Daily Archives: January 13, 2012

Alabama gymnastics scores a 10, then beats Georgia

Alabama’s first perfect 10 in seven years highlighted a season-opening win for the defending national champions over Georgia, 196.475-196.325.

Geralen Stack-Eaton pulled off the rare feat on the vault in Alabama’s first rotation. No Tide gymnast had done it since the 2005 NCAA tournament.

Still, the Tide needed to comeback for the win. Two falls on bars left Alabama trailing, but the Tide came back with strong showings on the beam and floor exercise.

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Video of intense Alabama gymnastics introduction

This is what you would’ve seen if you came to tonight’s gymnastics meet in Coleman Coliseum. It’s quite a spectacle. Lots of children screaming at the top of their lungs.

 

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Alabama national champions open season tonight

The gymnastics team that is.

Remember them? They won the national title last spring. The new season opens in a few minutes in a quickly-filling Coleman Coliseum. This is my second career gymnastics meet and I almost forgot how different this sport is from all the others.

Rival Georgia is in town for what should be a good match to open the season. Stay tuned for updates.

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Dooley: Sunseri hire not intended to stir Alabama rivalry

Anytime a coach goes from Alabama to Tennessee or vica versa, people are going to talk. Though one sided recently, there’s still a rivalry there.

So Vol coach Derek Dooley was asked about the hire of Tide linebackers coach Sal Sunseri as defensive coordinator at a news conference this afternoon. Citing his friendship and previous work under Tide coach Nick Saban, Dooley said nobody should read too much into the hire.

“I didn’t view it as that, just because of the nature of the jump in title,” Dooley told reporters in Knoxville this afternoon. “I told Nick when I called him that it was a hard call because it isn’t a Tennessee-Alabama deal. It was such a good opportunity professionally for Sal, and I know Nick has always been proud of the coaches that go on to bigger and brighter things because of the time they spent with him.

“I’m appreciative of what he gave me as a coach and I know Sal is appreciate of what he has given him as a coach. I was really pleased at how professionally he handled it. We have a friendship too, and that will never be compromised. It wasn’t about Tennessee taking anything from Alabama. It was a guy that has had a track record of great coaching over the last two decades and an opportunity that I think he has been wanting for a couple of years.”

So, that’s that. Do you think there’s any gamesmanship here? Feel free to comment below.

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Alabama sets date for national title celebration

The Crimson Tide will celebrate its latest football national championship with an event in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

It begins at 2 p.m., Jan. 21 in Tuscaloosa. It will last about an hour and admission is free, the school announced this afternoon. Players and coaches will be part of the program, according to a news release.

Gates will open at noon and seating will be limited to the west side of Bryant-Denny Stadium. There will be no reserved seating.

The first 30,000 fans through the gates will receive a free championship poster.

Here’s video from the last time Alabama did this following the 2009 title.

And here’s Nick Saban speaking.

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JaMychal Green talks shoulder, Mississippi State road game

Take a listen into this afternoon’s interview with Alabama basketball player JaMychal Green as he looks ahead to Saturday’s trip to No. 20 Mississippi State.

 

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Six Alabama football players headed to Senior Bowl

Played in Mobile, the annual Senior Bowl is typically heavy on in-state talent. That won’t change this year as six Alabama players are scheduled to participate in the week of events leading up to the Jan. 28 game.

Here’s the list:

S Mark Barron
NG Josh Chapman
WR Marquis Maze
CB DeQuan Menzie
LB Courtney Upshaw
C William Vlachos

Last year, Greg McElroy, James Carpenter, and Preston Dial played in the game. Carpenter ended up going in the first round of the April draft.

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Vinnie Sunseri releases statement about future with Alabama

The university just released the following statement from Vinnie Sunseri about his status with Alabama after his father Sal Sunseri took the defensive coordinator job at Tennessee:

“I love my dad, this is a great opportunity and I’m really happy for him,” Vinnie Sunseri said. “In terms of my status, the University of Alabama is the place for me and that is what my heart and my mind tells me. This is my home and there is no place else I’d rather be. I’ll root for him every day of the year except for the third Saturday in October.”

