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Jumbo Package: Friday, 3 June 2016

Crimson Tide news and notes.

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Happy Friday, everyone. The softball team started its CWS game against Oklahoma yesterday, but Mother Nature stepped in and suspended it in the second inning, tied at 0-0. Alexis Osorio struck out two Sooners in the first frame. Play will be resumed today at 6 pm CT.

LSU-Alabama football on collision course for another primetime matchup, CBS reveals in scheduling sneak peek

While the games haven't been selected, CBS set the date of its one scheduled daytime-prime time double header as Nov. 5, the day of the LSU-Alabama game. The network will show a game in its regular 2:30 p.m. time slot that day and will also have a game at 7 p.m.

If CBS picks the Tigers and Crimson Tide, it will mark the seventh straight season the two schools have met in prime time. An announcement isn't expected until Oct. 24.

Does anyone even have to look at the TV schedule for LSU week anymore? That game will be played on CBS, at night, for the foreseeable future. As far as this game goes, LSU is going to pull out all of the stops. Three years ago, Leonard Fournette waltzed into Baton Rouge as the anointed MVP, the face of the franchise so to speak, who would bring Heisman trophies and national titles with him. If they lose this one, at home, and watch Alabama go on to Atlanta again, his career would have been wasted. That game is going to be war.

Ole Miss, Alabama football game set for CBS - Daily Journal

When the Ole Miss football team goes for a third straight win over Alabama, it will do so in a CBS TV game. The school announced today that the Sept. 17 meeting in Oxford will have a 2:30 p.m. kickoff for the national telecast.

Wonder if any of the returning players will remember losing two straight to Ole Miss when they travel to Oxford this year? Motivation shouldn't be hard to come by.

College Football Hall of Fame nominee E.J. Junior played for 'honor and image' of Alabama |

Junior played for Alabama from 1977 through 1980. In those four seasons, the Tide compiled a 24-1 record in SEC play and had a 44-4 mark that included four bowl victories. On Wednesday, Junior learned he was on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time more than 35 years after his final game at Alabama – a 30-2 victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.

"It's a humbling experience," Junior said, "but as the old song says, 'It's a long time coming.'"

What Alabama has done under Nick Saban has been nothing short of incredible, but Bryant's run in the late 70s was equally impressive. Junior notes that, with just a little luck, they could have won three national titles in that span. Voters certainly viewed southern football through a different lens back then.

Single-game Alabama football tickets on sale

A limited amount of tickets are available for games against Western Kentucky (Sept. 10), Kent State (Sept. 24), Kentucky (Oct. 1) limit of 2 each, and Chattanooga (Nov. 19). Tickets were made available from unsold allotments returned by visiting teams. Tickets purchased through for Western Kentucky ($50), Kent State ($50) and Chattanooga ($45) will include a $10 value that can be used at designated concessions and merchandise stands inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Here's your chance to get some football tickets at face value. No word on whether cupcakes will be available for purchase with the $10 concession credit.

Longtime SEC referee retiring from role

But Ritter isn't retiring completely. He will now be working in the replay booth at games, Shaw said.

James Carter, who has been a referee in the SWAC and a line judge in the SEC, will replace Ritter as a referee.

Ritter in the replay booth, eh? Now we know why the SEC was in a hell-fire hurry to get more eyes on the plays.

Rolando McClain missing Dallas Cowboys' offseason practices |

The Dallas Cowboys are "hopeful" middle linebacker Rolando McClain will attend their final three Organized Team Activities next week. Dallas winds up its second week of OTAs on Thursday, and McClain has missed all six practices in Phase 3 of the Cowboys' offseason program. "Rolando's dealing with a family issue in Alabama," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said during a Wednesday press conference. " ... He will not be here tomorrow. We're hopeful he'll be back next week."

Uh, oh. Rolando is missing practices because he's back in Decatur. Let's hope he stays out of trouble.

No positive spin when 5-star Mr. Football Roc Thomas leaves Auburn |

The running back from Oxford was the second of three straight winners of Alabama's Mr. Football award to sign with the Tigers, and so far, none of the three has developed into a breakout star. Now Thomas never will. At least not at Auburn. Maybe the light will go on for him at Jacksonville State playing for his former Oxford High School coach, John Grass. Jeremy Johnson, Mr. Football 2012, lost his starting job at quarterback last season, and odds are against him regaining it during his senior season this year.

Gus Malzahn: turning diamonds into coal since 2012.

Not much else going on, folks. Good luck to the ladies tonight and have a great weekend.

Roll Tide.