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  • Alabama A-Day Game is Saturday

    Brandon Moseley|Apr 1, 2024

    The University of Alabama football team takes the field for A-Day on Saturday. The current Tide players were small children the last time that Alabama played a game without Nick Saban. This will be the first time that will take the field with Kalen DeBoer as the Tide's head coach. A lot of Tide players transferred out after Saban's departure and most of the coaching staff is new to Tuscaloosa. More players have transferred into the program along with 2024 recruits that were able to enter...

  • Troy football game is April 27

    Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2024

    The Troy football team will play their annual T-day spring football game on Saturday April 27 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Trojans are currently in the process of finishing their fourth week of spring football practices. This will be the first opportunity for the Trojan community to view the team coached by new new head coach Gerad Parker. Gerad Parker is an offensive coordinator. He spent his last two seasons at Notre Dame where he was the offensive coordinator his last season. "We are...

  • NFL Draft is tonight

    Brandon Moseley|Apr 1, 2024

    The NFL draft begins on Thursday night with the first round. The second and third rounds will be on Friday. On Saturday the remaining rounds of the draft will be held. The NFL draft has become a major sporting event itself as fans of NFL fans hope that their team's next great player will be found. College fans also watch to see how the NFL views their favorite college players. There are numerous examples of players who were great college players who were not nearly as successful at the pro level...

  • Former Alabama Athletics Director Cecil "Hootie" Ingram has died

    Brandon Moseley|Apr 1, 2024

    On Monday the University of Alabama Athletics Department announced that former University of Alabama Athletics Director and Clemson head football coach Cecil "Hootie" Ingram has died. He was 90. Ingram was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He was a Tuscaloosa native and excelled in athletics. Ingram attended the University of Alabama where he lettered in both football and baseball (1951-54). He played both halfback and defensive back. He had ten interceptions in 1952 to...

  • Auburn A-Day Game is Saturday at 1:00 PM

    Brandon Moseley|Mar 1, 2024

    The Auburn Tigers 2024 football team will be at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday for the annual A-Day game. The game is at 1:00 P.M. and pits Auburn v. Auburn in a battle for playing time next fall and positions on Auburn's 2024 depth chart. Coach Hugh Freeze is back for his second season on the Plains. After a somewhat disappointing 6 and 7 finish in 2023, Freeze has made a lot of changes to his coaching staff. Derrick Nix will be the Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs coach. DJ Durkin...

  • Alabama will have Co-Defensive coordinators for 2024 season

    Brandon Moseley|Feb 1, 2024

    On Monday, University of Alabama head football Coach Kalen DeBoer announced that he will not have one defensive coordinator; but two in 2024. DeBoer announced the decision that he has hired Maurice Linguist and Colin Hitschler to serve as co-defensive coordinators and secondary coaches. "We are excited to have Maurice and Colin join our staff at Alabama," DeBoer said in a statement. "Maurice brings both head coaching experience and an established record of success coaching defensive backs....

  • The Greatest of Our Generation Maybe Any Generation!

    Jan 1, 2024

    The earth shook in the college football world as Nick Saben announced his retirement on January 11. First the stats: At Alabama his record was 201-29 with seven national titles. Saban and Bryant are the only two head coaches to win national titles at different FBS schools. He dominated the SEC with a record of 107-18. He has sent more players to the NFL (123) than any other head coach, those players amassing over $2 billion in player contracts. These stats were not built on money but on a disciplined style of coaching that focused on...

  • A New and Different 2021 Football Season is Dawning

    Stan Hurst|Aug 1, 2021

    We are rapidly approaching a new and different College Football season. Hopefully we will step into a new normal, and will it be mask free? It sure looks like it from my vantage point. We have Coach Saban doing public services announcements encouraging Alabama fans to get the COVID-19 vaccine – we’ll have to see if that prods folk along. This will be the new normal for the foreseeable future. How many SEC fans will get vaccinated so that all the seats will be filled? Make no mistake, this wil...

  • Heisman Who?