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What Vinnie Sunseri said last week about future if father left Alabama

It hasn’t been a half hour since Tennessee officially named Sal Sunseri its defensive coordinator. But it’s not too soon to consider how it will impact the future of Sunseri’s son, Alabama freshman safety Vinnie Sunseri.

Vinnie (left) and Sal Sunseri last Friday (Gary Cosby Jr./Decatur Daily)

In one season, the converted linebacker played his way into prime special teams roles, then into the first-team defense in dime situations.

With Mark Barron and Will Lowery graduating, Vinnie Sunseri should move even higher on the depth chart next season.

But would the departure of his father make him want to leave Tuscaloosa to keep that family bond in tact? That’s what I asked him in a hypothetical situation last week at BCS media day. Here’s what Vinnie Sunseri said:

“Actually, I haven’t really thought about that ever,” he said. “But I’d definitely stay here. But it’d definitely be a tough adjustment not having him around because that’s one of the main reasons I came here. Growing up, he was always having to coach other players and was out recruiting, and I felt like this would be a great opportunity to be with him and actually get to hang out with him.”

Remember, that answer is a week old and the situation wasn’t yet a reality. Stay tuned for more when it becomes available.

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Tennessee hires Tide LB coach Sal Sunseri for defensive coordinator job

Alabama’s emotional linebackers coach is headed to one of its top rivals, the school confirmed Friday morning.

Sal Sunseri, father of freshman safety Vinnie Sunseri, will become the new defensive coordinator at Tennessee, GoVols247.com first reported Friday morning.

The elder Sunseri is the second coach to depart Alabama after winning its second national title in three seasons. Offensive coordinator Jim McElwain took over the Colorado State head job immediately following the 21-0 beating of LSU in Monday’s BCS title game.

Sunseri came to Alabama before the 2009 national title season from the Carolina Panthers. He coached the outside linebackers in his time in Tuscaloosa including potential first-round draft pick Courtney Upshaw.

At Tennessee, Sunseri will reunite with former Alabama reserve Darrington Sentimore. The defensive lineman signed with the Vols in December after leaving Alabama for a junior college over the summer.

Take a look at Sunseri’s style in practice with this video I put together after last season.

 

Stay tuned for any further details on this story as it develops.

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Richardson thinks of mother, daughters when turning pro

This is the story for today’s newspaper about the NFL decisions made by Alabama juniors on Thursday.

TUSCALOOSA — Never again will Katrina Richardson work a restaurant shift or house sit.

She’ll be taken care of for life now.

Her son Trent Richardson made sure of it Thursday afternoon when Alabama’s leading running back and Heisman Trophy finalist announced he will leave school early to enter the NFL draft. Fellow junior Dre Kirkpatrick, a cornerback, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower came to the same conclusion, while safety Robert Lester will return for a final Crimson Tide season.

For Richardson, a projected top-10 pick, the decision came down to helping his family, which includes two young daughters. He wants to be somewhere he can see his kids every day and to pay back his mother, who’s fighting lupus.

“I know it’s been hard for my momma to be my momma and my daddy at the same time,” Richardson said. “When it came down to it, it took a toll on me to make sure my momma didn’t have to work no more. I’m pretty sure my grandmomma will still work. She unretired and went back to driving a city bus again.”

Though Richardson’s decision was long expected, he said the final call didn’t come until Wednesday night.

“This place changed my life,” Richardson said. “It turned me into a man. … I never thought I’d be in college playing football. In three years, or two and a half years, I almost have my college degree. That’s big for me, man. As a young man, my brother left home and went to school, and I always said I wanted to be just like him.”

He hopes to finish the few classes needed for a degree this spring by taking online courses.

Kirkpatrick, also a member of the 2009 recruiting class, is close to getting his degree as well.

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