Taking a shot

For former Alabama golfer Bobby Wyatt, the oldest course in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, holds a special significance. It’s under the pines of this course where the two-time national champion, three-time SEC champion and reigning individual SEC champion got his start in the sport.

Reed wins annual US scholar-athlete award

University of Alabama track and field athlete Hayden Reed may have two more years of NCAA eligibility, but the redshirt sophomore has already accomplished more than most.

Changes to targeting foul, other rule changes for the 2014 football season

HOOVER - SEC Coordinator of officials Steve Shaw appeared before assembled media on day three of SEC Media Days to clarify a number of rule changes and points of emphasis for the upcoming season.

Shaw explained two major rule changes for the 2014 season, both tied to player safety.

University of Alabama names new associate provosts

Kevin Whitaker and Patricia Sobecky were appointed as associate provosts for academic affairs, while Jennifer Greer was appointed as associate provost for administration.

The Power of Patterson

For the first time in nearly four decades, Sarah Patterson is not the coach of the University of Alabama gymnastics team.

Facing dual knee replacement surgeries, the 36-year coach stepped down Tuesday, July 15 after 1,006 wins, 43 postseason championships, eight SEC team championships and six NCAA National Championships.

“After much thought and prayer, and after much consultation with Athletics Director Bill Battle and our President, Dr. Judy Bonner, I have decided to step down from the only job I have ever known since graduating from college,” Patterson said in a UA release. “This is something I have tried to postpone, but through ongoing consultation with my physicians, it has become evident that surgery to replace both knees is necessary. My physician shared with me that it will be a year or more before I am back to a normal lifestyle.”

Patterson retires with NCAA records of 29 regional championships, 27 national top-4 finishes, 22 top-3 finishes and 20 Super Six appearances. Under her guidance, 73 athletes were named scholastic All-Americans, eight were given the Honda Award for top women’s gymnast in the nation and, most recently, Kim Jacob was awarded the Honda Cup for top female collegiate student-athlete.


Fire college to be renovated

After serving Alabama for more than 75 years, the Alabama Fire College is undergoing renovations that total almost $2.5 million dollars to better serve the community and enhance its learning experience.

According to its catalog and student handbook, the Alabama Fire College staff implement the educational and training programs necessary to support the needs of the fire service.

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Saban, players hushed on starting quarterback

For months, the buzz around Florida State transfer quarterback Jacob Coker has been building. Coker's former coach and current Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told TideSports.com in June that Coker might be the most talented quarterback in Alabama's recent history.

"Including what they've had, he's much more talented than anything they've had," Fisher said. "I don't mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind."

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Mother Funk continues performing while writing material for new album

From taking the stage to working on a second album, Mother Funk, a band made up of University of Alabama students, is keeping busy.

“We will be releasing a single by the end of the year," said Josh Ferrell, guitarist and vocalist. "We are still writing material because we want our second album to be longer, and that’s where our efforts are right now.”

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Israel loses moral high ground in attacks against Gaza

Over the past week, something has happened in Israel that seems all too familiar. Armed conflict, sparked by rockets being launched from Gaza into Israel, has broken out once again. As it goes on, regular news watchers are being treated to an ever growing – and very revealing – body count.

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