    Stan Hurst|Jan 1, 2021

    For the first time in 29 years a receiver has won the coveted Heisman Trophy. With one exception in 1997, Devonta Smith won this most impressive award dominated by quarterbacks and running backs. Devonta Smith – “Smitty” a humble and unassuming Crimson Tide receiver has brought home another award for Coach Saban’s bunch in Tuscaloosa. In is extemporaneous acceptance speech, Devonta gave credit to his family, his friends and supporters at home. His honest assessment of himself, as too small,...

  • New Season, Same Saga Plays Out on the Plains

    Stan Hurst|Nov 1, 2020

    It’s an all too familiar story that’s mushrooming up again at Auburn. The “we need to fire the head coach” anthem is growing stronger each week. For more seasons than I can count, this thing seems to bubble up as the losses pile up. So many times, the blame sees to get focused on the offensive coordinator. So let me see if I can get this straight. During the past four years, Auburn has had four different play callers, offensive coordinators; Rhett Lashley, Kenny Dillingham, Head Coach Gus Mal...

  • The Most Charismatic name in Auburn Football History

    Ed Jones|Jan 1, 2020

    That will not change. He battled cancer for years, continuing to coach until he could not stand up. Pat Sullivan, dead at the age of 69. “The most charismatic name in Auburn football history.” That is what Coach “Shug” Jordan said about Pat Sullivan in 1971. There is no question that this was true in 1971 after Pat won the Heisman Trophy. It is also true today. Even after Bo Jackson and Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy, Pat Sullivan is the name that Auburn people revere over any other. Why is...

  • Spot-on Pre-Season Predictions!

    Ed Jones|Dec 1, 2019

    In the April 2019 edition of the Alabama Gazette, the following article appeared... Ed Jones pre-season predictions...and, boy, were they on target! Take a minute to review what Jones said in April... ALABAMA There is no controversy this year in Tuscaloosa as to who the quarterback will be. Tua Tagovailoa will be at Alabama at least one more year. The runner up for the Heisman trophy is well entrenched as the Alabama quarterback for 2019. The real problem at quarterback is who will be Tua’s b...

  • 2019 PROJECTIONS VERSUS REALITY

    Ed Jones|Nov 1, 2019

    As the last five weeks of the college football season unfolds, let’s look at my pre-season projections for 2019. My choice of Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan and Clemson was looking good until Michigan lost its second game to Penn State 28-21 on October 26. Their chance of getting back is zero. Also there was quite a surprise on the same day when mediocre Kansas State beat Oklahoma 48-41. With one loss, Oklahoma can climb back into the top four by winning out, and by getting help from Ohio State a...

  • THE ROAD AHEAD

    Ed Jones|Oct 1, 2019

    No other state in America has two football teams ranked in the top ten this year. Alabama has reclaimed number one as Clemson came within one play of losing to North Carolina on September 28th. At press time, Auburn is holding on to the number seven spot with a road trip to Gainesville staring them in the face. Florida is number eight and should be a slight favorite. Prior to the season, I wrote that Alabama would be favored in every game in 2019. I also wrote that Auburn would be underdogs in...

  • TOP 50 PROJECTIONS FOR 2019

    Ed Jones|Sep 1, 2019

    These 2019 projections are based on schedule difficulty, final regular season record and position that national polls will place each team at the end of the regular season. For the first time in 40 years of making these pre-season projections, there are no teams in the top 50 projected to finish 7-5. The reason seems to be that, this year, the schedule of the best teams are not as difficult as normal. You can contact me after the season to criticize or congratulate. I have experienced both. 1....

  • MUCH ADO ABOUT MALZAHN

    Ed Jones|Aug 1, 2019

    Auburn is heading into the seventh season under Coach Gus Malzahn. Over the last six years, no coach in America has been under scrutiny as much as Malzahn. Some of this just comes with the territory. Most of it comes from the Auburn fan base made up of alumni and faithful supporters of the Auburn football program. Some of it comes from sports writers who have never worn a jockey strap. All of it is detrimental to the success of the program under the direction of Gus Malzahn. Not all of it is...

