Can't freakin wait man. A-Day is going to be awesome. Haha. I'm going to say this over and over again until it gets here.
Not too much going on today. John Parker Wilson is helping out his draft status. So is Rashad Johnson.
Andre Smith, on the other hand, just looks like a damn idiot. CNBC estimates he could lose around $24 MILLION because of his performance at the combine. He's not only fallen out of the top 5...he's fallen off some peoples' boards completely. I gotta admit, I think a lot of this has to do with the backlash from Coach Saban and his staff. Andre did them wrong, and stuff like that has a way of biting you in the rear eventually.
The basketball team beat Mississippi St on Saturday 87-85 on double overtime. Yeah. Unbelievable, right? Alonzo Gee had 28 points and 10 rebounds. It's kinda crazy. 2 of the last 3 games against Mississippi State have gone to overtime. I guess that's what this is going to turn into. And I'm all about it.
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It's been WAAAY too long, so today should be a rather large update. I'm gonna try and cover as much as I can. Updates should be a more common occurrence now that I've gotten a lot of other things out of the way.
We'll start with a few personal things. I lucked out and got 3rd row tickets for Death Cab for Cutie at the Orpheum. Great band. You should definitely check them out if you haven't heard them. The show's sold out, so no go on tickets anymore, but go listen to the band. It's sooooothing. Relaxes me, man.
My band has a lot of stuff going on. For anybody that's new to this site, yes, I am in a rock n roll band. Head on over to myspace.com/prosevere to check out what all we've got going on. We're working on some dates in Alabama, so we'll see where they go from here. If you've got anywhere you'd like us to play, just send me an e-mail and we'll try to make it happen.
I've been listening to quite a few new bands as of late, so here's my list. I may completely and totally rip off Todd and Nico over at RollBamaRoll and start doing a random 10 because of how crazy my tastes have gotten. First up, if you're a fan of old school outlaw country - you know, sad songs and drugs (haha) - then you need to check out Jamey Johnson. Best songwriter I've heard in a while. Sounds just like Waylon Jennings. Great tunes. I'd recomment In Color and High Cost of Livin'. Next up, I've absolutely fallen in love with this band. They're like the poppiest pop and the heaviest heavy that I've heard in a while, all rolled up into one. Check out A Day to Remember. And next, if you like amazing vocals, go check out Emarosa. Their singer has the most perfect vocals I've heard on somebody in a long long time. Great music.
Ok, now on to Alabama sports. Haha.
What Coach Saban and his staff did with this recruiting class was nothing but spectacular. The #1 recruiting class in the country for the 2nd year straight. I think I'll take that. There are kids in this class that can come in and help out immediately. As I said before, this class, mixed with last year's, are the ones that national championships are built on. Not only do we have great coaching that understands what it takes to win football games (run the football and stop the run), but we also have the talent to be able to do that.
Now, we're already looking ahead to the 2010 class, and there are some big names out there. We've already secured two commitments with WR Keiwone Malone from Memphis, TN and RB/FB Jalston Fowler from Mobile. Notice these are the two areas that Lance Thompson pinpointed. Anyway, there's been a lot of crap coming out about whether or not Coach Saban commited a recruiting violation with Malone in Memphis. It's all bogus, and Ian talks about it here.
I really really think that Star Jackson is going to get some serious playing time at QB this year. Don't be surprised to see a 2 quarterback system. If you watched Coach Saban at LSU, he had no problem with playing different quarterbacks in a game. Now, I'm not sure if he's backed off of that because it wasn't as successful as he would have wanted it to be, but he definitely did use it in the past. McElroy is our most experienced player at the position, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's the best. We'll just have to see what happens. Spring should be very interesting.
The spring practice schedule has been announced:
Practice #1 - Monday, March 23 Practice #2 - Wednesday, March 25 Practice #3 - Friday, March 27 Practice #4 - Saturday, March 28 Practice #5 - Monday, March 30 Practice #6 - Wednesday, April 1 Practice #7 - Friday, April 3 Practice #8 - Saturday, April 4 Practice #9 - Monday, April 6 Practice #10 - Wednesday, April 8 Practice #11 - Friday, April 10 Practice #12 - Saturday, April 11 Practice #13 - Monday, April 13 Practice #14 - Wednesday, April 15 A-Day - Saturday, April 18 (2 p.m.)
Scrimmages will be on Saturday, April 4th and April 11th, according to Ian. I hope this year is as beautiful as the past two years for A-Day, cause I'm gonna enjoy myself down there.
As far as this pitiful excuse for a basketball program...I am not too sure what direction we're going for a new head coach. All signs point to Mike Anderson at Missouri, but I don't believe he would leave such a good situation out there to come back to a struggling program. Our best bet may be Anthony Grant, or another mid-major coach.
But...again, everything I'm hearing is showing that Mal Moore is going after the best of the best to make this program top notch. So we'll have to see what happens with this. Do they want to put that much money in a program that doesn't bring in that much revenue?
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I should be able to get more updating done now that I've got a lot of stuff out of the way! Hope everyone has been doing well during the DREADFUL basketball season. Haha.
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I'll have a nice lil article about Lane Kiffin's trials at UT, along with our recruiting class, etc, in the next day or two. This has been an interesting time...I'll tell ya that. Haha.
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The day started off on a bad note, with Bobbie Massie choosing to go to Ole Miss instead of Bama. I really wanted this kid. 6'8" 325lbs offensive lineman, and he just looks like a beast. I really think, though, that we're going to work out just fine with Fluker and Carpenter. :-) We've got some big ol' boys in this class that should keep us just fine across the offensive and defensive lines.
Dre's announcement was pretty entertaining. That Texas hat "ain't got no swagger to it." So was Richardson's. I'm pretty sure it was obvious that he was signing with Alabama once everyone saw his family walk in with their Alabama gear on, and AJ McCarron and DJ Fluker were standing to the side.
This class and last year's class are the ones that national championships are built on. Just on the offensive side of the ball alone, we have AJ, DJ, Julio, and Trent. 4 players that could all end up as All-Americans. AJ needs some work, but I could see him being the leader of that group.
It's gonna be a fun few years in Tuscaloosa, my friends.
First off, Greg Reid committed to Florida St last night. But rumors are that he's still technically on the board. He told his friends, etc, that he was going to Bama, but flopped at the last minute. He has not signed as of this morning.
Next, here are the kids that have signed with us, either enrolling early or signing this morning:
Michael Bowman Kellen Williams Mike Marrow Nico Johnson Chris Bonds Anthony Orr Anthony Steen DJ Fluker Jonathan Atchinson
There will be MANY more as the day goes along, so keep your eyes peeled. The biggest ones we're looking for are the following:
Feb. 4th Barkevious Mingo- 8:30am Janzen Jackson- 9am Patrick Patterson- 9am Bobby Massie- 9:30am Darren Myles- 9:45am (ESPNU) Tana Patrick- 10am Brandon Moore- 11am Eddie Lacy- 11am Marsalis Teague- 12pm Rueben Randle- 12pm Kendall Kelly- 1:53pm (ESPNU) Dre Kirkpatrick- 2:03pm (ESPNU) Trent Richardson- 4pm
Thanks to the TideSports board for the list. I'll be updating as we go along and then I'll post my thoughts on the final list probably tomorrow morning. Hope you guys have a great signing day!
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