26 - 23! Now What? The heady high of Alabama's thrilling win in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game is fading. A little. Saban proved he's The Coaching Master by daring to pull Tua off the bench to recalibrate the team. Jalen brought them to the championship game; Tua took them to the win. They are two unbelievably, talented young men.
Fans are excited for the team and the upcoming football season. Happily, the National Championship can't hurt in attracting top tier players on National Signing Day - February 7. Five juniors have declared for the NFL draft so far, and they will need to be replaced (reloaded). Saban & staff are still adjusting to the new recruiting schedule after the early signing period in December.
It was rumored that Waddle was the wide receiving priority for the Tide this cycle. And, it's easy to see why. He's small — just 5'10", but the word "dynamic" doesn't do justice to how versatile and explosive Jaylen is . . . SB Nation
Like the quarterback position, all of Alabama's tight ends are returning for the 2018 season, including the team's two starters and Miller Forristall . . . 247Sports
With the hybrid and nickel fronts of the modern defenses that Saban has begun to deploy, there's a thin distinction between defensive linemen and outside linebackers . . . SB Nation
Alabama will have its first major junior day event this coming weekend for the Class of 2019 and select Class of 2020 recruits. A good amount of the team's top targets in the 2019 class are expected to be on campus . . . Atlanta Journal-Constitution
MLB Spring Training games begin on Friday and several former Crimson Tide players are camping in Florida and Arizona . . . SB Nation
A small army of NFL personnel will gather in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in two weeks to observe the Crimson Tide contingent hoping to land on an NFL roster this offseason . . . 247Sports
Alabama will host East Carolina grad transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew this weekend . . . 247Sports
(Podcast) Nick Saban's secret weapon that will make Alabama even better in 2018 . . . SEC Country
"We had him in a camp last summer and we've recruited him for a long time," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He's got great quickness and change of direction and run after catch (ability) . . . Mobile Press-Register
Will Sexton play? "Yes, at this time we anticipate that," Johnson said . . . 247Sports
Freshman guard Collin Sexton led the Tide with 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 2 of 4 from beyond the arc . . . SEC Country
Alabama's Quanetria "NeNe" Bolton has played in 120 basketball games over her four-year career. Thursday's contest against No. 19 Georgia will be her last in Coleman Coliseum, but don't expect too much sentiment from the 6-foot forward . . . Crimson White
Even shorthanded with just seven scholarship players available, No. 12 Auburn's furious 3-point barrage, efficient rebounding and timely turnovers dealt a sloppy Alabama team a 90-71 defeat . . . Dothan Eagle
Harper went blow for blow with Alabama's Collin Sexton during No. 12 Auburn's 90-71 win against the Tide at Auburn Arena . . . Mobile Press-Register
The Tide looks to rebound at home on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks . . . SB Nation
"The ladies just never lost their grit, their fight, their focus," Alabama coach Dana Duckworth said . . . SEC Country
Alabama's No. 10 softball team picked up a top-10 win on the opening day of the Bama Bash . . . Birmingham News
Alabama is 5-0 in the games Callaway has started. She had Sunday afternoon off against Baylor as a regular rest day, the lone game Alabama has lost . . . Crimson White
In addition to Muschamp at South Carolina, Georgia coach Kirby Smart, new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher are just some examples of the league's propensity to pursue Saban's assistants . . . SEC Country
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