There’s barely any news out there, so the Jumbo Package will be short today. Feel free to check backwards and read my piece on Bill O’Brien, or CB969’s thoughts on Alabama’s matchup with Florida this season.
After a strong camp showing last month, Alabama offered Calera (Ala.) wide receiver Kobe Prentice earlier this month. On Tuesday night Prentice backed off his pledge to Maryland, re-opening his recruitment. The in-state standout clocked a 4.38-second 40-yard dash in front of the UA staff, which factored into UA’s press for the electric pass catcher.
“It feels great,” Prentice said of the UA offer. “I went outside and I screamed.”
After his camp performance, Prentice had a one-on-one meeting with Nick Saban.
If you listen to BOL’s podcast, they were talking about Prentice this weekend as a guy who’s a fast-riser now that camps are opening back up. He was committed to Mike Locksley, but an offer from Saban and his favorite team growing up seems to have changed things up for him a bit.
Here’s a cool piece from Rivals giving us all some insight into the rarely-talked about position coach, Charles Kelly:
He reportedly turned down a $1.3 million offer from Auburn in 2015
Following the 2015 season, Kelly was a top candidate to replace Will Muschamp as the defensive coordinator at Auburn. According to a report from SBNation, Auburn was willing to offer Kelly a salary around $1.3 million to bring the then-Florida State defensive coordinator back to his alma mater. However, he rejected the advances, choosing instead to remain on Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Florida State.
Kelly was rewarded for his loyalty the following year, receiving a $250,000 raise from Florida State which bumped his annual salary up to $833,000 for the 2016 season. Kelly received a contract extension at Alabama this spring that will see him earn $825,000 per year until Feb. 28, 2023.
Highest Winning Percentage by Decade
1920-1929 – Notre Dame – 87.1 percent
1930-1939 – Alabama Crimson Tide – 85.8 percent
1940-1949 – Notre Dame – 87.6 percent
1950-1959 – Oklahoma Sooners – 89.5 percent
1960-1969 – Alabama Crimson Tide – 83.6 percent
1970-1979 – Oklahoma Sooners – 87.7 percent
1980-1989 – Nebraska – 83.7 percent
1990 – 1999 – Florida State – 89.3 percent
2000-2009 – Texas – 85.3 percent
2010-2019 – Alabama Crimson Tide – 89.2 percent
In 10 decades of college football competition, six schools have had the winningest team in a decade. Only the Alabama Crimson Tide program had done it in three decades.
The folks over at Bama Hammer are DEFINITELY participating in Gump Day. In any case, this is yet another way to make it clear that Alabama is the best college football program of all time.
That’s all there is out there right now. It’s deep into the summer doldrums, so just hang on for one more month, and fall camp will be kicking into gear.