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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

All content by Zachary Al-Khateeb

Hard work is the key to success

April 24, 2013

So, here we are. You know, I’ve wondered for quite some time what I would write about when it came time for me to write this – my final column for The Crimson White. It’s funny. Now that I’m...

Build your all-time Nick Saban Alabama squad to pass time until football season

April 23, 2013

Spring training has come and gone, and once again it’s got me in the mood for college football. Unfortunately, we have a whole summer before that comes around, so here’s something to give you something...

A new wave of Tide coaches

April 19, 2013

This spring, along with the usual process of replacing departed players, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was tasked with the added difficulty of replacing five coaches on his staff. Saban was able to...

Tide poised for even bigger year offensively

April 19, 2013

During the Nick Saban era at Alabama, one thing has always been constant with the offense: The Tide’s main point of attack comes from a dominant offensive line and punishing runs from powerful running...

Next year’s offense could be greatest Nick Saban has put together for Tide

April 16, 2013

As Alabama progresses further and further into its spring training, I’ve noticed something: This Alabama offense is looking to be the most explosive one yet under head coach Nick Saban. Considering...

Key to Alabama’s success not difficult to figure out, leave past behind, look forward

April 11, 2013

It happens every year, or at least at Alabama. The Tide has come off yet another successful campaign under the guidance of head coach Nick Saban, and everyone’s pondering how the Tide will outdo itself...

Bill Battle, former Tide player and Tennessee head coach, recommended for athletic director position

March 21, 2013

University of Alabama President Judy Bonner announced today she will recommend to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees approval of hiring of Bill Battle as athletic director. The announcement comes on...

Crimson Tide suits up for first full-contact practice

March 21, 2013

The University of Alabama football team had its first practice in full pads Wednesday, the team’s third overall of the spring. Head coach Nick Saban said he was pleased with the way his team has been...

Former 28-year-old MLB player among nine football early enrollees looking to make impact

March 13, 2013

Nine of the players in The University of Alabama football team’s top-ranked recruiting class – seven on scholarship – enrolled early, taking an extra semester to learn the playbook and gel...

Nick Saban fills 5 open positions in offseason

March 11, 2013

Every year, head coach Nick Saban is faced with the task of recruiting talent to replace what he loses to the NFL draft and graduations. The success of the program during the 2012 championship season...

Tide softball team ready for talented Gators squad

March 6, 2013

The No. 1 Alabama softball team is ready to face its biggest opponent of the season to date when the No. 4 Florida Gators travel to Rhoads Stadium to take on the Tide Wednesday. The 22-1 Gators are far...

Crimson Tide focuses on Rebels 3 senior stars

Crimson Tide focuses on Rebels’ 3 senior stars

March 5, 2013

In spite of a discouraging loss to the Florida Gators Saturday, The University of Alabama men’s basketball team is still prepping for its game against the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels...

After tournament victories, softball team to face first ranked team Wednesday

March 4, 2013

The University of Alabama softball team added another impressive string of victories to its résumé over the weekend by beating the St. John’s Red Storm and the Iowa State Cyclones twice in the Easton...

NCAA rule changes could drastically change recruiting

February 28, 2013

In college football, some of the most common violations, both major and minor, revolve around recruiting. Coaches are severely limited in their contact availability with recruits, and must document every...

Alabama, LSU both offer 8th grader scholarship money to play for their team in 2017

February 28, 2013

As much as I’m a fan of college football, every once in a while a story pops up that just makes me shake my head in disbelief, whether for good or bad. Sometimes, a story is simply so unbelievable,...

To start a new win streak, Crimson Tide must avoid negative mindset after loss

February 26, 2013

Anyone who has ever participated in athletic competition knows teams often follow trends. Teams seem to ride highs and lows, but rarely have an “average” part of a season. Those kinds of trends can...

Alabama struggled in road win against UAB

February 20, 2013

The No. 1 Alabama softball team beat the 6-4 UAB Blazers 8-4 on the road to advance to 11-0 on the season Tuesday. Despite the win, the Tide struggled over its in-state rivals. Alabama opened up the...

