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Former NFL player Rolando McClain talks with members of the media during pro day at the University of Alabama, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Former NFL player Rolando McClain talks with members of the media during pro day at the University of Alabama, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Jeff Garrett from Oldsmar, Fla., signed his letter of intent to play for the Alabama men’s basketball team Monday, the school announced.

Garret, originally from Gadsden, but played the 2013-14 season at Oldsmar Christian School in Oldsmar, Fla. He is a 6-foot-7, 210-pound small forward. 247 Sports ranks him as a three-star athlete and the No. 28 prospect in Florida.

He had offers from South Alabama, Murray State, College of Charleston and Duquesne. He’s a late pickup for the loss two players, Algie Key and Carl Engstrom, who left the program at the end of the season.

Coach Anthony Grant planned to fill out his roster through recruiting, so he’s looking for one more player.

Garrett joins point guard Justin Coleman, guard Devin Mitchell and forward Riley Norris in the recruiting class for the coming season.

Garrett averaged 18.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game last season. He was a standout at Gadsden City High where he earned 2A first-team all-state honors in 2013. During his junior season, Garrett averaged 14.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Alabama baseball player Thomas Burrows of Florence was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. Burrows made three pitching relief appearances last week and picked up three saves.

Burrows closed out three of the four wins last week. He saved the game against UAB and out both wins in the Tennessee series.

Former Alabama and Decatur great Rolando McClain says his NFL playing days are over again. Read more here.

The Crimson Tide is about to get a lot of money with a huge multimedia rights deal. Read more here.

The Peach Bowl announced that it’s bringing back the name Peach Bowl. The title sponsor, a Southern chicken joint, is part of the name not the whole name now.

I hate it when sponsors take over the name. It takes away from the region and what the bowl is trying to honor.

The first stop of the Crimson Caravan is Tuesday in Huntsville. Tickets are still available.

Rolando McClain to make NFL comeback

Former NFL player Rolando McClain talks with members of the media during pro day at the University of Alabama, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Former NFL player Rolando McClain talks with members of the media during pro day at the University of Alabama, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Former Alabama and Decatur High football player Rolando McClain is making a pro football comeback after all.

The Carroll County Times in Maryland reported that McClain is meeting today with Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome about a potential return.

“I’m excited about the game again,” McClain said in the Carroll County Times. “I’m excited to play. I’m excited to be around some damn teammates.”

McClain, a former All-American linebacker, retired from football May 15 signing a one-year deal with the Ravens on April 12.

His reasoning at the time was to get his life in order. He’s been working on a degree since leaving the Decatur area and moving to Tuscaloosa last fall.

The Carroll County Times said in early March that McClain wanted to come back, but McClain said he wasn’t so sure on March 12 when watching Alabama’s pro day.

“I haven’t started thinking about it,” McClain said of a comeback at pro day. “Right now, I think it’s still open, but I still have some things to get in order before I make that decision.”

McClain, the No. 8 overall draft pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2010, ran into trouble with Decatur police three times since going pro. He also dealt with a divorce.

The 24-year-old has been working to stay in shape. He said his time was spent working out, going to class and raising two young sons.

“I haven’t watched a lot of football at all,” McClain said at pro day. “Easiest thing for me was to take my mind away from the game all together and focus on the things that I need to get right. And football wasn’t one of those things.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban remains supportive of McClain but hasn’t spoken to him in a while when asked about him at pro day.

“We talked about it when he (retired),” Saban said. “He knows when he’s ready to talk about it again … and I’d be happy to talk to him anytime about it.”

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.

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Rolando McClain gets in trouble again

Officers arrested NFL player Rolando McClain on a charge of giving a false name to law enforcement Tuesday after he signed a citation for overly dark window tint as “(Expletive) y’all,” Decatur police said.

When a patrol supervisor asked McClain to put his real name on the ticket, McClain told the sergeant, “That is my name,” said police spokesman Lt. John Crouch.

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Criminal charges against Rolando McClain dropped

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain (55) with teammate Matt Shaughnessy (77). (AP photo by Lynne Sladky)

Criminal charges against former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain have been dropped.

In addition, ESPN is reporting McClain, now with the Oakland Raiders, won’t face a penalty or suspension from the NFL. According to the network, the league was waiting on the court case to complete. Since the charges have been dropped, there will be no disciplinary proceeding against McClain.

