Daily Archives: January 10, 2013

Tide’s ‘Rudy,’ Levi Cook, after the BCS game

Alabama safety Levi Cook, middle, with his parents, Jill and Gil Cook, at the team hotel. (Copyright photo by Wade Hickam)

Alabama safety Levi Cook, middle, with his parents, Jill and Gil Cook, at the team hotel. (Copyright photo by Wade Hickam)

Tide safety Levi Cook (14) with some of the other safeties, Landon Collins (26), HaHa Clinton-Dix (6), Robert Lester (37) and Eddie Williams (15). (Copyright photo by Wade Hickam)

Tide safety Levi Cook (14) with some of the other safeties, Landon Collins (26), HaHa Clinton-Dix (6), Robert Lester (37) and Eddie Williams (15). (Copyright photo by Wade Hickam)

After the BCS National Championship Game, as Alabama celebrated on the field, I tried my darndest to find Decatur High graduate Levi Cook to get video of him celebrating. No such luck.

However, Wade Hickam, a family friend of Cook’s parents, managed to shoot video of Cook after he came up in the stands. I appreciate Wade for sharing this clip.

If you remember, Cook was the subject of one of the blog’s most popular stories last week while the team was in South Florida. Click here to read the story.

At the start of the video, you’ll see Levi with his parents, Gil and Jill Cook — three of the best people you’ll meet. Gil then takes the camera to shoot Levi with Wade and his family.

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Five Tide players will appear in Raycom All-Star Classic

Five Alabama football seniors have accepted bids to play in the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic, according to a news release.

Defensive end Quinton Dial, tight end Kelly Johnson, place-kicker Jeremy Shelley, defensive end Damion Square and long-snapper Carson Tinker will play for the “Stripes” team, which will be coached by Dan Reeves, who coached Denver to three Super Bowls and Atlanta to one.

The inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic will be played Jan. 19 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m., and CBS Sports Network will televise the game.

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Announcement on Tide juniors coming Friday

The University of Alabama has announced a news conference for today at 11 a.m. in which the Crimson Tide’s juniors will reveal their decisions regarding the NFL draft.

So, who’s going and who’s staying? Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, running back Eddie Lacy and cornerback Dee Milliner are expected to go. Alabama coach Nick Saban advises his players to go if they will be drafted high enough, and all three likely will go high enough for it to be worth leaving.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley and quarterback AJ McCarron announced in December they will return, while the university issued a news release Wednesday starting guard Anthony Steen has decided to come back.

Two Tide players who are question marks are defensive end Ed Stinson, a fourth-year junior, and starting outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard, a third-year sophomore and a 6-foot-6, 248-pound prospect as a pass rusher.

Tomorrow, check us on Twitter at @DailyEdwards and on the blog for the latest news on the decisions.

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ESPNU’s replay schedule of the BCS game

If you want to watch a replay of Alabama’s 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game, ESPNU has five more opportunities for you. Here is the schedule:

Saturday, Jan. 12, 4:30 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13, 11 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 14, noon
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19, 4:30 a.m.

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Report: Lawyers say McClain charge won’t hold

Seth Burkett of The Decatur Daily has written an excellent followup for today’s editions about Rolando McClain‘s arrest. Here is a taste:

A charge brought against Rolando McClain by Decatur police for writing “(expletive) y’all” on a ticket probably won’t hold up in court, local attorneys told The Daily on Wednesday.

The Oakland Raider’s arrest for not putting his name on the ticket, however, was justified, they said.

McClain, 23, a Decatur native, was pulled over on Corsbie Street Southeast on Tuesday for having window tint that was too dark.

Click here to read the rest of the story. Although The Decatur Daily is a subscription site, viewers are allowed to read one story a day for free, so you won’t have to pay to see this.

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Saban on ESPN radio: Door is closed on NFL

Alabama coach Nick Saban did an interview this morning on the ESPN radio show “Mike and Mike.” Once again, he emphasized he isn’t returning to the NFL.

He said he has put the NFL in the past.

“The door is closed,” he said. “The dang hinges are worn out.”

Click here to access the radio show’s home page and download the interview.

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