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Quick hitters for your busy Tuesday

Elephant Poop Nashnul Champions, Roll Tide

The talk is all about quarterbacks for this Draft, but do you know who’s wowing coaches? Da’ron Payne.

6 head coaches went wild over Da’Ron Payne’s title game

As rumored, Hugh Freeze-to-Alabama (and a half-dozen other SEC programs) did not happen because of one man, and one man only: Greg Sankey. The SEC’s Cool Dad Commissioner signaled in...ahem...strong tones of disapproval that hiring this train wreck of faux morality/compliance nightmare would not be in an institution’s or the SEC’s best interests.

What really happened between Hugh Freeze, Alabama and the SEC |

A trend that began in the NFL about five years ago, and migrated to college basketball and now college football, seems to be hitting its peak: The rise of the positionless defender. This year, Minkah Fitzpatrick(and Derwin James fit that mold of a defender without a home...other than one that involves much pwnage.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Derwin James are the NFL’s next modern defensive back -

It’s not just Minkah and Da’Ron though — the great folks at Pro Football Focus predict a ‘Bama-heavy first round of the NFL Draft

PFF predictsAlabama-dominant first round

The head man has an interesting idea on how to correct the dangers of kickoff returns: push the KO attempt back up to the 40. You bury a lot of touchbacks to be sure, but it permits the flexibility to pooch or onsides for tactical reasons.

Saban wanted to move college kickoff point back to the 40 – ProFootballTalk

Who’s had a great spring in the passing game? Yep. That Guy -- Jalen Hurts. Saban breaks down the passing game and improvements made over the offseason.

2018 A-Day Game Primer: Alabama Crimson Tide Football’s offense Tua Tagovailoa Jalen Hurts

More later, including at least a major piece on basketball and maybe a little something extra, if I drink enough coffee.