and the ongoing recruitment of Jawon Pass, it seems as though Alabama has its eyes on moving to the modern spread offense (part of me died typing that.)

Recruit apologizes to Richt for alleged burglary on UGA campus | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

Wide receiver Darnell Salomon, a five-star recruit in the class of 2016, said he apologized to Georgia coach Mark Richt for an alleged burglary in July of 2014. Salomon was accused of going into the unlocked dorm room of two female students at a hall on Georgia's campus and taking an iPhone and a wallet

So, why is this in here? Remember the name Darnell Salomon: While we love to joke about a certain school in "the loveliest village on the plains" taking disciplinary sloppy seconds from other SEC programs, Salomon appears to be a heavy Alabama lean. The Hollywood (FL) product is a Top 100 player, an Army AA, and the No. 4 WR.

Alabama notes

Bobby Humphrey on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

Humphrey earned First Team All-American and UPI Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1987, but the year prior is still one of the greatest in school history. As a junior, Humphrey for 1,471 yards, which was a school record until Mark Ingram surpassed him in 2009, and averaged 168 all-purpose yards per game. That’s a school record that still stands to this day.

I honestly don't know about Hump's chances. He was as good a back as there was in the SEC, although he played on the heels of Bo and Hershel, so his excellent achievements may look dim by comparison.

Familiar Approach: Alabama Track and Field teams ranked nationally - The Crimson White

Alabama is competing in four individual women’s events and one women’s relay, the 4x100-meter. The women’s team is ranked No. 25 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The star of 'Bama track and field is undoubtedly Quanesha Burks, the No. 1 seed in the long jump at the NCAAs this week. Banks also runs the 4X100M relay, and is the 6th ranked long jumper in the world. Good luck to both squads at the NCAAs.

Football

Percentage of Yards Returning - Phil Steele

At the bottom of the list is one team that lost OVER 80% of their yards gained from last year. Kansas St loses their QB, 2 of their top 3 rushers and top 3 receivers. Two powerhouses that will be in the preseason AP Top Ten also find themselves at the bottom of the yards returning chart in Auburn (22.7%) and Alabama (24%).

We know that Alabama had steep losses on offense, but when put in a handy table you see just how uncertain this season's offense is (126th out of 128 teams in returning offense generated.) Equally surprising is how much of the offense the Media Darling Tigers lost as well, ranking 127th. Yet, the Tigers are getting national title buzz while Alabama is apparently chopped liver now.

Bowl projections for 2015-16 postseason | College Football

The Football Bowl Association released the schedule for the 2015-16 postseason, making it a perfect time to do the impossible and pick which teams will be playing in the record 40 bowl games set to take place between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2.

This projection makes my brain physically ache. Alabama to the Peach Bowl, Auburn to the national title game. Huh?

An American football coach in France - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

Some college coaches spend their vacations at a cottage relaxing, far away from the field. Mike Leach spent his coaching. He made a 10-day trip to Europe recently, which included a visit with a team from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve that plays American football.

We've had a few things to say about satellite camps, which are alleged to be instructional opportunities. Maybe ole' Dad Pants Harbaugh needs to look up Mike Leach who is spending his summer teaching and coaching -- for a French suburban team. If there's a weirder cat in football, I'm not sure who it is (and I don't mean Malzahn's creepiness either.)

Alabama preview: Derrick Henry is ready to dominate for the Crimson Tide | FOX Sports

Sure, the Crimson Tide has a few holes to address on both sides of the ball, but coach Nick Saban’s roster is loaded with talent, and the defense should be among the best in the nation if the secondary is solidified. Finding a replacement for receiver Amari Cooper and a new starting quarterback are the top priorities for Saban this offseason.

There's conventional wisdom, then there's just plain regurgitation. Athlon's Alabama preview offers nothing original or incisive.

Finally

AP top news headlines | Tampa Bay Times

A female resident awoke to noise in her kitchen, and found Waits allegedly wiping down a countertop and baking a potato in her microwave oven, police said. "She asked him what he was doing there, and he told her he was making a potato," according to a police report. When told to leave, a criminal complaint says Waits walked outside and left his potato in the microwave. The report said Waits then went outside to rake leaves in the front yard.

Just a tip, aggrieved homeowner, wait until after the perp finishes raking leaves before you call the cops. Everything about this tale is bizarre, so of course it happened in Florida.