Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ohio LB chooses Tide over Buckeyes

News fresh out of Ohio: Another native son chose Alabama over the Buckeyes.

Today, it was Trey DePriest who committed to the Crimson Tide over Ohio State. Check out this story just posted from the scene. He is a five-star prospect according to scout.com and considered one of the best linebackers in the country.

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Saban movie trailer is online

In case you wanted a sneak peek at the new Nick Saban documentary “Gamechanger,” a preview just went live on the movie’s website.

Click here for just under two minutes of the tribute to Saban.

The film is set to debut at a “premier” in Birmingham on Aug. 24 before hitting screens around Alabama on Sept. 27. It is scheduled to be shown in Decatur, Florence and most every other town that loyally follows The Bama Blog. For a complete listing of the theaters that will show the documentary, click here.

No word if Saundra Bullock is expected to make a cameo in this one.

McClain signs with Raiders

Associated Press photo
It looks like Rolando McClain won’t miss a practice after all. Every media outlet in the Bay Area is reporting the Butkus Award winner from Decatur signed his contract with the Oakland Raiders and is heading to the wine country in Napa for training camp.
Details of the contract were not published by sources outside of ESPN.com. The worldwide leader says the Decatur product is guaranteed $23 million of the $40-million deal that spans five years. Check out that story by clicking here.
If those numbers are accurate, McClain’s deal is considerably better than the one last year’s eighth overall pick received. Offensive lineman Eugene Monroe inked a deal worth (just) $35.4 million overall and (just) $19.2 million guaranteed.
This negotiation went much better than the JaMarcus Russell fiasco of a few years back. No lengthy holdout will spoil the rookie season for McClain who is expected to play a big part in the rebuilding Raider defense.
For stories straight from Raiders’ trainng camp, click here and here.
As always, stick with the blog for any updates we can provide.

New diagram of Bryant-Denny Stadium

In case you wanted to see a seating chart of the symetrical again Bryant-Denny Stadium, here it is courtesy of Alabama’s media relations department. There are apparently changes to the gate numbers for the upcoming season.

Practice schedule, fan day info released

So, this crazy process begins again.
Alabama football players officially report a week from today although almost everyone is already on campus. Practice begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for the veterans and 7:30 p.m. for the rookies.

None of this means much to anyone outside of the program since all practices are off-limits to outside eyes. There are three two-a-day practices sprinkled in with workouts scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on all three occasions.

The only real date of significance is the annual “Fan Day” at Bryant-Denny Stadium. That spectacle is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8. Of course, this is the same event that led to this now infamous moment involving a baby and a Nick Saban autograph a year ago.

Raiders hope to sign McClain by Thursday

Practice begins tomorrow and Rolando McClain remains unsigned for now. As the clock ticks down to the beginning of the Oakland Raiders’ training camp, the team is still working on a deal with the Decatur product.

According to an Associated Press story, they’re hoping to have the ink dried by Thursday when practices begin out west.

In other news, Terrence Cody has passed his physical with the Baltimore Ravens, is practicing, and apparently has a new nickname courtesy of a teammate.

Stick with the blog for updates.

Rolando McClain only Raider rookie without deal

Training camp is drawing near, but Rolando McClain has no contract with the Oakland Raiders just yet. Al Davis signed second-rounder Lamarr Houston yesterday, leaving McClain as the only one with out a deal.

McClain’s agent Pat Dye Jr., does not typically comment on rookie contract negotiations, said a spokesperson for his agency.

Stay tuned to The Bama Blog for any updates that might come on this story.

Until then, check out this reel of McClain’s senior season.

Mikhail Torrance signs with Israeli team

The professional basketball journey of Mikhail Torrance is taking him overseas. The former Alabama player projected to go as early as the first round of the NBA Draft has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Super League. Read this story from over the pond.

Torrance had a free agent deal to play with the Miami Heat’s summer league team, but he never saw game action. His previously undiagnosed heart condition that kept him from being drafted could have been a factor.

Torrance will also be reunited with former Crimson Tider and Athens product Richard Hendrix who also plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Read more in Monday’s paper.

A few links to go with Sunday's agent story

As promised, here are a few more resources for you to inspect to learn more about the certification of sports agents and the laws that govern them. For a look at the story in Sunday’s paper click here or here.

The Alabama state agent/athlete law (pdf)

The federal agent/athlete law 

Sports Agents Responsibility and Trust Act (federal)

Agents certified by the University of Alabama

University of Alabama compliance/agent regulations

Agents certified to operate in the state of Alabama

A news story from about the EU’s attempt to regulate agents in Europe

Media takes Tide to win SEC

No major surprises in the preseason media poll as Alabama lands on top of the West Division and the overall championship voting. Florida is expected to make it three straight Gator/Tide SEC Championship Game showdowns by running away with the East Division.

Even Vanderbilt picked up a stray first-place vote in the East although it picked up the least amount of overall votes. In the West, only Mississippi State didn’t get at least one first-place vote although Ole Miss was picked to finish last overall.

East Division (first place votes)
1. Florida(153 1030
2. Georgia (15)791
3. South Carolina (8)790
4.Kentucky 462
5. Tennessee 450
6. Vanderbilt (1) 194

West Division (first place votes)
1. Alabama (157) 1034
2. Arkansas (6) 726
3. Auburn (10) 691
4. LSU (1) 653
5. Miss. State 320
6. Ole Miss (3) 293

SEC champion: Alabama (143), Florida (17), Auburn (7), Arkansas (3), Ole Miss (2), Georgia (2), LSU (1), South Carolina (1), Kentucky (1).

TMZ story about Ingram, agent not true says UA

Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com produced the latest chapter in the college athlete/agent scandal, but Alabama officials are saying there is little truth to the story that went up today.

The story beneath the headline “NCAA probes party with 2009 Heisman winner” claims Mark Ingram might be in hot water over a trip he took back in May.

UA spokesman Doug Walker said that any NCAA-related concerns were dealt with before the trip. Ingram provided the necessary receipts to prove he paid for all expenses.

“We are not aware with any issues with the visit,” Walker said by email Thursday.

Lobby fans vanish in Hoover

Remember yesterday when the lobby at the Wynfrey Hotel was complete chaos? Not so on Thursday. Without Alabama or Auburn (coming Friday) only a few stray Arkansas and Georgia fans are milling about so far.

SEC MEDIA DAY 2: And we're off

It’s way too early for sports writers to have consciousness, but Bobby Petrino has stepped to the microphone to get this party started.

SEC director of officials Rogers Redding just spoke about rules changes. There aren’t many. The most notable difference concerns banning the 3-man wedge on kickoff returns. 

Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for updates throughout the day.

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VIDEO: SEC Media Day 1, Part II

Here is the second batch of videos from the first day of SEC Media Days in Hoover.

We resume with the flashiest dresser of the day, Dont’a Hightower.

VIDEO: SEC Media Day 1

Finally, here are a few looks inside the chaos that is Alabama’s appearance at SEC Media Days. First, here is a quick tour of the facilities.