Click here to read The Decatur Daily story by Seth Burkett about McClain’s criminal case. Here’s a small taste:

A Morgan County judge dismissed charges against Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain after the alleged victim, a plaintiff in a corresponding civil suit, told the court earlier this month that he no longer wishes to pursue his criminal case against the NFL star.

It was unclear what agreement, if any, between McClain and his accuser led to the charges being dropped. Those connected with the case declined comment.

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Tide in the NFL: Big days for Johnson, Richardson, Ingram

Arizona Cardinals strong safety Rashad Johnson (49) returned his interception 34 yards to set up a touchdown. (AP photo by David Goldman)

Arizona safety Rashad Johnson, a fourth-year NFL player out of Alabama, intercepted a Matt Ryan pass on the first play of the Cardinals’ 23-19 loss to Atlanta.

Johnson returned it 34 yards to the Arizona 9, and the Cardinals eventually scored the game’s first touchdown. It marked Johnson’s second career interception, with his first coming in 2010 against Minnesota. He also had a tackle Sunday and a fumble recovery, although the Cardinals didn’t turn that turnover into points.

For the Falcons, wide receiver Julio Jones caught three passes for 33 yards.

In other games involving former Alabama players:

Alabama fans might appreciate the wrist band Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is wearing today. (Photo of broadcast image by Alaina Fondren)

–In Arlington, Texas, Cleveland lost to Dallas 23-20 in overtime as Browns running back Trent Richardson had another good game. He rushed for 95 yards on 28 carries and caught six passes for 49 yards.

Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah had one tackle.

–In Sunday night’s game, Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three tackles in a 13-10 win over Pittsburgh. He recovered a fumble on the last play, returning it 5 yards.

–Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had three tackles and defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick two as the Cincinnati Bengals beat Kansas City 28-6. For the Chiefs, cornerback Javier Arenas had three tackles and returned three punts for 30 yards.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram runs for a 27-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of Sunday’s win over Oakland. (AP photo by Ben Margot)

–Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries in New Orleans’ 38-17 win over Oakland. He scored a touchdown on a 27-yard run. Saints safety Roman Harper had a team-high 11 stops, one pass defended and one tackle for loss. He also intercepted a pass, his second of the year and sixth of his career. For the Raiders, linebacker Rolando McClain had 10 tackles, including one for loss.

–Philadelphia linebacker DeMeco Ryans had seven tackles in a 31-6 loss to Washington.

–Tampa Bay beat Carolina 27-21 in overtime as Bucs safety Mark Barron had three tackles, including one when he brought down Cam Newton 2 yards behind the line.

–In Buffalo’s 19-14 win over Miami, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four tackles and one pass defended.

–Houston beat Jacksonville 43-37 in overtime as cornerback Kareem Jackson had five tackles and one pass defended.

–Linebacker Dont’a Hightower and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick each had two tackles as New England beat Indianapolis 59-24. Hightower also defended a pass.

–San Diego linebacker Jarret Johnson made a tackle in a 30-23 loss to Denver. His stop of Ronnie Hillman resulted in a 1-yard loss.

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San Jose reporter has suggestion for Oakland Raiders: Dump ex-Tide star McClain

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News isn’t a fan of former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain, now a third-year player with the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders are slumping, and so is McClain.

Kawakami says it’s time for a change, and it’s one McClain fans won’t like: One glaring Raiders mistake: They should’ve parted ways with Rolando McClain months ago

Here’s a sample:

But I’m saying the Raiders are pretty much getting exactly what McClain has been during his entire three-season NFL career: A lot of nothing.

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Rolando played with a concussion in Sunday NFL game

Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain (55) and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (77) during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at Miami. (AP photo by Lynne Sladky)

Former Alabama middle linebacker Rolando McClain played part of the Oakland Raiders’ game Sunday at Miami with a concussion.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, McClain sustained the concussion in the second half.

“It was something we thought might have been the case after the game,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen told the newspaper. “But it didn’t seem like it was a major one. … It’s kind of a precautionary deal that we’re going through the whole process to make sure he’s fine.”

What’s scary to McClain is that he isn’t certain how he got hurt or when.

“I’ve been playing for a while and you always take hard hits,” McClain said. “Obviously the doctors saw something. There was a time where I thought, ‘I don’t feel like myself.’