Baseball team has chance to redeem itself after ‘dismal’ season last year

February 18, 2013

Even though The University of Alabama will always be considered a “football school,” there are some sports that will always hold a special place in the hearts of Alabama fans, and fans of sports in...

Tide set to play 10th straight out-of-state game

February 14, 2013

The University of Alabama softball team will travel to Fort Myers, Fla., to play in the Florida Gulf Coast University/LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tournament Friday. The three-day tournament will see Alabama...

Following rare back-to-back losses, coming weeks will show Tide’s true mettle

February 11, 2013

For the first time in a long time, The University of Alabama gymnastics team has looked human, even vulnerable. After all, head coach Sarah Patterson and company are coming off losses in consecutive weeks...

Alabama softball team prepares for 2013 season

February 7, 2013

Months after finally winning the program’s first national title, the Alabama softball team is ready to begin its run at another title in 2013. The Tide’s road to another national title begins Friday,...

Crimson Tide football: rich gets richer as Tide wins another recruiting national championship

February 7, 2013

Could it get any better for the Alabama football team? That’s not a rhetorical question. Alabama has seen a streak of success unlike any before seen – at least in recent memory. And yet, it seems every...

Despite success, Traina looking to improve in 3rd year

February 7, 2013

Not many softball players around the nation can boast the type of success Alabama ace pitcher Jackie Traina had in 2012. Traina achieved a laundry list of historic accomplishments for Alabama last season,...

Murphy, team looking to make new identity in 2013

February 5, 2013

Last summer, the Alabama softball team made history by winning the team’s first national championship in softball, making it only second team east of the Mississippi River to win to do so since Michigan...

Head coach Anthony Grant’s team needs more consistency to be successful

January 29, 2013

I’m sure everyone has seen or at least heard of the no call as Alabama fell to Tennessee Saturday. While the circumstances of the Tide’s loss stings for the fans, Alabama shouldn’t have been put...

Football’s over, but spring sports keep UA cheering

January 23, 2013

Another football season has come and gone, and the Alabama Crimson Tide is once again on top of it. But while Saturday’s parade marked the culmination of another historic football season, it also marked...

Bama fans turn out en masse to celebrate the Tides championship victory

Bama fans turn out en masse to celebrate the Tide’s championship victory

January 22, 2013

Click here to see video of the parade. If it wasn’t official before, it is now. Fireworks lit the air, confetti rained down on the team as if they were in Miami, Fla., and Alabama head coach Nick...

Tide caps off season with parade, celebration

January 19, 2013

If it wasn’t official before, it was now. Fireworks lit the air, confetti rained down on the team as if they were in Miami, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban once again hoisted the crystal trophy as...

State of Alabama’s stranglehold on college football will not likely end soon

January 16, 2013

As I sat and watched the Alabama Crimson Tide absolutely crush the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to win its 15th overall championship in school history, I realized something. The state of Alabama has an absolute...

Tide will manage in 2013 despite loss of talent

Tide will manage in 2013 despite loss of talent

January 14, 2013

With the early departures of running back Eddie Lacy, corner back Dee Milliner and right tackle D.J. Fluker to the NFL Draft, the Alabama Crimson Tide is now tasked with the unenviable business of finding...

Mosley leads Tide defense, will return for senior season

January 9, 2013

Alabama junior linebacker C.J. Mosley stood front and center on the podium. Battle-worn and weary, C.J. didn’t even look excited as he hoisted the crystal trophy above his head, celebrating Alabama’s...

Cochran mentors, motivates Tide players

January 9, 2013

Reporters were milling around Sun Life Stadium, casually chatting up Alabama players and coaches during media days as they prepared for the upcoming national championship game. The game was only two days...

Jones assesses ‘big picture,’ reflects on time here

January 9, 2013

In college football, many guidelines exist to determine the success of an individual during his tenure at school: how well he played, what he meant to his team, number of individual awards, number of wins,...

