Daily Archives: February 19, 2013

March 19 court date set for 2 Alabama players

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — Preliminary hearings have been set for two of the four Alabama football players arrested after a pair of robberies on campus.

Court documents filed Tuesday show that Judge James C. Guin set March 19 hearings in Tuscaloosa District Court for Eddie Williams and Brent Calloway, both 20.

Those players and 18-year-old D.J. Pettway have requested youthful offender status.

Williams is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and two counts of second-degree robbery. Calloway was arrested for using a debit card stolen during one of the robberies.

Pettway and 18-year-old Tyler Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. No court date has been set for them.

Williams, Pettway and Hayes are suspended from school pending a university judicial review.

Alabama back in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, but out of tourney

In ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracket, the Alabama Crimson Tide have made it back into the Next Four Out of the NCAA tournament, having dropped from that position earlier in the conference season.

Lunardi’s bracket has three Southeastern Conference teams in the NCAA tournament: Florida as a 1 seed, Missouri as a 9 seed and Ole Miss as a 11 seed. Kentucky is part of the First Four Out, joined by Temple, Indiana State and Maryland. The Last Four In are Virginia, Arizona State, Villanova and California.

Alabama is joined by St. John’s, Southern Miss and BYU in the Next Four Out.

Alabama coach Anthony Grant is not worried about his team’s standing in the NCAA tournament scene, but more concerned with the SEC tournament where the winner will receive an automatic spot in the NCAA field.

“We’re excited to be in a position where we control our own destiny going into the conference tournament,” Grant said. “Right now, the focus for us is to take it one game at a time and try to understand what we have to do each individual game.”

However, Grant is aware his team is in a tight situation.

“When you look at some of the losses we’ve had over the course of the season, we’re not in a position to take anyone lightly,” Grant said. “You have to come and be ready to play. Hopefully our guys are intelligent enough to understand that what we’ve done over the course of the year, we can’t afford to do that. We have to show up prepared and be ready to play our best.

“We can get beat by anyone.”

You can see Lunardi’s complete bracket by clicking here.

Offseason football notebook: Feb. 19, 2013

This is a particularly rough break for Lacy, the redshirt junior who left a year of eligibility on the field to go to the NFL, as his injury saga continues. Lacy’s laundry list of injuries as a member of the Crimson Tide includes turf toe plus ankle and knee soreness.

Lacy said after his declaration for the NFL Draft that he was 100% healthy only once in the 2012 national championship season, when the Tide won it all against Notre Dame in Miami. Against the Irish, he tied his season-high with 20 carries, gaining 140 yards and scoring a touchdown. Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012 to make for a career total of 2,375 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Jeremy Fowler of CBSsports.com has reported the former Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal will be named the new offensive line coach for the Crimson Tide. Cristobal was fired as the head coach at FIU after going 27-47 as the head coach. FIU went 0-12 in 2006, the year before Cristobal’s arrival, and in 2010 was led to a 7-6 season and the school’s first ever bowl victory.

Cristobal was hired by Al Golden at Miami after his firing at FIU as the tight ends coach. Previously, Cristobal was part of Greg Schiano’s staff at Rutgers.

Alabama’s Ashley Sledge named SEC Gymnast of the Week

Senior gymnast Ashley Sledge scoring a 9.9 on the floor exercise to push Alabama to its 106th win over Auburn. (Photo courtesy of UA athletics)

Senior gymnast Ashley Sledge scoring a 9.9 on the floor exercise to push Alabama to its 106th win over Auburn. (Photo courtesy of UA athletics)

Senior Ashley Sledge was named the SEC Gymnast of the Week, made official in a release from the conference Tuesday morning for her performance in Friday night’s win over Auburn.

Sledge, a senior, scored 9.9 in all three of her events: the floor exercise, the uneven bars and the vault. Sledge’s 9.9 on the floor tied her career high on that event and helped push Alabama’s floor exercise score to 49.500, a season-high for the team. Alabama also set a season-high on vault with a 49.475 in part to Sledge’s 9.9.

Alabama will go on the road again this Friday to Arkansas. Alabama is 1-2 on the road this season, beating Missouri to open the season but losing to Florida and Georgia in back-to-back weeks.