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September 9, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meet Julio Jones, a 6-foot-4, 222-pound wide receiver for Alabama who can either run over you or run past you, who can block ends and linebackers as easily as he can neutralize a defensive back, and who made an incredible one-handed catch last week that he merely called "in my top five. " So if Penn State doesn't have enough to worry about Saturday night with the Crimson Tide offense, with running back Trent Richardson a more than capable replacement for the injured Mark Ingram, with quarterback Greg McElroy scrambling and passing with equally cool aplomb, now the Nittany Lions encounter a guy with freight train power in a sprinter's body.
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December 2, 2012 | Associated Press
ATLANTA - Alabama is heading back to the national championship game - by a mere 5 yards. AJ McCarron threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3 minutes, 15 seconds remaining, and the No. 2 Crimson Tide barely held off No. 3 Georgia, 32-28, in a Southeastern Conference title game for the ages Saturday. After an apparent game-clinching interception by Alabama was overturned on a video review, Georgia's Aaron Murray completed a 15-yard pass to Arthur Lynch, a 23-yarder to Tavarres King, and a 26-yarder to Lynch, who was hauled down at the Alabama 8 as the clock continued to run. The Bulldogs were out of timeouts.
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March 19, 1990 | By Mark Kram, Daily News Sports Writer
No sooner had Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson praised the effort the Crimson Tide had set forth against Arizona in the NCAA West Regional and called it a "great win," - no sooner had he spoken those words - when someone asked what he planned to do to stop Loyola Marymont on Friday? Shaking his head in wonder at the 149 points Loyola had scored against defending NCAA champion Michigan - and the 260 points it had totaled in two tournament games over the weekend - Sanderson sighed and said, "I hear the guy who was punching the numbers on the scoreboard is soaking his fingers in ice. " Sanderson paused in thought and added: "They are awfully hard to defend.
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March 15, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Ernie Lewis had 26 points, and Billy Donovan added 25 as Providence scored a 90-87 overtime victory over Austin Peay in a second-round Southeast Region game last night in Birmingham, Ala. The Friars (23-8) advanced to the regional semifinals against Alabama on Thursday in Louisville, Ky. Providence used a furious rally over the final 5:52 of regulation to erase a 75-65 lead by the Governors. Donovan had 11 points in a 15-4 run that gave the Friars an 80-79 lead with 2:29 to play.
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June 17, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Sam Bozanich was certain of one thing: he was swinging at the next pitch. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, two outs, a runner on third and a 1-2 count, Bozanich blooped a single into rightfield, driving in the winning run as Alabama beat Rice, 6-5, yesterday in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. "I wasn't going to go down looking, that's for sure," Bozanich said. Alabama (53-15) advanced to a rematch with top-seeded Miami (48-13) today. The Hurricanes won the second-round meeting.
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July 27, 1990 | By Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
A two-week, cross-country crime spree didn't pay for a couple of Alabama jailbreakers. All it got them was a continent of trouble - including kidnap and robbery charges for their alleged stickup last week of two tourists outside a Cherry Hill hotel - and unflattering newspaper stories. Money the men did not make. When the suspects were collared in Boise, Idaho, this week - 12 days after breaking out of jail - one had $22 on him, police said. The other had nothing but lint in his pockets, said Boise Detective Bob Mack.
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November 2, 1987 | By David Hiltbrand, Special to The Inquirer
Ghosts and goblins were banished from the Spectrum on Halloween night by Alabama and two other groups playing the homespun, plain-spoken songs of the South. There were tales of innocent love and busted-up hearts, of truck- driving men and Tennessee women, but none of creatures that go bump in the night. The headliners, Alabama, took the stage after 10 p.m. after a protracted delay. Led by Randy Owen, one of the most charismatic singers in country music, the quartet sashayed through a vigorous and briskly paced set of many hits.
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March 19, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Alabama thought it would have to contend with Missouri's towering twins in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. With one of them suspended, 6-10 center Roy Rogers easily sent the Crimson Tide into the third round. Rogers had 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks last night as Alabama beat the visiting Tigers, 72-49. The Tide advanced to tomorrow night's game at South Carolina, which beat Vanderbilt, 80-70. The winner heads to the tournament semifinals in New York.
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August 18, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Alabama, seeking to lessen penalties levied against it for NCAA rules violations in the football program, began an appeal of the sanctions yesterday as a key figure in the case resigned. In its notice of appeal, Alabama asked that a ban on postseason action this year be lifted and that a third year of penalties, including a loss of nine scholarships, be eliminated. Meanwhile, law professor Tom Jones quit as faculty athletics representative as university officials challenged an NCAA finding accusing him of providing "false and misleading" information.
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July 20, 1996 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The centerpiece of Wednesday night's benefit concert for the John W. Coltrane Cultural Society was the late saxophonist's composition "Alabama," written in 1963 after the deaths of three children in an Alabama church-bombing. Alto saxophonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Rashied Ali intended their reworking of the piece as commentary on the recent destruction of African American churches throughout the South. But while their motive was pure, their execution lacked even a hint of spiritual purpose.
