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Alabama, LSU have both offered a scholarship to 8th-grader Dylan Moses

Dylan-Moses-AlabamaEventually, doctors in the maternity ward are going to be asking college coaches like Nick Saban and Les Miles to give mothers a little space when their sons are coming out of the womb. Yes, that’s an exaggeration. But how young is too young for an athlete to be recruited to play a sport in college? For many coaches, the answer to that question is younger than 13 years old.

On Saturday, the defending national champion Crimson Tide extended a scholarship offer to an eight-grader from Baton Rouge named Dylan Moses. If you feel as though Saban should not be offering children who are that young a scholarship, you have an even bigger bone to pick with Miles. Moses received an offer from LSU last summer.

“For Dylan, excitement spilled over,” the boy’s father, Edward Moses Jr., said according to ESPN.com. “When he heard those words from Coach [Nick] Saban, ‘We’re offering you,’ you could see him light up. It was shocking because we were going in thinking we were just going to get a tour of what Alabama has to offer.

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Charles Barkley pokes fun at Alabama football for arrests (Video)

Charles-Barkley-muggedAs you probably know, Charles Barkley went to Auburn. Like most other Tigers, he is not very fond of Alabama. Barkley is also one of the most outspoken television analysts in sports, which is why it comes as no surprise that he wore a bandage and put fake blood on his head on the set of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Thursday night to poke fun at the recent Alabama player arrests.

“Ernie, you’re not gonna believe this,” Barkley said to co-host Ernie Johnson. “Being the Auburn guy that I am, I wanted to be first class. I went down to the University of Alabama to congratulate the Crimson Tide on winning a BCS Championship and I got mugged. I got mugged in Tuscaloosa, Ernie, and my credit cards are missing.”

Barkley was then told to “leave the kids alone” by his colleagues.

“Oh it’s my fault they buggin’ people?” he replied.

While the charade was simply Chuck being Chuck, the incident hardly seems like a laughing matter. As the student who was reportedly “badly beaten” by four Bama players told The Crimson White, the mugging was allegedly violent and excessive. Nevertheless, we don’t expect Charles to be able to resist.

Hey, it’s probably not the worst thing he’s said since becoming an analyst.

Reuben Foster dresses as Nick Saban while signing Alabama letter of intent (Picture)

Reuben Foster has officially signed his letter of intent with Alabama. Most of you have probably heard of the five-star linebacker recruit from Auburn (Ala.) High School. Foster is the dude who committed to Alabama last July before switching his commitment to Auburn and getting this tattoo to prove it. It turns out that getting the ink was a bit of a rash decision, as Foster later decommitted from Auburn and went back to — you guessed it — Alabama.

On Wednesday morning, Foster made it clear that he is excited to play for Nick Saban next season by dressing up like the three-time SEC Coach of The Year.

Saban typically comes across as a pretty serious guy, so Foster must already be pretty comfortable with him to go down that road. Five-star recruits can probably get away with a little more than the average high school player.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday

Nick Saban uses Michael Jordan quote to inspire Alabama

Nick Saban, Nick Saban AlabamaWhat does a wildly successful college football coach like Nick Saban, who has won three national championships and has a chance for a fourth, use to motivate his football team? The inspiring words of one of the best athletes of all time — Michael Jordan, of course.

Saban has Bama playing in the BCS National Championship Game for the second year in a row. In order to keep his team focused for the title game, he shared a quote from Jordan, who was not satisfied with winning just one championship.

“We show our team a video of Michael Jordan talking about making the game-winning shot,” Saban said, via ESPN. “It doesn’t matter how many game-winning shots he’s made in the past. The only one that matters is the one he’s about to take.

“That’s the whole deal. Can you focus on the next shot? You’re so zeroed in on the next shot that you don’t have time to think about the other ones. You really don’t.”

Jordan of course finished with six NBA championships and is considered to be the best player of all time. Saban is up there among the best college coaches of all time.

Saban is often asked how he remains motivated despite having so much success. His answer is simple — he tries to forgot about what’s happened in the past and always thinks about the future, just like the MJ quote. As Saban says, it’s human nature to be satisfied, but he won’t allow that for himself. In other words, he’s a machine just like we all figured. We’ll see on Monday how well he managed to get his team focused for this title game. I’m expecting him to take home his fourth championship, and what would be his third in the last four seasons.

Jimmy Clausen has a ‘Catholics vs. Cousins’ BCS Championship shirt (Picture)

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Jimmy Clausen is already prepared to watch his alma mater Notre Dame take on Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game next month. He has his shirt picked out and everything.

On Monday, Clausen tweeted a photo of the classy shirt you see above, which described the big game as a battle between the “Catholics” and the “Cousins.” If you don’t understand the reference, you’re probably not old enough to be reading even our family-friendly blog. Apparently the shirt offended enough people, because Clausen later pulled the tweet and sent the following apology:

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Alabama governor Robert Bentley criticizes Crimson Tide’s playcalling

After suffering a stunning upset loss at home to Texas A&M last weekend, Alabama has likely erased its national championship hopes for the 2012 season. As you may know, the people of Alabama take their football kind of seriously. Fans have not reacted well to the loss to the Aggies. Neither has the governor of Alabama.

Earlier this week, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was asked if he would have run the ball when it was on the 2-yard during what turned out to be the final drive against Texas A&M.

“I would actually have run the ball for four straight times,” he said as the room erupted with laughter, via AL.com.

You can hear the audio of the comment by clicking here. As the kid who spazzed out while playing “Call of Duty” during the loss would tell you, there are a lot of people who believe Nick Saban should have simply run the ball four times when it was 1st-and-goal with plenty of time left on the clock. Alabama instead called for pass plays on 3rd and 4th down — the first of which resulted in a scramble for a few yards and the second a game-ending interception.

Had A.J. McCarron thrown a game-winning touchdown pass on 4th down, Saban would have been praised for making a gutsy call that worked to perfection. Now that it didn’t work out, even the governor has something to say about it. Such is life in SEC country.

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Steve Spurrier believes Alabama could beat some NFL teams

Here we go again. All throughout last year’s college basketball season, we had to hear about how Kentucky was such a great team that they could probably beat some of the NBA’s weakest teams. Now, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is raising a similar discussion with Alabama.

During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Spurrier said he believes Alabama could beat a few teams in the NFL.

“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said. “I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there, that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favored by a little bit.”

According to several those oddsmakers, Spurrier couldn’t be more wrong. Our friend R.J. Bell of Pregame.com said the consensus among Vegas oddsmakers is that Alabama would be a 24-point underdog if it played the Jacksonville Jaguars (currently the NFL’s worst team) on a neutral field. To give you some perspective, the same oddsmakers said they would be a six-point favorite against Oregon, a 10-point favorite against Kansas State and a 13-point favorite against Notre Dame.

The leap between collegiate athletics to any professional sport is always a massive one, and Spurrier likely knows that and is simply trying playing mind games. Charles Barkley may have believed there were at least two NBA teams Kentucky could have beaten last year, but we tend to side with people like this NBA star in thinking there’s no way that would happen. The same is true of football.

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