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Rashaan Evans signs with Alabama, stuns Auburn fans

Rashaan Evans, one of the most followed recruits in the Auburn/Alabama national signing day rivalry, committed to Alabama on Wednesday. The five-star outside linebacker and top-ranked player at his position is from Auburn and attends Auburn High School, which made the Tigers the favorite to land him. Instead, Nick Saban stole another one.

Evans will almost certainly emerge as public enemy No. 1 for Auburn fans after signing day. As Eye on College Football pointed out, Auburn seemed confident Evans was going to pick his hometown school up until he made his decision. The image you see below appeared on Auburn’s athletics website before Evans announced his decision.

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Auburn also uploaded Evans’ highlight video to their Youtube account.

Did Saban’s dance moves seal the deal for Evans? A video of the Tide coach doing the “Electric Slide” went viral last month, and it appeared to be uploaded by Evans’ brother. That man has some unorthodox recruiting tactics.

Alabama players have poster reminding them of losses above their lockers

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Alabama cost itself a shot at the BCS National Championship by losing to Auburn on one of the most incredible endings to a game that you will ever witness. The Crimson Tide still managed to claim a spot in the Sugar Bowl, but they embarrassed themselves by losing 45-31 to Oklahoma. On the positive side, Nick Saban now has something to use as motivation for his players.

A poster is currently hanging above every player’s locker in the Alabama locker room that reads as follows:

“If you continue to do the same thing you have always done, you will get the same result. Guaranteed. 0-2″

Alabama actually finished the season 11-2, but the final two games of the season were losses. Last year, the Tide won the National Championship. Despite achieving their ultimate goal, Saban still chose to hang little Texas A&M logos around the weight room to remind the team that they were not perfect. Back-to-back losses to end the season makes it that much easier.

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Oklahoma Red Cross takes shot at Alabama after Sugar Bowl

Red-CrossIt seems like almost everyone outside of the state of Alabama enjoyed the beating Oklahoma put on the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night. The two-time defending national champions were dominated 45-31, and even the Red Cross decided to get in on the fun.

As AL.com’s Mark Heim pointed out, the Red Cross of Oklahoma sent out a hilarious tweet after the game. The tweet was later deleted, but not after it received more than 400 retweets.

The Sooners entered the game as a 17-point underdog, so you can understand why the victory was so gratifying for the people of Oklahoma. Heck, even collegiate athletes who have nothing to do with Oklahoma got a good chuckle out of AJ McCarron’s turnovers. The Red Cross of Oklahoma followed up with a few tweets supporting the state of Alabama.

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The complete Alabama hater’s schadenfreude Sugar Bowl recap

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The Sugar Bowl was a great game for anyone who’s an Alabama hater. The Crimson Tide lost 45-31 to the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday despite being huge favorites.

Oklahoma led for most of the game and proved that they were the better team. For those who are sick of Bama’s success, this game was full of awesome moments of schadenfreude.

Below we have compiled some of those moments.

Here is Nick Saban blowing a gasket in the fourth quarter when his defense couldn’t stop Oklahoma:

Here’s Saban doing the walk of shame to midfield after the loss:

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Auburn returns missed field goal for touchdown to beat Alabama (Video)

No. 4 Auburn defeated No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in a game that featured one of the most incredible endings in college football history. With the game tied 28-28 and 0:01 remaining, Alabama attempted a 57-yard field goal that would have won the game in regulation. The kick came up short and was returned for a touchdown.

Auburn defensive back Chris Davis caught the field goal attempt several yards deep in the end zone and took off up the left sideline. The most amazing part about the play was that it seemed like Nick Saban didn’t even tell his players to be prepared for the possibility of a return. Davis got one or two good blocks and had nothing but green in front of him after that.

As you might expect, Alabama fans were left in disbelief as their chances of a third-straight national championship all but evaporated on such an improbable play.

Auburn will face the winner of the South Carolina-Missouri game in the SEC Championship and now has a chance to earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game. Saban will undoubtedly second guess his decision to attempt such a long field goal rather than playing it safe and heading to overtime.

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Also make sure you listen to the amazing Auburn radio call of the ending.

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Alabama suspends 20 student organizations from reserved seats

Nick SabanWhen Nick Saban urged Alabama fans to stop leaving games before their conclusion earlier this week, he was not messing around. The university really wants students to start filling the stands from the first quarter through the fourth. The student organizations who have not been doing that recently had their block seating privileges suspended.

According to AL.com’s Melissa Brown, 20 of 36 sections that are typically reserved for student organizations have been opened up to the general student body for Saturday’s game against Tennessee. The sanctions were handed down after the university reviewed the mass exodus of students from Bryant-Denny Stadium in the second half of some recent games. Any student who had a ticket to the game can still attend, but there will not be reserved seats for those 20 sections.

“I talk about the players playing for 60 minutes of the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game,” Saban said earlier this week. “I think that some kind of way, everybody that chooses to go to the game, you should stay there and support the team for the game. Maybe if you’re not interested in doing that, you should let somebody else go who would like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go.”

The Student Organization Seating Handbook lists “excessive tardiness or early departure” from games as “unacceptable behavior.” Any organization that is levied with three offenses throughout the course of a season is banned from applying for block seating the following season.

As Saban previously mentioned, one of the reasons the school wants to see the stadium as full as possible for 60 minutes is to impress recruits who might be in attendance. It’s one thing for a head coach to bicker about a lack of support. Suspending seat blocks proves just how seriously Saban and the Crimson Tide take the issue.

This dog is way more prepared for the Alabama-Texas A&M game than you

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College football fans are anxiously awaiting Saturday’s matchup between defending champion Alabama and Texas A&M. Last season, Johnny Manziel and company handed the Crimson Tide their only loss of the season with a shocking upset in Tuscaloosa. This year, there is a poodle who doesn’t plan to allow history to repeat itself.

Who would do something like this to their dog? The same type of people who would pledge their allegiance to their favorite team with a misspelled tattoo — that’s who.

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