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    Published on 03-23-2014 02:21 AM
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    It was the Crimson Tide's 8th conference championships, following titles won in 1988, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2011

    The No. 4 ranked Alabama gymnastics team used a huge final rotation at the Southeastern Conference Championships held in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday night to win its eighth SEC Championship.
    "This one, this one is about the ring," an elated Sarah Patterson told the gathered media after her team lifted the trophy.


    Alabama scored a 197.875 in front of a raucous crowd of 8,256 in the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center to push past No. 1 Florida, which scored a 197.700. No. 2 ranked LSU was third with a 197.325 and No. 6 Georgia took fourth with a 197.150.

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    Published on 02-07-2014 01:12 AM
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    Depth and Flexibility Give the Crimson Tide a Versatile Lineup in 2014

    With such a rich history in only 17 years as a program, the list of accomplishments left to tackle for Alabama softball grows smaller each year. The 2013 season, however, was a major first for the program: defending a national championship. Looking objectively, 2013 was another successful season for the Tide. Alabama boasted four All-Americans, three All-SEC honorees and earned a 15th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. But, in the end, an early exit from the SEC Tournament and defeat at the hands of Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional prevented a proper title defense.


    “We had so many new people in major positions last year,” says Patrick Murphy, who enters his 16th season as Alabama’s head coach in 2014. “I’m not sure everyone realized, but in certain situations they had to be the person who delivered when we needed it. I think it took them a while to get used to that.”

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    by Published on 02-04-2014 11:59 AM
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    We're less than 24 hour away from National Signing Day, 2014. With the announcements we're going to see a number of articles from different sites discussing the players, the schools, and how these new signees should impact each team.

    Each of these articles are bound to reference a "recruiting site," and use their individual star systems to describe the talent of each player. While there are more than four sites who publish rankings, the top four in the industry are Scout, Rivals, ESPN, and 247 Sports—who also offers a composite ranking which uses rankings from publications they describe as "the major media recruiting services." (Who they use hasn't been published.)

    If there is one thing consistent, it's the inconsistency of the ratings. There's no better example than a player Alabama was recruiting this year; Matt Elam.

    Elam was ranked by the four (five including the composite) as follows:

    • Scout - 3 star
    • Rivals - 4 star
    • 247 - 5 star
    • ESPN - not ranked in their top 300.
    • 247 Composite - 4 star.

    How do these services arrive at their rankings? Here's a quick look at each service, the pro's and con's of what they offer, and how the come about ranking individual players.
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    by Published on 01-15-2014 03:22 AM
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    I don't think anyone will disagree with the notion UK is, and has been, the "bell cow" of the conference. Yet, here we are halfway through January and the Wildcats have one win over an NCAA tourney team; Louisville. It really doesn't get any easier to UK to improve their standing with two games against UF and one against Mizzou.

    Duke squeaks by Virginia to start the week. If they had lost that game do you realize what Duke and UNC's record would be against ACC opponents? 1-6. North Carolina sitting at the bottom of the ACC at 0-3? 0 and 3?!?!

    Indiana fans storm the court after a win over Wisconsin? (Look at the banners in the rafters Hoosier fans...you're better than that.)
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    by Published on 12-29-2013 08:03 AM
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    If you've followed the computer rankings of the BCS you are certainly familiar with the name Richard Billingsley.

    For those who aren't familiar with his rankings or methods Billingsley does use a computer formula but is careful to point out he's neither a computer geek or a mathematician—he say's "I'm just a football fan."

    The main components in the formula are: Won-Loss Records, Opponent Strength (based on the opponent’s record, rating, and rank), with a strong emphasis on the most recent performance. Very minor consideration is also given to the site of the game, and defensive scoring performance.

    His rankings, a part of the College Football Research Center, are in its 44th year tracking statistical data regarding college football. Alabama's recent success has moved the program past Ohio State and Michigan in its rankings over the past few seasons.

    How close is the program to catch current #1, Notre Dame? Here's more on the 2013 rankings:
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