“It’s one of the more scary injuries. With an ankle, you know what’s wrong. When it’s your head, you don’t know. I guess that’s why it’s so important to try to limit some of those things.”

Oakland will play Pittsburgh on Sunday, but for McClain to be on the field with his team, he will have to pass the NFL’s required cognitive tests.

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Tide in the NFL: Ingram scores, Dareus has a sack

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron, right, lays out New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks as the Bucs’ Brandon McDonald (33) looks on. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

Buffalo’s Marcell Dareus (99) celebrates his sack with Jarius Byrd (31) against the Chiefs. (AP photo by Gary Wiepert)

The Buffalo Bills scored a 35-17 win over Kansas City today as the team paid tribute to former Alabama player Marcell Dareus.

Dareus, a second-year defensive tackle, played after traveling to Birmingham this past week to mourn the death of his brother. Dareus’ younger brother, Simeon Gilmore, was one of three people killed during a burglary in Pelham on Sunday.

“He’s going through a rough time, but he felt responsibilities here,” Kyle Williams told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “He always picks our team up and we’re glad that he’s back.”

Dareus played with a shoulder injury, but still had two tackles, a sack and two stops behind the line. Another former Alabama defensive lineman, Mark Anderson, had three tackles for the Bills, including one behind the line.

“The team rallied up around me. This is my release from whatever is going on in the outside world,” Dareus told reporters. “I focused in on the football field and took everything else out of my head.”

For Kansas City, ex-Crimson Tide defensive back Javier Arenas had three tackles, returned three punts for 40 yards and ran back two kickoffs for 40 yards.

They weren’t the only former Alabama standouts to shine today. New Orleans lost 35-27 to Carolina but Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Saints defensive back Roman Harper of Alabama had three tackles.

Arizona beat New England 20-18 as safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle. For the Patriots, linebacker Dont’a Hightower managed five stops, including one behind the line.

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron had 10 tackles and defended two passes, but the Bucs fell 41-34 to the New York Giants.

Philadelphia beat Baltimore as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had a big day. He made seven tackles, one sack for a 13-yard loss and two stops behind the line. In addition, he intercepted a pass, although he didn’t gain any yards on the return. Still, it set up a touchdown.

For the Ravens, linebacker Courtney Upshaw had six tackles, including one behind the line.

Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain had two tackles in Oakland’s 35-13 loss to Miami.

Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain rushed for 19 yards on two carries as San Diego beat Tennessee 38-10. Also for the Chargers, linebacker Jarret Johnson had a tackle.

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Monday NFL games: Upshaw makes a big play in debut

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by Ravens defenders Pernell McPhee, bottom left, and Courtney Upshaw (91). (AP photo by Gail Burton)

San Diego fullback Le’Ron McClain (33) runs for yardage against Oakland. (AP photo by Tony Avelar)

Making his debut for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw of Alabama assisted on a sack Monday night.

In the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 44-13 win over Cincinnati, Upshaw and defensive Pernell McPhee brought down Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a 12-yard loss on fourth-and-15.

Upshaw finished with four tackles. Ravens noseguard Terrence Cody of Alabama made a tackle in the win.

For the Bengals, Andre Smith played offensive tackle. Rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) did not play.

The San Diego Chargers beat Oakland 22-14, as fullback Le’Ron McClain caught four passes for 15. Linebacker Jarret Johnson added five tackles. For the Raiders, linebacker Rolando McClain had five tackles.

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Rolando tries to be more vocal for Raiders

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain (55) during practice. (AP photo by Jeff Chiu)

The Associated Press wrote a story about former Alabama player Rolando McClain and his attempt to make himself more vocal. Here’s the start of the story:

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Rolando McClain is working on making himself more of a vocal presence around the Oakland Raiders defense.

What the Raiders really need is for their former first-round pick to be a more physical presence on the field in his third season in the NFL.

McClain has yet to play up to the lofty billing he received as the eighth overall pick out of Alabama in the 2010 draft. Instead of transforming a struggling defense, McClain has been part of the problems that have held the Raiders back the past two years.

With a new defensive scheme that better suits McClain’s style and a focus on being more vocal, the Raiders are hoping for a breakthrough from McClain this season.