Lacy, Mosley run away as Most Outstanding Players in title game

Lacy, Mosley run away as Most Outstanding Players in title game

January 8, 2013

The Alabama football team (13-1) has once again placed itself as the pinnacle of all college football. The Crimson Tide absolutely dismantled No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-14 to place itself there....

Golson young, not inexperienced heading into BCS game

Golson young, not inexperienced heading into BCS game

January 4, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Heading into the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, many players on the Notre Dame team will need to elevate their level of play against Alabama: wide receiver TJ Jones,...

Notre Dame’s Te’o more than just elite player

Notre Dame’s Te’o more than just elite player

January 3, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense, which ranks as one of the best in college football this season, got that way by its swarming, suffocating style of play. It ranks at or...

Orange Bowl representative talks bowl game logistics

Orange Bowl representative talks bowl game logistics

January 3, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As the BCS national championship game inches closer, fans of both teams are able to see the pageantry and excitement surrounding the game. However, a lot of time and work has...

Alabama’s impact on college football second to none

January 2, 2013

Editor’s Note: The Crimson White teamed up with The Observer, the student newspaper at the University of Notre Dame, to discuss whether Alabama or Notre Dame has a better football tradition. Here, The...

Alabama Crimson Tide has a chance to make history again

December 5, 2012

The Alabama football team has certainly done a number on the history books this year. The Crimson Tide has been doing it all year. It all began with the Tide’s first game of the season against the Michigan...

Bulldogs show great skill, ill luck

December 3, 2012

The Alabama football team was on top of the world. The Crimson Tide had just survived to win the Southeastern Conference Championship against the Georgia Bulldogs, winning an instant classic, 32-28. The...

Atlanta offered more than SEC Championship Game – nightlife

December 3, 2012

After Alabama’s thrilling 32-28 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, the Georgia Dome transformed from a battle field to one of the biggest parties in Atlanta....

Alabama, Georgia make for the greatest SEC Championship game ever

December 1, 2012

Five yards. That was the difference between Alabama going to its third national title in four years, and Georgia usurping the Crimson Tide as the No. 2 team in the nation. Of course, Alabama came away...

Saban discusses progression of team, keys to SEC Championship

November 30, 2012

A day before the biggest game of his players’ season, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is still reflecting on the progress his team has made to earn a spot in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game....

UGA, Alabama similar on both offense, defense

November 28, 2012

As the biggest game of the year in the Southeastern Conference approaches, many fans and pundits of the game have noticed how Alabama and Georgia are so strikingly similar to one another. Indeed, both...

Auburn in midst of historically down season

November 21, 2012

With Alabama’s 49-0 drubbing of the Western Carolina Catamounts Saturday, the stage is now set for the Crimson Tide to take on the Auburn Tigers in what is now the most important game of the season in...

Why Alabama fans should be thankful for Saban, Yeldon, offensive line, Stanford

November 20, 2012

It’s Thanksgiving week, and so in the spirit of the holidays, I believe now would be a good time to take a look at this football season and reflect on what Alabama fans should truly be thankful for this...

Bama still has to beat Auburn, UGA

November 19, 2012

A few weeks ago, I made the argument that Alabama had to finish its season undefeated to make the national championship game. And, not long after, when Texas A&M beat the Tide at home, I found myself noting...

Saban, team responding well to loss in practice

November 15, 2012

After Alabama’s game against the Texas A&M Aggies, the freshmen on the team experienced something they’d never seen before at the Capstone: a loss. For Alabama head coach Nick Saban, it was imperative...

Loss to Aggies will show Crimson Tide’s true colors

November 13, 2012

In 1964, the Texas Longhorns, the No. 1 team in the nation and defending AP college football champions, held a sign in their locker room that read, “They say what goes up must come down – but who says...

Hoping for another miracle

Hoping for another miracle

November 12, 2012

The stunning upset of the No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies over the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide shook up the BCS rankings Saturday, moving Alabama out of the prime position for a spot in the BCS title game. The...

