Quick Friday morning coaching notes

Here are two quuck notes on Tide coaching vacancies.

Thursday morning rundown of coaching possibilities

Nick Saban continues the process of filling vacancies on the Bama staff. Saban has four spots to fill on offensive side. Former Atlanta Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is expected to be named to one of those spots soon. On defense, after speculation for nearly a week that DC/OLB coach Tosh Lupoi would leave for the NFL, reports emerged last night that Lupoi had accepted a spot on the Cleveland Browns staff. Here is a rundown of some of the possibilities to fill the open spots.

TI discusses Bama staff changes

Rodney joined hosts John Longshore and Barry McKnight on WMSP in Montgomery on Thursday morning to discuss the latest on Bama's coaching staff changes. Here is that interview.

Tide hoops gets big road win at Missouri

Needing a win in the worst way after Saturdayís disaster at home, Alabamaís basketball team turned to the unlikeliest of heroes. Avery Johnson Jr. scored a season-high 14 points off the bench to lead his team to an SEC road win in Columbia, Mo. Final score: Alabama 70, Missouri 60.

Jones expected to stay at Bama

TI posted this morning that Butch Jones, who served as an offensive analyst at Alabama last season, had not accepted a role on the staff at Maryland under Mike Locksley as some reports had previously indicated. As we noted, sources told TI on Wednesday night that Jones was in Tuscaloosa and working in the football complex. Sources told us that Jones was expected to be offered a spot on the Tide staff in some capacity.

Jalen Hurts transferring to Oklahoma

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has announced his decision to transfer to Oklahoma. Hurts decided on the Sooners over Maryland and Miami. As a graduate transfer, Hurts will be immediately eligible to play for Oklahoma next season. Here is a farewell letter Hurts penned to the Alabama family.

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Quick note on Tide OL coaching search

Nick Saban has been interviewing OL coaching candidates to replace the departed Brent Key. Among those who have interviewed this week is Atlanta Falcons OL coach Kyle Flood.

TI on Bama's search for assistants & more

Rodney joined host Gary Harris on Tide 102.9 in Tuscaloosa to discuss the latest on Alabama football.

Missouri predictions

Make your predictions before the start of the men's basketball game at Missouri Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

Johnson knows team must improve

Alabama basketball Coach Avery Johnson knows his team must get better, and soon. The Crimson Tide (10-5, 1-2 SEC) faces a pair of tough road games this week beginning Wednesday night in Columbia, Mo against the Tigers, who are 9-5, 0-2. Here are snippets of Johnsonís comments during Mondayís SEC Basketball Teleconference.

Quick weekend recap

Seven Tide underclassmen have announced early departures for the NFL. Nick Saban continues to search for replacements for four vacancies on his offensive staff.

Coaching notes

Here are some notes on the Tide's search for offensive assistants.

Another buzzer-beater dooms Tide

Thrice this year an Alabama basketball game has come down to the final buzzer. Kentucky missed. Georgia State and Texas A&M didnít. And thatís why Avery Johnsonís Crimson Tide is now 10-5, 1-2 SEC.

Johnson knows Tide will be challenged by Aggies

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas A&M Aggies will square off at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday in Tuscaloosa in the first of two games to be played between the teams this season. Coach Avery Johnson knows the Aggie hoops program well. His son Avery Jr. spent a year on the team in College Station before transferring to Bama. Johnson knows that Coach Billy Kennedyís team is much better than its record.

Texas A&M predictions

Make your predictions before the start of the men's basketball game against Texas A&M Saturday afternoon at 2:30.

Enos leaving Tide staff

After just one season as QB coach, Dan Enos has reportedly accepted the OC job at the University of Miami. Speculation had been that Enos was the primary candidate to replace the departed Mike Locksley as Bama's OC. With the departure of Enos, Nick Saban now has four vacancies (at least three of those on offense) to fill on his staff.

Audio of Saban's Friday press conference

Four Bama underclassmen announced their intentions to enter the NFL draft at a press conference this morning. Three juniors -- tight end Irv Smith, offensive tackle Jonah Williams and running back Josh Jacobs -- joined redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Quinnen Williams in making decisions to depart for the NFL.

Coaching departures no surprise

None of the departures from the Alabama coaching staff since Monday's national championship game has been a major surprise.