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    JessN: DeBoer's first season begins with a post-spring exam

    DeBoer’s first season begins with a post-spring exam by Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Kalen DeBoer’s first spring practice at Alabama is in the books. There are some minor transfer portal-related items to clean up over the summer, but for the most part the Alabama program is in a...
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    JessN: A-Day wrap-up: Changing of the guard, but how much change in the product?

    I thought Lonergan was the most consistent but as I mentioned, he was also going against 2s/3s the whole day, whereas Milroe and Simpson had to work against the 1s or a mix of the two. I was pleased with all three top guys, and Mack got better as the day went along. He was a baby giraffe for...
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    2024 (very preliminary) depth chart, as they (mostly) played at A-Day

    I would have no problem flipping them but we did play Smith outside some yesterday and that's what gave me pause. I think we have 3-4 guys who will end up flexing between both spots -- Latham, Overton, Smith -- depending on the personnel grouping. Also, I don't always get 'em right but I...
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    2024 (very preliminary) depth chart, as they (mostly) played at A-Day

    Here's how the depth chart looks after A-Day ... this includes players who were injured, and also includes one lineman in particular who wasn't in a Bama jersey Saturday: X 5-Germie Bernard, Jr. 18-Caleb Odom, Fr. 24-Emmanuel Henderson, Jr. Z (14-Jalen Hale, So., INJURED) 6-Kobe Prentice, Jr...
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    JessN: A-Day wrap-up: Changing of the guard, but how much change in the product?

    A-Day wrap-up: Changing of the guard, but how much change in the product? by Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief As far as A-Days go, the 2024 edition used a format that has been used infrequently before – pure offense vs. defense, not two separate squads facing off – and in the end...
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    JessN: 10 things to watch for at A-Day

    https://news.tidefans.com/2024/04/12/a-day-preview-what-were-watching-as-spring-ending-scrimmage-arrives/
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    TideFans.com and TiderInsider.com partner to Fill The Bowl

    On April 21, 2007, Alabama fans turned out in record numbers for Nick Saban's first A-Day spring scrimmage game. In 2024, two Alabama news websites, TiderInsider.com and TideFans.com, are partnering in an effort to “FILL THE BOWL” again at Bryant-Denny Stadium for Kalen DeBoer's first A-Day...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    UPDATE ... Added a bunch of analysts/support personnel (including Mark Sheridan, brother of OC/QB coach Nick Sheridan) ... but the big name here is Chuck Morrell, who was thought to possibly be a co-DC at one time, joining the staff in an off-field role. This staff has excellent depth and is...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    UPDATE ... Adding Mitch Dahlen to the QC list.
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    UPDATE ... Added Zach Mathers' name along with David Ballou (who we didn't have on our list because, frankly, we didn't list a bunch of people who were held over in support roles from the previous staff). Also removed David Cooper's name from the list of possible additions. The only name on...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    Pope left because Saban left, basically. He was DB7 for us for most of the year but he really had a hard time picking us or UGA out of high school and once Saban left, that was probably the reason he came here in the first place, to learn from him. I think if Pope had stayed he would have been...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    The other issue Kelly had was that LSU really lost a ton in the secondary. Some position groups were largely untouched but they had multiple walk-ons in the two-deep in the defensive backfield. I don't think they've ever gotten that particular item fixed under him, either.
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    But the counterpoint to that was that we had 100+ guys on scholarship, or expecting to be on scholarship for the 2024 season, as of Jan. 1 of this year. So we were going to have to shed about 20 guys regardless. A lot of the guys we lost were the ones we were going to lose anyway. Shazz...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    If you're basing your opinions solely -- or even mostly -- off "stats" then your evaluations are very, very incomplete, and that's being kind. Since you won't listen to others here, or me, I'd say your best course of action is to familiarize yourself with Dave Bartoo of Matrix Analytical...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    UPDATE... Added Christian Robinson to the staff list. I want to comment on the Inge thing because if you've been reading the Tracker post this whole time you saw his name come and go from italics to boldface type and back, which we don't like to do. Inge was originally expected to be on the...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    Nobody should have to feel like they need to debate Reddit in order for it to be a "good hire" or not. Anyone can post there, no one has to be honest about their opinions there if they don't want to (i.e., rival fans, fans with an axe to grind, etc.). Not to mention I use Reddit from time to...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    UPDATE ... Finally able to get back to a desk today to add Chris Kapilovic (OL) and Bryan Ellis (TE). The Kapilovic hire kind of comes out of left field to me (I would have put money on Mason Miller if forced to bet), but it doesn't come out of left field in a bad way. I'm surprised with all...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    This is his record through the years: 2018: 2-11 2019: 3-9 2020: 2-3 2021: 4-8 2022: 5-8 (lost bowl game) 2023: 6-7 (lost bowl game) Conference record of 16-29 during that time. This is very similar to Frank Beamer's early numbers with Virginia Tech, but there hasn't been a winning record...
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    UPDATE ... Added Bill Bedenbaugh (Oklahoma OL coach) to the OL coach list.
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    JessN: Assistant coach hiring tracker...

    Well, yes relative to what Rice usually does in football -- and even with two straight bowl appearances, both those seasons were losing seasons in the end (5-8 and 6-7). In the four prior years, Bloomgren went a cumulative 11-31. The issue for Bloomgren is that yes, he's probably the best...

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