  • SEC AT A GLANCE

    Ed Jones|Jul 1, 2019

    Another football season is bearing down on us again. To me, it seems as if I watched the “beat down” that Clemson put on Alabama in the national championship game last month. This year my non-football months were more interesting than before, due to the success of the Auburn basketball program and the Auburn baseball team. For the first time in my life I have watched almost all of the NCAA Baseball Tournament to see who will be national champion. The College World Series ended on Wednesday, Jun...

  • Who's It Gonna Be?

    Ed Jones|Apr 1, 2019

    ALABAMA There is no controversy this year in Tuscaloosa as to who the quarterback will be. Tua Tagovailoa will be at Alabama at least one more year. The runner up for the Heisman trophy is well entrenched as the Alabama quarterback for 2019. The real problem at quarterback is who will be Tua’s backup. Mac Jones, a 6’- 2”, 205 lb. sophomore was number three last year. Gone is the multi-talented Jalen Hurts. He will be vying for the Heisman as the quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners, who have...

  • What I Don't Like About Football

    Ed Jones|Mar 1, 2019

    This column will be devoted to the many things that I don’t like about modern day football. As addicted as I am to the sport, there are certain trends that do not enhance the game of football. Even worse, these trends are in some cases very bad for football. Most football fans do not see those trends, or care about their impact on the game. However, as a traditionalist, they are an abomination to me. What is so frustrating is that there is little that can be done about them now. When you make e...

  • The Playoff

    Ed Jones|Feb 1, 2019

    While the national championship in college football is still on our minds, it seemed to be a good time to discuss the pros and cons of our current playoff system, and the possibility of an eight team playoff system. First off, the four team playoff has been highly successful pitting the four best teams against each other to determine the national championship on the field rather than subjectively voting on a champion. In each of the six playoffs, the number one team and the number two team has...

  • Tigers Roll Tide Clemson 44- Alabama 16

    Ed Jones|Jan 1, 2019

    The magic is gone. Tua Tagovailoa is human after all. Coach Dabo Swinney had his Clemson Tigers so prepared for The National Championship Game with Alabama, there was nothing Nick Saban could do that would stem the onslaught of the Clemson defense. Alabama had the football inside the red zone enough times in this game to have won it. But, the inept play selections and the adept Clemson defense turned the Tide away over and over again. Meanwhile, freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence did his...

  • Perfection in Crimson?

    Ed Jones|Dec 1, 2018

    Alabama has had a special season so far, even measured by Alabama standards. They started the season ranked number one and have maintained the ranking every week of the 2018 season. If the Tide can beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, win two games in the four team national championship playoff, it will accomplish a feat that not many teams have been able to do. They will have gone through the entire season from start to finish ranked number one. They also will be 15-0, a record that has...

  • $49M...Really?

    Ed Jones|Nov 1, 2018

    There has been a resistance on my part to address my concerns about the Auburn football program under Gus Malzahn. One of the reasons for that is my belief that he is a good man with a good family. He has the best interests of his players foremost in his program. Malzahn has done well in recruiting, flirting with the top 10 each year. He has worked diligently and tirelessly to take the Auburn football program to the heights desired by the alumni, the fan base, former players and the...

  • Eligibility Chaos

    Ed Jones|Oct 1, 2018

    Since Auburn first played Georgia in 1892, there have been many changes in the way the game of football is played. Many rule changes have been instituted since that time. Technics of playing the game have been altered as well. For example, blocking technics today would have brought down wrath from my coaches in the 50’s. Use of the helmet has been taken out of the game except for serving as protection for the offensive player mostly. The NCAA has morphed into a cumbersome monolithic rule make bo...

  • TOP 50 in 2018...and Ed's Projections Of Where They Could Finish Up!

    Ed Jones|Sep 1, 2018

    Never in my forty years of doing pre-season projections on how the top college football teams will finish their regular season, have I seen how the scene looks this year. Seven teams have a good chance to finish undefeated. As far as I can remember this has never happened and it is not really expected in 2018. Some of these teams will have a bad game and drop out of the undefeated category. Clemson has the best avenue to an undefeated season because of their schedule. The Tigers play at Texas...

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