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January 12, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over all those sultry training-camp afternoons in Tuscaloosa, all those midseason practices to prepare for Auburn or Florida or another SEC power, all those pro days for the dozens of prospective draft picks that Alabama produced, Greg McElroy could never get over the way so many NFL scouts listened so closely to Ed Marynowitz. "It was captivating how many people went out of their way not only to say hello, but also talk to him with notepads out," McElroy, who quarterbacked the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2009, said in a phone interview.
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December 31, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO THE moment that college football junkies have been clamoring for, for way too long, finally is coming to a television screen near you: tomorrow's inaugural FBS playoff semifinals. Can there really be a much better way to ring in another year, especially now that the Eagles won't be playing any games that counts for 9 months? It almost reminds you of the old days, when Jan. 1 meant 12 straight hours of matchups that mostly meant everything. Of course, the next 2 years the semis are on Dec. 31, but you get the concept.
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November 26, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SINCE NOBODY in the top seven lost last weekend, there wasn't any movement where it matters in the second-to-last College Football Playoff poll. So if the inaugural four-team playoff field were set today, it would still be Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State. TCU remained in front of Ohio State at No. 5, with Baylor holding on to the seventh spot. Some have speculated that Ohio State might be able to move into fourth should it win out, which would mean winning the Big Ten title game against Minnesota, which it already beat on the road, or Wisconsin.
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November 20, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
MISSISSIPPI STATE, which had been No. 1 in the first three College Football Playoff polls, finally lost on Saturday at Alabama. So you figured there would be some movement in Week 4. And there was. Alabama moved up from fifth to the top spot. It's the first time the Crimson Tide has been in the first four. MSU, meanwhile, slipped to fourth. Which means if the inaugural playoff started tomorrow, the Bulldogs would still be in. And that's all that really matters. Oregon and Florida State, the lone remaining major unbeatens  unbeaten (sorry, Marshall)
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October 29, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
AFTER TODAY'S games, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will make its first rankings, and, on Tuesday night, we fans will get our first inkling at what the four-team playoff system might look like. This is an improvement over the BCS, which chose two teams to play for the national championship, but it simply isn't fair and won't solve the controversy. Let's assume the college football season plays out as like this . . . * Florida State runs the table and wins the ACC playoff and finishes 13-0.
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September 21, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question looms larger than ever on the college football landscape entering Week 4 of the season: Is Jameis Winston a good person, or a knucklehead? The quarterback of top-ranked Florida State has been suspended for Saturday night's game against No. 22 Clemson for making what the university called an "offensive and vulgar" outburst demeaning to women. This is the latest in a series of incidents involving Winston, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, who reportedly is under investigation by the university for an alleged sexual assault.
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September 19, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
SO WHAT DO we know about this Alabama team, really? Well, it's taken three games, but, for starters, we can finally say that Blake Sims is the No. 1 quarterback for the third-ranked Crimson Tide. And you were thinking junior Jake Coker, who transferred in after graduating from Florida State in May, would be AJ McCarron's successor. The same guy who supposedly nearly beat out Jameis Winston for the FSU job in the spring of 2013. But Sims, a senior who was the backup the last two seasons after getting carries as a running back in 2011, apparently wasn't ready to accept that role forever.
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December 10, 2013
WHAT CONTROVERSY? As it has so many times during its much-maligned 16-year run, the BCS managed to sort things out over the closing month of the regular season and, finally, on championship weekend. One by one, all but one of the major unbeatens fell out out of the national-title chase. First it was Baylor, then Alabama. And Saturday night in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis, Ohio State removed whatever gray area remained by losing to Michigan State. Which meant America no longer had to debate whether a one-loss SEC champion should get in over an unbeaten Big Ten champ that had played a more user-friendly schedule.
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December 3, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE SAME RIVALRY that's linked to poisoned trees is now associated with some of the most vile tweets to ever be tapped out on Twitter. We are, of course, talking about Alabama vs. Auburn: the Iron Bowl. In 2010, Alabama fan Harvey Updyke poisoned two oak trees in Toomer's Corner on Auburn's campus after the Crimson Tide beat the Tigers, 28-27. That sicko was caught, jailed and fined. Fast forward to Saturday when Auburn defeated 'Bama, 34-28, in one of the most exciting games ever played.
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December 3, 2013 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
SO, HOW EPIC do you like your finishes? Because considering what was on the line, it just doesn't get any more unforgettable than Saturday's Iron Bowl. In case you're still recovering from Black Friday and haven't caught up yet, fourth-ranked Auburn knocked off No. 1 Alabama, 34-28, on a more-than-length-of-the-field return of a missed field goal on the final play. Nearly three decades to the weekend after Doug Flutie and Gerard Phelan pulled off their magical moment in Miami. Two weeks earlier, also at home, the Tigers had survived against Georgia on a long, tipped desperation pass after blowing a 20-point fourth-quarter lead.
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