Texas A&M marks final true test for Crimson Tide

November 7, 2012

Unbelievable. Heart-stopping. Improbable. Incredible. Amazing. Any and all of these words provide a pretty clear picture of the type of game Alabama played against LSU Saturday. It was one of those kinds...

Saban, team prepare for explosive pass rush

November 1, 2012

As one of the biggest college football games of the year inches closer, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is making sure his team stays grounded, rather than getting caught up in the hype of the game. For...

Member of 92 championship team returns for degree

Member of ’92 championship team returns for degree

October 31, 2012

Former Alabama linebacker Andre Royal, who was a sophomore on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team, is returning to The University of Alabama to finish his degree in January, 18 years after his...

Alabama-LSU rivalry demands attention of college football as a whole

October 31, 2012

It’s finally that time of year. No explanation necessary. Any Alabama football fan – indeed, any fan of college football at all – knows this is LSU week, the one week circled for Nick Saban and...

Crimson Tide flexes muscles against MSU, proves to be in league of its own

Crimson Tide flexes muscles against MSU, proves to be in league of its own

October 29, 2012

If you were to ask any random college football fan on the street what conference the Alabama Crimson Tide played in, you’d probably get the answer of “the Southeastern Conference.” And, while that’s...

Mississippi State no longer just an SEC punching bag

October 26, 2012

In the world of college football, some names are synonymous with the idea of traditional powerhouse programs: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, USC and Alabama, to name a few. Mississippi State, however, is not one...

Bama remains focused on hungry Mississippi State

October 25, 2012

For Alabama head coach Nick Saban, each week is the same as the last. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the game, or the talent level of the opposition, only one thing matters: the way his own...

Alabama must remain undefeated to make it to championship

October 24, 2012

As of right now, Alabama is having what could potentially be a season for the ages. It’s destroying opponents and is well underway to what could be an unbelievable second-consecutive national championship...

Family Feud: father, son to face off for first time Saturday

October 18, 2012

Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri is 6 feet tall and weighs 215 pounds. At that size, there’s just not much that can shake him up. But the defensive leader is venturing into unfamiliar territory as he prepares...

Bama needs to play at full potential to beat UT

October 17, 2012

Another week has come and gone, and with it another victory for the Crimson Tide. Although a few injuries and a little damp weather stalled what was otherwise a well-oiled machine in Alabama, the Tide...

Despite mid-game drop-off, Tide wins convincingly over Missouri

Despite mid-game drop-off, Tide wins convincingly over Missouri

October 13, 2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s message to his team heading into Saturday’s game against the Missouri Tigers was that it provided a fresh start to the season. And, for most of the...

Alabama set for trip to new SEC opponent Missouri

October 11, 2012

For Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Saturday’s game against the Missouri Tigers will present his team with something it hasn’t had all season: a fresh start. The No. 1 Crimson Tide, coming off a bye...

In retrospect, Alabama’s early week off was for the best

October 10, 2012

Wow. That’s really all I can say after a weekend full of college football upsets. Just wow. Throughout the weekend, there was a litany of monumental upsets that left many thinking their team would have...

Flying high

September 28, 2012

Gone are the days when Alabama could be considered a team whose biggest offensive threat lies in the running game. That’s because, so far this year, Alabama’s commitment to creating a more balanced...

Tide focused on Ole Miss

Tide focused on Ole Miss

September 27, 2012

Alabama head coach Nick Saban had an interesting message for his team in preparation for the upcoming Ole Miss game Saturday. Saban has talked constantly to his team about overlooking opponents, regardless...

Alabama wins even in defeat, works to maintain standard

September 26, 2012

Watching Alabama’s home game against the Florida Atlantic Owls Saturday revealed a lot about the tenacity, talent and attitude of the Tide. First and foremost, Alabama again proved that it is easily...

Crimson Tide shows improvement in passing rushing

Crimson Tide shows improvement in passing rushing

September 20, 2012

The Alabama defense has been making steady improvements in many aspects of its game throughout the season in pass coverage, run defense and forcing turnovers. Two areas the Tide has shown particular...

