Tuscaloosa is buzzing with all sorts of notable news surrounding the Alabama Crimson Tide athletics. Basketball teams are looking to finish their SEC game plans strong and are gearing up for the postseason in just over a month. Around the same time, spring training for the Alabama football team begins.
Alabama men’s basketball is up to No. 2 in the country and remains undefeated in SEC play. The Tide is riding an eight-game winning streak and enjoying its highest finish in 20 years. Alabama will host Mississippi State on Wednesday night before traveling to Norman on Saturday to face Oklahoma in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge (more on the Sooners later).
The women’s basketball team fell Monday to undefeated and fourth-ranked LSU to end Tide’s three-game winning streak. The team hopes to get back on track Thursday night in Arkansas before welcoming top-ranked South Carolina to Tuscaloosa on Sunday.
The Lady Crimson Tide is in the midst of a brutal period in her schedule but is still struggling and sits in the top half of the SEC rankings.
Alabama Crimson Tide Football: 2023 is the pressure
After a long period without updates on the Alabama coordinator’s situation, Bill O’Brien was officially hired by the New England Patriots Tuesday morning, meaning the Alabama OC position is finally vacant.
With Pete Golding in Oxford, Mississippi, the position of defense coordinator of Alabama remains vacant. Coach Nick Saban has kept the search fairly calm.
It feels like Saban needs a home run attitude at both coordinator spots. Alabama football hasn’t looked like itself lately, failing to win a national championship in the past two seasons.
The national media is starting to write off Coach Saban and Alabama (once again), but the fanbase is hoping for a comeback season and a return to the norm.
On the Alabama Crimson Tide & Jalen Hurts
Jalen Hurts is an Alabama quarterback through and through. His demeanor is perhaps closer to Nick Saban’s than any other player in the Saban era. Hurts has always done things right and is the ultimate winner.
He performed like a consummate professional during his time in Alabama and continues to do so today. Hurt’s tenure at Bama saw him at the top of the world and also saw him withstand trials that would cause the vast majority of college football players to quit.
Over the weekend, Jalen Hurts became the first former Alabama quarterback to win an NFL playoff game since Richard Todd in 1983, sparking a mindless debate over whether or not Alabama fans can actually “claim” him.
Though he’s also an Oklahoma product to some extent, Hurts went 26-2 as a starter for the Crimson Tide and came off the bench to help Alabama win the 2018 SEC championship game. He played a huge part in Alabama football history under coach Nick Saban, and the fact that he eventually made the move doesn’t erase that history.
Other former Alabama Crimson Tide football players still in the playoffs include Devonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles WR), Landon Dickerson (Philadelphia Eagles G), Josh Jobe (Philadelphia Eagles CB), and Jonah Williams (Cincinnati Bengals OT).
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