Saturday PM basketball coaching search note

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Jonathan Taylor dismissed

Comment from Alabama head coach Nick Saban: “Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team and is no longer a part of our program. This will still need to go through the legal process, but when he was given an opportunity here, it was under strict guidelines and we made it clear there was a zero tolerance policy.”

Day 5 photos

Here are scenes from the fifth day of spring practice.

Alabama baseball falls in series finale with No. 4 Florida

Alabama baseball fell, 7-4, to fourth-ranked Florida in Saturday’s series finale, as the Gators put together a three-run eighth to break a 4-4 tie. With the loss, UF takes the series and the Tide moves to 14-12 on the season, 4-5 in conference play.

Day 5: Quick practice notes

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Alabama baseball splits Friday doubleheader with No. 4 Florida

Alabama baseball split its doubleheader with fourth-ranked Florida on Friday inside McKethan Stadium. The Crimson Tide claimed the game-one victory in extra innings and collected a season-high 18 hits on the way to a 12-9 victory. The Gators would claim game two, 8-1, to end the evening with the two teams poised for a Saturday matchup to decide the series.

Bama putting full court press on Marshall

Alabama's courting of Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall is on. What will it take to land him? See the forum.

Day 4 practice

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Day 4: Quick practice notes

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Prospects expected to visit UA

Several 2016 and 2017 high school prospects are expected to make unofficial visits to Alabama this weekend.

Tennessee star fits the bill at TE

A top priority in the 2016 class is signing at least one big, strong physical tight end. One prospect who fits that description is Oak Ridge, TN standout Darel Middleton. The 6-6, 250-pound Middleton has offers from Alabama, Kentucky South Carolina and Tennessee.

Day 3: Jonathan Allen's post-practice comments

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Day 3: Derrick Henry's post-practice comments

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Day 3: Saban's press conference

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Day 3 photos

Here are scenes from the third day of spring practice.

Day 3: Nick Saban's post-practice comments

The Tide went in full pads today for the first time this spring. Here are Nick Saban's comments about the practice.

Day 3 practice

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TI TV for March 24

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Alabama baseball falls to South Alabama, 3-0

The Crimson Tide were shut out for the first time this season, as Alabama baseball fell, 3-0, to South Alabama on Tuesday evening inside Stanky Field. With the loss, the Tide moves to 13-10 on the year.

Texas LB could see himself at Bama

Jeffrey McCulloch, a standout linebacker at Houston-Davis, had already accumulated 25 offers. But there was still one that he was waiting on.

Tide softball salvages one win; loses series to No. 2 Gators at home

Two top-five softball teams met at Rhoads Stadium for a game and a half Monday afternoon and evening. The day started with the conclusion of game two of the series, which had been suspended by rain over the weekend. The second ranked Gators turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 win in that game, setting the stage for a sweep. But No. 5 Bama, led by a freshman pitcher and a junior All-American outfielder, came through with a 5-1 victory in the evening contest.

Day 2 photos

Here are scenes from the second day of spring practice.

Day 2: Quick practice notes

The Crimsom Tide returned to the practice field today after 10 days off for spring break. Here are some quick notes from the brief media viewing period.

Big RB loves Saban, Tide's tradition

The Tide is recruiting several top running backs, including Devin White of North Webster HS in Springhill, Louisiana. White is a 6-1, 253-pound bruising runner with surprising speed.

Tide baseball snaps No. 5 Aggies win streak

Striving to avoid a three-game series sweep by No. 5 Texas A&M Saturday, the Alabama baseball team did more than that in splitting a doubleheader at the Hoover Met, the Tide's 2015 home away from home. Alabama (13-9, 3-3 SEC) not only salvaged the nightcap with a 6-2 win over the Aggies, but also ended A&M’s 24-game season-opening winning streak.

Bama gymnastics wins SEC again

For the first time in its storied history, Alabama gymnastics won back-to-back Southeastern Conference Championships after Alabama posted a 197.525 to edge LSU by less than a tenth of a point Saturday night in

UA baseball drops game one of doubleheader vs. Texas A&M, 10-5

Alabama carried a 5-3 lead into the top of the eighth, but Texas A&M put together a four-run inning to take its first lead of the game, and held on to secure a 10-5 come-from-behind victory. The loss moves Alabama’s record on the season to 12-9, while the Aggies improve to a perfect 24-0. The Tide will look to avoid the series sweep in the latter half of this afternoon’s doubleheader.

Alabama falls to No. 2 NIT seed Miami, 73-66

Just days after upsetting No. 3 seeded Illinois in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament, the Alabama men’s basketball team fell 73-66 to No. 2 seed Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., to close out its season.

Alabama baseball falls to No. 5 Texas A&M, 4-2

Alabama was outlasted by Texas A&M in a pitchers dual on Friday night inside the Hoover Met, falling to the Aggies by a final score of 4-2. With the score deadlocked at 1-1 through the first six innings, the Aggies used a three-run seventh to take the lead, and hung on to secure a 4-2 victory. With the loss, Alabama falls to 12-8 on the season, while the Texas A&M Aggies continue their perfect season, improving to 23-0.

Spring drills resume on Monday

The Alabama football team practiced on Friday, March 13 and then headed for 10 days of spring break. When the Tide returns to the practice field on Monday, the focus will continue to be on filling holes on both sides of the ball.

Ten who could lead the Tide

Oh, to be a fly on the wall or a bug in the ear of Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle these days. He is in (at least) Day Five of the search to replace terminated men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant, and there is no shortage of candidates. Despite multiple national predictions that Battle will select a young, up-and-coming, mid-major coach, the mantra for this go-round of searches seems to be one unfamiliar to long-time ‘Bama basketball boosters: Go big. At least to start.

Tide in the mix for junior LB

Alabama is looking to upgrade its linebacking talent in the class of 2016. An out-of-state target who recently landed a Tide offer is Elysee Mbem-Bosse, a 6-2, 231-pound standout from Cedar Grove HS in Ellenwood, Georgia.

Tide uses strong first half to dump Illini

That tough loss to Ole Miss in Alabama’s final regular season home game is in the rear view mirror for Alabama seniors Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper. The two combined for 39 points in the Tide’s opening NIT contest, a thorough 79-58 whipping of Illinois. Also in double digits were junior Retin Obasohan with 15 and true freshman Justin Coleman with 10.

TI TV for March 17

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Alabama baseball beats Samford, 8-6

Freshman Jake Walters earned his first career start and excelled in the role, tossing 5.0 innings and striking out a season-high nine batters to lead Alabama baseball to the 8-6 win over Samford on Tuesday evening inside Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. With the victory, Alabama improves to 12-7 on the season.

Basketball notes

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Spanish Fort 2016 LB discusses Alabama offer

It's a strong year for linebackers in Alabama. One of the best is Spanish Fort standout Tre Threat. During an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa last Thursday, Threat picked up an offer from Nick Saban.

Brannen named interim head coach

Alabama athletics director Bill Battle has named John Brannen as interim head coach for the remainder of the Alabama men’s basketball 2014-15 season.

2017 Virginia star honored by Tide's offer

Devon Hunter of Indian River HS in Chesapeake, Virginia is one of the nation's elite sophomores. The 6-2, 210-pound safety has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, among others. Hunter spent this past Friday and Saturday in Tuscaloosa.