Alabama still has a long way to go before it reaches its potential

September 19, 2012

What did I tell you? This time last week, I said not to worry about the way Alabama played against Western Kentucky. That it was merely having an off week, and it would recuperate to play lights out against...

Tide not paying attention to Arkansas loss to ULM

September 13, 2012

If the Alabama football team was able to take any lesson away from its game against Western Kentucky on Saturday, it’s that it can’t afford not to play up to its standards, regardless of the opponent....

Tide fans shouldn’t jump ship too early

September 12, 2012

For those Bama fans who watched Alabama play Western Kentucky this weekend, let me say this: don’t start panicking about the way the Tide played – at least not yet. Sure, the defense played tentatively...

Saban, team not overlooking Kentucky Hilltoppers

Saban, team not overlooking Kentucky Hilltoppers

September 5, 2012

Despite Alabama’s dominant performance over the Michigan Wolverines Saturday, head coach Nick Saban is stressing to his team not to buy into the hype or look past the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. “There’s...

Just another dominant day for Alabama

September 4, 2012

Another opening weekend of football has come and gone and offered Alabama fans a brief glimpse of what the future may hold for the football team. If you happened to miss that hyped-up match against Michigan...

Unsatisfied with last year’s 11-2 season, Michigan head coach sets eyes on Big Ten championship

August 31, 2012

When Brady Hoke was announced as the 19th head coach of the University of Michigan football team, everyone knew he’d have a lot to deal with in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hoke was taking over for recently-departed...

The drought is over

August 29, 2012

It’s back. It’s finally, finally back. For months we’ve waited, although it felt more like eons to me, for the return of football. And so it has returned. Not pro football, not high school football,...

Sunseri: Johnson earned his position

Sunseri: Johnson earned his position

August 29, 2012

Amid all the hype of the upcoming Alabama-Michigan game Saturday, one storyline has been popping up since Alabama released its two-deep depth chart Tuesday: senior walk-on Kelly Johnson being named the...

SEC coaches sound off on a playoff system

August 22, 2012

There has been tons of speculation pointing the Southeastern Conference’s run of six straight national championships as the No. 1 reason college football will be moving towards a playoff system in 2014....

Can this year live up to 2011?

August 21, 2012

Welcome back. I hope y’all have had a great summer and are as ready for the upcoming athletic year as I am. For those of you who are unaware, we’re coming off one of the most outstanding years, at...

For brief period, not just Alabama anymore

August 1, 2012

For weeks, I knew exactly where I was going to be at 7 p.m. on the night of July 27, 2012: sitting squarely on my couch in my living room and watching the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic...

Saban, Tide focus on avoiding 2010 mistakes

Saban, Tide focus on avoiding 2010 mistakes

July 25, 2012

For Alabama head coach Nick Saban, this year’s message to his team is the same as ever: play to a standard, rather than to win. This year, however, Saban’s message has an added wrinkle to it. That...

Arkansas ready to compete despite offseason distractions

July 18, 2012

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith has a lot to be excited about. He has a new job, the team he’s coaching, and the players that comprise that team. But what he’s most excited about is something that...

Mark Ingram holds youth football camp at Tuscaloosa County

Mark Ingram holds youth football camp at Tuscaloosa County

July 18, 2012

During the NFL offseason, former Alabama running back Mark Ingram has completely recovered from a turf toe injury that sidelined the Saints’ first-round pick in his first year. His quarterback, Drew...

A preview of the 2012 Southeastern Conference

July 11, 2012

The Southeastern Conference Media Days are set to begin for Tuesday, and the conference has a lot to discuss. Will the implementation of a playoff system in 2014 hurt the SEC’s chances of winning more...

GameStop’s midnight release of game draws crowd

July 11, 2012

The GameStop in Midtown Village was a little busier than usual Monday night as the store released the newest version of the highly acclaimed video game series NCAA Football 2013 at midnight. Roughly...

Alabama fans ready for NCAA Football ’13 game

July 3, 2012

College football fans across the nation will be able to satisfy their college football thirst Tuesday, July 10 with the release of NCAA Football 2013. The game has kept some of the game modes that helped...

