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The University of Alabama can add yet another national championship to its collection, and the most recent one was captured by a very special group indeed.

Special Olympics College at UA, which is a Unified Sport student club, recently claimed the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Unified Basketball title, as it defeated Central Michigan 51-43 in Columbus, Ohio to take victory in the division's inaugural title tilt.

Head coach Avery Johnson officially announced on Wednesday the hiring of John Pelphrey as the associate head men’s basketball coach at The University of Alabama. Pelphrey, who brings more than 20 years of assistant and head coaching experience to the Tide, will replace former assistant coach Scott Pospichal.

The addition of Pelphrey on the Crimson Tide bench not only adds someone who boasts multiple years as an assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference (Florida from 1996-2002 and 2011-15), but also brings nine years of head coaching experience (South Alabama from 2002-07 and Arkansas from 2007-11). In all, Pelphrey has spent 14 of his 22 years as a coach in the SEC.               

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Andy Kennedy's Ole Miss basketball team opened its impressive new basketball arena, The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Thursday night, and was looking to break in the new venue in style at the expense of Avery Johnson's Alabama team, in the Southeastern Conference opener for the Crimson Tide.

The Tide, of course, was hoping to spoil the Rebel party, but despite a valiant effort and big nights from seniors Retin Obasohan and Arthur Edwards, Alabama fell short, falling 74-66 to Kennedy's team in front of 9,500 frenzied home fans.

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Are you planning to be in Glendale, Arizona on January 11 to see this year’s College Football Playoff final contest at University of Phoenix Stadium between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers?

If you are and you don’t have the trip planned yet, likely a lot of people given the relatively short turnaround compared to the BCS years, then there is no shortage of options from which to choose. 

 

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In its last non-conference game before entering Southeastern Conference play next week, Avery Johnson's University of Alabama basketball team struggled somewhat in the early going against Robert Jones' Norfolk State team on Saturday, allowing the Spartans to hang around for a half.
But the Crimson Tide (9-3), led by seniors Retin Obasohan and Arthur Edwards, turned it up a notch offensively and defensively in the final 20 minutes on the way to a 68-49 victory in front of 10,884 at Coleman Coliseum.

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Nick Saban's No. 2 Alabama football team is only nine days away from battling Dabo Swinney's No. 1 Clemson Tigers in Glendale, Arizona for the Crimson Tide's 16th national championship.
But Saban and his staff continue to collect possible pieces for future Alabama championship runs.

On Saturday, Alabama's Class of 2016 gained another big commitment in the form of a highly-coveted pass catching target from Georgia.

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By Stan J. Griffin: November 29, 2015

During Sunday's fifth-place game at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fla, it appeared on several occasions down the stretch that Mike Brey's No. 17 Notre Dame basketball team was about to finally put away Avery Johnson's University of Alabama squad.

But a stubborn and resilient Crimson Tide squad would never fold, and the result was back-to-back victories over Top 25 opponents for the first time in  a decade for the UA men's program.

Senior guard Retin Obasohan hit a clutch basket for Alabama with only eight seconds remaining in the contest to put the Tide ahead, and then Johnson's team withstood a last scoring opportunity for the Fighting Irish as it held on for the thrilling 74-73 upset.

Alabama, coming off an equally-pulsating win over No. 20 Wichita State Friday, improved to 4-2 on the season.

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By Stan J. Griffin: November 17, 2015

With several ranked teams going down to defeat this past weekend, this translated into a significant shakeup in the College Football Playoff Poll, with the third poll of the season being announced live on ESPN Tuesday night.

But in terms of the top of the poll, the Top 5 teams in the rankings remained status quo.

Dabo Swinney's undefeated Clemson Tigers remained at No. 1 in the poll after a 37-27 win over Syracuse Saturday. The Tigers are 10-0 and should have an easy time this coming weekend as they battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Some observers speculated that the 9-1 Alabama Crimson Tide might vault to the top spot after defeating a ranked Mississippi State team on the road 31-6 this past weekend, but Nick Saban's team remained No. 2 as it prepares for a home date with FCS member Charleston Southern Saturday.

Urban Meyer's 10-0 Ohio State team, the defending national champions, remained No. 3 after a 28-3 win at Illinois. The Buckeyes host No. 9 Michigan State this week, and Ohio State is currently a 13-point favorite over the Spartans.

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By Stan J. Griffin: November 16, 2015

As the No. 2 Alabama football team steps away from conference play this week for a Saturday battle against Big South Conference opponent Charleston Southern, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban acknowledged Monday that much of the emphasis of this week, as per usual, is improvement in his own team from its last game, a 31-6 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

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By Stan J. Griffin: November 14, 2015

On a day when the No. 2 Alabama football team seemingly could not find any consistent offensive rhythm for the most part, especially in the early going, Nick Saban's Crimson Tide needed something significant to provide a lift as it found itself involved in a gritty affair against Dan Mullen's feisty No. 17 Mississippi State team in Starkville Saturday.
Alabama finally began to find a bit of that offensively and in the special teams department through big plays from Jake Coker, Calvin Ridley, Derrick Henry and Cyrus Jones.

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