“He’s more of a vocal leader,” safety Michael Huff said. “Before he’s been a leader but a shy, quiet guy who really didn’t want to get on people or do that side of it. Now he’s getting on people, yelling, getting everybody into the huddle, breaking the huddle. … Either you have it or not. I think he has it and he’s bringing it out this year.”

As the defensive signal caller, McClain needs to be vocal to make sure his teammates are in the proper position and know their assignments before every play.

He said he had no problems doing that in college at Alabama when he helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship in 2009, but he said it’s more difficult to do that in the NFL.

“It’s different here. It’s just different,” he said. “You’re not dealing with guys your own age. You’re dealing with grown men. Being a leader is just not about yelling but understanding guys that you’re working with. Different people respond to different things in different ways. It’s figuring out your teammates and how they respond to things to get them to work. It’s still a process.”

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McClain pleads not guilty in municipal court

One of my talented colleagues at The Decatur Daily, Sheryl Marsh, has provided an update on former Alabama standout Rolando McClain’s legal situation, which you can read by clicking here.

In short, McClain waived his right to an arraignment hearing in Morgan County today and and pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges in writing through his attorneys. McClain is in Oakland with the NFL’s Raiders.

He has gone to trial once already in municipal court because of a 2011 incident, gaining a conviction on charges of third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and wrongful discharge of a firearm. He has appealed to circuit court, where he will receive a new trial.

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Ex-Tiders Harper, McClain shine on NFL Saturday

New Orleans Saints defensive back Roman Harper (41) brings down Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44). Harper played at Alabama, while Tate is from Auburn. (AP photo by Gerald Herbert)

Houston Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson (25) blocks New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (19) from the ball. (AP photo by Bill Haber)

Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain continued his strong NFL preseason by making four tackles in Oakland’s 31-20 win over Detroit on Saturday night.

McClain recently received praise from Raiders coach Dennis Allen. According to cbssports.com, Allen said in a radio interview, “A guy I think that has been exceptional has been Rolando McClain. He’s been a guy that has done everything we have asked him to do. He’s smart. He understands the defense and the concepts we are trying to run, and if he continues to improve the way he has been improving and continues to fit within the scheme the way he has done so far, I would expect him to have a good year.”

Three other former Alabama players shined in the Saints’ 34-27 win over the Houston Texans.

For the Saints, Roman Harper had five tackles, while Mark Ingram rushed six times for 19 yards. As he recovers from off-season toe and knee surgery, Ingram has carried the ball 15 times in three preseason games and gained 46 yards.

For the Texans, Kareem Jackson had four tackles.

Ex-Tide defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had a tackle in Buffalo’s 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh. Former Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze matched that for the Steelers. He made a tackle for the Steelers’ kickoff coverage in the fourth quarter.

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How ex-Tide players did in NFL action Friday night

Former Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had a sack in NFL preseason action Friday night.

Dareus’ Bills lost 36-14 to Minnesota, but Dareus got his lone tackle of the game when he sacked Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on the third play of the game. The play lost 3 yards.

Mark Anderson, also with the Bills, had one tackle.

The New Orleans Saints lost 26-24 to Jacksonville as a trio of ex-Tide stars compiled statistics. Mark Ingram rushed five times for 13 yards for the Saints and gained 13 yards with a pass reception. Defensive backs Roman Harper and Marquis Johnson each had one tackle.

For the Tampa Bay Bucs in a 30-7 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Mark Barron and Wallace Gilberry each had one tackle. Barron also was credited with defending one pass. I know that always sounds so silly — as if he only bothered to play defense for one pass play. The stat means he kept one pass from being completed.

In the Baltimore Ravens’ 27-12 loss to Detroit, Chavis Williams had two tackles and Terrence Cody made one.

Oakland (linebacker Rolando McClain) and Arizona (safety Rashad Johnson) played later Friday night. Arizona won 31-27, and Johnson had three tackles while McClain had two.

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Raiders: No word on Rolando punishment

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain before a preseason game Monday against the Dallas Cowboys. (AP photo by Tony Avelar)

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told the San Francisco Chronicle he hasn’t heard from the NFL about any possible punishment for linebacker Rolando McClain, a former Alabama standout.

In May, McClain was convicted in municipal court in Decatur of third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city limits. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but has appealed and will have a jury trial in 2013.

“We’ll be ready for anything they throw at us,” McKenzie told the Chronicle. “It’s one of those things you don’t ask about and you hope for the best.”

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