SEC basketball coaches discuss summer rule changes, recruits

SEC basketball coaches discuss summer rule changes, recruits

June 27, 2012

The Southeastern Conference held its annual summer teleconference on Monday, and basketball coaches discussed topics ranging from new recruiting rules to incoming recruits. One of the main topics discussed...

Alabama athletics continue hauling in recruits

June 20, 2012

The Alabama football team has continued its fast pace on the recruiting trail heading into the summer. Since the commitment of four-star defensive end Jonathan Allen in late May, Alabama has added another...

Recent Alabama success could be continued over future althetic seasons

June 20, 2012

If this year has served any purpose for Alabama fans, other than offering a chance to witness four national championships, it’s made the Alabama faithful even more excited for the upcoming academic year....

Nick’s Kids fund helps rebuild Alberta City

Nick’s Kids fund helps rebuild Alberta City

June 13, 2012

The Nick’s Kids Fund, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has raised roughly $800,000 to be used to rebuild homes in Alberta City in the wake of the April 27 tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa in...

From T-Town to ‘Title Town’: Athletics excel beyond Saban’s football program

June 6, 2012

Late in the spring semester, I wrote a column about how the athletics program at Alabama is not only among the best in the nation, but a part of our lives, culture and identity as students at the University....

Crimson Tide brings momentum into nationals

Crimson Tide brings momentum into nationals

May 30, 2012

The University of Alabama men’s golf team is set to start the NCAA Championships Tuesday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Alabama, ranked as the No. 2 team by Golfweek, enters the six-day tournament coming...

Alabama baseball wins season finale, 6-4

May 19, 2012

The Alabama baseball team won its season finale Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs, 6-4. With the win, Alabama improved to 21-34 on the season, its worst record since 1994. Georgia jumped onto the...

Tide baseball defeats Bulldogs on walk-off double, 8-7

May 6, 2012

The Alabama baseball team avoided being swept by the Mississippi State Bulldogs with an 8-7 victory on Sunday. With the win, Alabama improved to 18-30 overall and 7-17 in the Southeastern Conference. ...

Football team helps Tuscaloosa recover

April 27, 2012

The Alabama football team has made numerous contributions in the recovery efforts of Tuscaloosa in the aftermath of the April 27 tornado. Immediately following the tornado, many of the football players...

Tide turns to Traina

April 25, 2012

Every sport at Alabama has its go-to player. For football, it was Trent Richardson; for basketball, JaMychal Green; for gymnastics, Geralen Stack-Eaton and Ashley Priess. For the softball team, that player...

An editor’s take on A-Day

April 16, 2012

Another A-Day has come and gone, answering some questions and raising a few that weren’t there before. I saw a lot of good things from the team Saturday, and I saw some things that caused some concern....

Yeldon runs away with MVP title at A-Day

Yeldon runs away with MVP title at A-Day

April 16, 2012

In the Alabama Crimson Tide’s annual A-Day game Saturday, freshman running back T.J. Yeldon proved Alabama still has some talent in the backfield after the departure of Trent Richardson. In front of...

White team wins steak dinner, A-Day 24-15

April 14, 2012

The Alabama football team wrapped up its spring training Saturday with its annual A-Day game in front of 78,526 fans. The White team, led by the first-team defense, defeated the Crimson team, led by the...

A-day draws large crowd with Saban at the helm

A-day draws large crowd with Saban at the helm

April 12, 2012

Head coach Nick Saban is known for the success he’s achieved for the Alabama football team: He’s helped the Tide win two national championships, coached numerous All-Americans and even coached the...

If the Tide were the X-Men

April 12, 2012

I’ve been thinking. With all the excitement surrounding the upcoming A-Day game this Saturday, it seems like a lot of the fans have hyped up the players as much as they can. Not to say there’s anything...

Athletics power the University

April 5, 2012

You know, everyone talks about it, but it really is amazing to see how big of a role athletics play in the identity of the University of Alabama. For anyone who may have missed it, a report was recently...

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